Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 takes the name of its excellent XPS laptops in a new form, but how does it compete with the competition?

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop tablet hybrid
(Image: © Gareth Bevan)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Dell has managed to produce a great-looking hybrid device, with a fantastic sharp, saturated, and color-balanced screen, it also holds enough power to be an excellent productivity and editing machine for those on the move. Unfortunately, the keyboard folio drags it down, while looking great, the flat borderless keys are more difficult to type on quickly and it is finicky to get open and set up with the supporting magnets inconsistent. However, the design and substance of the tablet win out, as well as its competitive price. If you are looking for a remote working or remote editing 2-in-1 hybrid device, you will find a lot to love with the Dell XPS 2-in-1.


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    Solid premium design

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    Quick and responsive

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    Sharp and colorful screen


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    Keyboard stand is frustrating

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    Typing experience not great

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    Bulkier than rivals with keyboard case

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Dell has a long and illustrious history with XPS laptops, started in 1993, the XPS series offers the best performance possible in the most attractively designed and portable form factor from a Dell machine.

In 2012 Dell completely revamped its XPS line of laptops, adding an all metal chassis, with elements of carbon fiber weaving, but also included a premium near bezelless screen. This proved to be a massive hit both critically and commercially, and launched Dell's XPS range of laptops as the ones to beat.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (Intel i7-1250U, Iris Xe)Surface Pro 9 (Intel i7-1265U, Iris Xe)
GeekBench 5 Single-core CPU score1,6371,169
GeekBench 5 Multi-core CPU score6,0606,390
GeekBench 5 OpenCL score14,10018,015
Cinebench R23 Single-core CPU score1,2341,141
Cinebench R23 Multi-core CPU score4,3766,667

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.