The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is the latest attempt for the company to bring some much needed excitement into the affordable laptop sector, most especially that to the Inspiron line of products. This particular hybrid machine starts at a relatively low price for a laptop, and it is even powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, along with a 256GB solid state drive and 8GB of memory. While not a bad price for its specs, if you want, you can spend a bit more to upgrade the internals to that of an Intel Core i7 processor, 512GB of solid state storage, and 12GB of memory. It does look promising, but are there any compromises to bring the laptop’s price tag into such a low price point?
The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is a Great Option for a Low-Priced Machine
In terms of design, the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 looks rather dated, and the choice of looks is similar to last year’s model as well. Even though it is not completely identical, this 2016 model certainly looks and feels more durable. In fact, this is one sturdy laptop.
There are no flex to speak on the frame, but there is a little bit of that aspect found on its display. It is at three-quarters of an inch thick with the lid closed, and it weighs just over three-and-a-half pounds. With its weight and thickness, it is reasonably thin and lightweight enough to carry around.
As for its keyboard, it is now inset into the chassis; therefore a separate panel of material does not surround it. This does make the new Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (2016) sleeker than the predecessor, and it a lot more robust.
While you may love/hate the design choice of this 2-in-1 laptop, there is one caveat that you might not get around to liking – the power button. It is located on the side of the device, near the front edge. While most laptops would have the power button located somewhere above the keyboard, this one is placed in a position that is quite problematic. Why? Because its location is far too easy for users to accidentally turn off the laptop whenever they want to pick it up.
Even though the new Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is indeed a great improvement to last year’s model, it does offer some shortcomings, like the mentioned power button. Still, it does make itself as a solid choice for a reasonably low-priced hybrid device, especially for the specs embedded into it.
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