Price (RRP): $1689.22 to 2,299
The Dell Inspiron series are designed for consumer or home office use. The Dell Inspiron 13, 7000, 2-in-1 is a 360° hinge design, FHD touch screen, with Intel’s latest 8th generation Core i5-8250U or i7-8550U processor.
Enterprise users usually include Dell XPS, Vostro and Latitude corporate models on their shopping list, but consumers often forget about this sub-brand that is also sold in JB Hi-Fi stores.
Review model tested: Dell Inspiron 13, 7000, i7-8550U, 16/512GB 2-in-1
Model Dell Inspiron 13-7373 – RRP $2,299
The Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 comes with a choice of i5-8250U or i7-8550U processors, 8 or 16GB RAM (max 32GB), 256 or 512GB SSD, and Windows 10 Home. The base unit starts at $1,698.99.
In the box
- The Dell Inspiron
- An active Pen
- Charger 19.5V/2.31A/45W (brick style – not USB-C)
The first impression is a fairly sombre Dell grey matt aluminium chassis and feeling a little heavy at 1.45kg compared to more expensive units. But it is built like a tank and should last – there are even screws underneath to allow for repairs. A complete service manual is online – amazing.
Open the lid/screen, and it comes alive with a quality 1920 x 1080, IPS, LED-backlit screen (that is why the lid is a little thicker than many ultralights) with good colour and contrast.
Setup is typical Windows 10, and after that, the Dell SupportAssist kicks in to download the latest drivers and firmware. I quite like SupportAssist powered by PC Doctor. Dell uses this to remotely diagnose any warranty or support issues.
It also offers the ability to create a USB recovery drive you will need a 16GB or larger drive.
Ports – all you need built-in
This is a little heavier and thicker than many Ultrabook’s because it has integrated ports:
- HDMI 2.0 full size capable of 4K external monitor support
- USB-C (3.1, Gen 1, 5Gb/s) with DisplayPort passthrough (adapter required) for a second DP or HDMI monitor
- USB-A (3.1 Gen 1, 5GB/s) with PowerShare (charges while the laptop is off as long as power brick is plugged in)
- USB-A (3.1 Gen 1, 5Gb/s) no power share (laptop must be on to power devices)
- 5mm combo audio port
- SD card (full size) 3.1 slot
- A Nobel lock hole
- Power connector (but it also charges via the USB-C port with the right charger!)
I make the point that these ports are all you need, and it would be rare to need a dongle for expansion. If so there are plenty of low cost, unpowered, USB-C port expanders that will offer up to four more USB-A ports, DisplayPort or HDMI, Ethernet etc.