Getting Real With Dell’s Brand new XPS 15 2-in-1 2018, an Update Of the Future

Why do we already adore the Dell XPS 15 laptop? For one, its reputation is noted as one of the best laptops available, but the 2018 version, a 2-in-1 hybrid, is said to fix any final flaw it may arguably have, not only that, but it’s been upgraded like no other. Still sporting a 15-inch screen, it’s also considered as one of the first laptops to include 2 fresh features- the brand spankin’ new Intel hybrid chips, alongside AMD graphics. The 2-in-1 XPS 15 has followed suit with other tech companies by finally making itself include a 360-degree hinge, ultimately changing the way we look and perform tasks on a high-end XPS product.

Far more powerful than its 13-inch XPS 2-in-1, which just came out last year, the new edition includes some interesting tweaks to the keyboard. The 15.6-inch LCD screen supports 10-point touch, and a tilt-supporting stylus with 2,096 levels of pressure. You may choose either 1080p or 4K resolution, however the 1080p should offer a longer battery life.

The way the keyboard its put together may be a bit controversial, involving a new mechanism completely reliable of magnets. The keyboards keys are held into place by magnets at each corner, and provide feedback to the user to magnify control its repulsion strength. This basically means the Dell XPS 15 hybrid’s keys express deeper and clickier feelings. The new maglev keys means the keys new normalcy involves a 0.7mm travel, compared to the conventional XPS 15 offering 1.3mm of key travel. Basically that change could mean some getting used to for some users.

Another comparison, is to the much loved XPS 13 2-in-1 CPU processor, upgrading from Intel’s Core M (used a lot in 2017 thin laptops), to a 65-watt TDP Kaby Lake G chip (either Core i5-8305G, 2.8 GHz/3.8Ghz Turbo, or Core i7-8705G, 3.1 GHz/4.1 GHz Turbo). The latter of the two CPUs have built-in AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics, and 4GB of HDM2 RAM. For memory configurations, options include anything from 8GB to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, plus an optional 32GB. Storage will run from an M.2 SSD with 128GB to 1TB of space. With futuristic internals, this laptop provides no USB Type-A, but USB Type-C 3.1, and Thunderbolt 3 as its primary connectivity choice, which is a quite new standard in higher-end models these days. Although this may take some getting used to, it definitely will not suspend you from getting your work done.

The result of these upgraded specs means Dell sought after having the most superior performance levels it could devise. So, Dell basically wants you to take your MacBook Pro and say bye bye. Other than better CPU options and fantastic RAM and memory, is the overall design Dell took to create a 4.3 pound and 0.63-inch thick machine. Those figures, especially by integrating the new maglev keyboard, allowing space for new hardware and a large battery, make it the best in its class. Thin and fast, Dell took all the precautions to include the best 8th gen processors and GPU performance for extreme competition in mind. Think of it this way, a laptop like this, especially a 2-in-1, wasn’t an option in a 15-incher just last year. You’ll notice the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 2018 is quite the stringent, unapologetic machine- yet, because it’s Dell, it should be okay. Dell knows what it’s doing is being innovative. The only thing that could compromise its full-on integrity, is its futuristic vision of the keyboard, not to mention the limits of having only USB-C 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Beginning March 2018, the new 2-in-1 will be available at $1,300 to start.

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