Dell unfolds first 17" two-in-one among refreshed Inspiron lineup


— 10:45 AM on June 3, 2016

Three days ago in a land far away across the sea at an event called Computex 2016, Dell announced a new line of Inspiron two-in-ones. The line-up was divided by series designators 3000, 5000, and 7000, to distinguish them all. The first of its kind, the 17" Dell Inspiron 7000, dwarfed its siblings one-by-one. From big to small they range, at 17", 15", and 13", and last but not least the baby Inspiron 3000 at 11". In all, Dell did launch six new two-in-ones of various sizes and features, but not one is too small.


 Inspiron 7000 17" 2-in-1

Dell may historically have been known for its uninspiring laptops, but delivering on claims such as 'world's first 17" two-in-one' may be evidence that the company has outgrown that outmoded stigma. That claim references the new version of the 17" Inspiron 7000. This model distinguishes itself from the other Inspirons with its discrete Nvidia graphics card. Equipped with a Nvidia GeForce 940MX packing 2GB of GDDR5 memory, this machine should have some decent gaming chops.

From a bird's eye view, the machines in the 7000 series (which are also available in 15" and 13" sizes) look to be well equipped to function as a primary day-to-day computing devices. The brushed aluminum casing, which seems to be a defining characteristic of a high-end laptop, adds a definite aesthetic improvement over Dell standard black. The computing internals include a choice of Core i-series CPUs, a very welcome minimum 8GB of RAM, and SSD storage options. On the usability front, there's a backlit keyboard for late-night computing and a card reader to simplify file transfers of the latest cat videos from your phone to PC. Dell ensured that all commonly-used ports are available, including the new-fangled USB Type-C port.

That USB Type-C port can leverage a couple unique features found in the Dell Adapter and Dell Power Companion accessories. The Dell Adapter can use this connection to provide VGA and HDMI video outputs, Ethernet, and a USB 3.0 Type-A port. As the name suggests, the Dell Power Companion should offer 'six hours of additional battery life for the 13" and 15" 7000s and 5 hours for the 17" system.'

  Inspiron 3000 Inspiron 5000 Inspiron 7000 Inspiron 7000
Sizes 11" 13" and 15" 13" and 15" 17"
Display res. 1366x768 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080
CPU Celeron N3060
Pentium N3710
Core m3-6Y30
Pentium 4405U
Core i3-6100U
Core i5-6200U
Core i5-6200U
Core i7-6500U
Core i5-6200U
Core i7-6500U
Graphics Intel HD Graphics Intel HD Graphics 510
Intel HD Graphics 520
Intel HD Graphics 520 Nvidia GeForce 940MX
2GB GDDR5
Memory 2GB or 4GB
DDR3L-1600
4GB or 8GB or 16GB
DDR4-2133
8GB or 12GB
DDR4 2133-
12GB or 16GB
DDR4 2133 MT/s
Storage 32GB eMMC
500GB HDD

500GB HDD
1TB HDD
128GB SSD
256GB SSD

256GB SSD
512GB SSD
1TB HDD
1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
512GB SSD
Networking 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0
I/O 1x HDMI v1.4a
1x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x combo audio jack
1x microSD card reader
1x HDMI v1.4a
2x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x combo audio jack
1x microSD card reader

1x HDMI v1.4a
1x USB Type-C
1x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x combo audio jack
1x microSD card reader

1x HDMI v1.4a
1x USB Type-C
1x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x combo audio jack
1x SD card reader

IR Camera

N Optional Y Y
Backlit keyboard N Optional Y Y
Brushed aluminum case N N Y Y
Colors Bali Blue
Tango Red
Theoretical Gray Silver Silver
Starting price $249 $529 $749 $899

Dell's Inspiron 5000 series sits between the the high-end 7000 and the entry-level 3000 series. To give these laptops some character, Dell offers the largest number of customization options with this series. There are choices aplenty, with three CPU options, three memory capacities, and four storage options. An IR camera and backlit keyboard can be added in Dell's configurator, too. The only limitation is that the 5000-series two-in-ones only come in two sizes: 13" and 15".


The never-been-prettier Inspiron 11" 3000

At the bottom end of the spectrum, the 11" baby Inspiron 3000 holds a lot of appeal as an entry-level device. It's inexpensive enough to give to kids, and the touchscreen is a natural mechanism for them to interact with a computer. The low-price device packs a dual-core Celeron processor and eMMC storage. For a $120 extra, it can be equipped with a quad-core Pentium processor and 500GB of mechanical storage which should significantly improve usability. Upgrade options nonwithstanding, the Inspiron 3000 has a USB 3.0 port and microSD card reader, both of which can help alleviate any internal storage shortcomings.

The 11" Inspiron will have a base sticker price of $249. Dell will be offering the Inspiron 5000 series starting at $529, while the slightly more upscale 13" and 15" Inspiron 7000s can be had from $749 onwards. The mighty 17" Inspiron 7000 can be yours starting from $899. All the devices will be available starting June 2, 2016 on Dell's website.

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