Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming Notebook Review
Dell’s newest gaming notebook is finally here. It’s got a 15-inch Full HD display, Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU – all of that for the price of a typical ultrabook. Can the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series worthy to be your work and entertainment companion? Find out in our review below.
Design and Construction
Gaming laptops normally implement a certain look that sets it apart from the non-gaming types – colored accents and eye-catching designs. In the case of the Inspiron 15 7000 Series, it looks like work laptop that got a facelift. Think of an ordinary sedan installed with body kits and other aesthetic accessories, that’s how it feels like.
Although it’s not in the league of expensive ASUS ROG, MSI or Razer gaming machines in terms of looks, it doesn’t look bad either. It features red accents which are evident in the Dell badge on the lid, vents, speakers, and outline of the touchpad.
The chassis is all plastic but feels sturdy. We love the matte treatment on the top lid and palm rest which repels smudges and fingerprint well. We don’t feel the same way though for the display’s frame and the keyboard area as it has a cheap textured finish and plastic build that is found in entry-level laptops. Dell could have made the interior matte as well to make it more uniform and attractive.
As for the keyboard, it doesn’t feel like it’s for gaming as the keys feel plasticky and lacking in depth or travel. On the bright side, it is backlit with two levels of brightness, quiet, and has a dedicated numeric keypad. The touchpad, on the other hand, is smooth and responsive even up to the very edge. It also has a large real estate and supports multi-finger gestures.
Ports are abundant as well. On the left, we have two USB 3.0 ports and combo headphone / microphone jack. While on the right are the SD card reader, USB 3.0 with Power Share, HDMI v1.4a with 4K display support, Ethernet, and Kensington Lock Slot. For your video call needs, we have a 720p webcam with Dual Array Digital Microphone on top of the display.
If you’re looking for a thin and light notebook, the Inspiron 15 7000 is not the one you’re looking for. It measures 25.3mm at its thickest and weighs in at 2.6Kg. You can still carry this in an average-sized backpack but it’s something you won’t enjoy lugging around frequently.