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Work through the day with this Dell laptop. It includes an Intel Core i7 processor and 12GB of RAM so that tasks are accomplished quickly and easily, and a 2TB hard drive lets you store all your data even when you have no Internet connection. A powerful 42Wh battery keeps this Dell laptop working throughout the day.

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  • Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 12GB Memory - 2TB Hard Drive
  • Power adapter

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90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (253 out of 283)

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Features


  • Intel 8th Generation Core i7

Windows 10 operating system

Brings back the Start menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, such as the Edge web browser that lets you mark up web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

15.6" Full HD touch screen for hands-on control

Natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology. Energy-efficient LED backlight.

8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8550U mobile processor

Ultra-low-voltage platform. Quad-core, eight-way processing provides maximum high-efficiency power to go. The Intel Turbo Boost technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it.

12GB system memory for full-power multitasking

Plenty of high-bandwidth RAM lets you smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications as well as multiple programs and browser tabs at the same time.

2TB hard drive for ample file storage space

Holds a significant collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and DVD-quality movies. 5400 rpm spindle speed for standard read/write times.

360° flip-and-fold design

Offers versatile functionality with laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes.

Intel® HD Graphics 620

On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming.

Built-in stereo speakers

Waves MaxxAudio Pro is tuned to give you great sound across music, movies, voice and games.

Weighs 5 lbs. and is 0.7" thin overall

Its ultraportable design features a smaller screen size to achieve a compact form factor.

Bluetooth interface synchronizes with compatible devices

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

One USB Type-C and three USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices

Also includes one USB 2.0 port to connect more accessories and peripherals. The USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

HDMI output expands your viewing options

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

Built-in card reader for simple photo transfer

Supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.

Next-Gen Intel® Wireless-AC connectivity (2x2)

Connect to a Wireless-AC router for nearly 6x the speed, more capacity and wider coverage than Wireless-N (150 Mbps). Backward-compatible with all other Wi-Fi networks and hotspots.

Built-in HD webcam

Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.1280 x 720 resolution.

Backlit keyboard for easy typing in dim or dark locations

Island-style keyboard with chiclet keys. Wide-type touchpad with multitouch support.

Basic software package included

McAfee LiveSafe (12-month subscription). One-month trial of Microsoft Office 365.

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

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Overall customer rating

4.3
90%
would recommend to a friend

Expert Rating

4.1

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sleek and Beautiful Dell Laptop

    Posted
    MarkusKong
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    DELL Inspiron 15 7000 Setup/Testing/Conclusion Packaging was definitely not something I would say was amazing. There wasn’t really anything that hooked me. Personally when I buy a product, I really like packaging and the box. Maybe it's just me? Dell did do a great job in making sure the laptop was well secured in the box though, so no problem with shipping/transportation. Upon opening the box, I was honestly hoping to see a sleeve or protective case for this laptop. Why? Because the laptop itself is honestly pretty good looking. The color and finish on the product is definitely eye catching. So I would’ve liked to see a protective sleeve/case. After pulling the laptop out there were 2 small booklets which are the Quick Start Guide and the Warranty/Safety/Regulatory booklet. Setting up the laptop was quite simple. You basically follow screen by screen and set up Windows 10. After that, you’ll have the opportunity to set up your laptop with Dell by registering for an account. I must say that first impression was not so great after powering on the laptop… It felt really slow. This could be because it’s running a mechanical hard drive instead of a solid state drive. I’ve been using nothing but SSDs now and I have to say it makes a huge difference! The good thing is after going through all the necessary setup and updates, the laptop runs a lot smoother and faster. I still wished that Dell put a SSD in this model instead of the traditional mechanical hard drive. I feel like all desktops and laptops now should come with an SSD now, even if you’re not gaming. The processor and the memory is definitely enough to operate this laptop. I would’ve also liked to see a separate video card instead of the integrated graphics from the Intel processor. The laptop seems to have enough space and it's honestly quite heavy. So having a video card instead of the integrated graphics would’ve made sense in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong though, this laptop isn’t made/marketed for gaming. But with the size, I don’t see why a video card would hurt. What I do really like about this laptop is the camera with facial recognition and the touchscreen. I tried just using the touchscreen and did the tablet mode. Overall, the touchscreen is very responsive and Dell has done a great job with that. I kinda had fun putting it in tablet mode. When you do that, the hinges have this rubber piece that sorta props the laptop up so your keyboard isn’t flush against the surface. I was a bit worried at first about scratching the keyboard side of the laptop when using it in tablet mode but the rubber pieces seem to do what it's made to do. I’ve seen some laptops that have this tablet feature have a swivelable screen so that your screen flips prior to it going into tablet mode. This way, the keyboard is not against the surface of wherever you’re putting it and instead is the bottom of your laptop. So perhaps I would’ve liked to see that feature on this specific model. The battery is pretty good depending on what you’re doing and what setting you have it on. You can either do battery saver, recommended, better performance, and best performance. With it set to better performance it didn’t honestly last that long. So presumably, on best performance it probably won’t last long at all. Leaving it on recommended seems to give you enough performance to do daily tasks while trying to conserve battery so that is nice. The laptop does get quite hot if you’re doing a lot of stuff on it and the fans do kick on to where you can hear it. I’ve dealt with louder laptop fans though so that part wasn’t too bad. I did notice that the AC adapter gets extremely hot when you’re using it to charge the laptop. The speakers are quite nice and you can even hear things clearly when it's in tablet mode. Overall, I would give this laptop a solid 4 out of 5 stars. If you’re on the search for a laptop that can do all your daily tasks and has a massive 2TB hard drive, I would definitely recommend buying this laptop. Having the ability to put it in tablet mode with the responsive touchscreen is definitely a nice feature to have. I only gave it 4 out of 5 because of the cons I gave above in my write up. Specs 15.6” FHD Touch Display with Webcam and Windows link 8th Gen Intel Core i7 - 8550U (1.80GHz, 4.0GHz max turbo frequency) 12GB Memory 2TB Hard Drive Integrated Intel UHD Graphics (Intel UHD 620) Windows 10 Wireless AC & Bluetooth Media Card Reader HDMI & USB 3.1 Waves MaxxAudio Backlit Keyboard What's in the box? Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 15.6” Touchscreen Laptop AC Adapter Quick Start Guide Warranty, Safety, and Regulatory Information

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop

    Posted
    Bjm24
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    From the moment I drew the new Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 out of its trim shipping box, I grew impressed at how lightweight this 15-Inch display laptop is, yet solid in the hands. It was very shiny, and the housing seemed of excellent quality. The Inspiron arrived with a power cord and a slip of paper with limited information, no paper manuals or physical media. The Dell Support Assist application is used to access any manuals provided for this machine. Once the PC was online and basic software loaded, I found the online documentation on the Dell SupportAssist web site and it seems sufficient. One manual generally describes computer hardware, and another manual describes the exact Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1. A third manual shows how to dismantle portions of the laptop for basic upgrades and repairs. I recommend leaving the repairs to the guidance of the experts at Dell support. The laptop comes with a standard one-year warranty, but I highly recommend buying an additional two years of support from Dell. Upon first powering up the Inspiron you are directed to finish setting up Windows 10, and as part of the setup you are given the option to generate recovery media. Once I had purchased a USB thumb drive, Windows made it easy to return to generate the recovery files. Out of the box the laptop had a charge, however I opted to charge it overnight so I can see how long the battery would last during use while set to low power. I turned down the display to lowest level to save power which I was still able to use comfortably in a normal lit room. On battery saver, the indicator says I have 5 hours of battery life. In reality this charge lasted around four hours, which is reasonable in my opinion due to the included Core I7 processor. The Dell Support Assist utility provides information on system capabilities, your warranty, device manuals, etc. I went there to get a PDF manual of this system. The Inspiron comes with three USB 3.1 ports (including one port that will share power with the system turned off). There is also a USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C) port which can be used for peripherals such as external storage devices, printers, and external displays. Dell.com has an available option called the Dell Power Companion that provides 12,000mah of battery power to continue running your laptop. The Inspiron includes an HDMI port for video, a media card reader, and Bluetooth connectivity. However, there is no onboard LAN port--if this is important to you, do not be surprised—you will utilize a Wifi connection only for network connectivity. I checked online and Dell does not provide an orderable option. As an alternative, you can pick up a USB NIC from your local technology store, for faster data transfers when you are at home or the office. From a usability side: This unit was peppy with an Intel Core i7 8th Generation, 12 Gb of installed RAM (11.8Gb usable) and 1.80 Tb SATA hard drive. The display is quite clear and crisp. I had no complaints about the laptop screen. As a 2-in-one PC, the display is touch responsive, and the computer can convert to a tablet configuration. The laptop does not include a pen; you would need to acquire one separately. Even at low power, I had no problem working with the display screen in a dimly lit room. Windows 10 provides tablet accessibility features, and someone who has not used a Windows tablet should use the onboard help to get the needed training to use the tablet features. I did not find it difficult to learn, but since I’m primarily used to using a laptop configuration I stuck primarily with that option. The keyboard is backlit and can be toggled on, with two different brightness settings, or turned off. This is very handy for those times when you really want the keyboard light, otherwise turn it off to save battery. The keyboard itself is a great size for my hands, and give a reasonable depth and a good feel. This keyboard does not contain a second separate set of number keys, so you will have to be used to using the number keys on the top. There is a set of dedicated cursor keys at the bottom right hand of the keyboard. There are function key options for volume controls, pause, fast forward, rewind, projector toggles, brightness, keyboard backlight, wifi on/off, and zoom. Like every laptop, there is a small learning curve getting used to the placement of some keys, but most everything seems standard. The provided trackpad is very responsive, and I had no trouble navigating across the screen and performing double-taps and right clicks with the device. When I keyboard, my hands did not brush up on the trackpad so there is no issue with undesired mouse movement. This laptop does not come with a trackpoint in the center of the keyboard like other manufacturers, so if this is expected don’t be surprised. This unit does not include a fingerprint reader, instead utilizing Windows Hello Facial Recognition for unlock. I used the Windows set up to configure facial recognition, and didn’t really have any trouble getting the laptop to unlock by using the onboard camera. If for some reason the camera does not recognize you, you will be prompted to provide the PIN number you declare at setup of facial recognition. The Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 is a very solid performer. There were some minimal pauses when loading applications. I did wish that the laptop came with a solid state drive, as it made me wonder if it would be even faster. However, the Dell Inspiron was pretty quick like I would expect from a new fresh laptop. As a Microsoft PC, the system comes with a 30-day trial of Microsoft Office 365, which you are able to subscribe to get a renewable annual license. The system also comes with a McAfee trial license, which you can subscribe or substitute with whatever is your preference. Windows comes with native antivirus options so you don’t need to keep that trialware. Due to its slim nature, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 does not come with a DVD / CD / or Blu-Ray drive. This made installing my Starcraft II game an additional challenge, which I am currently in progress. If you have physical media to load from, you will need to either purchase a USB DVD drive, or have the media shared on a network drive. You can purchase a USB DVD drive from your local technology store. Not being a hard-core gamer, I pulled out one of my favorite games, Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty. I know that this would not heavily stress a decent powered system, however my previous i5 laptop of 4-year vintage had an occasional stuffer with this title. This Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 had no trouble playing the game. It was a pleasure playing my old friend Starcraft 2 on this system. The sound was great, even though it was out of two little speakers from the bottom front of the unit. Video display was crisp. I did not play with the game’s video settings, satisfied from an everyday business user’s standpoint that this machine could play a reasonable game. If you are going to play a high-end game, you most likely will be going for an Alienware system instead of this mainstream consumer system. However, I am comfortable that this system could play other reasonable games. I paired the laptop with my Samsung Digital Television U28E590 28” 4K display. I used the laptop to extend desktop to the Samsung, and the video card on this laptop was able to drive this display to a high resolution 3840 X 2160 resolution, which is really cool. This is not unusual as my previous laptop could do the same. I watched the latest episode of Star Trek Discovery, and the image was crisp and amazing. I did experience some lag but I’m sure it was likely due to internet bandwidth issues on the server end, as the episode had just come out this evening. In any case, I highly recommend the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 laptop. The system is a great fit for the normal consumer. It has plenty of room for storing your files and media, is lightweight and won’t bog you down while traveling around. Definitely do the recovery file creation, and get a nice messenger bag to store it in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sleek Workhorse

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    emiliosic
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    Inspiron line has been for years simple workhorse laptops for every day home/school use. The line keeps improving and this model has plenty of welcome changes. The whole housing is made of brushed metal, the screen is a seamless piece of glass. The touchpad is large, accepts multi-finger gestures and it's very responsive. The screen is touchscreen and accepts active pens, although does not include one -- optional, and has 360 degrees hinges that folds as a tablet. The system works well and the screen stays in place. The keyboard has island keys with good feedback, and good amount of travel for a laptop keyboard. The keys are lighted, with off/med/max settings. It does not have a number pad, which is actually something I prefer because the keys are centered instead of having to type on the left side because of the number pad that I'd rarely use. On the left it has a round power plug, an USB-C port that also has DisplayPort (But doesn't seem to be able to charge the computer, which is inconvenient, since many new laptops are now using USB-C chargers), a full-size DHMI port that supports HDMI 2.0 (For 4K TVs), two USB 3.1 ports and audio jack. To the right there's a security lock port, another USB and an SD card reader. There aren't many lights to distract on this laptop: The power button has a white light and there's a sleep/charge light in the front, but there is no charge indicator when the lid is closed, which confused me at first since I cannot tell when it finishes charging. The screen is 1080x1920 (Full HD), and it's very clear to read. Audio is OK for a laptop, comes from the sides on the bottom. Something I noticed is that it's much simpler to service than other new laptops: The bottom shell can be easily removed with Philips screws, and some are captive to make it simpler. The battery can be replaced with some screws and there are two DDR4 memory slots (This model has 12 GB, so one slot is 8 GB and the other has a 4 GB module). Dell site mentions it can be upgraded up to 16 GB, the 2.5"5400 RPM Tb hard drive and has an empty slot for an M.2 SSD. The CPU is an 8th gen i7, which is currently the best, and if you're looking for a laptop to keep for a few years, this is the type of CPU to consider. The battery is good enough around the house, but it might not last the whole day. It could last 6 hours depending on use. Hard drive: It has 2 TB, which is plenty and more for most users , however I should've considered a smaller SSD instead because an SSD would've been much faster, runs cooler and the battery lasts longer. Although this model comes with Windows 10 Home, it supports drive encryption, which it something I couldn't do with older Windows 10 home laptops, because this has a newer TPM (Encryption) module 2.0. There is a front camera that supports Windows Hello login, that's part of Windows 10. I'm very pleased with this laptop, my issues are that it doesn't charge via USB-C like many new laptops, and the battery could be larger. I would've preferred an SSD version (so consider the other Inspiron models with SSDs), but since it's very simple to expand, I can add it later. Windows 10 Home supports encryption, the screen is very nice to read on, and the keys are nice to type on. The touch screen with pen support is also nice, and it's easy to expand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent 2-in-1 Laptop

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    MFamily
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    The Dell Inspiron 7573 is a pretty impressive laptop that will suit just about any user’s needs. The laptop came packaged about the same as most laptops do these days. The laptop is secured nicely inside the box and it included the AC adapter, quick start guide, and warranty/regulatory information. Upon taking the laptop out of the box I noticed it to be a bit on the heavy side (about 5lbs). The weight makes using it in tablet mode a little cumbersome depending on where / how you are using it in that mode but overall it is not too bad and you can get used to it fairly quick. The general specs of the laptop are an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U CPU (8MB Cache, up to 4.0GHz), 12GB DDR4 2400MHz memory, 2TB 5400 rpm hard drive, Intel UHD 620 graphics, 15.6 FHD with touch display (supports pen), 802.11ac wireless dual band & Bluetooth 4.2 adapters, USB 3.1 (Gen 1 & Type-C) ports, Waves MaxxAudio, SD card reader, backlit keyboard, and Windows 10 Home edition. Setting up the laptop is the same as any new computer these days and simple. Just step through the setup wizard screens and you are up and running in a short amount of time. Once the setup was complete and I was brought to the desktop screen I noticed a bit of a lag when trying to do things. I could see there were a number of post setup application / driver updates and McAfee that were causing some extremely high disk usage (95-100% utilization). After waiting for the updates to finish and uninstalling McAfee (not a big fan of the preinstalled version that comes with the laptop) I rebooted the computer and performance was about what I expect from these kinds of hardware specs. Performance wise, the Inspiron 7573 will be more than ample for almost all regular users. I would have much preferred a 7200 rpm or an SSD drive over the 2TB drive space but for this price point it is common. The hard drive speed is about the only thing you will notice a lag in performance periodically during normal usage of the laptop. Battery life is about what you would expect from a 3-cell battery. With standard usage (i.e. standard software applications, email, general web surfing, etc…) you can expect about 4-6 hours. The battery life can be adjusted in a number of ways to get almost twice that (i.e. Windows display / power settings, Dell Power Manager, etc…). Full battery charge time appears to be about 1 ½ - 2 hours. The included AC adapter has a small power brick to it (which is nice) and cord length is definitely long enough. Sound is quite nice for a laptop. Generally you will use some sort of headphones when watching or listening to things but the Waves MaxxAudio sound was surprising. There are a number ample ports and connections located on the sides of the laptop. Wireless performance is excellent from the dual band adapter. Here are some of my favorite features of the Inspiron 7573. I really like the backlit keyboard and FHD touch screen. The touch screen is very responsive and accurate. The screen is very crisp, bright, and clear. The 2-in-1 360-degree rotating hinge screen is also a very nice feature. The hinges appear to be stiff and strong and should hold up over time. Flipping to tablet mode is definitely a cool feature. Aside from the hard drive speed the only other thing I am not a big fan of is the touchpad. It is a bit on the larger side and kind of overly sensitive. The sensitivity can be adjusted but I found myself accidentally swiping or touching the touchpad when typing on the keyboard from time to time. Not a big deal and I will probably get used to it over time. The Inspiron 7573 is definitely a solid laptop and I definitely recommend it. It has many excellent features and some great hardware for the price point. If you are shopping for a new laptop I would put this one towards the top of your list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Laptop With Simple Fixes

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    Matthew
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    This is a good laptop by specifications. I can say the 5400 rpm drive causes the laptop boot time to be 2-3 minutes. Not to mention slightly slower program start ups. I would recommend doing the following: First update the bios. This is important as I'm sure it includes new security measures for the meltdown hack that's out there (This is a guess but I'd be surprised if something isn't there for it). Next, look in the bios settings for booting. You can get there by hitting delete when you see the dell logo and pressing F12, then select bios boot. Dell for there awesomeness put the computer in through boot mode instead of quick boot mode. You want to change that. Now that you're in a faster booting mode with updated bios, it should be a little better. However, if you want to get the best performance from this machine I recommend buying a ssd M.2 card. I purchased a Samsung 960 Evo. It will set you back a little more than $100 for a 250gb version and that should be all you need since there is a 2tb hard drive already in there. To install it simply follow the instructions listed in the manual for the laptop that you can find on dell's website (its as simple as loosing 6 screws and removing 4 additional screws and lifting off the back cover). After it's installed you'll want to remove the encryption dell put on your hard drive. Dell turned on Bitlocker on the C: drive, which isn't a bad thing if you never look to reinstall windows without a decryption key or clone the hard drive. If you go to Control Panel\System and Security\System there is a link you can click on at the bottom to remove the encryption. Once it is removed it gets easier. Simply download Samsung's free program called data migration. It is free. From there you you can clone the hard drive to the SSD (don't be afraid of this, it guides you through it and it is easy).. This will let you boot Windows from the Samsung 960 card. Then you just need to format the Hard Drive partition of the 2TB card using Microsoft format hard disk partition. I'll leave you to google how to do this part as there is a ton of videos online. And once you are done, i'm happy to say it now boots up and logs in using your face in under 10 seconds. It's zippy and fast. Pros: -Once updated, super duper boot time and performance. -2TB Hard drive, awesome for media and program space. -12GB of ram is really all you'll need -Touchscreen is responsive -Backlight on keyboard is nice. The CONS: - As other reviewers have stated the screen is a little over saturated, and not as crisp as 1080p should be. -5 lbs sounds light but can be a little heavy for long duration. -Battery life is not so good at all. Prepare to plug in. Battery is a WDX0R and it is not long lasting. Hoping another company makes something larger that will fit eventually. -Keyboard feels a bit cramped to me - Screen brightness could be better and it is very glossy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not ideal, but very close!

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    xKing
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    It is a powerful machine for any office or home use needs, quad core Kaby Lake i7 1.8GHz processor is very fast (I've noticed about 20% performance improvement based on CPUz benchmark compared to my older Skylake based laptop) and 12Gb of on-board RAM is plenty for heavy applications. Laptop's enclosure is pretty thin, lightweight and rigid, display is held magnetically when closed. Since it's a 2-in-1 machine - display could be folded all the way back transforming laptop into a huge and very powerful tablet, however screen image can not be flipped 180 degrees. Screen is touch enabled and you can use your finger to click on things even in a regular laptop mode, I did not find it very useful though. Screen resolution is 1920x1080 and image is pretty good, however I found it lacking crispiness a little bit and color saturation was low for my taste. I've tried to boost saturation in the Intel Graphics properties app and it helped a little bit. If you depend on the screen quality in your day to day activities (photo editing, graphic design, video editing) - definitely look at the laptop in person before purchasing and see if you are satisfied with the image. Keyboard is pretty compact but comfortable to use, it's backlit (backlight could be turned on and off, no brightness adjustment). Touchpad - very accurate, it's surface has a nice texture. Ports - laptop has 1 USB-C port with the Display Port support, HDMI output, 3 USB 3.0 ports (one of these support high power charging), SD card reader, headphone jack and a power input. Included 45W charger is very small and easy to pack. I've found that battery life is around 3.5 hours when actively working so you would need that charger to last you thru the day. Upgradeability - I would definitely recommend adding a PCIe SSD drive to the laptop since it's performance seems to be limited by the mechanical hard drive. Laptop has 2 memory slots, one is used by 8Gb module and another one has 4Gb in it. Overall - excellent performer! I'm taking one star off for the screen and lack of SSD drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well balanced and fast laptop

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    LouRevue
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    Impressions of this laptop are quite good. The overall performance/appeal of this laptop will pretty much suit anyone's needs. The laptop has good hardware and is lightweight/portable. The screen on this laptop is pretty nice. With the newer 4K screens out not, I think 1080p works for 99% of most people out there. It's crisp and colors are good so it'll be more than enough for streaming your content as well as your spreadsheets. The touchscreen is responsive so it'll easily function as a really big tablet if need be. The folding screen is okay. I don't plan on using it in that configuration however, if I'm super lazy and just want to watch movies or something, I'm sure it'll come in handy then. 12GB of RAM is more than adequate for pretty much any task you'll need from your laptop. I was easily able to open/edit large (50mb) spreadsheets without too much lag. Some of my photo editing software also seemed to work pretty well on this machine too. As far as speed, the only negative I can think of is the HD. It's a 5400rpm drive so it's not the most blazing fast hard drive out there. In fact it's probably one of the slowest out there however, it is a 2TB drive so you give up speed for storage capacity. The 2TB hard drive, again, probably more than most people will need so can't go wrong there. I do plan on swapping out the hard drive for something a little faster but that's just me. As far as the other tech/hardware goes, it's pretty standard across the board. I'd suggest uninstalling the McAfee that comes with this as it can get quite annoying if you don't renew or, otherwise, pay attention to it. Still not sure why some people complain about laptops not having CD drives but, for the record, this one doesn't. Does make the laptop a little lighter and thinner so it's much more comfortable to tote around. I really like this laptop both from a hardware and price standpoint. There are other cheaper laptops out there however I've used Dell's both as personal and work laptops and never really had any issues with them. I think this is a good choice as a primary laptop whether it be for personal or home office duties.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Plenty of Issues; Good for Extremely Basic Use

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    unlvguy
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    I returned this laptop on the last day possible to give it time to prove itself after I read some of the negative reviews. I couldn’t decide. However, some of the things mentioned in the negative reviews started occurring. Here’s what I found: 1) Overheating: It doesn't seem like it will cool easily, especially when on your LAP. 2) Shift Buttons: They look like they may give troubles after long time usage. The pressing locations for my finger size (7.5 inches from base of palm to top of middle finger) caused my last Dell to have the smaller shift key come off the rack many times after about 6 years. It never stays on now, so I cannot use it. I have always been a Dell user. 3) Touchpad: Again with my hand size, typing is annoying with the location of my fingers and the large size of the area below the keyboard for the touchpad to be located (large touchpad). The touchpad also did not have an automatic scroll action like previous Dell models to scroll up and down on the right edge of it. I did not look to find this option in settings, though. 4) Button Locations: The placement of the Home/End keys and arrows drove me crazy. Home and End are on the right and left arrows and it was annoying to have to hit the Alt or Fn buttons to use those functions. I use them constantly when browsing online. This was one of the major reasons I returned. 5) Dirt: The touch-screen was a nightmare for holding dirt. Even with my hands spotless, it kept tracks on it. 6) Battery life: It was horrid. This was simply with using the laptop for web browsing after downloading Chrome and nothing more. This is basic web browsing, not playing games constantly or that type of thing. I did not use the laptop for anything else and on days 1 and 2 it proved battery life poor. 7) Lag: I transferred 118 GB of data from my old PC’s hard drive to this computer. After I did so, the lag was starting to be experienced. I opened a few documents to make sure the Microsoft programs would open them. They opened quickly, but some functions had a tiny delay. I noticed a medium sized change in my browsing the web in either browser. Even after clearing cache to test, the web pages were having a very noticeable change in loading speed. I did not want to worry about this getting worse over time. Overall, it may be decent for someone who will use it very little and only for the laptop function, but I would not buy it again and I made sure I returned it, even though it was at a great sale price. I was concerned about the lag growing and I didn’t want to see if it got worse when I installed more advanced programs. It may be time to find something other than a Dell, even though I have always used them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about sound, price, battery and design. Editors are less positive about touchpad and reliability and have mixed opinions about connectivity. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 86/100 = Very good quality.
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