Dell has established itself as a household brand over the years, with many different brands under its belt that cater well to different group of audiences, ranging from working professionals, to the hobbyist and casual gamer.
If you’ve been following the technology scene for some time, Dell’s XPS portfolio should be a very familiar name. With an impressive span of accolades that’s hitherto unrivalled by all of its other brands, it’s no wonder that the PC giant would want to keep expanding the XPS product line.
And Dell certainly drove that point home at CES 2018, where event-goers saw the addition of a new member to the Dell family.
Touted as the “world’s most powerful 15-inch 2-in-1”, the XPS 15 2-in-1 improves upon the design of its predecessor, the XPS 13, with several quirky features to boot. Just as how a bigger number in tech products should signify an upgrade of sorts, the former is indeed more powerful than the latter. Too much more powerful, in fact.
It may be the smallest and thinnest 15.6-inch 2-in-1 on the current market, but beneath that slim bulk lies a beast of brawn and beauty. Being equipped with an 8th Gen Intel Core processor means that running content creation apps, working with huge files, and playing AAA big-title games will be a smooth process, while the Radeon RX Vega M graphics help to deliver the ultimate visual experience for users.
Dell prides itself on innovation, and that spirit materialises strongest in the form of a maglev keyboard for the XPS 15 2-in-1. With a brand-new magnet-reliant mechanism, the keys are now able to sink in deeper, and give a clickier feeling.
Prior to the XPS show, Dell also unveiled its new XPS 13 refresh. With the next-generation InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display, a narrower-bordered Rose Gold with Alpine White glass fibre interior, and ORE Thermal Insulation – the same silica gel used in the Mars Rover –, it definitely lives up to its reputation as a CES 2018 Innovation Award honouree.
One worrying note though – in order to slim down the overall profile of the XPS 13, Dell has decided to do away with its USB-A, SD card, and proprietary charging ports in favor of USB-C, microSD, and Thunderbolt 3, all in the name of thinness. The inclusion of USB-C is great but the rest of the ports might have been removed a tad too soon.
While the XPS 13 is due to arrive in January 2018, a ballpark release date for the XPS 15 2-in-1 has yet to be announced, and that means more time for interested parties to save up their pretty pennies.
Si Jia is a casual geek at heart – or as casual as someone with Sephiroth’s theme on her Spotify playlist can get. A fan of movies, games, and Japanese culture, Si Jia’s greatest weakness is the Steam Summer Sale. Or any Steam sale, really.