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Dell Inspiron Laptop: Play your favorite PC games on this 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron gaming notebook. Its robust quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and fast NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card let you run power-hungry video games easily. This Dell Inspiron gaming notebook has a large 1TB hard drive to store plenty of files.

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    What's Included


    • 6-cell battery
    • Dell Inspiron 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 - 1TB + 8GB Hybrid Hard Drive
    • Power adapter

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    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (970 out of 1042)

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    Features


    • Intel 7th Generation Core i5
    • Windows Mixed Reality Ultra

    Windows 10 operating system

    Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

    15.6" Full HD display

    The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.

    7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ mobile processor

    Smart quad-core processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.

    8GB system memory for advanced multitasking

    Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.

    2-in-1 hybrid hard drive provides both size and speed

    Incorporates a large-capacity 1TB hard drive at 5400 rpm for ample storage, with 8GB of NAND Flash memory to speed up start times and accelerate frequently accessed data.

    NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics

    Driven by 4GB dedicated video memory to quickly render high-quality images for videos and games.

    Windows Mixed Reality Ultra Ready

    Push your gaming and VR exhilaration to the limit with Windows Mixed Reality Ultra. This PC is compatible with Windows Mixed Reality headsets.Learn more ›

    MaxxAudio

    To give you great sound across music, movies, voice and games.

    Weighs 5.49 lbs. and measures 1" thin

    Balances portability and screen size, so you get a respectable amount of viewing space without the laptop being too cumbersome for practical portability. 6-cell battery.

    Bluetooth 4.2 interface syncs with compatible devices

    Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

    3 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices

    USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

    HDMI output expands your viewing options

    Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.

    Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer

    Supports SD and MultiMediaCard memory card formats.

    Wireless network connectivity

    High-speed wireless LAN built into the screen, so it connects to your network or hotspots on the most common Wi-Fi standards in both laptop and tablet modes.

    Built-in HD webcam with two microphones

    Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.

    Basic software package included

    Trial of Microsoft Office.

    Additional port

    Headphone/microphone combo jack.

    Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.

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    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1042 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great for laptop for its value!

      Posted
      TheITGuy
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is going to be lengthy but hopefully helpful review. First of all, ignore the first review. Giving a one star rating is completely unreasonable. I will state my old adage. You get what you pay for. Now I work in IT so I believe my knowledge in computers is pretty substantial. But that also doesn't mean you should take my word on anything. Do your research. Always. Now let's get on with my review on this laptop. This review will be split into two sections. One for those who just want the basics and a second for those who want a detailed technical review. I will provide both. As with any product, there are Strengths and Areas of Improvement. ------ Section I - The Basics ------ Although Best Buy lists the technical specifications, I know most average users will not go through the trouble of understanding any of the technical jargon so I will simply put what matters most for an average user. CPU (the brain of the laptop) - The 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ is one of the fastest and newest on the market today and a great value for your money. It will do almost everything you need with no problem. Memory (RAM) - 8GB is more than enough for your daily needs. It is also upgradeable to 32GB. Graphics (the extra fluff) - The graphics card that come equipped with this will more than satisfy your gaming desires. It will run most AAA titles as well as the older titles with ease. Although, this doesn't mean you should run every game at the highest settings possible as this would put stress on any GPU including this one. So run the game at settings you feel like you can manage. I was able to run Watch Dogs 2 at High Settings with no problems. Storage (Hard Drive) - The Hard Drive that comes with this is more than plenty for your daily needs. It is upgradeable and also has an option to add an additional M.2 SSD storage option. Display (the window) - Now the display is what most people will notice and what most people will complain about. But like I said, you get what you pay for. Companies such as Dell had to cut the cost for this laptop from somewhere and in this case it is the display. But this reason alone should not be the determining factor to buy or not to buy. Most consumers are used to the glossy clear HD monitors and screens. If this is what you ate used to then, yes, you will be disappointed by the screen on this laptop. But the display panel can be upgraded or even replaced with a better one. So for those more technically adept folks, you are in luck here. I will go more into this in Section 2. Battery (the life) - The battery is great for a laptop of this size and caliber. Imagine sticking a Prius battery into an F-150 and running entirely on that. You won't get "Prius" grade battery life on a gaming laptop but you'll get more than enough. Speakers - Laptop speakers are average. I would not expect much from speakers of any laptop as being an audiophile myself you won't get studio grade sound quality from a tiny speaker. Your best bet would be getting external speakers. But the speakers on these are sufficient enough. Keyboard - Once again, this is a laptop, don't expect desktop grade keyboards on a laptop. The laptop on this keyboard is actually better than most other laptops in this price range. It has good feedback and does not feel too cheap. As I'm typing on this now, I have no trouble. Summary: Strengths: Great Graphics Performance for the money Great CPU for the money Great battery Average speakers Ample storage Good Keyboard Upgradeability Areas of Improvement : Display Portability ------ Section 2 - For the Technical Folks or the Curious -------- I will first provide the "real" technical specifications of this laptop. Then go into discussion about each one. Real Tech specs of laptop: Processor: Processor - Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7300HQ CPU @ 2.50GHz Manufacturer - Intel Speed - 2.5 GHz Number of Cores - 4 Number of Logical Cores - 4 Display: Type: TN Panel Resolution: 1920x1080 Manufacturer: AUO B156HTN03.8 Refresh Rate: 60Hz Pin type: 30 pin eDP connection Graphics: Dedicated Video Card - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Manufacturer - NVIDIA Chipset - GeForce GTX 1050 Dedicated Memory - 3.0 GB Total Memory - 4.0 GB Integrated video card - Intel(R) HD Graphics 630 Memory: Number of Slots - 2 w/one occupied with 8GB Maximum supported memory - 32GB Type - DDR4 Speed - 2133MHz to 2400MHz Storage: Number of slots: 2 (One 2.5" and one M.2/NVMe slot) *Maximum supported memory - I am not sure about this but my setup has the M.2 slot occupied with a 500GB SSD and the 2.5" slot with the stock 1TB SSHD. Speed - Varies depending on choice of storage. The stock has 5400 RPM. Battery: Capacity - 6480mAh Estimated Watt per Hour - 74Wh Type - Lithium Ion Network: Wireless card - Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 Ethernet adapter - Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Audio: Realtek Audio I may not have gotten into too much detail but I believe I have provided enough detail about the important aspects of this laptop. As for upgrades, this laptop is upgradeable. The basics can be upgraded such as the HDD, SDD, and RAM. The display panel can even be upgraded or replaced for those who don't like the screen. The screen can be replaced with any screen that has a 30 pin eDP connector. I would recommend this IPS screen for those wanting better colours and brightness: http://www.panelook.com/LP156WF6 SPB1_LG%20Display_15.6_LCM_overview_24180.html If want to learn more, here is a Reddit thread about this topic: https://www.reddit.com/r/SuggestALaptop/comments/5q8omp/update_on_inspiron_15_7567_gaming_laptop/ For the SDD, you can either get a 2.5" SDD or an M.2 or NVMe SSD. For the HDD, you will have to get a 2.5" SSHD or HDD. For the RAM, it will have to be DDR4 with 2133MHz or above. I have attached an image of each upgradeable slot. Like I said in the beginning, you get what you pay for and for the price I paid for this laptop, it is a great value. I can easily upgrade this laptop in the future and this is what is most valuable. I would definitely recommend this laptop. FAQ Is this laptop upgradeable? Yes Can you play games on this? Yes, very well. Can you upgrade the Graphics card and/or Processor? No, but you can apply new heat sink compound on them to improve the life. If you have any other questions, please ask away. I will answer when time permits. Hopefully this review was helpful to you guys. - TheITGuy

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Laptop thus far, will update over time

      Posted
      icmasticc
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      To start with, I will say that I am something of a technophile and I am one of those who builds their own PCs for gaming and what have you--basically, I'd consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to tech and I don't just buy anything and everything without research. I mainly eyed this laptop due to the wonderful sale price of $699 versus the included spec. Even at it's full price of 800 though, this is a pretty great bang for you buck sort of purchase. You're getting a quad-core processor, 8GBs of RAM, a discrete (read: separate) graphics card of the Nvidia 10-series, and 1TB (1000 GBs) of hard drive storage. For the less tech-inclined, trust me when I say that this kind of package is normally right at $1000 or even over that so it's a pretty good deal. I personally went for the terabyte storage option versus the SSD of the more expensive configurations because I actually need the storage and I did not want to spend over $1000 for the one with SSD and HDD (I ran out of space on my 1TB twice on my old laptop). Getting into the actual operation of the laptop actually brings me to the reason why I took off one star. I had two specific problems that aren't major dealbreakers at all, but it is something that is worth noting and I recommend emulating the solutions I offer. The actual laptop is nice and snappy. Even though it takes a little bit to get going due to the first time setup (and not having an SSD to speed up this process), after everything is done, applications open fast and multitasking is very smooth. I was downloading, installing, internet browsing, and typing up documents in multiple tabs and programs during the first time setup and the computer was just flying. Here's the first caveat, however. I HIGHLY recommend that after you turn the laptop on and let Windows set up and everything, you IMMEDIATELY factory reset the PC and let Windows 10 clean install itself. The reason for this is because I found that Google Chrome and any other internet browser is extremely slow in loading pages if you leave everything as is. My internet connection is stellar and my older laptop still opened pages in an instant so with this spec, I knew it couldn't be the computer itself. Once I reset and reinstalled Windows 10, I haven't had that issue ever again. The second thing may only be a problem I, myself, have had. I have Steam on my computer (It's a program to download PC games) and it seems that while installing games, the speed of my internet browsers slows. I haven't figured out why this is, but it's easy enough to just install games overnight. Beyond those two problems I mentioned, the computer is pretty glorious. The spec is nice, the price is right, and it will definitely last you at least 3-4 years if you don't do anything crazy to it--maybe even longer. I'd be remiss, however, if I didn't mention the display. This is a point of contention with lots of people because the display Dell chose to install is not of great quality. The resolution is full HD, but the display uses a lower quality TN panel that has bad viewing angles and somewhat washed out color reproduction. I personally didn't mind this because I have a PC with an expensive monitor that fulfills my display needs and I feel like the issue was a bit overblown. You can adjust color settings in the Intel Graphics Settings or check around the internet to see what display profiles people used and copy those to improve things. As it stands, I recognize that the display is low quality, but I don't think it's a huge detriment considering the price and spec you get. Finally, I'll address some other common Dell complaints. The keyboard is full size with a full numpad and I haven't found it cramped in the slightest. I am a man with large hands and it still suits me just fine. The trackpad being off-center also does not bother me at all. I really don't understand why people make a big deal out of minor things like that and I've seen other Dell computers where the trackpad really was atrocious and in an even worse placement, but the way this laptop is setup is not bad at all. The keys are backlight in a red color and my only complaint there is it's not super bright, but I love the red accents. Hopefully, this review helps some people out and maybe puts to bed some myths about Dell computers. Just for reference, I'm coming from a Toshiba Satellite computer that was an i5 dual core, 6GBs of RAM, no discrete graphics card, and smaller. I buy mid-range laptops purposely because I don't need the power due to having an excellent PC, but I really don't regret going a little higher this time and purchasing this one. I didn't touch on gaming at all because I don't use this laptop for gaming, but I did test it out and it seems to play most modern games at high to max settings at 1080p so rest assured it can game as well as it processes. Enjoy your product!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good, with a few possbily dealbreaking annoyances

      Posted
      tigerfan28

      This is a SOLID laptop. I love it, got it as an Open Box deal from one of my local Best Buy for $50 lower than the actual asking price. It plays all of my Steam and Origin games VERY well, and I couldn't ask for better in terms of performance for it, other than a few things. First of all, this laptop's using Windows 10. I've had it for a few weeks, and was relegated to create a recovery key froom Dell's site on a spare flash drive I had for it and use it twice in the first week I've had this due to Windows related problems that forced me to re-install Windows 10. First, Windows 10 corrupted itself on the PC due to a bad update; the second time Windows, again due to a bad update, blocked my laptop from accessing the internet over both Ethernet and wifi for two days while I searched for the cause of the problem, eventually giving up and reinstalling Windows again, fixing the problem. None of these problems were caused by hardware, just Windows. Thus, if you plan too buy this PC, I would also plan on buying Windows 7 as well as an external DVD drive to install that to avoid having problems with the virus that is Windows 10. The other thing is that this PC does NOT have a built in optical drive, but that's minor. This also, despite being made this year, does NOT support any of the new Windows Hello features save the PIN that you'd use to log in. It doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, and the camera doesn't support facial recognition, so if you're looking to step up your security on your laptop, this may not be the one for you. Onto my biggest issue with this though, but one that still isn't big enough for me to not recommend this to the average PC gamer. Most people will not use the trackpad on their gaming laptop when gaming or typing, as it would just get in the way of the keyboard, and would opt to shut it off when they are. This laptop lacks that functionality with hardware, and I've not found anywhere on the PC to keep the laptop from recognizing when your hand's heel is rubbing against it. It's also very sensitive. The only way that I can tell with hardware to shut it off is if you have an external mouse plugged into the PC, and Windows 10 does NOT recognize a mouse paired to the PC via Bluetooth as plugged in. So, even though I primarily use my MX Master or MX Anywhere 2 (both great mice from Logitech) on my laptop most of the time, rarely using the trackpad at all (I am not a fan of it as it's somewhat rough and grainy feeling to me and just feels strange), I have no way of disabling it with my hardware as I pair both mice to it via Bluetooth, as I don't want to have to remove a dongle from the PC everytime I choose not to use it or am in a situation where I don't have enough space to be able to use it. As a college student who also plays a lot of MMOs as well as the traditional console style game, like Saints Row or the NBA 2K series, the lack of the ability to shut the trackpad off is more than irritating, both when gaming and when typing a thesis paper for a class. With the kind of hands I have and where it's located, my hands bump it very often, causing half of what I'm typing to become deleted as it's ALSO very sensitive. However, the performance of the laptop itself is very solid, as is the build, so this major annoyance isn't enough to dissuade this from everyone as you CAN disable it by disconnecting the trackpad completely if you don't plan on using it and I'm sure there is software out there that will do this as well. Ultimately though, for $800, you're getting a computer with a gaming performance that is on par with your $1200 HP OMENs and your lower-ended Alienwares. Which is funny, as the Dell Gaming label is becoming what is still known as and in regards to this model was Alienware. So if you're a loyal Alienware customer and are looking to upgrade your gaming laptop but don't want to spend a lot of money, this is your laptop as this laptop designwise and performancewise screams Alienware with its dual fan systems and four exhaust ports (two on the back, directly in front of the two fans, and two on the bottom that also serve as intake for cooler air to prevent the system from overheating.) Windows also boots in about 10 seconds, and I'm using my laptop in about 15, so the 8GB extra memory from the hybrid drive is GREAT (this is not upgradable, it's NAND cache memory designed to take the weight off the hard drive platter and increase hard drive speeds without needing a faster drive, expanding the drive's lifespan as well). It's a solid laptop, fast and efficent, and other than my minor complaint, is one I strongly recommend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent machine for the price (with a catch)

      Posted
      M47R1X
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is the first laptop I've purchased in several years. The last Windows OS I'd used was Windows 7 as I typically use my MacBook Pro for most things (my work computer). I got mine from Dell with the 1050Ti and a 256GB SSD, so keep that in mind as I'm reviewing this. Let's get the elephant in the room (the "catch" mentioned in the title) out of the way: the display. Yes, it is bad. There's little ghosting and the response time is acceptable, but that's about where the "good" ends. It's bad. Really bad. Colors are washed out, viewing angles are atrocious, and it's fairly dim. Fortunately, it's just a 30-pin edp screen which can be swapped quite easily (I went for a Samsung LTN156HL02 IPS panel which costed about $60. If you do the same, note that IPS panels DO have longer response time and are more prone to ghosting, but look a heck of a lot better than TN panels, and this one is no exception). Now with that out of the way, let's talk about positives: 1. The biggest positive is the price. It's a bargain, as far as price and performance go. 2. It's quite performant with its 4-core i5. Opting for the SSD (again, I purchased on Dell's site, so that's not an option here) further helped performance. The 1050Ti (again, Dell's site) has the grunt to run most of today's games on high or ultra-high settings at native resolution. HL2's Lost Coast had a framerate of like 275 or so with absolutely maxed-out settings. That benchmark might not matter as much anymore, but I still found it impressive. 3. Upgrading the RAM, hard drive, etc. is really easy. It's just one screw on the bottom. 4. (This is subjective) It looks REALLY good (I got the red one, and don't regret my choice for a second). I'm constantly stunned by how pretty the machine is. 5. It's pretty thin and light. Nothing to write home about, but it's only an inch thick and weighs under six pounds. So it's larger in every dimension than my MBP, but weighs about the same and is smaller than any other laptop I've owned (aside from my old Clevo W110ER, but that's a whole 'nother story). 6. The screen, while terrible, does have little-to-no ghosting and great response time. It's also a matte finish, which reduces glare. 7. The keyboard is pretty similar to my MBP's. Keys are a bit squishier (which I don't like), but it's closer than any other Windows machine I've had. 8. The trackpad is REALLY good for a Windows machine. Very similar to the MBP's, just a tad twitchy. Who cares, though, right? You'll probably be using a mouse anyways. 9. The speaker placement is pretty good. They point out the left and right side of the front of the laptop (behind all that mesh). The subwoofer helps the lows. And some cons: 1. Again, the display. I've harped on it already. 2. The machine IS plastic, so it will feel a bit cheap. It's unavoidable. Thankfully, however, it feels pretty solid in spite of this. And remember, it's plastic for cost savings. 3. This may be subjective, but I don't like the "soft touch" texture on the laptop. It's supposed to feel upscale and luxurious, but it just wears through quickly, collects skin oil (blech), and ends up making electronics look cheap/worn-out after only a few months of use. I've mostly seen it used on cheap-o Chinese electronics to try and drive that same feeling home. It doesn't work. And it comes loose when the device in question gets hot, leaving a nasty, sticky residue. It's good for now, but who knows how long that will last? I'd rather have a genuine matte finish on the laptop without the soft-touch coating. 4. The sound is a bit tinny, even with the sub. It's not a major complaint, though. It sounds "okay" and you'll probably be using headphones anyways. 5. To get it up to snuff, you'll need to do some upgrades. I had to drop in a new less-horrific screen, an extra stick of RAM (matched the specs for dual-channel), and a hard drive to supplement my smallish 256GB SSD (Dell's site). I had the hard drive laying around (it was pulled from my father-in-law's old laptop), but had to buy the screen and RAM. This brought the total (with shipping, taxes and all that jazz) to about $1k. Overall, I'd recommend this to just about anyone who wants to do some gaming-on-the-go. I got mine specifically for game development, which it works well for as well. Why didn't I get a desktop/build my own? Because I work better on the couch (don't judge me) than at a desk and relying on remote desktop/VNC to do so wouldn't be reliable enough. And I'm on the go often, allowing me to work/play on an airplane and whatnot. Plus, did I mention this thing looks good? I'd definitely recommend this, though I'd say to do what I did and get the version with a GTX 1050Ti and 256GB SSD and then replace the screen and slap in a hard drive. Bumping up the RAM couldn't hurt, either. It's a great machine that can be made even better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Value & Versatility

      Posted
      Flake
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      If you're looking for an affordable machine that you can game on, but also need decent endurance, there aren't a lot of good options. After quite a bit of research, the Inspiron 15 7000 7567 was the best solution that I could find. Aesthetically and professionally, I'm satisfied. Despite being marketed as a "gaming" laptop, the appearance of the black color option is muted enough to avoid raising eyebrows on the job. There is a pleasant lack of superfluous lighting. The sound of the fans is noticeable when they come on, but I've never found them to be offensively loud. In productivity tasks and web browsing, my battery usually lasts between eight and ten hours, which would be somewhere between average and good even on a non-gaming machine. My everyday applications like Word, Excel, and Firefox launch quickly and run smoothly. The basics like Bluetooth, WiFi, etc. have all been hassle free thus far. The built-in web cam and microphone aren't anything special, but they're centered above the screen as they should be, and they're sufficient for video chatting. The keyboard is surprisingly nice for a budget laptop. Even with a full number pad, it doesn't feel cramped, and the keys feel springy. The back-light is bright enough to be functional, and can be toggled on and off with the F10 key. The trackpad is good enough for those times when I really don't have a surface for my mouse, but it's no better than the last one I had to deal with. At five and a half pounds, this machine feels light and portable in a backpack to me, but that probably wouldn't be true for very small people, people with back problems, people with compromised mobility, etc. As a gamer, my needs are met. The keyboard is spacious enough to prevent most accidental key-presses, and it does not become uncomfortably warm during long gaming sessions. The outlined WASD keys are a nice touch. The speakers are much better than I expected from a laptop, presumably due to the inclusion of a sub-woofer. They're quite loud with acceptable bass, and none of the irritating tinniness I expected. Recent titles like Destiny 2 and Mass Effect: Andromeda are playable with visual settings high enough to make them look recent, and it goes without saying that older titles like Skyrim and Dying Light can be played without any compromises, but the stock TN panel deserves some criticism. While it's perfectly usable, it reminds me of a budget desktop panel that I purchased in 2009. Now, to be fair, this panel is better than that one was. It's sharper, it's a bit brighter, and the response time is much better; but the color reproduction and overall feel is similar. So, if color accuracy and viewing angles are very important to you, you should probably consider other options. Overall, the build quality is as good or better than what I expected. It's plastic, of course, but it has already survived a few minor falls and impacts. I'm not sure how the hinge will age, but it doesn't feel too cheap, and it moves smoothly. I don't care for the soft touch veneer, and I am certain that it will age terribly, but that's a very minor issue. The panel uses a 30-pin eDP connection, so it can be easily replaced if it fails, which I appreciate. One of the two memory slots is unpopulated, and there is a free m.2 slot. The bottom panel is held in place with a single Philips head screw, so storage upgrades and replacements will be fairly straightforward when the time comes. Note: This is a review of the Dell INSPIRON 15 7567 (the base model) with a TN panel, 1TB mechanical hard drive, and GTX 1050. Best Buy also sells a slightly more powerful variant of this model with the same quad core i5 CPU that ships with an IPS panel, 256GB m.2 NVMe SSD, and GTX 1050Ti for about $100 more. This model generally will offer better battery life, due to the TN panel using less power than the IPS, but the much better viewing angles and color accuracy of the IPS display combined with a slightly faster GPU will make for a better gaming experience. Just as you can add an m.2 SSD to this machine, you can add a 2.5'' SATA hard drive to that one, so you needn't make your purchasing decision based on storage space. Both are an excellent value, and they are otherwise nearly identical products.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Not Worth the Price! Dell=Horrid Customer Service

      Posted
      Kristina

      I purchased this laptop because I need a good laptop with a dedicated graphics cards for a reasonable price. This laptop was recommended to me by the Best Buy associate as having what I needed and being the 'best bang for my buck'. I do not do any gaming on this, so I can't speak to that aspect, but I do a lot of graphics and work on Photoshop on a regular basis. My one star review is NOT based on the Best Buy sales experience, it is due to my dealings with Dell itself. I've had this laptop less than 6 months, within the first 2 weeks after purchase, I already had my first set of problems when the laptop would stay on a blue screen. Because it was still under store warranty, Best Buy Geek Squad was able to repair it. It was told to me that, though it was new to me, it could have been on the shelf so long it required software updates to get it functioning again. I lost some of my work and it took the Geek Squad over 2 weeks to get it back to me (which is a long time for me to be without my laptop), although frustrating, I could still deal with that. A month later -- again, more problems (this was not due to user negligence and I had full virus protection), still could not get the laptop to turn on properly or kept crashing after short intervals. Back to Geek Squad again, this time they had to do a full restore, losing all the work I had not backed up & had to be without the laptop for another 2 weeks (it had been in the shop longer total time than I had it in my possession). Less than 6 months later, here we are again with more problems. This time was not software (although my system nearly crashed again, though that was worked out so far). The problem is with the battery charger cable that came with the laptop. The part of the cord near where it gets inserted into the charging port has unattached exposing the interior wiring, (again this is not due to any misuse) and I receive a continual warning window that the charger is not recognized & I need to use the charger that came with my computer (this IS the one that came with it)! After taking it back to Best Buy now a 3rd time, I was told the parts are covered under manufacturer warranty and not the store warranty. I then contacted Dell, and after several contacts, sending photo's of the problem and spending countless hours getting transferred to 5 different departments, I am told that the part is NOT covered by warranty (there is no reason it should not be covered). Wasting my time and patience as well as money! I was told by the Dell representative I could purchase a new charger for nearly $90 -- not only should this be fully covered by the Dell Warranty, I can get a universal charger back at Best Buy for far less than the Dell price. As a side note about the laptop itself, the sturdiness of the hinges attaching the screen to keyboard are questionable. I have to be very cautious when moving the laptop with the screen open, because the hinges don't feel like they will have much longevity. Also, the screen display color is not the most natural. Not significant if your are just using for gaming and general use, but for anyone like me who is using it for photo's and graphics work and accurate coloring is important, this is not the best option. I am extremely disappointed with Dell's lack of quality, customer service, disorganization, unprofessionalism and not abiding by their own warranty. They have permanently lost myself and my family as a customer (over a stupid charger cable Dell could've and should've easily replaced).

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        YourDellTeam

        Hello Kristina,

        We're very sorry to hear about the issues that you've experienced with your Dell computer so far. It is important to keep drivers and software up to date and if you'd like to check your computer you can view our Product Support Page here - http://dell.to/2nd1yM3.

        If you continue to experience Blue Screen Errors we'd recommend these steps to diagnose the issues:

        1. At the desktop, click the Search the web and Windows box and type "problem reports".
        2. Select View all problem reports to view a list of errors that have occurred on your computer and possible solutions for them, such as updating drivers, flashing your system BIOS, or checking for updates to the software.
        3. Under the Source column, look for Windows and under Summary, look for Shut down unexpectedly.
        4. Right-click the line item and select Check for a solution.

        We'd also suggest checking to make sure that your software and drivers are up to date on Dell's Product Page - http://dell.to/2i4b41B.

        You can read the full article here - http://dell.to/2u98Cct.

        We hope that your computer will perform the way you'd like it to soon.

        Best,
        Bryan
        1-800-624-9896 Dell

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Average Gaming Laptop

      Posted
      Jerm

      Don't get me wrong it's ok, but it's really barely anymore power than a PS4. I've been building gaming rigs for nearly 20 years. I got this for a friend of mine, and for him it's good. He basically wanted it to play a few new games but mostly older. Overwatch and GTAV to be exact, and for those it's a bargain. Here are the pros and cons, that I noticed while using it for a little while. Pros 1. The 1050 is a low budget card but can get the job done mostly on Medium settings. Don't expect to max out much of any thing from 2016-2017..if so it will still play in the mid to low 30fps. 2. Great price, for an 800$ portable gaming laptop, this is a no brainer. 3. Definitely looks like a gaming laptop, sharp red, with the black. Much better than the HP Omen. IMO. 4. Dell own Alienware so I think the reliability on this unit as opposed to others should be very good. Unlike Asus which is less than reliable these days. 5. Speakers are strong, screen is pretty good, not great though. Colors could be better. 6. Great processor especially at this price point, can't really be beaten in a laptop. Cons 1. Not for hardcore gaming, or 4K. You can't even edit 4K video. 2. Runs extremely LOUD, probably louder than any gaming laptop I've heard. But it does stay very cool. 3. The built is good, not great. It's solid overall but the hinge is very hinky. Seems like it would crack after a lot of use. Unlike having 2 separate ones. 4. Screen is average, personally I would have spent the money for a better panel, or even a 4K screen. Then again what would be the point. 5. Typing flex isn't bad. But the keystrokes don't always register strongly for fast typists like myself. 6. Windows 10 no matter what processor you have is still glitchy and does hang quite a bit. Also you WILL get the BSOD when it wants to change drivers on you. So expect that. It's customary on Gaming Laptops. 7. Wireless is good, again not great. Spotty in some cases. Overall this is a good price, probably the best you'll find actually for some casual gaming. On mostly Medium settings. Some on high but with lower framerates. If your game (no pun intended) go for the 1050TI which is quite a bit more powerful. For about 200$ more. If you're looking just for good portable gaming this is great. Anything else, video editing (in 4K especially) or other high end processes. You should really look elsewhere. The graphics card is actually the weak spot. But for the money. Good enough for most

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        YourDellTeam

        Hi Jerm - Thanks for your honest and complete review of your new Dell laptop. We hope that it will continue to meet your needs. We appreciate your feedback as we are always looking for new ways to improve our products. If you ever need to troubleshoot anything with your new device you can always refer to your product support page here - http://dell.to/2i4b41B. We hope you'll continue to stay loyal to Dell products in the future. - Bryan Dell

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Great if you don't want to use the Internet.

      Posted
      Chris

      Buyer Beware. I bought this laptop a week ago today and have had nothing but issues with internet access right out of the box. After starting up for the first time and going through 1.5 hours of updates the laptop would blue screen constantly with "Netwtw04.sys" errors complimented by "IRQ >=". An internet search revealed this to be a wireless device issue where the device was trying to access IRQ's (system interupts) reserved for the operating system kernal. The wireless device in this laptop is an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165. When I was able to connect speed was like dial-up where pages took forever to load. I went to the Intel website and downloaded and installed the most recent driver available (not installed in the out of box laptop). It did not solve the problem. I then brought the laptop upstairs and plugged it into my router using an available ethernet port. This worked for a while but then all of sudden internet stopped working because the ethernet LAN configugration was lost and I kept getting "Invaid IP configuration" errors. Troubleshooting the issue with Windows 10 sometimes worked, sometimes it didn't. In any case, the ethernet adaptor was reported to have to be reset each time. I have to say I have multiple devices connected to my wireless router and none have any issues at all and up to this point perform much better than this laptop. This is important for reasons below (my guess). I finally decided to wipe the system and start over using a Dell support provided ISO image specifically for this laptop. Hours later the blue screens stopped but internet performance is still sluggish at best. After re-installing Windows 10 with the Dell ISO the system overall performed slower than out of the box. The blue screens stopped but if the laptop is left idle for a period of time internet access crawls again and pages take forever to load (as opposed to a clean shut-down, reboot - restarting doesn't help). Wireless driver information; Out of the box: version 19.20.xx, blue screens all the time Upgraded: 19:50.xx (most recent available), no change After wiping original Dell installation with Dell ISO image: 18.xx.xx, no blue screens (note the older wireless driver) At this point the only thing I can suggest for the internet issues is that the Intel Wireless AC adapter doesn't play well with anything other than wireless AC protocol. Unfortunately my router only supports wireless N as a top speed. My plan of action is to go to Comcast and upgrade my router to AC wireless. If that doesn't work, I'll update the wireless driver. If that doesn't work the laptop is going back to Best Buy in a body bag. The whole experience has been a nightmare.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        YourDellTeam

        Chris, We're sorry to hear about the troubles that your new Inspiron laptop has been giving you since you started to set it up. There are a few suggestions that we have for your wireless connection issues and for the slowness of your device. We'd recommend that you run a Diagnostic Test and a Driver Test on your device to make sure that everything is up to date. These tests can be accessed on your product support page here - http://dell.to/2sWd9Ne. We'd also recommend that you view this article related to internet connection issues with your device - http://dell.to/2uo9kVb. Lastly, if you are still experiencing slowness on your device please consider reading the following article with helpful tips - http://dell.to/2tSulGV. We hope that these tips will help you continue to solve any issues that you are experiencing with your device. Dell





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