Review: Dell Inspiron 13 7000 series (2-in-1 laptop)
4.0Overall Score
Price (RRP): $1299 (starting price); Review model was $1699;

Need a computer with a decent keyboard and aren’t sure if you want it to be a tablet or a laptop? Dell hopes it has the answer with the Inspiron 7000, a 13 inch laptop that also works as a tablet, too.

Features

Dell is no stranger to playing with computer form-factors, and the Inspiron 7000 series takes the 360 degree hinge seen on many a laptop and applies it to a fresh thin and light machine in an attempt to bridge the middle ground.

As such, you’ll find a 13.3 display on this laptop featuring the Full HD resolution of 1920×1080. The display relies on In-Plane Switching technology (IPS) and features a touch panel underneath, though a version of the Inspiron 7000 series 13 inch can be found with a standard HD 1366×768 touchscreen IPS panel.

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Under the screen, you’ll find a computer with modern innards, as Dell goes for Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, offering a choice of either in the series, and as much as 8GB RAM.

Storage on the computer is set to 500GB with a conventional hard drive, or 256GB with a solid-state drive, with Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 installed on the computer out of the box.

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Connection options are pretty standard for a computer these days, though some might see them as high end, with Dell opting to include 802.11ac wireless connectivity (WiFi), backwards compatible with standards such as 802.11a/b/g/n, with Bluetooth 4.0 also included.

Wired connection options and ports are also found in this machine, with two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, full-size SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headset jack.

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Also included is a passive stylus built into a recess in the body, with a spring-loaded eject mechanism.

Keyboard and mouse are included, too, the former with spill-resistant keys and backlighting, and the latter supporting gestures.

Several options of the Inspiron 13 inch 7000 series are available, but the review model was spec’d with a 13.3 inch Full HD touchscreen, Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB solid-state drive.

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Performance

These days, computer buyers are pretty lucky because these days, when you buy a computer, you don’t just have to settle with one style.