Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Review
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is a mid-range gaming laptop. As it does not provides a compelling graphics processors.
But it still has adequate groan to operate as your main PC and is capable of playing almost all games at 1080p with the visuals set to ‘high’ or ‘medium’.
It comprises of all the features including an exceptionally good battery life, which is far ahead than any of its alternative.
But, there are some potentially deadly defects as most of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptops are having a poor quality screen.
|CPU||2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-7300U CPU|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|RAM Upgradable to||16GB|
|Hard Drive Size||256GB|
|Hard Drive Type||SSD|
|Highest Available Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Graphics Card||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q / 6GB|
|Video Memory||6 GB|
|Wi-Fi Model||Dual Band 2.4 & 5 GHz, 2x2|
|Touchpad Size||4.1 x 3.1 inches|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Ethernet|
|Ports (excluding USB)||HDMI|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Headphone/Mic|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Noble Lock|
|Ports (excluding USB)||USB 3.0|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Thunderbolt 3|
|Card Slots||SD memory reader|
|Size||15.2 x 10.8 x 1 inches|
Pros & Cons
|Solid graphics and overall performance||Inaccurate display|
|Comfortable keyboard||Bottom runs warm|
|Over 11 hours of battery life|
You can be able to buy Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming for at $799. In this version, you will be able to get a Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU, a quad-core Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake CP, a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM.
If you can afford investing $262.66 on this version then it will be of $1443.32 featuring a 1TB hard drive along with 256GB SSD, a Kaby Lake Core i7 CPU and a robust GTX 1050 Ti graphics chipset.
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The $1705.98 Inspiron will provide you a feature of 512GB SSD and primitively more advanced screen as compared to the version I am reviewing. It also features a 4K panel and having a better IPS tech as well.
According to the criteria, these laptops have been offered with a 1-year warranty of collect and return warranty.
You can also be able to upgrade to an ‘on-site warranty for $89.30 if you buy from Dell directly, and it can be extended to 4 years. This full-fat cover will cost you almost $304.69.
All the gaming laptops from Asus, MSI, and Acer are featuring a colorful keyboard backlights and very flourishing big light-up designs on their lids as they do not want to hide their gaming chops.
The Dell Inspiron 15 gaming is very much restrained as compared to other gaming laptops.
These laptops are having a red logo on their back and also comprises of red heat outlets on the front and back edges of the laptop, but when users use it, it seems much like a normal laptop.
But, its design is not that much worse, that you feel ashamed if you took it to the library or any other place. However, it has few more good flourishing design as compared to dull machine restricted for office use only.
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming features a plastic shell, but it is having different finishes. It consist of simple gray plastic, however, lid and inside are made up of soft-touch black plastic.
The lid picks up fingerprint so easily but it seems and feels better as compared to ‘meat and potatoes’ model. It is not Dell XPS 15 but it seems good.
We wouldn’t advise buying the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming if you want a laptop to carry around with you every day, though.
It weighs 2.65kg and at 25mm thick will take up a lot of space in even a large bag. We wouldn’t want to take this on holiday or out for work trips too often.
Ports And Connections
It seems that the company developed these machine for those people who want to have an alternative to a desktop, and you can feel with the adjustment of ports.
These laptops contain an Ethernet port, with a direct connection to a router, along with three USB 3.0 ports and a full-size SD slot.
Moreover, The company has added one of the latest USB-C 3.1 sockets, which might appear as a surprise package for most of the users.
As latest laptops feature only one USB-C 3.1 sockets, but after some time, the users might not be interested in USB-C 3.1 socket.
Keyboard And Touchpad
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming has a traditional ‘Larger laptop’ keyboard layout. The keyboard constitutes NUM pad along with the group of normal keys and important keys are placed on the edge like Shift has not been narrowed down.
As compared to the Dell XPS 13, these laptops are having slightly better, meatier-feeling keyboard.
The keyboard in these laptops are cool, comfortable and its light clarity is somewhat similar to that of Ultrabook keyboard.
The Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming is having a good backlight. The F10 function key performs the action regarding the intensity of light whether it is high or medium.
These laptops do not have a low-level Keyboard backlight. The trackpad is large for gaming laptops but it reflects a good click action.
The trackpad is made up of plastic instead of glass, so it is less smooth as compared to glass, and it is having some unwanted ‘Pre click’. It flattens a little below due to the weight of finger, which is not good.
The weakest part of the Dell Inspiron 15 gaming is a screen. However, its screen is having good size and resolution.
The Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming’s screen is 15.6 inches, which is a perfect size for games and 1080p is the best resolution unless you are going to attach a true top-end GPU.
The Dell Inspiron 15 gaming uses a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel instead of using an IPS kind, which is widely used in latest higher-end laptops.
The TN screens are having worse viewing angles and sustaining from a contrast shift when tipped the wrong way and image’s character are shifted from a slight angle.
But, Gamers might found it helpful as TN offers a much faster response as compared to IPS. But, there are good and bad panels too.
In these machines, color and contrast both are poor 43eand a color tone changed dramatically. The Dell Inspiron 15 gaming seems to have a blue-green tint out of the box.
As it is only capable of covering 54.6 percent of sRGB standard color, But, for $1443.32 laptop, color performance is bad as colors look washed out as a result.
The 282:1 reflects that black color is not particularly deep, which might be another reason for faded and washed out color appearance.
It will be great to see, if Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming is having an IPS screen. Overall, these laptops are having bad screen otherwise it is a great laptop.
Obviously, Dell will entertain you with plenty of options. The $1719.15 version of Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming features a better 4K IPS LCD screen. But, we can assume that the one with 4K IPS screen is far better than the one I am reviewing.
The performance of Dell Inspiron 15 gaming has some unfamiliar issues. All of the available specs featuring quad-core Intel core processors and the one I am reviewing is having a high-end Intel Core i7-7700HQ.
This processor is capable of handling all type of video editing, music production, and excessive photo editing unless until you have a large amount of free RAM to perform all these things.
However, this 16GB is capable of performing more complex tasks. This version features a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive along with a fast 256GB SSD, onto OS is installed. It is quick and responsive.
The Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming knocks down Dell XPS 15 in PC mark8, the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming scores 3105 pts as compared to 2810 pts scored by Dell XPS 15.
But these laptops fall behind in Geekbench 4, as these laptops scores 2000 points less than Dell XPS, these laptops score 12050 pts. The Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming is having slower as compared to other Dell XPS versions.
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming read speed is nearly 550MB/s and write speed is almost 265 MB/s which is low as compared to 3000MB/s and 1700MB/s respectively.
The one I am writing about and the top end 4K one-both features Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards instead of having standard GTX 1050.
Among Nvidia’s lower-midrange card, this is the fastest version and has the ability to run almost all the games at 1080p.
Thief operates at an average of 51.4fps with max settings at 1080p resolution and at 720p resolution Thief operates at 70fps with minimum settings.
At Alien Isolation, at 720p resolution, these laptop scores an average of 179fps with low settings and scores an average of 60fps at 1080p resolution with high settings.
This shows that you can play anything as Nvidia latest cards are very capable.Typically like all other gaming machines, these laptops get noisy when under load but the fans are low pitched.
However, due to well well-designed air flow, the various parts of these laptops stays at normal temperature all the time.
As laptops’ exhaust have been positioned at the back side and you can also be able to see heat sinks of the laptop.
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is a powerful laptop, which suggests that these laptops may not last very long off the charge.
As these laptops can last for 4.5 hours of light use even with battery saver mode but these laptops have a lot more stamina than this.
All the credits go to company’s clever power management that allows these machine to last long for a quad-core Intel CPU machine.
These machines laptops last for 8 hours and 50 minutes if we play 720p resolution video on loop having screen brightness at 120cd/m. And I think that it is very good performance.
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming features good and reasonable speakers, as these machines are having ‘subwoofer’ driver which provides a better bass as compared to all other devices at the same price.
The speakers’ tone produces the natural sound. But, most of the gamers want to use headphone for gaming, so its no state of worry for them. Users can use headphone for gaming and watch the movie.