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Dell Inspiron 15 7000: a Mixed Goody Bag

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.

Hardware Specifications

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.

Conclusion

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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DJI Unveils $1399 Semi-Autonomous Phantom 4

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Chinese manufacturer DJI Technology has done it again. DJI has released a new quad rotor drone which is to supersede the DJI Phantom 3 that was released last year. DJI calls it the Phantom 4, and will start shipping out the drones to buyers by March 15, and will be available for purchase from Apple and DJI stores. The Phantom 4 will be hitting the shelves of other retailers by March 25.

There is no doubt that the DJI Phantom 4 can fly faster, higher, and longer than the Phantom 4, but the feature that has got fans crazy over this one is its semi automate flight. This new feature makes the drone easier to fly for amateurs as well as harder to crash!

This $1399 drone has a set of optical sensors that help it manoeuvre its way through obstacles that are up to 2.3 feet away. Another nifty feature is that the quad copter, has a “Return to Home” button, which locates the user and will safely fly back to the user in time of need. DJI has also managed to create a new mode called ActiveTrack which can be found on the DJI’s Go app. ActiveTrack allows the drone to follow the subject and ultimately provide better footage with the help of autonomous flight. All the user has do to is tap on the subject that is visible on the screen and Voila! The DJI Phantom 4 follows you! The cool part is that the once you enter the autonomous mode, you can carefully alter the camera movements to get the footage you really want.

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DJI has also incorporated a better battery pack as the Phantom 4 can achieve a flight time of about 28 minutes, which is 5 minutes more than that of the Phantom 3. The Phantom 4 can also attain a maximum speed of 72kmh, which is about 45 mph, and has a control range of about 5km or 3.1mi The Phantom 4 houses a 4k camera, which can now record 1080p footage at 120 fps. The company claims that its new 8 element lens increases the sharpness in its video.

Let’s just hope that DJI can work on making the Phantom 4 a bit more pocket friendly for now!

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