The previous 15-inch model from the Inspiron 7000 series was notoriously ill famous thanks to the horrible TN panel. It was dim, it was dull and it made everything look washed out when looking slightly off centre. This time we’ll check out Dell Inspiron 7000 YRV46 which is the successor to that model with some major changes.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (7th Gen), 2.8 GHz
- GPU – 4 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
- Memory – 16 GB DDR4
- Screen – 15.6-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage – 1 TB SATA HDD + 128 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It is specced pretty decently for a budget notebook. It houses an Intel Core i7 processor along with 16 gigs of RAM. It includes both a conventional 1 TB HDD and a much faster (but small) 128 GB SSD. The NVMe SSD is lightning fast making it load and boot literally in seconds.
- GPU – It includes NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU which is more than efficient for handling occasional gaming needs. Almost any title can be made to run in High or Medium preset in the native 1080p display resolution. The VR capability of this specific unit is relatively poor though making it unsuitable for that.
- Ports – It has got 3 standard USB 3.0 ports along with an HDMI and Ethernet port. But the biggest attraction indeed is the Thunderbolt 3 port. It’s really good to see it in a budget notebook like this and enables you to use it for charging and connecting an external display and GPU dock.
- Price – Price is the single most crucial aspect of a budget notebook like this. And it’s priced pretty reasonably at £1100 making it much affordable than an Alienware or Razer Blade.
- Portability – While it’s neither excessively bulky nor heavy it is heavier than the competing notebooks like Acer Predator Helios 300 and Lenovo Legion Y520 at 2.65 kg.
- Display – Okay, to be honest, the TN display from the previous version was simply disastrous. While the newer IPS panel is a big step up from the previous one everything wasn’t hunky dory. The max brightness is less than average at 240 nits. The colour coverage also is barely passable (65% coverage in sRGB standards).
- Battery – The battery backup is another curious case. The 56 Wh battery pack is able to keep it alive for nearly 5 hours under a moderately heavy workload. While that’s pretty good considering that it’s a part gaming laptop the previous version lasted significantly longer.
Despite some drawbacks, it is decently powerful and performed quite seamlessly in almost all the aspects. Now if you want more gaming power from your laptop then Predator might be more suitable for you due to the more powerful GTX 1060 GPU. If not, it can prove to be a great buy for you.