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

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. 1366×768 1920×1080 1920×1080 1920×1080
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.

Comments closed
    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    So the 11″ 3000 has to be ruled out for archaic/terrible storage options, which is a real shame because Dell managed to use an IPS screen instead of TN. Still, 32GB eMMC is uselessly tiny and the alternative 500GB mechanical will be as awful and slow as it was a decade ago.

    The 5000 series have to be ruled out because they’re heavy and plastic, so there’s a lot of flex – you can see this in both youtube videos of it but also the huge number of people moaning about it crashing and freezing when you handle it.

    The 7000 series actually looks okay for $899. I can see that being a pretty good general-purpose laptop for gaming, sofa browsing, college, media consumption in bed etc.

    • DrCR
    • 4 years ago

    The hardware is fine. I’m just not crazy about what’s essentially, to my knowledge, an OS lock-in.

    (If I need to be enlightened on this point, please do let me know.)

    • Norphy
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]For a $120 extra, it can be equipped with a quad-core Pentium processor and 500GB of mechanical storage which should significantly improve usability[/quote<] Is the mechanical disk in addition to or instead of the eMMC? If it's instead of, I think usability would probably be made worse if anything.

    • localhostrulez
    • 4 years ago

    Wait wait wait… the 15″ 7000 (7569) actually has decent specs for most people – 1080p (“wide viewing angles” – does this mean IPS or not?), 8GB DDR4, and a 256GB SSD (FINALLY!). Only problem is they skimped on the battery capacity (as usual; the Latitudes have bigger options at least), and the power button is in a confusing place.

      • Raymond Page
      • 4 years ago

      The 13″ 7000 (7368) explicitly lists IPS display. [url=http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-13-7368-2-in-1-laptop/pd?ref=PD_OC<]dell website[/url<] Based on the formatting of the specs, I'd guess all of the wide-viewing angle displays are IPS.

    • Thresher
    • 4 years ago

    A 17 inch laptop with an intel U series processor. I guess it keeps it thin and light, but I would want more power in a laptop that large.

      • Raymond Page
      • 4 years ago

      Its a 17″ laptop, thin maybe, light no-sir.

    • tipoo
    • 4 years ago

    I think Dells been making really great stuff ever since going private, and I don’t think it’s coincidence either. Longer term focus on quality rather than trying to eke out quarterly profits to satisfy investors. The XPS 13 and 15 are always among my go to recommendations when people ask for good high end lightweight Windows laptops.

    Call me crazy, but I also liked their warranty service better than Apples (gasp!) when I had my Studio 15, but it’s mainly because Apple has no shipping repairs where I live so I have to drive into a genius bar. Vs Dell who fixed and shipped things in three days, including cosmetic issues that were my fault (I scratched the wrist rest area trying to remove stickers, lol).

      • Thresher
      • 4 years ago

      It’s not their warranty that I have had problems with. It’s their customer service. Once you finally get hold of a person, there’s a 50% chance that no matter what is decided, they will forget about it and you wind up calling back to find out what is going on.

      • adisor19
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, 1080P 17″ displays. That’s great stuff indeed.

      /s

      Adi

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]Dell may historically have been known for its uninspiring laptops, [/quote<] I see what you did there.

      • slowriot
      • 4 years ago

      I do wonder if the Inspiron joke was intentional. It did make me think though… I can’t think of another company over the last decade who has had a better laptop line up than Dell. Bit of an indictment of the whole industry than praise for Dell, but I think its true overall.

        • Raymond Page
        • 4 years ago

        Um, that was an unintentional joke, but I like what I did there.
        #illtakeit

      • morphine
      • 4 years ago

      Ray was particularly inspired today.

        • localhostrulez
        • 4 years ago

        What latitude was he at?

          • morphine
          • 4 years ago

          Somewhere around XPS 15.

            • Raymond Page
            • 4 years ago

            No, no, no…I was looking for gold around [url=http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-13-9350-laptop/pd?oc=dncwt5150b&model_id=xps-13-9350-laptop<]XPS 13[/url<].

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