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XPS 13 2-in-1: The new convertible with more cooling than you could shake a stick at

The new XPS 13 2-in-1 should launch in approximately 3 weeks. (Image source: Dell)
The new XPS 13 2-in-1 should launch in approximately 3 weeks. (Image source: Dell)
Dell has been promoting its upcoming XPS 13 2-in-1 refresh on YouTube, lifting the lid on its new cooling system. While the company had previously announced that the convertible would feature vaper chamber and GORE cooling, the new video explains the use of the several slits adorning its bottom case. An innovative solution or an eyesore?

The new XPS 13 2-in-1 is but a few weeks away, with Dell working towards an early August release date. This may now be later than August 2 though considering that Frank Azor, the now ex-VP and General Manager of Alienware and XPS, seemed unwilling to stick to the previously announced date shortly before his departure.

Inexplicably, Dell has already delayed the original release date of July 10, although it has been steadily releasing videos on YouTube detailing the new features and innovations of the upcoming XPS 13 2-in-1 refresh. An image from a recent video caught our eye though, namely the exhaust vents that Dell has designed. Most laptops push waste heat out through long vents either tucked away near the display hinge or along the sides of their chassis. Some devices like the XPS 15 have a long grille on the bottom case too.

By contrast, Dell has aligned the two fans of the XPS 13 2-in-1 with its hinges, allowing it to always expel heat regardless of whether it is being used as a laptop, tablet or in tent mode. Moreover, the company has engineered 10 slits along three sides of the bottom case to aid airflow, which is something we have not seen before. Dell calls this "hidden exhaust venting", as it should be invisible when you are using the XPS 13 2-in-1 as a laptop.

Overall, these new exhaust vents look like a novel way to minimise thermal throttling, while complementing the new vapour chamber and GORE cooling. Still, soldered storage and Wi-Fi is a no from us and seems like profiteering rather than giving the device any greater functionality than its predecessors already have.

(Image source: Dell)

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Alex Alderson, 2019-07-11 (Update: 2019-07-11)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.