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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Review: Ice Lake Integrated

The strongest 2-in-1 with more performance than expected and further refined in design and usability.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Review: Ice Lake Integrated

(+ Pros) 

  • Gorgeous thin design
  • Improved hinges
  • Excellent display with Dolby Vision and HDR
  • Thin keyboard that feels great
  • Excellent Battery Life

(- Cons)

  • No OLED option
  • Could use more ports (and a real SD card slot)
  • No wire LAN port.

Dell introduced Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 with Intel 10th generation Core processor. Adopting a 13.4 type narrow frame panel, the portability is further enhanced, and the XPS design is also seen. Also, worth noting is the 10th generation Core for mobile. Among them are Ice Lake and Comet Lake by a code name, but XPS 13 2-in-1 has adopted Ice Lake of the 10nm process.

Now that we have been able to try the XPS 13 2-in-1 2019 model, let’s check out the performance that needs attention.

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Dell XPS 13 Ice Lake integrated with 4 cores / 8 threads, Iris Pro GPU in slim chassis

The usability will be described later, but you may be interested in how the specifications of the product changed with Ice Lake. Let’s introduce along with the internal specifications.

CPU: 10th generation Core i7 / i5 / i3
Memory: DDR4-3733 8 ~ 32GB
Storage: M.2 NVMe SSD 1TB / 512GB / 256GB
Display: 13.4 type of liquid crystal display
Resolution: 3,840 × 2,400 / 1,920 × 1,200 dots
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro / Home
Battery capacity: 51Whr
General-purpose port: Thunderbolt 3 × 2 (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort compatible)
Card reader: MicroSD card slot
Wireless function: IEEE 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Wired LAN: No
Web camera: HD compatible
Other: Dell Premium Active Pen compatible with PN579X (optional), stereo speaker, audio input/output terminal
Body size (width x depth x height): 297 x 207 x 7-13mm
Weight: 1.32kg


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The CPU of the evaluation machine is Core i7-1065G7. Although it is compatible with 4 cores / 8 threads, it is within the TDP of the “U” processor frame of 15W. Rated at 1.3GHz, up to 3.9GHz at Turbo Boost.

Ice Lake Dell XPS 13 uses the first 10nm process for Intel’s full-scale mass production. Comet Lake, introduced at the beginning, and Coffee Lake for desktop PCs are from the 14nm process generation. However, Intel’s 10nm process was far behind the original plan, and during that time Canon Lake, which was originally supposed to appear in the 10nm process, was canceled.


Ice Lake, the end of such a difficult delivery, has shrunk the process, but the number of cores is 4 cores, but the operating clock is not so high. In fact, in the 10th generation Core, the same 15W Comet Lake is 4 cores / 8 threads rated at 1.9GHz, Turbo Boost up to 4.9GHz and higher clock. However, in Ice Lake, the architecture has changed and IPC has improved. AVX-512 is also supported. There seems to be a performance benefit in this respect.


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The integrated GPU is the 11th generation, and it is equipped with Intel Iris Plus Graphics. The Core i7-1065G7 is equipped with 64 GT2 EUs with performance exceeding 1TFLOPS. LPDDR4-3733 is also supported for the main memory, which is important for graphics performance. Combining the 11th generation Iris Plus Graphics with high-speed memory, it has been raised to the performance of overturning the conventional built-in GPU.

Memory is LPDDR4-3733 as before. Although it seems to be 3,600MHz drive on GPU-Z, we could not get any more information about whether this was clock-adjusted or whether it was 3,600MHz setting on the actual machine even at 3,733MHz on the spec.

The capacity is 16GB on the evaluation machine. A 32GB model is also available as a customized model. It is good that the option of 32GB is prepared by the standard installation of the mobile notebook PC. And if it is a conventional notebook PC, DDR4-2666 stops, and since DDR3 generation was often used in mobile, it can be expected to improve performance in general applications.

The storage is equipped with M.2 NVMe SSD. The capacity of the SSD of the evaluation machine was 512GB, and the connection was PCI Express 3.0 x4. Even on Ice Lake, PCI Express remains Gen3. However, the current SSD-only Ice Lake with a large calorific value will not be suitable for PCI Express 4.0 SSD.

The improvement in GPU performance is remarkable, CPU with 4 cores and 8 threads in this form factor is also powerful.

The cutting-edge design that is also the product of Intel “Project Athena” is slim and compact

Next, we will look at the design and usability of the main unit. XPS is the brand name used for the company’s “design for the best” PC. In fact, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is a product that is designed to stimulate thinness, lightness, smallness, uncompromising design and ownership. I have a good feeling for this design that created Dell XPS 13.

The top and bottom panels are aluminum silver, and the LCD panel bezel and keyboard are carbon black.

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The size when the LCD panel is closed with clamshell is 296.4 × 207.4 × 6.94 to 13.1mm. Although a 13.4 type panel is adopted, the slimness of 13.1mm at the thickest part is less than 300mm, and it will feel compact and slim compared to other 13.3 type notebooks.

The depth was 8.9mm longer from 198.5mm in the old model to 207.4mm in the new model, but this was changed from the old model to 16: 9 13.3 type and the new model to 16:10 13.4 type, the panel itself There is also the effect of being done. However, in the case of this product that also becomes tablet mode, it is necessary to consider which is more suitable at 16: 9 or 16:10, and it is said that 16:10 is more preferred for tablets. When browsing e-books, the 16:10 ratio is somewhat closer to the original than the 16: 9 ratios.

The weight is 1.33kg. Although it looks compact, it is unexpectedly heavy. Although it is somewhat heavy in the mobile notebook PC frame, looking back on Dell mobile PCs so far, we have not pursued lightness so much, and it seems that it is the limit of tolerance for mobile. However, since the old model was 1.24kg, it was a fact that it increased by 0.09kg. This is a bit disappointing.

Equipped with 4K liquid crystal with good color. Narrow picture frames are also determined

The aspect ratio of the 13.4 type LCD is 16:10. The resolution is 1,920 x 1,200 dots or 3,840 x 2,400 dots. The latter was borrowed this time. A panel with a WLED backlight and standard glossy finish on the tablet. The specs are DCI-P3 90%, 1,500: 1 contrast ratio, Dolby Vision certified, and brightness 500cd / square meter. Although it is said to be SDR, the color was felt very well.

Of course, it can also be a tablet, so it can be touched. The optional Dell Premium Active Pen enables pen input using 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The old model was also a narrow frame, but the new model is even narrower. The thickness of the exterior parts on the left and right sides is easy to understand. The comma is a few millimeters, but it has been thinned, relieving the presence of this part felt in the old model. As for the upper part, the bezel width seems to be almost the same. As before, the exterior is thin, but the new model has a built-in web camera in the upper bezel, which seems to be zero. The old model was built in the lower bezel, and when it was in use, it was a video looking up from the bottom, but if you were inside the upper bezel, you wouldn’t mind the slack under the nose or chin.

360-degree rotary hinge supports various modes

Since it is a 2-in-1 note, it can be switched from the clamshell to the view/tent/ tablet mode and the optimal shape according to the scene. Hinge is a type that has shafts at two locations on the main body side and LCD panel side. From the clamshell until it is almost flat, the main body is the axis, and when it is further opened, the liquid crystal panel is the axis.

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For this reason, when the panel is opened, the liquid crystal panel is slightly far from the original image and slightly lower. As it opens further, the bottom of the top plate hits the floor and pushes up the rear of the body. This point is also taken into consideration, and there is no need to worry about scratching because the part that hits the hinged floor is firmly attached to rubber.

Rubber feet are attached to the bottom, ensuring airflow in the gaps that can be made even in tablet mode. The old model was fanless, but the new model is equipped with a fan. You can see the structure that seems to be an air supply/exhaust port with a filter at the back of the bottom and at the left and right.

Also, when using tablet mode, the new model felt easier to handle than the old model. One is due to the ratio of the panels as mentioned above, and the other is the difference in the feel of the keyboard surface on the backside in tablet mode. In fact, the new model has a lower key pops and shallower strokes. Since the dent on the entire keyboard surface is small, it is hard to feel a step when touching the key, and it seems that the stroke is shallow even if the key is pressed, so the feeling of strangeness is eased.

Keyboard layout changed from the previous model

The keyboard has also changed greatly between the new and old models. The new model is designed to be used to the left and right as it becomes even wider. The old model still had some room left and right. However, it was realized by narrowing the width of the leftmost key such as full-width/halfwidth, Tab, CapsLock, and the rightmost key such as “@”, “{”, “*”, “}”, “Enter”. It is. Therefore, the new model has more room for the key size.

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In the 2019 edition of XPS 13 2-in-1, the top row from “ESC” to “F1” to “F12” has changed. The biggest change is at the right end, and the new model has a power button/fingerprint sensor here. For this reason, the “Delete” key is shifted by one instead of just above Enter, which should be taken into account.

Well, shallow strokes and flat keys. Although there was an effect of suppressing the uncomfortable feeling in the tablet mode, it may feel a little unsatisfactory when performing keyboard input as a clamshell.

If you look around other notebook PCs, there are similar key touches, so this is not the only model. However, when comparing the old and new, the shallowness of the stroke feels unsatisfactory and hits the bottom immediately. The resilience seems to be higher to make up for it, but overall this typing feels like getting used to it. Also, since it is almost flat, it is necessary to be somewhat sensitive when discriminating keys by the touch of a fingertip.

Two Thunderbolt 3 installed; wireless LAN supports IEEE 802.11ax

The only interface is a USB Type-C shaped Thunderbolt 3 port, one on each side, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm microphone/headphone terminal. It became Thunderbolt 3 instead of USB 3.1 Type-C because the module was integrated into the CPU side in Ice Lake. Of course, you can also connect USB Type-C devices.

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The good point is that both the left and right Thunderbolt 3 terminals are now USB PD (Power Delivery). The old model was only compatible with Thunderbolt 3 / Charging on the left side, and the other was USB 3.1 Type-C, which does not support charging. The new model can be charged from either the left or right side, and it is convenient to be able to flexibly wire the difference between the desk at the office and at home, or at the hotel.

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However, the number of terminals is small. It’s good to have a microSD card reader, but two Thunderbolt 3 3.5mm jacks are the same as MacBook Air. And if you use one Thunderbolt 3 for charging, only one port remains. There are still many USB Type-A devices in the office. This product does not have a wired LAN. In that respect, I think Thunderbolt 3 / USB Type-C hubs, docks, conversion adapters, etc. will be indispensable.

With regard to wireless LAN, it has become “Ice Lake generation” and is compatible with “Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax). Bandwidth is wider than the previous “Wi-Fi 5 (IEEE 802.11ac)”, and up to 2,400Mbps is supported by the Killer 1650s chip. There are still plenty of Wi-Fi 6 compatible routers/access points, but some have started to appear, mainly from overseas manufacturers, and from domestic manufacturers. And since smartphones are starting to support it, it is a good idea to review the wireless LAN environment with the introduction of this product. Bluetooth 5 is also installed.

Ice Lake greatly improves performance, and one suitable for Dell XPS 13 is born

The new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 has undergone a major refresh in terms of design and size, refining its portability and basic performance as a 2in1. The performance of the Ice Lake generation is added to it, and if you consider the sufficient performance as seen in the benchmark and the comfort of high-speed wireless LAN compatible with Wi-Fi 6 besides that, productivity will increase further and further seemed to be.

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Although the comparison target is the Kaby Lake generation Y processor, there are places where the improvement range seems to be larger, but the 2018 Amber Lake generation is also Core i7-8500Y model with 2 cores / 4 threads, Turbo Boosted Although its maximum clock is as high as 4.2GHz, the GPU was Intel UHD Graphics 615, so it can be said that the overall performance balance was greatly praised in the Ice Lake generation.

XPS can be said to be Dell’s flagship series, and the configuration of the evaluation machine is Core i7, but the price is slightly higher, but you have the performance, function, and design that match the price I want to evaluate it as a highly satisfying product.

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