Review: Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 Is A Solid Option For Convertible Fans

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For anyone in the market for a 2-in-1 laptop, Dell's convertible version of the XPS 13 ought to be on the short list.

Debuted last month at CES 2017, it's the first time Dell has released a 2-in-1 edition of the popular XPS 13. It also followed closely on the heels of a fall update to the standard XPS 13, which we considered one of the best laptops of 2016.

After our tryout in the CRN Test Center, we think the XPS 13 2-in-1 deserves a look -- even in the increasingly crowded convertibles field -- in large part because of the similarities with the original.

[Related: Head-To-Head: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Vs. Lenovo X1 Yoga 2017]

One biggie is the nearly bezel-free 13.3-inch display, which is borrowed from the standard XPS 13. The lack of a display border means the laptop feels small (akin to an 11-inch laptop) while still having a lot of screen space to work on. No other convertible on the market has a surface area as small as on the XPS 13 2-in-1, according to Dell.

The 2-in-1 version also features the same machined aluminum exterior and carbon fiber palm rest as the original -- a very appealing design that's also highly durable.

Ultimately, Dell didn't make too many aesthetic changes to the 2-in-1 version, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

The steel-and-aluminum hinge is one external difference, and the hinge worked well in our tryout when converting the laptop to stand or tablet mode.

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