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Dell vs. HP: we face the best 2-in-1 laptops in the market

Because of their versatility, convertible laptops have earned their own space in the computer segment. When you want you can use them as a tablet and when not as a laptop, which makes them perfect to take with you everywhere. In this article we compare the HP Specter x360 13 and Dell XPS 13 2 in 1 models. Inside, both share some components, but they are also very different. Who wins between Dell vs. Dell. HP?

Design

Dell vs. HP. Portable XPS 13 2 in 1 open.

Both are attractive laptops, but they can't be more different. The XPS 13 2 in 1 is much more conservative, with silver aluminum on the outside of the chassis and the option to choose the interior in white or black. Its forms are more traditional and has a rear chassis similar to other current Dell laptops.

The Specter x360 13 has a much more extravagant design, with its gem cut angles at the edges and at each rear corner (they are thus cut to provide easy access to the ignition button and one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports). You can get the HP in the colors Nightfall Black, Poseidon Blue and Natural Silver.

Both laptops are well built, with little flex on the cover, the keyboard cover and the bottom of the chassis. The hinges convey confidence while rotating 360 degrees, and hold the screens just where you need it. In terms of size, the XPS 13 2 in 1 is a little less wide while the Specter x360 13 is less deep, but both are relatively small thanks to the thin bevels that save space and have a modern look.

The HP offers a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio that leads the 2-in-1 convertible equipment segment. The XPS 13 2-in-1 is quite thinner with 0.51 inches versus 0.67 inches, and the laptops are almost equal to Lightweight with a weight of about 2.9 pounds.

HP Specter X360 convertible notebook closed

The two incorporate touch screens compatible with active pencils, and also support the ink and handwriting of Windows 10. The XPS 13 2 in 1, however, uses a second generation keyboard of magnetic levitation (maglev) very shallow, and offers a very different feeling that users love it or not.

The keyboard of the Specter x360 13, on the other hand, is the same deep version, well spaced and with clicks that we have loved in recent versions. It is very likely that those who write with a finger prefer the HP keyboard. Both laptops have large touch panels with support for Microsoft Precision, which means they are equally accurate and support the full range of Windows 10 multi-touch gestures.

When it comes to connectivity they are also different. The XPS 13 2 in 1 has two USB-C ports with support for Thunderbolt 3 and a Micro SD card reader. That is all. The Specter x360 13 also provides two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, but it also integrates a USB-A 3.1 port for older peripherals and a Micro SD card reader.

Both laptops support Wi-Fi 6 for faster internet speed along with Bluetooth 5, while Specter x360 13 adds data support for LTE phones that can now be used in conjunction with Wi-Fi. Finally, HP incorporates two privacy features: an electronic switch that disables the webcam and a specific button to turn off the microphone.

performance

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop keyboard

XPS 13 2 in 1 and Specter x360 13 are built with Intel's Ice Generation CPUs of the tenth generation. Consequently, they provide a very similar performance that can be adjusted using tools that allow you to increase the speed with more fan noise or keep it quiet.

Both also offer Intel's enhanced Iris Plus graphics that provide better basic-level games than usual Intel integrated graphics and better support for creative applications that can use the GPU to accelerate certain operations.

In summary, these two 2-in-1 devices offer exceptional performance that is competitive with the vast majority of 13-inch laptops. There are few things that you are laptops They can't satisfy.

Both Dell and HP offer some display options. The XPS 13 2 in 1 has a 16:10 more productive aspect ratio with Full HD or 4K IPS panels, and the latter will provide you with very precise colors and a good contrast for an LED display. The Specter x360 13, on the other hand, has two screens (with the option of privacy panel coming soon) that are located at the ends of the spectrum.

The Full HD screen of low consumption is very good with solid colors and excellent brightness, but its biggest claim is the low consumption technology that provides one of the best batteries that can be found in a 13-inch laptop. In addition, HP also offers an AMOLED panel that provides superior brightness, colors and contrast and is simply the best screen you'll find in this kind of machine.

XPS 13 2 in 1 benefits from its 16:10 aspect ratio, but HP's AMOLED display is simply magnificent. And if the battery life is your main concern, then HP's low power panel will provide you with a longer lifetime.

Portability

HP Specter x360 notebook open

Both are small and lightweight laptops and you probably won't feel that they weigh heavily on your backpack. Both have enough power in a thin, small and light chassis.

Battery life matters and HP has an advantage here. With the Full HD screen of low consumption we are talking about additional hours of battery life when performing most of the productivity tasks. It is simply phenomenal. On the other hand, if you want a 4K screen, you are likely to get a better battery life from the Dell IPS 4K screen than the HP AMOLED screen. So in the end, it all comes down to what matters most to you: the quality of the screen or the battery life.

Ultimately, the HP notebook offers the best battery life thanks to its low power display.