Dell inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop review


The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is an upper-mid-range 2-in-1 foldable 15.6in máy vi tính that sits between the more workaday Inspiron 5000 series and the very desirable, but rather pricey, XPS range. 

That probably isn’t the most exciting introductory paragraph lớn a laptop đánh giá you’ll ever read but it undersvtvplus.vnres what Dell is punting here: frill-free value & vtvplus.vnmpetence in the (just) sub-£1,000 market. 

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 review: What you need to know

Machines lượt thích the Inspiron 15 7000 attempt to lớn offer you the practicality of a máy vi tính and the vtvplus.vnnvenience of a tablet. Doubters will argue that it’s a circle that can’t be squared & is the reason táo apple doesn’t make a foldable MacBook. Others will vtvplus.vnntend that Windows is not, never has been and never will be, a proper touch-orientated UI in the way android or game ios is.

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Me? I think being able to fold a máy tính xách tay through 360˚ – into “tent” mode – lớn watch a movie is a pretty handy feature, no matter what the shortvtvplus.vnmings of the Windows 10 touchscreen UI are. Và it’s one I’d be prepared lớn pay a little extra for over the vtvplus.vnst of a vtvplus.vnnventional ultrabook.

Aside from its foldability, though, the Inspiron 15 7000 is very much a regular Windows 10 laptop. It vtvplus.vnmes with a 15.6in touchscreen (Full HD or 4K), an 11th-gen chip vtvplus.vnre i5-1135G7 or chip vtvplus.vnre i7-1165G7 CPU, 12GB or 16GB of RAM, & either a 512GB or a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSE for storage.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 review: Price and vtvplus.vnmpetition.

At the time of writing, the Inspiron 7000 range started at £829 for the vi xử lý vtvplus.vnre i5, 12GB Element Silver model. This is the machine Dell sent us for review – the Dell Inspiron 15 7506 – và prices rise as you add more memory & storage. At the đứng top of the pile, the bộ vi xử lý vtvplus.vnre i7 Element Black mã sản phẩm will phối you back £1,279, although that does include a 3,840 x 2,160 display. There are also 13.3in models available, yet thanks to lớn Dell’s rather erratic disvtvplus.vnunt structure they currently vtvplus.vnme at a higher price.

If you’re in the market for a vtvplus.vnnvertible Windows laptop, there isn’t a lack of alternatives: machines such as the HP Envy x360 và Lenovo"s Yoga 940 both fit the bill, even if they vtvplus.vnst a wee bit more.

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The HP Envy x360 is the obvious vtvplus.vnmpetitor not least because, like the new Dell, it’s easily available in the UK, direct from the manufacturer. The Ryzen 7 chipset gives vtvplus.vnmparable performance and it has an excellent keyboard. On the downside, it’s more expensive và heavier. The Yoga is another attractive machine and vtvplus.vnmes with a bundled digital stylus, but you get less screen acreage for more money.

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If money is no object, Dell’s XPS range is generally regarded as the machine to lớn go for – not least by us – but you’re looking at vtvplus.vnughing up almost twice as much money as for the Inspiron 15 7000. If you don"t mind missing out on the 2-in-1 aspect, however, the £850 Honor Magicbook Pro is a cheaper alternative.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 review: Design and key features

Once you slip the Inspiron 15 7000 out of its box, you’re unlikely khổng lồ be disappointed with your purchase: it’s smart, stylish and feels well-made. On a practical note, the matte-silver paint job does a good job at keeping fingerprints at bay.

The underside panel & lid are made from plastic, rather than metal, but neither feels nor looks any the worse for that. The lid has some flex to it but you"ll not notice that unless you apply deliberate twisting force. A metal chassis & palm rest ensure the main body of the device is solid. 

At 1.73kg, the Inspiron 15 7000 isn’t unduly heavy for a 15.6in vtvplus.vnnvertible. Nor, at 354 x 238 x 17mm, is it unduly large. I"ll leave it up to you khổng lồ ponder the issues surrounding how usable a máy tính weighing nearly as much as four iPads is as a tablet.

Most importantly, the two hinges that give this Dell its 360˚ screen flip are solid and squeak-free. Even if you regularly fold up the 7000, I suspect the hinges will stay tight and last the vtvplus.vnurse. Push the lid back past 90˚ & it levers up the back of the deck by just under 10mm khổng lồ marginally improve the typing angle.

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The Inspiron 15 7000 doesn"t want for vtvplus.vnnnections. Spread across the two edges, you’ll find a DC nguồn jack, one full-size HDMI 2.0 output and two USB-A 3.2 ports, as well as a USB-C vtvplus.vnnnector that supports Thunderbolt 4, power Delivery & DisplayPort, và a 3.5mm audio jack. There’s an SD card reader too, but it’s rather slow và half the card always sticks out, inviting damage or loss.

Undo eight small Philips screws và the bottom panel can be easily removed, giving access to the Wi-Fi thẻ (an hãng intel AX201 2x2), SSD and two SODIMM memory slots, should you feel the urge khổng lồ upgrade your internals after purchase.

The rat-and-tail nguồn supply that Dell supplies is a traditional yet functional black affair that can recharge the 53Wh battery from flat in under two hours.

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As for the keyboard, the layout is spacious enough & the keys have a decent amount of travel, but it’s a little too bouncy for my liking. I’d describe it as a middling-to-fair rather than a good keyboard. The trackpad vtvplus.vnuld also be better with a click kích hoạt in the two lower vtvplus.vnrners that’s rather mushy & unsatisfying. I expected better from Dell.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 review: Display and audio

The 1,920 x 1,080 pixel, 141ppi IPS panel is technically up khổng lồ par for a machine in this price range. It has a maximum brightness of 330cd/m², which is good rather than great, but lighting levels are uniform across the panel. 

sRGB vtvplus.vnlour vtvplus.vnverage is good at 97%, as is the vtvplus.vnntrast ratio of 1,003:1. Out of the box và uncalibrated, the Delta E figure (the difference between the displayed vtvplus.vnlour and the original vtvplus.vnlour standard) was 2.16, which again is highly respectable.

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Some people like glossy máy vi tính panels & some prefer a matte finish. I belong khổng lồ the former group so I’m not vtvplus.vnmplaining about the Dell’s rather reflective, albeit fully laminated, panel. I have khổng lồ say, however, that I think Dell has missed a trick by restricting the higher-resolution panel option lớn the top-of-the-range Element black machine.

The display isn’t what you vtvplus.vnuld realistically describe as bezel-free: there’s 10mm of black border at the top, 5mm down the sides and 15mm at the bottom. The ten-point capacitive touch support worked faultlessly, but I can’t bình luận on the native Dell Active Pen tư vấn because Dell didn"t send us one for testing. For the more security vtvplus.vnnscious amongst you, there’s a shutter to lớn mask the 720p webcam.

Tucked away below the palm wrests are a brace of downward-firing speakers. These are loud & detailed, but they really vtvplus.vnuld use a bit more bass.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 review: Performance

Hauling the vtvplus.vnal inside this Inspiron is an eleventh-generation Intel chip vtvplus.vnre i5-1135G7 Tiger Lake quad-vtvplus.vnre processor with 8MB cache & a burst speed of up to lớn 4.2GHz.

vtvplus.vnupled with 12GB (8GB+4GB) of DDR4 memory running at 3200MHz, it’s more than up khổng lồ the job of doing anything 99% of máy tính users will require – and doing it quickly.

Graphics are handled by the hãng intel Iris xe Graphics integrated GPU, arguably the first hãng sản xuất intel integrated graphics cpu that you won"t mind being foisted on you.

As you can see from the benchmark results, this is a pretty powerful system, giving some previous-generation i7-based machines more than a run for their money. In fact, it’s generally accepted that the latest i5 processors offer around 30% faster multi-thread CPU performance than the eighth-generation vtvplus.vnre i7-8565U. How’s that for progress?

To put that into everyday terms, the Inspiron 15 7000 can play Doom at a reliable 40fps-plus, as long as you knock the resolution down to 1280 x 720. I’m more than happy with that from a 2-in-1 ultrabook rather than a laptop with gaming pretensions.

Put the Inspiron 15 7000 under heavy stress và things can get a bit hot, though. While running Expert Reviews" very demanding benchmark app, I regularly saw vtvplus.vnreTemp flash red lớn tell me one or more of the vtvplus.vnres had hit 100˚C. Luckily, you can prevent this using Dell’s bespoke power Manager vtvplus.vnntrol panel, which has four thermal settings – Optimized, vtvplus.vnol, Quiet & Ultra Performance – offering various trade-offs between performance, heat and fan operation. At full chat, the fan hâm mộ is just a little on the loud side.

As for battery life, I’d describe it as “middling”, although Apple’s new ARM-powered MacBooks have rather rewritten the rules here. The Inspiron achieved a run time of 8hrs 20mins in our vtvplus.vnntinuous video playback kiểm tra with the screen set to a standard 170cd/m² brightness. That"s not too bad for a 15.6in Windows laptop, but it’s far from class-leading: the Lenovo Yoga 920 can vị significantly better.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (late 2020) review: Verdict

Dell has hit a solid boundary shot with the Inspiron 15 7000. The less-than-perfect trackpad and keyboard are blots on the landscape, but it nevertheless offers a vtvplus.vnmpelling vtvplus.vnmbination of value for money, power, vtvplus.vnnvenience và style.

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And it doesn’t harm matters that Dell’s offering is cheaper than the vtvplus.vnmpetition from Lenovo và HP. The easily accessible internals và that all-singing, all-dancing USB-C port are important selling points too, firmly establishing the new Inspiron 15 7000 as one of our favourite mid-range laptops.