Laptops that are powerful enough to easily
take the place of a desktop PC also tend to be the most expensive. The Dell
Inspiron 15 7000 shows that this doesn’t have to be the case. Dell has packed a
lot of powerful components into an attractive laptop at a very reasonable
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 looks classy and
feels very robust as it’s mostly made from metal, with the exception of the
plastic underside. During our tests, it never became unbearably hot when used
on our lap, but it was uncomfortable to use in another way. The bottom edge of
the screen and the chunky hinge dug painfully into our thighs and knees.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 looks classy and feels very robust as it’s mostly made
from metal, with the exception of the plastic underside.
The metal design and large 15in screen all
contribute to this laptop’s hefty weight of 2.6kg, which increases to 2.8kg
with the charger. This means you’re more likely to use it around the house
rather than out and about. Despite this, battery life was lengthy at 10 hours
and 21 minutes in our light-usage test.
The 7000 owes its long battery life – at
least in part – to its clever graphics chips. A powerful Nvidia GeForce GT750M
dedicated graphics chip is used for demanding tasks, such as editing photos and
videos or playing games. But when you’re using the laptop for less intensive
tasks – such as web browsing – the laptop automatically switches to the less
powerful, but more energy-efficient, Intel integrated graphics chip.
though Dell has squeezed in a number pad alongside the keyboard, the keys are
still large enough.
The equally efficient processor – the
dual-core Intel Core i7 4500U – helps too. Paired with 8GB of memory it’s so
powerful that the 7000 is more than capable enough for use as your main
computer. Although it’s theoretically possible to add more memory and replace
the 1TB hard drive yourself, we found doing so very tricky.
Even though Dell has squeezed in a number
pad alongside the keyboard, the keys are still large enough. They have plenty
of travel and feedback too, so typing is comfortable, fast and accurate. The
touchpad didn’t track our finger prods and swipes as accurately, but it’s still
The 15in screen has a high resolution of
1920x1080 pixels, so text is sharp and there’s enough room for working on two
documents side by side. It is very bright, although some colours look a little
Despite a few flaws design, overall the
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is a great laptop – powerful, well-equipped and
attractive without costing the earth. It’s not quite as good as the Chillblast
Defiant Mini though (see our review, Issue 418) which is even faster, although
this laptop costs a little more and has a shorter battery life.
15in screen has a high resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.
10.1in 2560x1600-pixel touchscreen
Samsung ExynosOcta 5420 eight-core processor
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean