Dell has stepped up their game by introducing the Dell Inspiron 15 7000. Its seems as though Dell has shifted their focus for once, from sheer affordability to a slightly higher tier. The 15 inch Dell Inspiron 7000 will put you back about Rs.69,000, and that too is the lower end version. There are not a lot of noticeable differences between the Dell Inspiron 15 7000, and the Dell Inspiron 14 7000, except for screen size, but let’s take a better look at the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 anyway.
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is available in two versions. The first is an Intel Core i5-4200U, has 6Gb RAM, a 500Gb hard drive, and a 1366×768 touchscreen. The second version is a higher end Intel Core i7-4200U, with 8Gb RAM, a 1Tb hard drive, and a full HD 1920×1080 touchscreen. The only similarity between both versions is that they both have a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics processor and a dedicated 2Gb GDDR5 graphics card.
It also uses Waves MaxxAudio Pro to enhance the sound, which makes it perfectly crisp. Dell also claims that it has installed a 58WHr removable battery, but the only problem with that is that you have to unscrew the bottom lid, to get to the battery. Doesn’t sound to “removable” to me…
Other than that, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 comes with a Microsoft Office Trial Pack, and a 15 month subscription to McAfee Security Centre. Most of the other preloaded tools only cause annoying popups to hamper the so called ‘Dell Experience.’
Design and Looks
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 comes in weighing at 2.6 Kg, and has a 15 inch screen. The laptop carries the same rectangular, rounded look to it as its predecessors did. It also has a hinge which just so happens to protrude from the body, which makes the laptop unable to lie flat when completely unfolded. Dell might claim pompously that the hinge can withstand 20,000 uses, but it can feel a bit too stiff at times of opening the flap, as it requires both hands to open the flap. I personally loved the full glass display, and the backlit, which most companies overlook too quickly.
The only problem I had with the design was that the trackpad could have been placed in the centre, rather than a bit to the left. My left wrist was lying on the trackpad whilst typing, which made the cursor move around frantically.
Performance and Battery
The performance tests came out to be just fine, and it felt as though the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 wasn’t tapping into its full potential. It was missing the default Nvidia Control Panel, which made me wonder whether it was even functioning. The battery life also seemed to me just fine, as it only has about 2.5 hours of juice running at its so called full potential. But then again I guess its fine, since the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 has specs that make it more deskbound, rather than portable.
In an overall view the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 has almost won my heart, but it has a few flaws that just glare you in the face. There are a lot of machines out there that outplay the Dell Inspire 15 7000, in terms of both cost and performance. It seems to me that this one is a mixed goody bag.
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