Not only is the Dell XPS 13 one of Dell’s best-known laptops, but it’s one of the best-known laptops, period. If you know anything about Windows laptops, you’ve probably heard its name. It’s great in pretty much every way, and it just keeps getting better.
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2020), also known as the Dell XPS 13 7390, is a major performance and specification update to Dell’s high-end 2-in-1 range, and could be the finest example there is of this popular best-of-both-worlds form factor.
Usually, 2-in-1 laptops function perfectly normally as standard touchscreen Windows laptops. But they also offer a mechanism to flip the screen around and transform the laptop into a tablet, making easier to carry around and use when out and about.
The experience of using one is nothing at all like an iPad or Android tablet though and instead is closer to Microsoft’s Surface Pro. It’s a Windows 10 laptop after all, and it runs standard PC software, with touch interactions and an on-screen keyboard replacing the keyboard and mouse when interacting with standard PC software.
But despite beginning this review by highlighting the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2020)’s tablet functionality, that’s merely one of its features, and we actually spent more of our time using it as a traditional laptop, albeit one that performs spectacularly and offers an impressively fluid Windows experience for general computing.
The only glaring limitation is the lack of any form of discrete graphics for gaming or performance acceleration when using the Dell XPS 13 7390 for video and photo editing. It relies on Intel’s Iris Plus integrated GPU.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1: Price and configuration options
The XPS 13 2-in-1 starts at $1,078 for a base model with an Intel 11th Gen Core i3-1115G4 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
We recommend upgrading to a Core i5-1135G7 model, which gets you Iris Xe Graphics for $1,225. I would personally spend $1,421 to double RAM to 16GB and storage to 512GB SSD if your budget allows for those upgrades. Our $1,617 review unit has those same specs but uses an upgraded Core i7-1165G7 CPU.
Photo and video editors needing the best picture can spend $1,912 on a 4K model with a Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Alternatively, you can customize the aforementioned models to have a 4K display, but it’ll cost you an extra $294.
Splurging on the top-end model will set you back $2,205 but the upgrades include a 4K display, a Core i7-1165G7 CPU (with Iris Xe graphics), 32GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD.
In all other respects the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2020) has just about every feature you could want on a laptop. Absolutely stellar battery life, Wi-Fi 6, plenty of storage, quiet (but not silent) operation and great all-round performance make this a real champion of Window laptops and a benchmark by which to judge competing designs against.