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Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 Convertible Review

Finally, a 2-in-1 InfinityEdge. Dell has successfully translated its award-winning XPS 13 notebook into a convertible with many of its original features intact including the design and display. Users will have to sacrifice some performance and features along the way when compared to the latest Ultrabooks.

Dell has dabbled in convertibles with 360-degree hinges in the past including on the Inspiron series, but these have been very large and generally impractical to use beyond the standard notebook mode. The success of smaller 13-inch models like the Lenovo Yoga 900/910 series, HP Spectre x360 13 series, and Asus Zenbook Flip series has prompted the company to spin-off its successful XPS 13 notebook into a proper convertible. Appropriately called the XPS 13 2-in-1, Dell is aiming to offer the innate versatility of a multi-mode form factor while sacrificing as few features as possible from the mainline XPS 13.

Perhaps the biggest change to the XPS 13 2-in-1 is the move from an actively cooled Kaby Lake U-series processor to the fanless Y-series. At less than one-third the TDP requirement, it would be unrealistic to expect the same performance out of the XPS 13 2-in-1 as on the XPS 13 9360. How close can the XPS 13 2-in-1 come to the XPS 13 in terms of raw performance, battery life, display, and overall quality?

See our existing reviews on the long-running XPS 13 series for more details on the chassis and its similar features.

Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1 (XPS 13 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 615, Core: 400 MHz, Memory: 532 MHz, 21.20.16.4526
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, 933 MHz, Dual-Channel, verlötet, 14-17-17-40
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 166 PPI, kapazitive, IPS, ID: Sharp SHP146A, Name: Dell P/N V6V6D, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-Y Premium PCH
Storage
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK, 256 GB 
, 128 GB SSD
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3,5 mm Kombibuchse, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 13.7 x 304 x 199 ( = 0.54 x 11.97 x 7.83 in)
Battery
46 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, 1 W x 2, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, USB Type-C auf USB 3.0 Adapter, Dell Shop, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint (Testversion), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.228 kg ( = 43.32 oz / 2.71 pounds), Power Supply: 255 g ( = 8.99 oz / 0.56 pounds)
Price
1400 USD

 

Case

The overall design of the XPS 13 2-in-1 captures the look and feel of the standard XPS 13. It utilizes the same machined aluminum outer surfaces, carbon fiber palm rests, and slightly rubberized edges and corners that work well to provide extra grip when in tablet mode. Of course, the signature InfinityEdge bezel returns on all three sides of the display as opposed to HP's approach on the Spectre x360 13.

The dual hinges are a departure from the single-bar design of the XPS 13. Fortunately, they function as intended up to the maximum 360-degree angle with no inconsistencies or major teetering when typing. The edge-to-edge glass lid is about as thick as the base of the notebook unlike on most other notebooks, so the weight distribution of the Dell feels more even and predictable when handling in tablet mode.

Workmanship is excellent from top to bottom with no unintended gaps between materials. The lid is surprisingly almost as rigid as the base, so the extra narrow bezels appear to have no negative impact on the design. Attempting to twist or bend the notebook will result in very minor creaking that should be no cause for concern. Perhaps the weakest spots of the chassis are the areas between the two hinges both on the display and keyboard portions. These areas flex slightly more easily with applied pressure compared to the original XPS 13.

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Size and weight are nearly the same as the XPS 13 if not just slightly thinner on the 2-in-1 design. A major reason for the switch to the Kaby Lake Y-series may have been to maintain a weight of about 1.2 kg compared to 1.3 kg and 1.4 kg on the Spectre x360 13 and Yoga 910, respectively. Combine this with the smaller footprint from the InfinityEdge bezel design and you have a convertible that is very portable and easier to use in tablet mode.

Connectivity

Available ports are fewer than on the XPS 13 with just two USB Type-C ports and a standard 3.5 mm audio jack. Since each of the USB Type-C ports also double as a charging port, users will have just one port to work with when connected to mains. In comparison, both the Yoga 910 and Spectre x360 13 convertibles have one USB Type-A port each in addition to USB Type-C to reduce the need for dongles and adapters. Thunderbolt 3 is enabled on the XPS 2-in-1 only for the USB port on the right edge.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Power button, MicroSD reader, USB Type-C + Thunderbolt 3, Noble Lock
Right: Power button, MicroSD reader, USB Type-C + Thunderbolt 3, Noble Lock
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: USB Type-C Gen. 1, 3.5 mm combo audio, Battery indicator
Left: USB Type-C Gen. 1, 3.5 mm combo audio, Battery indicator

SD Card Reader

The XPS 2-in-1 drops the full-size SD reader on the XPS 13 9350/9360 in favor of a MicroSD reader. While somewhat disappointing, this is at least better than on the Spectre 13 and Spectre x360 13, both of which have no integrated SD readers at all. The MicroSD card sits flush against the edge of the XPS 2-in-1 when inserted, so users with larger fingers may have some trouble ejecting the card.

Transfer rates from the MicroSD reader are significantly slower than the SD reader on the XPS 13 according to our Toshiba Exceria Pro MicroSDXC test card. Transferring 1 GB worth of images from the reader to desktop will take about 17 seconds.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
107.8 MB/s ∼100% +75%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
62.5 MB/s ∼58% +1%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
61.6 MB/s ∼57%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
250.6 MB/s ∼100% +187%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
87.2 MB/s ∼35%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
81.71 MB/s ∼33% -6%

Communication

WLAN is provided by an Intel 8265 M.2 1216 module capable of theoretical transfer rates of up to 867 Mbps. All SKUs make use of the same Intel WLAN module with no options for the Killer 1535 as found on the XPS 13 9360. When connected to our Linksys EA8500 test router, real-world average transfer rates are about 471 Mbps.

Bluetooth is integrated onto the same WLAN module, but there are no options for NFC or WWAN.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
672 MBit/s ∼100% +117%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
525 MBit/s ∼78% +70%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
309 MBit/s ∼46%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
618 MBit/s ∼100% +31%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
575 MBit/s ∼93% +22%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
471 MBit/s ∼76%

Accessories

Aside from the usual AC adapter, Dell throws in a helpful USB Type-C to USB 3.0 dongle with every new purchase of the XPS 2-in-1. The optional Dell DA200 Thunderbolt 3 adapter converts the port to HDMI, VGA, USB 3.0, and RJ-45 all in a single solution for those who may want more out of the XPS system.

An optional active pen is also available for use on the XPS 2-in-1. The notebook chassis includes no recess or dedicated pockets for holding onto the pen unlike on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga.

Camera

Webcam placement is a slight improvement over the peculiar corner location as found on the XPS 13. Nonetheless, the angle continues to be suboptimal unless if you don't mind the other person getting a good look at your chin and nostrils. Dell has somewhat gotten around this issue with the 360-degree hinges as the user can simply use the camera with the convertible in "Tent" mode instead of the standard notebook mode. Of course, this will also prevent keyboard use and is still an unfortunate drawback to the InfinityEdge design that competitors like HP and Lenovo have been duly pointing out.

Camera angle in Notebook mode
Camera angle in Notebook mode
Camera angle in Tent mode
Camera angle in Tent mode

Maintenance

The bottom panel requires both a Philips screwdriver and T5 hex wrench to remove. Additionally, a sharp edge and some patience will be required around the edges and latches of the notebook. Users will have direct access to the internal battery, BIOS battery, CPU, and M.2 2280 NVMe slot.

Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies with options to extend to up to four years plus accidental damage protection.

End-user serviceability is moderately difficult
End-user serviceability is moderately difficult

Input Devices

Keyboard

The backlit keyboard has undergone a few minor changes from a visual standpoint. The PgUp and PgDn keys are now adjacent to the Arrow keys and the vertical spacing between each key has been reduced to make room for slightly wider keys overall. Unfortunately, key travel remains very shallow and the feedback when pressed feels spongier compared to the original XPS 13. The smaller keys surrounding the main QWERTY keys are even softer and feel uneven. In comparison, the ThinkPad AccuType keyboard provides deeper travel with stronger and more consistent feedback between each key.

Touchpad

The wide clickpad (10.5 x 6 cm) is again virtually identical to the one of the XPS 13. Its surface is smooth and responsiveness is equally consistent around the corners and edges. Moving the cursor slowly will not result in any jumping or odd onscreen behavior. The main drawback are its integrated mouse keys as feedback is rather light and with a very shallow travel. The firm auditory click is otherwise satisfactory and easy to press on the bottom half of the surface.

Display

Dell is promising the same IPS display experience on the XPS 13 2-in-1 as on the glossy XPS 13 9350/9360. According to our own measurements, the Sharp SHP146A panel at play here is nearly identical to the Sharp SHP1449 panel on our XPS 13 9360 FHD SKU in terms of backlight brightness, contrast, and black-white response times. SKUs with the higher resolution QHD (3200 x 1800) display are also available that will likely carry different contrast levels and color gamuts than our FHD SKU on hand.

Unfortunately, Dell's CABC is again in effect here and so our brightness measurements below may not be representative of the full potential of the backlight. For example, Dell advertises a backlight brightness of 400 nits compared to our measured average of just over 300 nits when on the maximum setting. Flashing the ambient light sensor with a bright light will indeed bring the display up to about 425 nits according to our X-Rite spectrophotometer.

Backlight bleeding is minimal and very even around the edges and corners. We can notice no distracting bright spots even when set to the maximum brightness setting whilst displaying a dark background.

Minimal backlight bleeding
Minimal backlight bleeding
RGB subpixel array (166 PPI)
RGB subpixel array (166 PPI)
294.3
cd/m²
301.1
cd/m²
300.5
cd/m²
302.4
cd/m²
322.6
cd/m²
312.6
cd/m²
300.5
cd/m²
317.8
cd/m²
301.7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 322.6 cd/m² Average: 305.9 cd/m² Minimum: 17.19 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 322.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 1698:1 (Black: 0.19 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.7 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 7.9 | - Ø
69.9% sRGB (Argyll) 44.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.88
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
AU Optronics AUO323D / B139HAN03.2, IPS, 13.9, 3840x2160
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Chi Mei CMN1367, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
AU Optronics AUO142D, TN LED, 13.3, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Sharp SHP1449 LQ133M1, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
16%
23%
-16%
16%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48 (16.4, 31.6)
46 (14, 32)
4%
33.2 (16, 17.2)
31%
39 (20, 19)
19%
32.8 (16, 16.8)
32%
Response Time Black / White *
32.8 (7.6, 25.2)
24 (6, 18)
27%
28 (5.6, 22.4)
15%
24 (7, 17)
27%
33.2 (10.8, 22.4)
-1%
PWM Frequency
1042 (29)
50 (30)
-95%
Screen
-1%
-4%
-11%
6%
Brightness
306
310
1%
319
4%
240
-22%
325
6%
Brightness Distribution
91
80
-12%
90
-1%
90
-1%
89
-2%
Black Level *
0.19
0.25
-32%
0.336
-77%
0.43
-126%
0.195
-3%
Contrast
1698
1392
-18%
996
-41%
574
-66%
1801
6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.7
7.86
-2%
6.21
19%
4.74
38%
7.4
4%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.9
8.25
-4%
7.71
2%
4.87
38%
6.71
15%
Gamma
2.88 83%
2.05 117%
2.36 102%
2.57 93%
2.74 88%
CCT
7044 92%
6834 95%
6458 101%
7450 87%
7222 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
44.1
58
32%
58.6
33%
57
29%
50.48
14%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
69.9
90
29%
90
29%
88
26%
73.31
5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
8% / 3%
10% / 1%
-14% / -12%
11% / 8%

* ... smaller is better

Color space coverage is approximately 70 percent and 44 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards, respectively. This is far narrower than the displays on the Yoga 910, Spectre x360 13, or Zenbook UX310UQ, all of which cover about 90 percent of the sRGB spectrum each. While this will not significantly impact web browsing or word processing, it's a little disappointing to know that colors on the XPS 2-in-1 are not as vibrant on an otherwise attractive display.

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. XPS 13 9360 FHD
vs. XPS 13 9360 FHD

Further display measurements reveal generally inaccurate grayscale and colors out of the box. A calibration improves both noticeably and is recommended if possible. Colors become increasingly more inaccurate the higher the saturation level due to the panel's imperfect sRGB coverage.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
32.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.6 ms rise
↘ 25.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 83 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 31.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 76 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (42.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 1042 Hz29 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1042 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 29 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1042 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8568 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is acceptable when under shade due to the very bright backlight. The minor glare is not distracting and can be easily ignored with the wide IPS viewing angles available. Working under direct sunlight is more difficult and will result in more washed out colors, of course, but it's definitely manageable assuming zoomed-in texts to reduce squinting.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Just two processor options are available on the XPS 2-in-1 as of this writing: The Core i5-7Y54 and the Core i7-7Y75. The higher-end i7 SKU includes vPro, a slightly faster integrated HD Graphics 615 GPU, and slightly faster base and maximum clock rates than the i5-7Y54 by 100 MHz and 400 MHz, respectively. RAM options are soldered from 4 GB up to 16 GB while the M.2 SSD can be configured from 128 GB up to 512 GB.

Processor

The new Kaby Lake Y-series is very similar to the outgoing Skylake Y-series in both lithography and performance. Instead, the Kaby Lake i7-7Y75 differentiates itself from the outgoing Skylake m7-6Y75 largely with its faster raw clock rates. CineBench R15 shows the i7-7Y75 in our Dell outperforming the m7-6Y75 in the EliteBook 1030 G1 by about 14 percent in single-threaded workloads. The processor even matches the single-threaded performance of the i5-7200U commonly found in the latest Ultrabooks including on the XPS 13 9360, which is impressive for a passively-cooled CPU. Dell has explicitly stated that the XPS 2-in-1 can run its processor at well over the 4.5 W TDP limit for faster performance, though the CPU can only sustain a clock rate in the 2.8 - 3.0 GHz range for single-threaded workloads according to our own observations.

Multi-threaded performance from the i7-7Y75 is a little more disappointing as even the older m7-6Y75 is able to outperform our XPS 2-in-1 configuration by about 10 percent according to CineBench R15. This may be due to the Dell sustaining slower core clock rates than the HP when under extended stress conditions. In fact, running CineBench R15 benchmarks consecutively one after another shows progressively lower scores each time with results as shown below. The XPS 13 9360 and its i7-7200U is measurably faster than the XPS 13 2-in-1 by 23 percent in the same benchmark.

See our dedicated CPU page on the Core i7-7Y75 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R15 (Run 1)
CineBench R15 (Run 1)
CineBench R15 (Run 2)
CineBench R15 (Run 2)
CineBench R15 (Run 4)
CineBench R15 (Run 4)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Intel Core i7-7500U
141 Points ∼71% +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)
Intel Core i5-6267U
131 Points ∼66% +1%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
130 Points ∼65%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
124 Points ∼62% -5%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
Intel Core m7-6Y75
114 Points ∼57% -12%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54
111 Points ∼56% -15%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
109 Points ∼55% -16%
Asus TransformerBook T302CA-FL010T
Intel Core m3-6Y30
78 Points ∼39% -40%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
75 Points ∼38% -42%
Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8550
36 Points ∼18% -72%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Intel Core i7-7500U
345 Points ∼16% +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)
Intel Core i5-6267U
339 Points ∼16% +31%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
318 Points ∼15% +23%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼14% +12%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
Intel Core m7-6Y75
283 Points ∼13% +10%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
258 Points ∼12%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
215 Points ∼10% -17%
Asus TransformerBook T302CA-FL010T
Intel Core m3-6Y30
209 Points ∼10% -19%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54
205 Points ∼10% -21%
Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8550
134 Points ∼6% -48%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.67 Points ∼74% +8%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
1.54 Points ∼68%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.45 Points ∼64% -6%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
Intel Core m7-6Y75
1.37 Points ∼60% -11%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54
1.27 Points ∼56% -18%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.24 Points ∼55% -19%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
0.87 Points ∼38% -44%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.78 Points ∼2% +27%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.61 Points ∼2% +21%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
Intel Core m7-6Y75
3.25 Points ∼1% +9%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
2.98 Points ∼1%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
2.79 Points ∼1% -6%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
2.59 Points ∼1% -13%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54
2.27 Points ∼1% -24%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Intel Core i7-7500U
5670 Points ∼64% +3%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
5496 Points ∼62%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
4910 Points ∼55% -11%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
4419 Points ∼50% -20%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54
3830 Points ∼43% -30%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
2520 Points ∼28% -54%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Intel Core i7-7500U
12043 Points ∼24% +28%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
10964 Points ∼22% +17%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
9570 Points ∼19% +2%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
9392 Points ∼19%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54
7551 Points ∼15% -20%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
6077 Points ∼12% -35%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
618.91 s * ∼7%
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Intel Core i7-7500U
492.28 s * ∼6% +20%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54
693 Seconds * ∼3% -18%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
642.8 Seconds * ∼3% -10%
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Intel Core i7-7500U
609.67 Seconds * ∼3% -4%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
585.172 Seconds * ∼3%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6470
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9392
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5496
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
32.97 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.98 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.54 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
37.62 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
258 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
130 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 8 ranks the XPS 2-in-1 in the same ballpark as competing notebooks with ULV U-class processors including the Spectre x360 13 and Zenbook UX310UQ despite the weaker Core i7-7Y75 in the Dell.

Subjectively, system responsiveness is very fast when navigating and launching applications as expected from a SSD-based PC. Heavier programs like Photoshop or games take noticeably longer to launch compared to a proper Ultrabook. While we experienced no notable hardware or software issues, the wake and boot up times for our XPS 2-in-1 are longer than usual as the initial Dell splash screen will strangely take several seconds to appear after pressing the Power button.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
4910 Points ∼75% +5%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4674 Points ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4603 Points ∼71% -2%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4568 Points ∼70% -2%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
4699 Points ∼50% +10%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4440 Points ∼48% +4%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4277 Points ∼46%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4211 Points ∼45% -2%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
3795 Points ∼64% +21%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3769 Points ∼63% +20%
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
3555 Points ∼59% +13%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
3535 Points ∼59% +13%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
3134 Points ∼52%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3134 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4277 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4674 points
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Storage Devices

M.2 2280 slot under copper shield
M.2 2280 slot under copper shield

Perhaps unsurprisingly, our XPS 13 2-in-1 is equipped with the same 256 GB Toshiba NVMe M.2 2280 SSD model as found on the XPS 13 9360. CrystalDiskMark results are essentially the same between them as shown by our comparison table below, so users can expect very similar storage performances with no compromises made on the Dell convertible. There are no secondary internal storage options, though Dell is promising configurations with self-encrypting SSDs in the future.

See our growing table of SSDs and HDDs for more benchmark comparisons.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM
CDM
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
28%
17%
-46%
3%
Write 4k QD32
250.2
488.7
95%
361.2
44%
200.2
-20%
218.3
-13%
Read 4k QD32
411
570.3
39%
535.2
30%
147.4
-64%
479.2
17%
Write 4k
121.2
159.7
32%
137.9
14%
72.07
-41%
116.9
-4%
Read 4k
32.93
43.5
32%
42.66
30%
22.03
-33%
29.31
-11%
Write 512
410.7
579.6
41%
570.5
39%
272.8
-34%
439.9
7%
Read 512
966.3
701.1
-27%
679
-30%
318.6
-67%
1036
7%
Write Seq
629.4
578.4
-8%
570.7
-9%
319.2
-49%
732.6
16%
Read Seq
1206
1412
17%
1376
14%
468.1
-61%
1233
2%
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
Sequential Read: 1206 MB/s
Sequential Write: 629.4 MB/s
512K Read: 966.3 MB/s
512K Write: 410.7 MB/s
4K Read: 32.93 MB/s
4K Write: 121.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 411 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 250.2 MB/s

GPU Performance

Raw graphics power according to 3DMark benchmarks is above even the HD Graphics 520 in the Skylake i5-6200U but still well below both the HD Graphics 620 in the Kaby Lake i7-7500U and the low-end GeForce 940MX discrete GPU. Overall performance is very low when dealing with integrated GPUs especially on a passively cooled processor.

See our dedicated GPU page on the HD Graphics 615 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm
Ice Storm
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
1946 Points ∼11% +48%
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1758 Points ∼10% +34%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1483 Points ∼8% +13%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
1313 Points ∼7%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
1296 Points ∼7% -1%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
1196 Points ∼7% -9%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y54
1018 Points ∼6% -22%
Asus TransformerBook T302CA-FL010T
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
839 Points ∼5% -36%
Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8550
480 Points ∼3% -63%
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
3775 Points ∼7% +176%
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2556 Points ∼5% +87%
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1666 Points ∼3% +22%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1545 Points ∼3% +13%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
1370 Points ∼3%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
1257 Points ∼2% -8%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y54
1032 Points ∼2% -25%
Asus TransformerBook T302CA-FL010T
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
1001 Points ∼2% -27%
Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8550
418 Points ∼1% -69%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
12483 Points ∼8% +59%
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
9307 Points ∼6% +19%
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
9297 Points ∼6% +19%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
8177 Points ∼5% +4%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
7839 Points ∼5%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
6314 Points ∼4% -19%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y54
5478 Points ∼3% -30%
Asus TransformerBook T302CA-FL010T
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
5076 Points ∼3% -35%
Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8550
2455 Points ∼2% -69%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
80634 Points ∼18% +2%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
78953 Points ∼17%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
66130 Points ∼15% -16%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
49119 Points ∼7% +16%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
47091 Points ∼6% +12%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
42163 Points ∼6%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
77111 Points ∼10% +12%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
69035 Points ∼9%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
63360 Points ∼8% -8%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
51590 Points ∼7% -25%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y54
45589 Points ∼6% -34%
3DMark 11 Performance
1505 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
56912 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5828 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
829 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
392 points
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Gaming Performance

Real-world performance in games is bottom of the barrel as the Dell convertible is unable to play most modern 3D titles on even the lowest of settings and resolutions. Whereas 3DMark ranks the HD Graphics 615 faster than the HD Graphics 520, the Dell still comes out slower in our Bioshock Infinite test.

Performance throttling occurs during gaming loads. Our initial benchmark run on Metro: Last Light returned an average frame rate of 20.2. Rerunning the benchmark four more times in sequence returned an average frame rate of about 17.6 each time.

BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)
Iris Graphics 550, 6267U, Apple SSD AP0256
103 fps ∼100% +168%
HP 17-y044ng
Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge), A10-9600P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
63.9 fps ∼62% +66%
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1002
62.9 fps ∼61% +64%
Fujitsu LifeBook E736 E7360M27BBPL
HD Graphics 520, 6600U, ADATA SU800 256 GB
58.5 fps ∼57% +52%
Asus TransformerBook T302CA-FL010T
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
38.9 fps ∼38% +1%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
38.4 fps ∼37%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
HD Graphics 615, 7Y54, Kingston RBUSNS4180S3256GG
32 fps ∼31% -17%
Medion Akoya E2215T
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
18.9 fps ∼18% -51%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 38.418.8fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 20.2fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 12.9fps

Stress Test

We stress the convertible with extreme benchmark workloads to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When under Prime95 stress, the CPU can be observed running at the 3.0 - 3.1 GHz range for the first few seconds before steadily dropping to a stable 2.0 - 2.1 GHz over the next several minutes to maintain a core temperature of 78 C. This is rather impressive for a passively cooled processor considering that the base clock of the Core i7-7Y75 is much slower at 1.3 GHz. Running FurMark to stress the integrated graphics unit will see a stable GPU clock of around 650 MHz.

Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will throttle both the CPU and GPU down to a steady 800 MHz and 500 MHz, respectively, in order to maintain a core temperature of about 75 C. It appears that the system will initially run at higher Boost clock rates until core temperature reaches 87 C where performance will then automatically throttle as appropriate.

Running Unigine Valley to better represent gaming loads reveals a similar CPU behavior as the Prime95 stress test above. Processor clock rates start high in the 3 GHz range before gradually falling to a steady and even slower 0.8 to 1.1 GHz range. Meanwhile, GPU clock is steady at 700 MHz throughout the entire run. It's possible that system resources and power are favoring the integrated GPU rather than the CPU when both processors are under stress.

Running on battery power will reduce both CPU and GPU performance. A 3DMark 11 run on batteries returns Physics and Graphics scores of 2934 and 1116 points, respectively, compared to 3710 and 1370 points when on mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Unigine Valley stress
Unigine Valley stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 1.9 - 2.0 -- 78
FurMark Stress -- 648 76
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 0.8 499 75
Unigine Valley Stress 1.1 699 73

Emissions

System Noise

Heat spreader in lieu of fan and heat pipes
Heat spreader in lieu of fan and heat pipes

The system runs in complete silence as there is no active fan. Instead, a copper heat spreader sits atop the processor for all its cooling needs. Periodic coil whine is only audible when placing the ear right next to the keyboard base.

Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
Noise
off / environment *
31.7
29.1
30.5
Idle Minimum *
31.7
29.1
30.5
28.9
Idle Average *
31.7
29.1
30.5
28.9
Idle Maximum *
31.7
31.2
31.5
28.9
Load Average *
38.4
37.3
36.2
30.9
Load Maximum *
34.7
39.6
40
33.5

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surface temperatures when idling are relatively warm on both sides of the notebook. Areas closest to the processor, for example, can be up to 26 C when the system is idling against a room temperature of 20 C.

The notebook can be as warm as 50 C on surfaces nearest the processor when under extreme processing loads. The frontal areas including the palm rests and most of the keyboard remain comfortable for typing and never become too warm to use. The exception is the top row of F keys since this area is directly above the copper heat spreader, but these keys are pressed infrequently enough that we were never bothered by the warmth. The Spectre x360 13 can become almost as warm as the XPS 2-in-1 around this same area, but its keyboard is positioned lower to better avoid the hot spots.

Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Max. Load
 44.4 °C51 °C34.2 °C 
 37 °C39.2 °C31.8 °C 
 32.4 °C30.2 °C30.2 °C 
Maximum: 51 °C
Average: 36.7 °C
38.6 °C46.2 °C48 °C
34.6 °C35 °C41.2 °C
33 °C34.8 °C35.8 °C
Maximum: 48 °C
Average: 38.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  52.8 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

The 2 W (1 W x 2) stereo speakers are about as loud as the ones on the XPS 13. Sound quality is not as good on the XPS 2-in-1 as shown by our microphone measurements below. Bass reproduction is poorer and treble is more uneven as well. Higher volume settings will not introduce static or reverberations, though sound balance suffers due to the weak bass.

XPS 13 2-in-1 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
XPS 13 2-in-1 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
XPS 13 9360 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
XPS 13 9360 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.834.72534.336.63132.634.24031.131.45030.931.46329.531.18030.430.710028.830.112528.53016027.232.820026.438.325025.740.331524.34240024.749.550023.655.763023.855.38002353.3100022.960.912502363160022.356.9200022.454.3250022.252.3315022.150.2400022.350.1500022.355.2630022.456.9800022.4611000022.4511250022.544.71600022.439.7SPL34.868.9N2.323.7median 22.9Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1median 51Delta1.6735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68.91 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(-) | mids are not linear (15.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (12.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 77% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 79% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 20%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Dell convertible consumes measurably less power when idling than other similarly sized notebooks with ULV U-class Skylake or Kaby Lake processors. Power consumption jumps to over 24 W when under 3DMark loads but drops slightly to just under 23 W when running Prime95 and FurMark due to the aforementioned throttling.

The small power adapter (~8.25 x 5.5 x 2 cm) is rated for 50 W or about twice the power consumption of the system when under full processing load. It also includes a full size USB Type-A port solely for charging smartphones or other devices. While it's possible to charge the notebook with a third party USB Type-C adapter (20 V/5 V, 2.25 A/3 A), it's always recommended to use the AC adapter provided by the manufacturer whenever possible.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.45 / 1.48 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.1 / 4.3 / 4.9 Watt
Load midlight 24.3 / 22.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
7Y75, HD Graphics 615, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.9
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
6500U, GeForce 940MX, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, TN LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
-46%
-54%
-68%
-11%
Idle Minimum *
3.1
4.3
-39%
5.5
-77%
3
3%
4.1
-32%
Idle Average *
4.3
6.3
-47%
6.7
-56%
5.6
-30%
4.2
2%
Idle Maximum *
4.9
9
-84%
7.1
-45%
6.8
-39%
5.1
-4%
Load Average *
24.3
32.7
-35%
33.1
-36%
48.7
-100%
22.1
9%
Load Maximum *
22.8
28.8
-26%
35.2
-54%
63
-176%
29.4
-29%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The capacity of the internal battery is indeed smaller than on competing convertibles and even the standard XPS 13. Nonetheless, battery life on the XPS 13 2-in-1 is almost on par with its notebook sibling largely due to both the less demanding i7-7Y75 CPU and passive cooling. Users can expect almost 11.5 hours of real-world WLAN use compared to about 9 hours on the HP Spectre 13 or 11 hours on the Yoga 910. At worst, users will get just under 3 hours of use at maximum screen brightness and extreme processing loads.

Charging can be done through either of the two USB Type-C ports. Charging from near empty to full capacity will take about two hours when the system is turned off or three to four hours if using the notebook whilst connected.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
16h 11min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
11h 26min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 55min
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
7Y75, HD Graphics 615, 46 Wh
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 78 Wh
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 57.8 Wh
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
6500U, GeForce 940MX, 48 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Battery Runtime
1%
-8%
-27%
7%
Reader / Idle
971
1069
10%
1233
27%
878
-10%
1295
33%
WiFi v1.3
686
644
-6%
558
-19%
486
-29%
677
-1%
Load
175
174
-1%
121
-31%
103
-41%
157
-10%

Pros

+ dual USB Type-C ports, MicroSD reader, 1x Thunderbolt 3
+ strong and compact chassis, attractive thin bezel
+ very good single-core performance from CPU
+ USB Type-C to Type-A adapter in box
+ crisp IPS touchscreen; QHD options
+ fanless design; silent operation
+ removable m.2 2280 NVMe SSD
+ Microsoft Hello support
+ long battery life

Cons

- CPU and GPU throttling when under stressful loads
- smaller battery capacity than XPS 13 9350/9360
- key feedback could have been firmer
- no integrated USB Type-A port
- suboptimal camera placement
- relatively narrow color gamut
- no side volume controls
- poor bass reproduction
- no SIM/WWAN options

Verdict

In review: Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1. Test model provided by Dell US.
In review: Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1. Test model provided by Dell US.

Why purchase the original XPS 13 when its more versatile 2-in-1 alternative is available?

Despite the almost identical appearance, there are still several reasons to consider the standard XPS 13. Firstly, the original XPS 13 is ever so slightly thicker and more rigid around its base and center of the keyboard without being any heavier. Secondly, it integrates both USB Type-A and a faster SD reader compared to no USB Type-A and just a MicroSD reader on the 2-in-1. Thirdly, the keyboard keys of the XPS 13 provide slightly firmer feedback when pressed and feel closer to that of the excellent AccuType keyboard on certain Lenovo notebooks.

The CPU performance differences between the XPS 13 2-in-1 and the XPS 13 shouldn't be ignored. The entry-level XPS 13 SKU with the i7-5200U CPU is almost 25 percent faster than the i7-7Y75 in the highest-end XPS 2-in-1 SKU. The deltas only grow larger when comparing the high-end XPS 13 SKU with the i7-7500U to the low-end XPS 2-in-1 SKU with the i5-7Y54. While not noticeable if simply word processing or browsing, loading times become more obvious for larger workloads and programs. Factor in the limited Turbo Boost and potential for throttling and you have a system that's more inadequate for photo editing and heavy multi-tasking than your typical Ultrabook or competing Spectre x360 13 and Yoga 910.

Users who can see beyond these drawbacks will have one of the best 2-in-1 experiences from a 13-inch notebook that's even more compact and lighter than the latest from Lenovo or HP. The InfinityEdge design translate beautifully to a convertible form factor and other key aspects like the display, SSD performance, battery life, and workmanship are all close if not identical to that of the XPS 13.

Users who want to do more than just web browsing, video streaming, and word processing may still prefer an Ultrabook with a U-class processor. Otherwise, this is easily one of our favorite 2-in-1s simply because of its small size and subsequent practicality in tablet mode.

Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1 - 02/02/2017 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
91 / 98 → 93%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
56 / 80 → 70%
Weight
72 / 78 → 87%
Battery
94%
Display
82%
Games Performance
50 / 68 → 74%
Application Performance
81 / 87 → 93%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
80 / 91 → 88%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
78%
87%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2017-02- 1 (Update: 2017-02- 2)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.