CNET First Look
Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 is ready to help you create some contentOne of the first PCs to use the new hybrid chip from Intel and AMD, this 2-in-1 has a lot to offer for creative pros with money to spend.
This is Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1, an overall excellent premium convertible that is ready to help you create some content, play some games, and enjoy some media. It is a convertible so you can use it as a laptop, of course. But it's also a tablet, a big 15.6 inch pen-enabled tablet so you can write and draw on the screen. There's support for tilt with Dell's new 499 premium active pen, assuming your software supports it at least. The beautiful 4k display and it's barely there bezels is one of the best we've seen that's bright with very good color performance out of the box. It does suck power though and we got just six hours and 46 minutes in our tests. Inside is the CPU GPU combo created by Intel and rival, AMD. The pairing works well, offering up strong performance and is enough to handle everything from office work to content creation and even some gaming if you don't mind dialing back the settings. Expect to hear its fans blowing when you're gaming though, or doing anything that needs to push its processors. It does get a little warm at times, but considering how thin it is, it is forgivable. What you might not be able to get past is the Maglev keyboard, which uses magnets to plop the keys back up instead of rubber domes. It allowed Dell to make a thinner keyboard and the keys have a satisfying clickiness to them, but the keys are nearly flushed with the body and with very little travel to the keys, it's not exactly comfortable for long typing sessions. It's thinness costs you legacy ports too, so you'll need to buy some adapters or dock to handle peripherals, since there's nothing but USBC ports. However, at least two of them are Thunderbolt 3. Also there's just a microSD card slot, so anyone working with a full-size SD card is out of luck. So, there are a handful of drawbacks, but there's much more to like here if you've been looking for a do-it-all slim, sturdy, two-in-one with a big screen.