Introduction and Specifications
The Inspiron 13 7000 is Dell's latest two-faced unit, and the one we're testing is a top-spec Special Edition model that's faster and more beautiful that the other models in the line-up. What strikes us as most interesting here is the focus that Dell has placed on the "laptop" side of the equation. Said another way, we've grown used to 2-in-1 units being little more than tablets with a bolted on keyboard. That works fine for those who don't need a lot of horsepower, but those in search of a powerful laptop that just so happens to convert to a tablet have been left with very little beyond the Surface Pro 3.
base unit rings up at $750, while our hero unit checks in at $1,000. Those are prices much more in line with what someone would budget for a new laptop, not so much a tablet. Let's take a look at what that price gets you.
|Model||Inspiron 13 7000 Special Edition
|Processor||Intel Core i7-5500U processor (4M cache; up to 3.00GHz)
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 5500|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1 64-bit|
|Display||13.3-inch Truelife LED Backlit Full HD (1920x1020) IPS multi-touch|
|Camera||720p HD Camera|
|Memory & Storage||8GB DDR3L-1600
256GB Samsung PM851 7.5mm SSD
2-in-1 SD and MMC card reader
|I/O Ports||2 x Full-size USB 3.0
1 x Full-size USB 2.0
1 x Full-size HDMI 1.4a
1 x headphone out and mic in combo jack
Noble lock slot
Dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
|Battery||43WHr, 3-Cell battery (integrated)
Up to 9 hours
|Size||0.75" x 12.99" x 8.74"
|MSRP||Base Price: $749.99 / As Tested: $999.99