Which ports are on the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2022)?

Which ports are on the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2022)?

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 for 2022 comes with some big design changes, and it’s now the thinnest laptop yet in the XPS family. That’s because it’s not actually a typical laptop, and instead, it’s a tablet with an optional detachable keyboard. This form factor does allow for a more compact design, but it often comes with some sacrifices, including ports. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 doesn’t sacrifice any ports compared to the clamshell models in the XPS 13 family, but whether that’s good or not is up for debate.

You get two Thunderbolt 4 ports with the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, and that’s it. Just like the Dell XPS 13 Plus and the regular XPS 13, there are no other ports built into the device itself, but Dell does ship two adapters in the box: One USB Type-C to Type-A adapter and one USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter. That’s how you can plug in some legacy peripherals if you need them. The big difference between this and the other XPS 13 models is that those have one port on each side, while the 2-in-1 has the two ports next to each other.


Left-side view of the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 in light blue showing the two Thunderbolt 4 ports

How to add more ports to the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Despite not having a ton of ports, you could argue that this setup is actually not that bad. That’s because these are Thunderbolt ports, which make it easy to expand the port selection on your laptop with multiple high-speed connections. This is possible using Thunderbolt docks, such as the Anker 777, which is one of the more reasonably priced and versatile options out there. This gives you multiple USB ports, two HDMI ports for two 4K displays at 60Hz, Ethernet, and a headphone jack. You can check it out below.

    The Anker 777 is a solidly-built Thunderbolt docking station with a wide range of ports that can expand the connectivity of your laptop.

Thunderbolt docks can even charge your laptop, too, so you can connect all of these accessories using just one port. Even the cheaper Thunderbolt docks are still pretty expensive, though, so if you want more affordable expansion options, there are also USB-C hubs that give you more ports for a much lower price. These often don’t include a power supply, but many do support passthrough charging if you use the charger you already have, so you can still use just one port for all the accessories you need.

And that’s about it for the ports on the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. Yes, the port setup isn’t all too expansive, but that’s what you’d expect from most Windows tablets, too. And while it’s not ideal for everyone, Thunderbolt ports do make expansion a little bit easier.

If you want to buy the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, we’ll have a link below once the tablet is available to buy. Dell has said it will launch at some point in the summer, so we shouldn’t have to wait a lot longer. If you’d rather have more ports, you can check out the best Dell laptops you can buy today. While the XPS family doesn’t typically have a ton of ports, there are other options that make it a bit easier to plug in accessories.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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