Best answer: The XPS 13 (7390) does not come with a digital pen or stylus included. Touch display models would no doubt work with an inactive stylus — something with a generic rubber tip — but an active digital pen is not compatible. If you'd like to enjoy quality inking from an XPS laptop, have a look at Dell's convertible XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) combined with the Dell Premium Active Pen.

How do the XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 compare?

Dell's standard XPS 13 (7390) 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. These are sibling laptops that have been designed to fulfill different uses. The XPS 13 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. The standard XPS 13 does come with available FHD or 4K touch display, but it doesn't have the same technology behind it that allows for active inking.

The XPS 13 2-in-1's display has a slightly larger 16:10 aspect ratio (compared to 16:9) for its touch displays, giving you a bit more screen real estate. It's available in either 1920x1200 (FHD+) or 3840x2400 (UHD+) resolutions, and all models are compatible with an active pen.

Both laptops are equipped with 10th Gen Intel Core processors (CPU), though they do slightly differ. The XPS 13 notebook is using "Comet Lake" chips with a 14nm lithography, while "Ice Lake" chips in the XPS 13 2-in-1 have a 10nm lithography. Without going too deep into transistor talk, the CPUs in the convertible XPS 13 2-in-1 should prove more powerful. You can also currently only go up to a Core i7 option with the XPS 13 2-in-1, whereas the standard XPS 13 is capped at a Core i5 CPU until more configuration options are released by Dell.

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

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390)

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

Dell Premium 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

Dell XPS 13 (7390)

Still a great Ultrabook

It doesn't support inking, but the notebook XPS 13 (7390) is still a powerful, sleek laptop that will make a fine addition to your office or home.

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