Review: Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is priced at Rs1,15,190.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is priced at Rs1,15,190.

The newest addition to Dell’s Inspiron line-up is meant to be a slightly more affordable alternative to the more expensive 15-inch Alienware (starting from Rs1,63,990; gaming laptop. In terms of design, the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming doesn’t actually betray its gaming credentials till you notice the red inserts on the front spine, or on the cooling vents at the back. The lid has a sophisticated soft-feel black finish, but also catches smudges and fingerprints for some reason.

It runs the 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor with 16 GB RAM. These two specifications alone ensure that you are running a top-notch performance machine. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4 GB) graphics take advantage of the latest “Pascal” architecture, which is more powerful, efficient, and artificially smarter than earlier. You probably won’t get the sort of gaming performance that the entry-level specification Alienware 15, which runs the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, offers, but you will be able to play the latest game titles at medium to high settings. In fact, the GTX 1050Ti graphics chip matches the base specifications required for handling certain VR content, which should help it maintain its position in the future.

The laptop stays cooler than some other gaming laptops, but you will occasionally hear some fan noise while playing a game.

Some might call it a compromise because it isn’t 4K, but the Full HD 15.6-inch display (1,920×1,080 resolution) is adequate for gaming. It is bright and sharp, and allows good viewing angles too. It is hard to ignore, though, that the colours aren’t rich or vivid, subduing the viewing experience.

Gaming laptops don’t always offer the most flattering battery back-up statistics, but the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming does impress with close to 6 hours’ back-up, running at heavy productivity workloads.

The keyboard on the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming does take some getting used to, because the keys are a tad smaller than would have been ideal. The accuracy in response, however, is impressive and you’ll be able to type fairly quickly.

The Inspiron 15 7000 does, despite the comparative smaller price tag, offer impressive gaming performance and strong battery life. And it feels at home when you are focused on work tasks too. The subdued display is the only drawback.