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MSI Summit E13 Flip vs. XPS 13 2-in-1: Giving Dell a run for its money

MSI Summit E13 Flip vs. XPS 13 2-in-1: Giving Dell a run for its money
MSI Summit E13 Flip vs. XPS 13 2-in-1: Giving Dell a run for its money
MSI's first stab at a luxurious subnotebook convertible is already good enough to rival the best from Dell. It's not perfect, but it offers enough extras to make it worth considering on your list.
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MSI isn't just a gaming company anymore. Its latest Summit series is a direct answer to popular prosumer laptops like the Dell XPS, HP Spectre, Asus ZenBook, Huawei MateBook X Pro, and even the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. We recently just finished reviewing the 13.4-inch MSI Summit E13 Flip convertible and it is already proving to be a worthwhile alternative to the venerable 13.4-inch XPS 13 alternative.

Our graphs and tables below compare the Summit E13 Flip with last year's XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 to show the advantages and disadvantages of each. We would have loved to compare the newer Tiger Lake XPS 13 9310 2-in-1 instead, but Dell says it was unable to send us a unit for testing and so we had to use its older Ice Lake model as the next best thing. The XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 and 9310 2-in-1 are otherwise visually identical.

The biggest advantages of the MSI system are its smoother 120 Hz display refresh rate, greater and more consistent performance, PCIe 4.0 M.2 slot, and larger battery for longer runtimes. The higher refresh rate in particular adds significantly to the user experience as it boosts responsiveness especially when using a stylus.

The disadvantages of the MSI are arguably just as considerable. Most notably, it is slightly heavier and larger than the Dell alternative meaning its higher performance, longer runtimes, and larger port options don't come free. Its fans tend to be more noticeable as well because they change in RPM more frequently when running higher loads.

We can't declare one system to be objectively better than the other since they have their pros and cons. If you don't mind a slightly bigger system for its superior display, port options, battery life, and performance, for example, then the extra girth and noise of the MSI may be worth it over the Dell. See our reviews on the MSI Summit E13 Flip and Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 to learn more about each system.

MSI Summit E13 Flip EvoDell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1
CPU/GPU11th gen Core i7-1185G7
Iris Xe
10th gen Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus G7
Touchscreen13.4-inch, 16:10, 1920 x 1200
120 Hz refresh rate

13.4-inch, 16:10, 1920 x 1200
60 Hz refresh rate

RAM

32 GB LPDDR4X 2133 MHz16 GB LPDDR4 1866 MHz
Ports3x USB-C (2x Thunderbolt 4 + DisplayPort + Power Delivery)
1x USB-A
1x 3.5 mm combo audio
MicroSD reader
2x USB-C (2x Thunderbolt 3 + DisplayPort + Power Delivery)
1x 3.5 mm combo audio
MicroSD reader
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1
300.2 mm / 11.8 inch 222.25 mm / 8.75 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.4 kg2.98 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 207 mm / 8.15 inch 13 mm / 0.512 inch 1.3 kg2.93 lbs
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Sharp LQ134N1JW53, IPS, 13.40, 1920x1200
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Sharp LQ134N1, IPS, 13.40, 1920x1200
Response Times
30%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
64 (30.8, 33.2)
47.6 (23.2, 24.4)
26%
Response Time Black / White *
44 (22, 22)
29.2 (16, 13.2)
34%
PWM Frequency
2500 (25)
Screen
-15%
Brightness middle
551.3
549.8
0%
Brightness
517
520
1%
Brightness Distribution
91
86
-5%
Black Level *
0.37
0.39
-5%
Contrast
1490
1410
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.45
2.12
-46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.86
3.66
-28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.7
1.37
19%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.3
2.6
-100%
Gamma
2.14 103%
2.3 96%
CCT
6580 99%
6884 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65
65.4
1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99
99.7
1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
8% / -8%

* ... smaller is better

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MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT Intel Core i7-1185G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø835 (828.74-851.79)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7 Intel Core i7-1065G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø672 (632.81-836.68)
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K Intel Core i7-1185G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø714 (631.55-870.74)
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Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R23: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
2101 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2024 Points ∼96% -4%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
557 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
465 Points ∼83% -17%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5504 (5281.5min - 5504.22max) Points ∼100%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1457 Points ∼100%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
217 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
174 Points ∼80% -20%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
852 (828.74min - 851.79max) Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
830 Points ∼97% -3%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
679 Seconds * ∼100% -23%
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
554 Seconds * ∼82%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5208 MIPS ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4434 MIPS ∼85% -15%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
25319 MIPS ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
22898 MIPS ∼90% -10%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1498 Points ∼100%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5583 Points ∼100%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
7.06 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
6.38 fps ∼90% -10%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
46.5 s * ∼100%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Core i7-1185G7
0.587 sec * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
5045 Points ∼32%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
3998 Points ∼26% -21%
Productivity
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
7179 Points ∼64% +3%
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
6948 Points ∼62%
Essentials
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
9678 Points ∼84% +17%
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
8279 Points ∼72%
Score
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
4746 Points ∼54%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
4677 Points ∼53% -1%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1607 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1603 Points ∼100% 0%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
833 Points ∼52% -48%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1783 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1749 Points ∼98% -2%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
948 Points ∼53% -47%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
5577 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
5498 Points ∼99% -1%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3144 Points ∼56% -44%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
6379 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
4709 Points ∼74% -26%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4143 Points ∼65% -35%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
6983 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
5339 Points ∼76% -24%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4594 Points ∼66% -34%
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
Noise
-4%
off / environment *
24.5
28.1
-15%
Idle Minimum *
24.7
28.1
-14%
Idle Average *
24.7
28.1
-14%
Idle Maximum *
26.4
28.1
-6%
Load Average *
37.8
31.7
16%
Witcher 3 ultra *
41.4
43.4
-5%
Load Maximum *
48.8
43.4
11%

* ... smaller is better

MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo A11MT
i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 70 Wh
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 51 Wh
Battery Runtime
-20%
Reader / Idle
1267
WiFi v1.3
672
537
-20%
Load
109
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo (Running Witcher 3 with Turbo off)
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo (Running Witcher 3 with Turbo off)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 (Running Witcher 3)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 (Running Witcher 3)
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo (Running Witcher 3 with Turbo off)
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo (Running Witcher 3 with Turbo off)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 (Running Witcher 3)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 (Running Witcher 3)
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo (Power consumption when running Prime95)
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo (Power consumption when running Prime95)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 (Power consumption when running Prime95)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 (Power consumption when running Prime95)

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