The Good The updated Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop has better graphics and display, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, 2×2 802.11ac wireless and a fingerprint reader built into the power button – all of which don’t exceed $ 1,000.
The Bad Although the battery life is good, it is noticeably shorter than its predecessor. The basic configuration was small for storage.
The Bottom Line The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop was already money in love, and its updated design and features only weakened the deal.
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Update: Summer 2018
In April, Dell released its new G Series gaming laptops , which included an updated version of the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming called the G7 15. The 15.6-inch G7 is essentially the same as the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming, but with a new eighth-generation Intel product and processors, as well as a split-screen display option 4K UHD. However, the older version still exists, and you may be able to save yourself money.
Prices for the Dell G7 15 start at $ 850, though the comparable configuration seen here will cost you $ 1,080. It’s an incredible value for what you get, but it’s not the only option in the “gaming laptop” category below $ 1000. Acer’s Nitro 5 , does not necessarily have the build quality of Dell, but it starts at $ 600 for a powerful set of components and features. Likewise, the Asus’ TUF Gaming FX504GD is competitively priced at $ 700 and designed to increase durability.
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Full Review of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming, originally published on November 30, 2017 and last updated on June 22, 2018.
If the words “budget gaming laptop” still bring to mind images of large, volumetric laptops that are just as short in performance and capabilities as they are in battery life, the new Dell Inspiron 15 7000 should come as a pleasant surprise.
Actually, an older version of this 15.6-inch laptop we were amazed when we reviewed it earlier this year, and this was despite the angles Dell cut to get it at a lower $ 800 price, including a mediocre display that immediately shrunk when viewed from even a small center. The updated version gets a full-resolution IPS matte screen with good angular viewing as well as improved touchpad performance, a Thunderbolt 3 USB port, dual band 802.11ac wireless, and even a fingerprint scanner built into the almost instant power button Hello.
Most importantly, Dell has boosted the graphics power of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 or 1050Ti to the GeForce GTX 1060. Max-Q card version , so it’s a bit less powerful than the regular 1060, but it also runs cooler, allowing for a slimmer and more stylish laptop than budget systems a year or two ago. It is also more energy efficient, helping to ensure that this Dell has a long battery life (although it is smaller than its predecessor because of its smaller battery). Despite the power difference, however, the graphics performance is excellent even with video settings.
The older version of the GeForce GTX 1050 / 1050Ti is still available starting at $ 899 (£ 919, $ 1,499), but the new version with the GTX 1060 GPU is $ 999 for the base configuration – well worth the extra $ 100. This configuration has just 256GB of SSD for storage and 8GB of storage, as well as a seventh-generation Core i5 processor. In Australia, you can get the same basic configuration for $ 1599, but in the UK you will now pay £ 1399 to get one of the GTX 1060, but it will also get more memory and memory and the Core i7 processor.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
|Price as reviewed||$999|
|Display size/resolution||15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS|
|PC CPU||2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ|
|PC Memory||8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2400MHz|
|Graphics||6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (Max-Q)|
|Storage||256GB NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Networking||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
It’s still the main gaming laptop
While Dell has made some nice improvements to the updated model, some of your money goes to this graphics card. This means that the rest of the system is not as sanded as something from Dell Alienware division or a Razer laptop . It’s a pretty tame design for a gaming laptop (plus or minus depending on your preference), and its plastic body looks and feels smaller than the premium, because, well, it is.
Also, you won’t find a glass touchpad or a multi-colored mechanical keyboard. You get a full keyboard and keyboard and it is highlighted in red, but it seemed to me that the shallow keystroke was a little uncomfortable and the red markings hard to read against the gray keys. The plastic touchpad works much better than the previous model and I didn’t have to reach the mouse right away.
Also, the speakers did not make me come across headphones. They had crisp clarity for movies and music, not too bright and unusual bass to add a bit of theft to shots and explosions. Dual fans very loudly try to keep things cool when under load, so you probably still want headphones for the best gaming and movie experience.
The transition to the IPS display in this new Inspiron significantly affects the viewing angles. With the latter you had to find a nice place and never, never move. It was also quite washed with flat colors and poor contrast. The new screen still doesn’t have much color and contrast, but it’s better. Angle viewing is much, much better so that you can at least move your head and tilt the screen without losing the image.
Anyone who plans to use it more as a portable desktop than as a regular laptop should be satisfied with all the connectivity that Dell has packed. There are three USB 3.1 ports, as well as a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port so you can expand as much as you want and still have ports to spare. They are connected by an HDMI 2.0 output, an SD card slot, and a headphone / microphone jack. Gigabit Ethernet and dual band 2×2 802.11ac wireless as well as Bluetooth 4.2 complete the package.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (late 2017)
Gaming performance above all else
Non-gaming benchmarks were predicted to be low compared to other mainstream gaming laptops due to slower Intel Core i5 processor and 8 GB of memory, but gaming tests showed that the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 could not keep up with the much more expensive laptops. Dell offers a 2.8 GHz Core i7-7700HQ configuration starting at $ 1,300, which also doubles the RAM and adds 1 TB of 5,400 rpm hard drive. If you just want to add more storage or storage space on your own, one small screw will get you inside.
Our standard BioShock Infinite and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided test games have gone as well as newer games like Overwatch , all in native resolution of 1 920×180 and high detail settings. The 1060 also works with VR games, so I took the opportunity to try it out Windows Acer mixed reality headset with this. Despite the fact that the fans of the laptop were spinning at full strength, he had no problem being aware of when I was blown up by robots and zombies attacking me from all sides.
The latest Inspiron 15 7000 generator has had an excellent battery life (at least for a gaming laptop) over 9 hours during our video merge test. However, for this updated version, Dell used a smaller four-cell 56Wh instead of the six-cell 74Wh predecessor package. Despite the fact that the GTX 1060 with Max-Q design is more energy efficient, it is not enough to compensate for the difference in the cell, coming in just over 6 hours.
Making budget games a better name
The latest Dell gaming laptop Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming wasn’t perfect, but it was a favorite for the money. Updated designs and features, including the new display, are much easier to recommend. Of course, you can spend it two to three times and get better performance, a nicer display and a better keyboard and touchpad, but if you can’t or don’t want to break $ 1,000, it’s a great deal.
|Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (Late 2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design; 256GB SSD|
|HP Omen (15-inch)||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design; 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD|
|Acer Predator Helios 300||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060; 512GB SSD|
|Lenovo Legion Y720||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060; 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Asus ROG Strix GL753VE-DS74||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti; 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (Early 2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti; 256GB SSD|