Hands-On With The Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Notebook at CES 2017

Everyone needs a little more gaming in their life. CES 2017 has brought out some truly absurd mobile fragging monsters, like the Acer Predator 21 X and Razer Project Valerie gaming notebooks. For those of us with pesky mortgages and student loans interfering with our stacks of cash, a more modest solution is in order.

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The Inspiron 7000 Gaming series represents Dell’s mobile mainstream gaming vision, positioned as an affordable alternative to its high-end Alienware offerings. On Tuesday, Dell announced the latest iterations of the Inspiron lineup - the Inspiron 14 and 15 Gaming. Today, we got to go hands on with the 15-inch model inside the Dell Experience Suite.

The Inspiron 15 Gaming jumps full-bore into the gaming aesthetic. Unlike its relatively incognito predecessor, this year’s model flashes aggressive lines and bold colors. This includes trading white-backlit keys for ones with an ominous red glow.

Display options are certain to please as well. Dell offers two choices of 1080p IPS panel - either anti-glare or Truelife - as well as a 4K anti-glare screen. These can be outfitted on either the 14-inch or 15.6-inch versions, no problem.

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Not everything is about looks, though, so Dell also refreshed the interior with a dash of Kaby Lake and Pascal. These notebooks come with a choice of an Intel Core i5-7300HQ or a Core i7-7700HQ processor. On the graphics front, the 14-inch model can sport an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 while the 15.6-inch model seen here can utilize either a GTX 1050 or a GTX 1050 Ti.

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There is also plenty of space inside this machine for memory. It can be configured with between 4GB and 16GB of RAM from the factory, but does support up to 32GB for future upgrades. Similarly, storage options range up to a 1TB HDD or a 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD to satisfy your need for speed.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Notebook is available now from $799.