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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7567) Gaming Review - Desktop GPU gone mobile

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Manufacturer: Dell

Overview

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming series has been part of the increasingly interesting sub-$1000 gaming notebook market since it’s introduction in 2015. We took a look at last year’s offering and were very impressed with the performance it had to offer, but slightly disappointed in the build quality.

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Dell is back this year with an all-new industrial design for the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming along with updated graphics in form of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.  Can a $850 gaming notebook possibly live up to expectations? Let’s take a closer look.

After three generations of the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming product, it’s evident that Dell takes this market segment seriously. Alienware seems to have lost a bit of the hearts and minds of gamers in the high-end segment, but Dell has carved out a nice corner of the gaming market.

Dell Inspiron 15 7567 Gaming  (configuration as reviewed)
Processor Intel Core i5-7300HQ (Kaby Lake)
Graphics NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB)
Memory 8GB DDR4-2400 (One DIMM)
Screen 15.6-in 1920x1080 I
Storage

256GB SanDisk X400 SATA M.2 

Available 2.5" drive slot

Camera 720p / Dual Digital Array Microphone
Wireless Intel 3165 802.11ac + BT 4.2 (Dual Band, 1x1)
Connections Ethernet
HDMI 2.0
3x USB 3.0
SD
Audio combo jack
Battery 74 Wh
Dimensions 384.9mm x 274.73mm x 25.44mm (15.15" x 10.82" x 1")
5.76 lbs. (2620 g)
OS Windows 10 Home
Price $849 - Dell.com

Let's just get this out of the way: for the $850 price tag of the model that we were sent by Dell for review, this is an amazing collection of hardware. Traditionally laptops under $1000 have an obvious compromise, but it's difficult to find one here. Dedicated graphics, flash Storage, 1080p screen, and a large battery all are features that I look for in notebooks. Needless to say, my expectations for the Inspiron 15 Gaming are quite high.

Click here to continue reading our review of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming.

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Even from a quick glance, anyone who was familiar with last year's iteration of the Inspiron 15 Gaming can see that the industrial design has been revitalized. 

Available in black or red, the chassis sports an all-new triangle inspired design detail on the front edge of the notebook. While it looks like this may be an air intake, the only functional aspect of this design is a clever hiding of the status indicator LED into one of the triangle sections.

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The keyboard and mouse portion of the Inspiron 15 7000 seem largely unchanged from last year's model. I had no complaints with the chiclet-style keyboard on the previous iteration, and this keyboard is no different. The typing experience is what we have come to expect from traditional scissor switches and is no problem after spending a short time with the notebook.

The trackpad seems to be a bit improved from last year's design and now provides a more satisfying, tactile click. Palm rejection does leave a bit to be desired but is par for the course with most modern trackpads I've used on PCs.

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The thing that excites me the most about the revamped design on the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is the new hinge. Gone are the small hinges on either side of the screen that felt weak, and they have been replaced with a subsantial, solid single hinge in the middle of the notebook. This feels much less likely to break than the previous iteration, and helps stabilize the notebook from screen wobble.


April 27, 2017 | 08:54 AM - Posted by khanmein

If the price tag is $700 would be marvelous & match with the model Insprion 7000.

April 27, 2017 | 11:56 AM - Posted by CNote

Damn that's a pretty good deal since an exactly spec'd Lenovo Y520 is $1020. I'd most likely take the Lenovo over Dell, from past experience, but its tempting.

April 27, 2017 | 05:49 PM - Posted by ZeDestructor

"all of the screws in the internal chassis are labeled with the screw size and how many of those screws you'll find in the machine"

Actually, the second number is the length of the screw, not how many.

For example, M2.5x5 means M2.5 thread screw that's 5mm long.

Edit: very decent-looking laptop too, and they have a 4K version to boot, even though that one is only available in black. How boring...

April 27, 2017 | 09:03 PM - Posted by Ken Addison

I'm not quite sure how that one escaped me.. I've definitely bought metric bolts before and totally recognize the screw length now that you mention it :)

April 28, 2017 | 01:56 PM - Posted by ZeDestructor

Never edit when excited - it results in silly mistakes :P

April 28, 2017 | 07:32 AM - Posted by JackG

No comments on the screen at all? I'm assuming it comes with one. ;) I've had the previous model over a year and, while performance is great for the price (don't really use it for gaming), the screen is quite dim. Love the ease of upgrades as well.

April 28, 2017 | 01:23 PM - Posted by goosegrease

looks like a crappy TN panel.. second photo shows pretty bad colour shifting

April 28, 2017 | 10:28 AM - Posted by whohaw

You mean the i5-7300HQ not i7-7300HQ, right?

April 28, 2017 | 08:39 PM - Posted by StephanS

I wonder how soon Zen+Vega+HBM APU will make those type of gaming laptop obsolete

May 13, 2017 | 11:10 AM - Posted by xendrome

Never

May 13, 2017 | 11:04 AM - Posted by xendrome

The specs of this review and price are not accurate. The only $850 model offered by Dell does not have an SSD or 1050 Ti. It comes with a 1TB Hybrid and a 1050 regular

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