For several years now, Dell has also been offering the XPS 13 2-in-1 in addition to its classic XPS 13 notebooks. This has now been updated to the 11th generation Intel CPUs, with the associated improvements. There should be a significant upgrade in terms of graphics performance in particular.
What has remained is the extremely slim design, the high-quality workmanship and the sharp display. Let’s take a closer look at the XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 in the review.
Let’s start with the question of what the “2-in-1” in the name of the XPS 13 means. A 2-in-1 notebook has a display that can be folded 360 degrees. This allows you to fold the display onto the back of the notebook and use it like a kind of tablet.
Accordingly, a touchscreen etc. is of course built in. For such a design to make sense, the notebook must of course also be particularly light and thin, which also applies to the XPS 13 2-in-1.
The notebook measures 14.35 mm x width: 297 mm x depth: 207 mm and is therefore pleasantly compact for a 13-inch device. The weight is 1.32KG, which is not too heavy, but not overly light either!
As far as the feel and look are concerned, Dell has done everything right! The notebook uses aluminum on the outside, which is why the notebook looks very solid and stable. The inside of the XPS is made of plastic or carbon fiber.
I like this very much, especially with the palm rest, carbon fiber on the wrist is much more comfortable and softer than with a fully aluminum notebook.
The processing is generally world class! All gaps etc are perfect, no complaints here.
Similar to the regular Dell XPS 13 , the choice of connections for the 2-in-1 model is “manageable”.
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 has the following connections :
- 2x Thunderbolt 4
- 1x microSD card reader
- 1x headset connection
That’s it already. Admittedly, there would be no more space for other connections on the XPS 13 2-in-1’s slim case.
The XPS 13 is of course also charged via USB C. A suitable 45W charger is included in the scope of delivery.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 is currently available with two display options.
- 13.4 inches, 1920 x 1200, 16:10
- 13.4 inches, 3840 x 2400, 16:10, 500 cd / m²
Both display options rely on an IPS panel and touch. Dell sent me the 4K model for this test, which also looks fantastic, but I would generally recommend the Full HD panel.
The 4K panel is outstanding, but it eats up a lot more energy! You can expect a few hours more runtime with the Full HD panel (which is more than sufficiently sharp on 13 inches).
As expected, the 4K display is crisp and extremely good quality! This is how colors look wonderfully clear and brilliant. The contrast is very good, even if noticeably not quite on the level of the OLED panels, which simply look “deeper”.
The viewing angles are excellent and the maximum brightness is very good! This is also from my Spyder X confirmed.
With an unbelievable 507 cd / m², the XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 is the notebook with the brightest display that I have tested so far . This also somewhat compensates for the very reflective display.
The color space coverage is also at a high level with 100% sRGB and 82% AdobeRGB, as is the contrast.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 has two speakers on the bottom. These are slightly angled to provide a better sound image.
Basically, I would rate the speakers as good! Of course, we have very little bass and volume, we’re not on the level of a MacBook Pro 13 or XPS 15, but the XPS 13 2-in-1 doesn’t sound bad for the compact form factor.
The clarity is top notch and the speakers sound “valuable” and not shrill or tinny. In short, I would rate the sound as slightly above average.
Keyboard and Touchpad
As far as the layout is concerned, Dell did a great job with the XPS 13 2-in-1! For the most part, we have a classic QWERTY layout with a long Caps Lock key, a high Enter key, etc.
Only an FN key was inserted between the control and the Windows key for the double-assigned F keys. Functions such as volume control, brightness, etc. are stored on these as a second assignment. You can also choose whether you prefer the F keys as the primary function or the “media keys” as the primary function.
I love the keyboards on the Dell XPS notebooks, and 95% of all articles on this blog were written on an XPS.
However, the keyboard of the XPS 13 2-in-1 is a bit more “problematic”. This is extremely flat! The keys have almost no travel, so typing takes a lot of getting used to. The feeling reminds me of the “old” Apple MacBooks with butterfly keyboard.
The keyboard takes some getting used to, but I would clearly prefer the normal Dell XPS 13 and consider the keyboard to be a weak point of the 2-in-1. However, this is also criticism at a high level.
The trackpad, in turn, is 1a. It’s big, precise, and hassle-free. It couldn’t be much better, I suspect the same trackpad is installed here 1 to 1 as in the normal XPS 13, which was already extremely good there.
Dell uses 11th generation Intel CPUs in the XPS 13 2-in-1. You have the choice between the Intel Core i5-1135G7 and the i7-1165G7. Both are modern 10nm Intel CPUs with 4 cores and 8 threads. The i7 is of course clocked a bit higher.
The Intel Iris Xe Graphics is integrated in the Intel CPUs, which has quite a bit of power for an integrated graphics unit. This is also a little stronger on the i7 than on the i5.
If you don’t need the last bit of performance, the Intel i5 is easily enough!
When it comes to RAM, you can choose between 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. Please take the version with at least 16GB! You cannot upgrade the RAM and sooner or later you will regret taking the 8GB version.
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 is certainly not a racing machine, but it can beat older XPS 13 models (before the 10th Gen CPUs, even the non-2-in-1 models).
The notebook has more than enough power for everyday use, and it is also good enough for photo and video editing. Here I would not recommend the XPS 13 2-in-1 as the “primary” computer.
How’s it going with gaming? Of course, the XPS 13 2-in-1 isn’t made for gaming, but thanks to the Intel Iris Xe Graphics, a little gaming should be possible?
To put it bluntly, games at 4K resolution are far beyond the capabilities of the XPS 13. So here are a few benchmarks at Full HD or 720p.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 has a 51 Wh battery, which is + – the same size as the regular XPS 13.
In practice, the battery life depends heavily on your use and the display option. With the 4K display, you can expect 5.5-6.5 hours of regular use.
This value is “okay” but certainly not absolutely outstanding. From experience I can say that you can count on +2 hours of runtime with the Full HD version.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 is one of the best 2-in-1 notebooks you can currently get on the market! This has an outstanding feel and optics, high performance and a great display.
The very good feel and look of the Dell XPS devices has been known for several generations and also applies to the XPS 13 2-in-1. The notebook is pleasantly slim and of high quality. The port configuration is “manageable”, but this is nothing unusual for a compact 13 inch Ultrabook.