Battery Life and Pricing
Comparing the battery life of the XPS 15 2-in-1 to the same notebooks we used for our performance comparisons puts the Dell towards the bottom of the pack at 5.6 hours.
Given the larger 15" form factor and sizable 75 Watt-hour, not being able to crack 6 hours of battery life for web browsing is disappointing for a modern flagship notebook.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 we received for review comes in at a staggering $2,349. While this is one of the highest possible configurations, with a 4K display, the Core i7-8705G, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, it is still a pricey notebook.
Compared to the newly refreshed Dell XPS 15 9570 clamshell, you can get a very similar configuration featuring a six-core processor, GTX 1050 Ti, and much larger 97Wh battery for $2,099.
Besides the keyboard that didn't quite meet expectations, I don't have any complaints about the XPS 15 2-in-1 as a device. As we've come to expect with the XPS lineup, it's a well built, premium notebook that continues the trend of Dell providing top-notch hardware.
In the end, I am left a little confused with the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1. The extra utility gained by a 360-degree hinge on a 15-in notebook doesn't seem to make enough sense to develop completely separate notebook based on a unique hardware platform. It seems likely that Dell is leaning towards making 2-in-1 the default form factor for device targeting thin designs.
With the new XPS 15 9570 is sporting six-core processors and discrete NVIDIA graphics for a similar size and price range, it's difficult to see why a consumer would be attracted towards the XPS 15 2-in-1 instead.
For users looking at a high-powered 15-in convertible device, I would recommend taking a look at the Surface Book 2, which provides GTX 1060 level graphics, similar levels of CPU performance, and much more battery life, for just a bit extra money.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 combines impressive hardware with a unique design that may be hampered by the lofty expectations we had initially placed upon it when announced.