Dell XPS 13 vs XPS 13 2-in-1 vs...
Looking for a SMALL machine for when I'm on the move or need to work at home. I want it to be small enough that I don't agonise over whether its worth taking it or not when I go places. I was really temped by something really ultra portable, like a surface pro, but realised that I need something with a proper attached keyboard (something I can use on my lap). I'm quite attracted to the idea of a 2-in-1 as I work as a lecturer and i've seen colleagues use two in ones as a kind of virtual whiteboard while they are teaching which they then have a record of afterwards. Also for taking notes that include diagrams in seminars, hence the inclusion of the 2-in-1.
The only none-work thing I plan to do with it is photo editing from RAW images.
These use cases mean that a proper HDMI port and a proper card reader would be really useful (but I suppose I can make do with dongles).
I thought the XPSs looked good for my purposes: As small as 12in machines, but with 13.3in screens and some proper power (or at least big disks and lots of RAM). Seems that there is a Lattitude equivalent of each of the XPS models (the 7380 and the 7389 respectively). The 7389 is 200g heavier than the XPS 2-in-1 which seems to defeat the object. The only advantage of the XPS 13 over the 7380 seems to be 8th gen CPUs?
My employer's supply deal with Dell means there is not a lot of difference in price between any of these machines, except that the 2-in-1s are a little more expensive, but I'm not absolutely tied to Dell.
1) What is your budget?
2) What size notebook would you prefer?
b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12" screen
c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
a. Like: Dell
-> My, employer has a supply deal with Dell. This means a. Dells are much cheaper than advertised price. b. need to make a really good argument to use a different supplier.
5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
Not for this purchase.
6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
Office work, lecturing, some coding, some photo-editing.
7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
It will be mobile. I have a beefy workstation on my desk at work. Will be my primary machine for working at home though.
8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
Sadly I think I need to give up on the dream that I'll find time to play games.
9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
More the better. Any less than 8 seems like a bad deal these days.
10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
Fine with web.
11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
Needs to run MS Office (full version).
12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
FHD is fine at this size. Obviously wouldn't turn my nose up at QHD or 4K.
13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
Build Quality and Design
14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
15) When are you buying this laptop?
16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
3 years minimum
17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
128GB is definitely no good. Could probably get by on 256GB, 512GB is better.
18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?