Dell Inspiron 7000, 15-inch

Dell has launched its new Inspiron 7000 Series that features three different screen sizes and five base models that are configurable to fit a vast range of user requirements.

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First, we can start with what they have in common. All computers in this series feature an Intel 8th generation processor, up to 16GB of RAM with 2-in-1 chassis. The small 2.7mm webcam allows specific models to have thin bezels on all three sides and offers image quality improvements such as noise-reduction.

Inspiron 7000, 13-inch, Black

A fingerprint sensor is present for quick and secure login, and Cortana voice-assistant compatibility, which also means that the far-field microphone has a certain minimum level of quality to be certified for that usage.

All have at least one USB-C (3.1 Gen1) with support for power-delivery and DisplayPort. This is mainly in case you want to use a USB-C Dock, but power-delivery can be useful in general. Interestingly, they also feature a round power connector for charging.

All three laptops share a lot of the same design language and industrial design methodology, with what appears to be a CNC aluminum chassis with diamond cuts around the fingerprint reader and the trackpad area. The manufacturing is quite above-average for that price range, and although you can get better with higher-end laptops such as the Dell XPS 13, this line of product is built to be more affordable.

Differences

The multiple sizes allow Dell to tweak the functionalities and extend this offering, in many ways. For instance, the 13” and 15” have two sub-editions: Black and Silver, with the Black Edition being the fancier, more powerful one, with options like 4K display (13” or 15”), Core i7-8565U processor, and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD.

These two models also support an Active Pen (optional) if you like to use Windows Ink. From our brief time with the laptops, we thought that the responsiveness of the pen was very good for note-taking and drawing. It is probably nice to work with Photo Editing software as well unless you want a digitizer tablet.

Fingerprint reader on the Dell Inspiron 7000 15-inch

The 15” Inspiron 7000 can be ordered with an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX150 which roughly doubles graphics performance for games and 3D-intensive apps. Applications that use the graphics processor for computing (video editing and more) will also benefit from the extra horsepower. This model can also get 16GB of Intel Optane memory, in addition to the 16GB of RAM.

By the way, all three laptops have a thermal design that evacuates the heat where the display hinges are (“venting hinges” as Dell would say). In fact, the designers even thought of making it very difficult for the hot air to find its way to the “fresh air” intake at the bottom of the computer.

Finally, the larger 15” chassis has more storage options such as 1TB of PCIe SSD, or 128GB of SSD + 2TB 5400rpm hard drive.

The massive Inspiron 7000, 17-inch

The 17” Inspiron 7000 does not feature thin bezels, and the maximum resolution is 1920×1080 (FHB/1080p) which tells us that it is destined to be a desktop replacement for someone who wants to have a neat desk. It can be configured similarly to its 15” sibling and has the exact same number and types of ports.

Its larger surface area is big enough to host a full-size numeric pad, which is great if you work with numbers.

Key specifications

  • Inspiron 7000 13”
    • Up to i7-8565U CPU, 16GB of RAM, 1TB M.2 SSD PCIe
    • Up to 3840 x 2160 IPS LCD display (300 NITs) with Pen support
    • 38 Whr battery, 45W adapter
    • ~307.7 x 212.45 x 13.68 mm, Weight : ~3.19 lbs
    • Ports
      • 1 x Combo Jack (Headphone/Microphone)
      • 1 x HDMI Out 2.0
      • 1 x Micro SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
      • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
      • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
  • Inspiron 7000 15”
    • Up to i7-8565U CPU, 16GB of RAM + 16GB Optane, 1TB M.2 SSD PCIe / 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD
    • Optional NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2GB or 4GB graphics memory
    • Up to 3840 x 2160 IPS LCD display (300 NITs) with Pen support
    • 42Wh or 56Wh battery, 65W adapter
    • ~359.9 x 242.2 x 15.76 mm, Weight : ~4.39 lbs
    • Ports
      • 1 x Combo Jack (Headphone/Microphone)
        1 x HDMI Out 2.0
        1 x SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
        2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
        1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
  • Inspiron 7000 17”
    • Same CPU, and storage options as the 15”
    • Optional NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2GB graphics memory
    • 3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Truelife Touch IPS Display
    • 56Wh battery, 65W adapter
    • ~412.5 x 274 x 16.09 mm, Weight : ~6.39 lbs
    • Ports
      • Same as the 15”

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