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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.

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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10 Responses

  1. Raimund says:

    I can’t believe that you still don’t like the battery. It’s a gaming notebook in your description. Running on battery which lasts over 5hrs to do non-gaming activities should already be great.

    • Huehue says:

      Yep. And you obviously SHOULD NOT use this laptop if you plan to use it for gaming WITHOUT plugging the charger on. I mean come on, this is A LAPTOP, not a desktop.

  2. Kamen Rider Necrom says:

    Where can we get this? This would be an excellent replacement for my aging laptop :) Pwede games at work :)

    • dzandueta says:

      CompLink in SM Megamall, then another shop (whose name I forget now but near Octagon) in VMall Greenhills.

      I finally got during last January the i5 version of the laptop discussed here, the Inspiron 7559. My only complaint is the lid gets, well, smudges despite the (so-called) matte finish. -_-

      Still, I say I got a bang-for-my-buck laptop for its price and specs if/when compared to near-similar ones from Acer or even Asus.

  3. janjararan says:

    how much

  4. Rend says:

    No SSD option?

  5. CJ Sabijon says:

    I been browsing your page for a while now because I loved to read reviews and I saw this one so why give it a try to read. I was surfing the net to canvass a budget gaming laptop for around 35k, well im not that rich. So back to the problem, I was having some issue on your web page. It is slow, loading of images takes time and the NEXT PAGE tab. The tab is located at the bottom part of the advertisement which I think is a bad design. Maybe you could solve this issue. Thanks and more power guys :D :D

  6. As for me, I went with the i5 config, as it makes more sense for my gaming needs as the i7. Price is 50k tops. I suggest upon getting one, buy an m2 sata ssd, set it up as your boot drive, and format the 1tb as your backup/media storage. Maybe throw a little 8gb ddr3 stick there if you feel you need to, as they’re quite cheap anyways. I plan to replace the wireless card too, if the drivers still won’t make any improvements in the future.

  7. Gamerwannabe says:

    Hi Good day sir I am searching for this thing because I found that its cheap but still worthy. why is it too overpriced like wth I thought it would cost for some 30-40k plus range but it almost 60k in pesos

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