Friday, July 14, 2017

Review of Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series

I have been using this laptop for a little more than 6 months now. Its the laptop that I throw in my bag everyday. Its light enough that I can carry it while riding a bike yet its durable enough that I don't need to worry about it falling apart like my last one did.

The Specs:

RAM Size 8 GB 8 GB
Processor Series Intel Core i5 7th Gen Intel Core i7 7th Gen
Processor Speed 2.5 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Count 2 2
Display Resolution Maximum 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Diagonal Screen Size 13.3 in 13.3 in
Graphics Intel Integrated Graphics Intel Integrated Graphics
Hard Disk Description SSD SSD
Hard-Drive Size 256 GB 256 GB
Human-Interface Input Keyboard, Touch Screen Keyboard, Touch Screen
Item Dimensions 8.8 x 12.7 x 0.7 in 8.8 x 12.7 x 0.7 in
Item Weight 3.53 lbs 3.53 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10
Wireless Compatibility 802.11 A/C, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 A/C, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

First, its compact and light. It allows me to carry my full laptop in lots of situations where I otherwise would have just brought my Ipad Mini. It is also a 2-in-1 which means the screen can rotate completely around a give some table functionality although I am not the biggest fan of using many windows apps with the touchscreen. The hinges do feel very strong and have a nice smooth but stiff feel. The tent mode is also nice for watching movies with it on a table, although not much better than just having it open.

The screen quality is great. It can get plenty bright and is quite high resolution. In fact I personally don't think it would be worth the higher battery drain of a 4K display. If you want to dock it to a larger high resolution display at home the 7th Gen Core i5 or i7 Processors works great for displaying 4K. I find I no lag or slow downs when I attach it to my 4K TV . If you would like to learn more about my TV set up check out this post.

Using the computer feels great. The touch-pad is fairly large and has a texture that allows for smooth movements without being too rough. The keyboard keys have a nice feel and have just the right amount of give. The back-light is also great since it allows you work in any lighting. I do still often need a mouse and keyboard especially when docked to a monitor or TV. For this I just use a cheap Logitech mouse and Keyboard. I also need it because most 13 inch laptops not have the numeric keyboard and  I often have to enter data quickly.

This is a great laptop certainly the best I have ever had. It has a wonderful premium look and the metal body makes it beautiful. It's perfect for travel and the daily commute yet powerful enough to use for everything most people do.

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