The Inspiron 15 7000 is, at its heart, a pure performance machine combined with the ease of portability. Dell were kind enough to send one of the higher end models; featuring a 7th gen Intel i7 processor, 16GB of memory, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti, a 1TB HDD and 512GB SSD. I’ve been using it for over a week now and can happily say that I’m very impressed.
The body of the laptop is chunky as hell, to be expected from a performance machine, but it’s something that has caused not only annoyance but discomfort as well. As this laptop is so powerful it needs to be larger to house such performance, this means that the space between the front of the laptop and the keyboard is greater than most. For myself, this results in my wrist resting on the rather sharp corner of the body which, after some time typing, causes sharp indents on my skin. Now I should note that I’m used to using a tiny 11” Macbook Air, which is the complete opposite to the Inspiron. It may be that I’ve become accustomed to a smaller area to deal with but the experience is still unpleasant nonetheless. I’m sure over time I would come to adjust my positioning but, unfortunately, I only have this laptop for a short time. To add to this, the trackpad was placed further in than I’m used to; I repeatedly pressed the space between the trackpad and the front of the laptop. A minor thing but something to mention.
As this isn’t the usual ultrabook I’ve reviewed in the past we are blessed with all the expected ports; 3 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, an SD card slot, an ethernet port and the 3.5mm port. Dell have skipped with USB-C here which is a sigh of relief, all my peripherals are USB-A and it’s getting too expensive to purchase adaptors for everything. I often have my laptop hooked up to more than one monitor so having multiple USB ports allows me to connect a dock whilst also having a couple spare. Pair that with the HDMI port and this laptop is ready to go wherever you are.
When it comes to using the machine as a gaming platform it was astounding. I tested out Overwatch and Crysis 3 on ultra-high settings and the laptop handled everything smoothly. There was no stuttering and the games themselves looked beautiful. After using this laptop for just over a week I could happily replace my desktop tower with it. It would be all too easy to have a gaming laptop hooked up to a display dock as my main machine, admittedly, I wouldn’t carry it around with me, it would be a static laptop. But it has more than enough power to handle what I do and looks more styling than a bulking tower too.