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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390)

Windows Tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

The new XPS 13 2-in-1 is stunning, powerful, and capable. You can get up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 32GB RAM, and pretty good Intel Iris graphics processing. While the XPS 13 2-in-1 can be used as a tablet, the keyboard is not detachable, but instead folds behind the display.

From $1,000 at Dell

Pros

  • 10th Gen Intel processors
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • 4K touch display with HDR400 certification
  • Thin and light premium build
  • Supports active pen for inking

Cons

  • RAM and SSD not upgradeable
  • More expensive

The Surface Pro 7 is more affordable than the new XPS 13 2-in-1, but that's reflected slightly with the specs, including a lower resolution screen. That said, it's still a stunning device that can be used as a dedicated tablet for more versatility. If drawing is more your thing, this is the ideal device.

From $749 at Microsoft

Pros

  • 10th Gen Intel processors
  • More affordable
  • Stunning design
  • Works with Microsoft's Stylus
  • Can be used as a tablet

Cons

  • Can't upgrade RAM
  • TypeCover is an optional extra
  • No 4K display option

If you're all about true versatility, the Surface Pro 7 is a fantastic Windows-powered tablet that can also be used as a notebook with the optional Type Cover. Should you need a more traditional laptop, the new XPS 13 2-in-1 is a gorgeous convertible PC with everything you need for work and a little play.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 vs. Surface Pro 7 tech specs

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Processor 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1
10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1
10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1
10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1
10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
RAM 4GB LPDDR4x 3733MHz
8GB LPDDR4x 3733MHz
16GB LPDDR4x 3733MHz
32GB LPDDR4x 3733MHz
8GB LPDDR4x
16GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256GB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
128GB CIe SSD
256GB CIe SSD
512GB CIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
Display size 13.4-inch 12.3-inch
Display resolution 1920 x 1200 (touch)
3840 x 2400 (touch)
2736 x 1824 (touch)
Aspect ratio 16:10 3:2
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Ports 2x Thunderbolt 3
MicroSD
3.5mm audio
1x USB-C 3.1
1x USB-A
3.5mm audio
Surface Connect
microSD card reader
Security Fingerprint reader IR camera
Battery Up to 9 hours Up to 10.5 hours
Dimensions 11.69 x 8.15 x 0.28 - 0.51 inches
( 297 x 207 x 7 - 13 mm)
11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches
(292mm x 201mm x 8.5mm)
Weight From 2.9 lbs (1.32 kg) From 1.7 lbs (775g)

Design and tech

Dell's XPS 13 is a stunning laptop and is one of our favorite notebooks around. The 2-in-1 takes what makes the normal notebook version work so well and adds more versatility with the addition of a tablet mode. There's the choice of two exterior finish options and black and white interior options, depending on your personal preference.

The Surface Pro 7 from Microsoft is also great to look at thanks in large part to the tablet form factor and aluminum build. You're more limited in choice of color for the tablet itself, but the optional Type Covers allow you to add some personal touches to the experience.

Both the Surface Pro 7 and XPS 13 2-in-1 are gorgeous in their own right.

XPS 13 2-in-1 is a laptop convertible, while the Surface Pro 7 is a tablet at heart, which makes it weigh considerably less. It's certainly possible to use the XPS 13 2-in-1 as a notebook or tablet, but for long durations in your hand, you may want to consider the Surface for its lighter build.

When it comes to connectivity, the XPS 2-in-1 wins with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack, while the Surface Pro 7 houses USB Type-A, USB Type-C, Surface Connect, microSD card reader, and 3.5mm headset jack.

If you need a tablet that can be used as a laptop when it's required, the Surface Pro 7 makes more sense, while the XPS 13 2-in-1 is for those who will enjoy a notebook that can be used in tent, stand, and tablet mode — perfect for enjoying movies.

Looking at the display

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Dell makes some killer displays and the XPS 13 2-in-1 has a super panel. The 16:10 ratio is a great upgrade from older models thanks to the increased screen real estate, and the optional 4K display can hit a brightness of around 500 nits — it's also HDR400 certified for better color and contrast production.

The Surface Pro 7 display isn't as good as what Dell has to offer with the optional 4K panel, but with a resolution of 2736x1824 (touch) and a 3:2 aspect ratio, it's not a bad panel to gaze at throughout the day so long as you don't mind dropping down a notch in terms of size.

Performance and pricing

Both the new XPS 13 2-in-1 and Surface Pro 7 come equipped with Intel's latest 10th Gen processors. Compared to the older 8th Gen processors, these new CPUs offer better efficiency and performance. Combined with the new CPUs is the option for 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage with the XPS 13 2-in-1.

The same amount of storage can be configured with the Surface Pro 7, but it's capped at 16GB of RAM. You can't upgrade the RAM in both devices after purchase, which is a shame, though Microsoft does allow for the SSD to be replaced in the Surface tablet.

For pricing, the Surface Pro 7 starts at just $749, which will see you own a powerful Windows tablet with an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 begins at $1,000, rocking an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM, so you do get a little more for your money with Microsoft.

Dell's XPS 13 2-in1 is a more traditional laptop

Dell revamped the XPS 13 2-in-1 with new 10th Gen Core CPUs, along with a switch to a 16:10 screen and a revamped cooling system. This all makes the convertible notebook that much more powerful, allowing you to get more done and the move to a 16:10 ratio is a fantastic upgrade, especially if you opt for the 4K display. This is perfect for those needing a capable convertible laptop.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390)

Beautiful convertible with latest Intel CPUs

The new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is the perfect PC for those seeking a capable notebook that can also be used as a tablet. Rocking Intel's latest 10th Gen processors and up to 32GB of RAM, it's a powerful machine that can handle moderate workloads.

A more affordable and truly portable Windows tablet

Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 is a killer tablet, allowing you to take with you an Intel-powered PC in your backpack that you can use literally anywhere. You'll need to buy the keyboard cover separately, but considering it's more versatile, it's a worthy trade-off if you can make use of the different modes.

Windows Tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

A capable Windows 10 tablet with serious specs

If you prefer to use a tablet with a clean, compact design, the Surface Pro 7 is the clear choice. It's also more affordable than the XPS 13 2-in-1, but you will need to fork out extra for the stylus and Type Cover.

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