The best performance of the Intel Core i 8th generation, keyboard and touchpad very comfortable, facial recognition.
The less autonomy too fair, the touch screen subject to glare.
Summary Dell’s Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 notebook remains one of the best options under the $ 1,000 mark.
What are the most important qualities for a laptop?
From our point of view, it is not necessarily pure speed, but rather the pleasure of using it. This includes the keyboard and touchpad whose comfort is absolutely crucial. The 2018 version of the Dell Inspiron 7000 2 in 1 responds very well to this description for a price under the 1,000 mark. In France, several versions are available from 899.09 dollars.
The main complaint we can make is its autonomy too fair which will be a problem for all those working in nomadic mode without access to a power outlet.
Despite this, the benefits of this machine have something to impress. Several configurations are available with Core i5 or Core i7 processors, 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of SSD.
Two steps forward, one step back
The 2016 version of the Inspiron 13 7000 was hailed by our editorial team for its unbeatable price / features ratio. There was a Core i5 processor, Windows Hello face recognition technology, a backlit keyboard, a full-HD touch screen that can be folded completely into tablet mode.
His successor takes this data sheet, but it is not a good deal and not just because it is more expensive. Let’s start with the positives. The arrival of Core i 8th generation processors considerably improves performance. The model we tested with a Core i7 got double the score of the 2016 model on some test benches. It’s almost as good as much more expensive models like the excellent XPS 13. In addition, the 2017 Inspiron is a bit better finished with a brushed aluminum chassis. It is also thinner (15.5mm), lighter (1.4kg) and the power button has been moved to a smarter place at the top right of the keyboard.
Now let us come to the main defect: autonomy.
The battery is smaller than last year and logically takes less time. In our endurance test, the Inspiron 13 7000 vintage 2017 was only 4:40 minutes, two hours less than average. In current use, we obtained between 3 and 4 hours of autonomy. This is a real concern, all the more regrettable that it is an excellent machine to work, whether for comfort or performance. But autonomy is a crucial point for people who work with their laptops. In this case, you will need to know if you can regularly access a power outlet to make at least one extra charge in the day.
Even if the finish is more neat, the style remains quite austere. On the other hand, Dell is catching up on the convenience of use with a keyboard and a touchpad that are a pleasure to use. It is a machine really made to work. Dell has good expertise in this area with the XPS range, but it is still rare to find such a level of quality on Windows 2 in 1 to less than 1,000 euros. Small flat however about the touch screen (1.920×1.080p) certainly bright and clean but subject to glare. The concern is that to counter this we must maintain a high level of brightness, which strike all the more autonomy.
This 2 in 1 Dell Inspiron is an excellent compromise that gives you more than expected for its price. There is still an important “but” regarding autonomy. If you’re looking for a machine that can last a full day, he’s not the right candidate. It’s really a shame because it’s all that’s missing to be exceptional