A Look At The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I was supposed to get my review unit of the XPS 15 2-in-1 last Tuesday, but what is believed to be an inside theft at UPS ruined that. I will be getting another next week. But in the meantime, I was able to play with a Best Buy display model for 15 minutes.

So, my official detailed review will come next week. But here are some of my initial impressions.

  • This laptop is heavier than I thought. It’s not an ultraportable — at all.
  • The 4K screen is absolutely stunning.
  • I could hear fan noise even with all the background noise from Best Buy.
  • The speakers are rather tinny for such a big screen, but I need further tests to give my final verdict on the sound.
  • This is great for watching movies, just as long as you don’t have to hold the laptop.
  • Inking on the screen is okay, but there is noticeable latency.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

  • This laptop could get somewhat hot. It’s a good thing it’s not on my lap.
  • The new magnetic keyboard is okay. It will get the job done. But the keys on the new XPS 13 are better.
  • There are barely any bezels — this is a good thing.
  • The webcam is still under the display. However, if you put the laptop in tent mode, that won’t matter.
  • This would be a perfect laptop for video editing. I can’t wait to try Adobe Premiere Pro on it.
  • After 15 minutes of use, the battery level died 10 percent. It is said that the battery life of the XPS 15 2-in-1 is its Achilles heal. More tests are needed.

The 4K version of the XPS 15 2-in-1 costs about $2000

Overall, I’m somewhat fascinated by the XPS 15 2-in-1, but just not completely blown away. I can’t see owning a laptop this large unless it’s really portable. The 15-inch MacBook Pro can still be considered an ultraportable notebook since it’s so light. But Dell’s latest doesn’t seem like one for constant traveling. Of course, I could be wrong and really need to test it out more.After being so fascinated by the new XPS 13, I was hoping Dell’s 15.6-inch hybrid laptop would be like a larger version of the XPS 13, but one in which you can fold the screen over and write on it. Trust me, it’s not like that. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad or that it won’t satisfy a certain type of user. Expect a full review next week, but let’s just say that I am slightly disappointed when it comes to my first impressions. Is it because my expectations were too high?

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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