Does Dell's XPS 13 (9300) come with a digital pen or stylus?
How do the XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 compare?
Dell's standard XPS 13 (9300) notebook and its convertible XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) counterpart both start at about the same price and have a similar premium 13-inch design. They're both some of the best Windows laptops available now. These are sibling devices that have been designed to fulfill different uses. The XPS 13 (9300) sits as a notebook without the ability to change its form, while the XPS 13 2-in-1 can have its lid and display rotated around to tent, stand, and, most importantly for inking, tablet mode.
If you'd like to take advantage of Windows Ink to jot notes, sketch diagrams and drawings, or use any of the awesome active pen apps available, you'll have to go with the XPS 13 2-in-1 and its pen digitizer. The standard XPS 13 does come with FHD+ (1920x1200) or UHD+ (3840x2400) touch displays, but it doesn't have the same technology behind it that allows for active inking. The XPS 13 2-in-1's display has the same 16:10 aspect ratio. It's available in either FHD+ or UHD+ resolutions, and all models are compatible with an active pen.
Both laptops are equipped with 10th Gen Intel Core processors (CPU), available with up to a Core i7 chip. They're both available with LPDDR4x RAM, M.2 PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and the same selection of ports. Both are also available with Wi-Fi 6.
Bottom line? If you'd like to use an active pen with your 13-inch XPS laptop, you won't have to trade performance or design when you opt for the convertible model.
Convertible with an Active Pen
10th Gen Intel CPUs and inking
Dell's redesigned XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) brings a premium, sleek body, gorgeous display options, and active pen compatibility.
What's inking like on the XPS 13 2-in-1?
Combined with Dell's Premium Active Pen, you'll enjoy 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt support, and a 240Hz report rate for an overall smooth and precise inking experience. To keep your pen close by when not in use, the active pen will magnetically attach to the side of your laptop.
Buttons on the pen can be customized through Windows Ink, allowing you to set up handy shortcuts to expedite the drawing or sketching process. This active pen is quite flexible thanks to MPP 1.51, Wacom AES 1.0, and Wacom AES 2.0 compatibility, allowing you to use it with many other devices that support inking.
Compatible Active Pen
For your XPS 13 2-in-1
If it's the convertible XPS 13 2-in-1 you're interested in, be sure to pair it with this active pen. Enjoy 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt support for a natural feel.
No Active Pen Support
Still a great Ultrabook
It doesn't support inking, but the notebook XPS 13 (9300) is still a powerful, sleek laptop that will make an excellent addition to your office or home.
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Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.