Dell’s XPS 13 is a powerful and portable Windows 10 laptop. Find out how the different models compare and where to find the UK’s cheapest XPS 13 deals.

At present, my laptop of choice is the Dell XPS 13. Smaller and more powerful than a MacBook Pro, key to the laptop is what Dell calls an InfinityEdge display. This is a virtually borderless 13.3-inch screen that allows the laptop to fit in to what was traditionally a 12-inch form factor.

There are two versions of the XPS 13 available to buy in the UK. The regular XPS 13 9360 is Dell’s mainstream laptop with a traditional form factor. Starting from around £1,099, it’s about £350 cheaper than Apple’s latest MacBook Pro. For ultimate portability, Dell also offers the XPS 13 2-in-1 9365. This has a 360° hinge so can easily transform between laptop and tablet form factors, making it a great choice for on-the-go entertainment. It starts from about £1,349 with a touchscreen as standard.

In this article, we’ll compare the two different versions of the XPS 13 laptop. We’ll also compare the UK’s cheapest available deals for both the XPS 13 9360 and the XPS 13 2-in-1 9365.

XPS 13 9360

Currently, the XPS 13 9360 is Dell’s mainstream flagship 13-inch laptop. The laptop has a 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display with ultra-slim bezels, so the form factor is more like a traditional 12-inch laptop.

The XPS 13 9360 is super-light and super-portable, weighing less than 1.3kg and with a thickness of between 9mm and 15mm. The laptop is constructed from aluminium and runs the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.

There are currently five different variants of the XPS 13 9360 to choose from. Primarily, there are three key things you need to think about when choosing which model to buy:

  • Display. You can save a little bit of money by choosing the Full HD version of the XPS 13 9360. This will have a full-HD display (1920×1080 pixels) and will not have touchscreen capabilities. On the more expensive QHD+ model, you’ll get a screen with 3200×1800 pixels and with touchscreen capabilities. Personally, my preference is the full HD non-touchscreen model (it still has a very good display and I find I rarely ever use the touchscreen capability on a laptop).
  • Processor. The XPS 13 comes with a choice of two processors: either an Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7. For everyday computing, the Core i5 model should suffice. However, if you’re a heavy gamer or power user, you may find slightly better performance with the Core i7.
  • Storage. Most versions of the XPS 13 come with 256GB storage and 8GB of RAM. On the most expensive model, you can upgrade this to 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM.

The XPS 13 9360 is available to buy directly from Dell and also from a range of other retailers:

Retailer Full HD (Non-Touch) QHD+ (Touchscreen)
Core i5
256GB / 8GB
Core i7
256GB / 8GB
Core i5
256GB / 8GB
Core i7
256GB / 8GB
Core i7
512GB / 16GB
Dell £1,149.00 £1,249.00 £1,279.00 £1,379.00 £1,549.00
Microsoft £1,099.00 £1,449.00
Very £1,099.99 £1,299.99
Amazon.co.uk £1,100.00 £1,249.00
Currys £1,149.00 £1,549.00
PC World £1,149.00 £1,549.00
John Lewis £1,149.95 £1,549.95

For customers wanting to buy a XPS 13, the cheapest available deal is currently to buy the laptop from Microsoft. If you buy the laptop from Microsoft, you’ll get a Signature Edition device. You’ll also get a 1-year subscription for Office 365 included in the price (this is worth £59.99).

As an alternative, customers buying the XPS 13 from John Lewis will receive an extra year’s guarantee included in the price.

XPS 13 2-in-1 9365

If you mainly use your laptop for entertainment purposes, Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 9365 is a hybrid device that can easily transform between laptop and tablet form factors.

This 2-in-1 laptop is even thinner and even more portable than the standard XPS 13. Weighing just 1.24kg, the laptop has also been slimmed down to between 8mm and 13.7mm. Due to the slimmer form factor, the XPS 13 2-in-1 has just two USB type-C sockets (whereas the regular XPS 13 has one USB type-C socket as well as two traditional full-sized USB ports). The XPS 13 2-in-1 also has a slightly slower processor, but this should give improved battery life when you’re using the device on-the-go.

Due to the 2-in-1 form factor and due to a touchscreen being offered as standard on the device, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is slightly more expensive than the regular XPS 13 laptop. It’s also currently available from a smaller range of retailers:

Retailer Full HD (Touchscreen) QHD+ (Touchscreen)
128GB / 4GB
Core i5
256GB / 8GB
Core i5
512GB / 8GB
Core i7
Dell £1,349.00 £1,499.00 £1,669.00
John Lewis £1,449.95
Currys £1,499.00
PC World £1,499.00
Amazon.co.uk £1,399.00

At present, most people will be best off buying the XPS 13 2-in-1 directly from Dell. This is because Dell tends to offer the best prices directly on their website. They also have the largest available selection of models. If you’re buying the 256GB QHD+ model, it’s also worth considering buying the laptop from John Lewis. For an extra 95p, you’ll receive an extra year’s warranty as part of the price at John Lewis.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 has a clever 360° hinge system. This allows it to be used in a range of positions (e.g. in tablet, tent, laptop and stand mode).

Which XPS 13?

If you’re mainly using your laptop either for work, productivity or gaming, we’d recommend buying the regular XPS 13 9360. It’s available for a lower price than the XPS 13 2-in-1, has better performance and also better connectivity (including 2 full-sized USB ports).

If your laptop is mainly used for consuming entertainment on-the-go, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is also worth a consideration. It has a clever 360° hinge so you can use it at a variety of angles. You’ll also get touchscreen capabilities as standard on the device making it easier to interact with websites and applications.

In the following table, we show some of the key differences between the regular XPS 13 and the XPS 13 2-in-1:

Dell XPS 13 9360
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9365
Price From £1,099 From £1,349
Form Factor
Form Factor Traditional laptop 2-in-1 (laptop-tablet hybrid)
Weight 1.20-1.29kg 1.24kg
Thickness 9-15mm 8-13.7mm
Display 13.3″ full HD (1920×1080) non-touch
13.3″ QHD+ (3200×1800) with touch
13.3″ full HD (1920×1080) with touch
13.3″ QHD+ (3200×1800) with touch
Internals
Processor Intel Core i5-7200U
2.5GHz, with 3.1GHz boost
Intel Core i7-7500U
2.7GHz, with 3.5GHz boost
Intel Core i5-7Y54
1.2GHz, with 3.2GHz boost
Intel Core i7-7Y75
1.3GHz, with 3.6GHz boost
Storage 256GB – 512GB 128GB – 512GB
RAM 8GB – 16GB 4GB – 8GB
Connectivity
USB Ports 1x USB type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
2x regular full-size USB
1x USB type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
1x USB type-C (no Thunderbolt)

More Information

For more information, please see Dell’s official webpage on the XPS 13 and the XPS 13 2-in-1.

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  • Hi Ken,

    I am curious about the processing power of the Dell XPS 13 2in1 i7-7575.

    I have read numerous reviews that it is less powerful than the standard XPS 13 i7, however noone has really defined what performance you could expect, other than it’s less powerful.

    For everyday computing, internet browsing, travel (so reviewing go pro photos/videos) and some moderate excel work, would the i7-7575 cope with that?

    Thanks,

    • Hi Matt,
      Thanks for your comment. The truth is, I’m not the most knowledgeable person about PC processors, so I certainly can’t speak with any authority on this issue! However, my view is you should almost certainly be fine for everyday computing, browsing, Excel, etc on the XPS 13 2-in-1. If you’re editing videos or playing video games on your computer, you may notice slightly slower performance compared to the standard XPS 13. There’s an in-depth review at Ars Technica (one of my favourite websites) – they’ve performed a couple of benchmarks so you can see how the performance compares.
      Hope this helps!
      Ken

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