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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (4K UHD)

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What's Hot: Lovely design, quality chassis materials with a premium feel. High resolution display good for photo and video editing.

What's Not: Our 4K display model bumps close to the XPS 15's price. ULV Ultrabook CPU fine for the $700 model, not impressive on the $1,449 4K model.


Reviewed August 11, 2015 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 4K is the more affordable counterpart to the Dell XPS 15. Like the XPS, you get a classy aluminum chassis with a matte black keyboard rest, an excellent backlit keyboard and now with the 4K UHD model, an optional super high resolution display. Beyond the significant price skew, there are important differences: the Inspiron runs on Intel ULV 15 watt Ultrabook CPUs vs. the XPS 15's quad core 47 watt CPU. That means you don't get breakneck performance with the Inspiron 15, but you do get less heat and longer battery life thanks to the lower power CPU. The Inspiron has low end AMD Radeon R7 M270 graphics vs. the aged but more powerful NVIDIA 750M graphics in the XPS 15. We're focusing on how the Inspiron 15 stacks up against the XPS 15 because we're reviewing the high end Inspiron 15 7000 4K model that pushes into the XPS 15's turf. While the XPS 15 typically costs $2,000 or more, the Inspiron 15 7000 UHD 4K (with 16 gigs of RAM, the Core i7-5500U CPU and a 256 gig SSD) is $1,449. For frugal folks, there are versions with a 1080p IPS touch screen, an HDD rather than SSD and Core i5 for $700 and under. Dell also offers a 2-in-1 version of the Inspiron 15 with a 360 degree hinge. Ours has the conventional laptop hinge.

The Samsung 4K panel has good color gamut that covers 95% of sRGB and 74% of Adobe RGB. Brightness is decent at 244 nits. The AMD Radeon R7 M270 is a low end dedicated graphics card with 4 gigs of DDR3 VRAM. It's roughly equivalent to the NVIDIA GT 830M. It's not a particularly strong card for gaming, but it will give a little boost to 4K visuals when using Adobe Photoshop and other Adobe CC programs. It's fine for older and less demanding games like Diablo III and StarCraft II at 1080p with a mix of medium and high settings.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000


Dell Inspiron 15 7000


Dell Inspiron 15 7000

The backlit, spill resistant keyboard feels a little cramped to us.


Dell Inspiron 15 7000


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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 UHD Video Review


Dell Inspiron 15 7000

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is easy to upgrade once you remove the bottom cover. It has 2 RAM slots and a 2.5" drive bay.


*Tested with the 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-5500U, 16 gigs RAM and a 256 gig SSD.

PCMark 8 Home: 2913
PC Mark 7: 5572
wPrime: 16.9 sec.

3DMark Tests:
Ice Storm Extreme: 78,135
Cloud Gate: 5894

PCMark 8 Benchmark Comparison Table

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (Core i7, 16 gigs RAM, SSD) 2913
Dell XPS 15 4K (2015) 2573
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2826
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 3050
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 2QE-064 (GTX 970M) 3929
HP Omen 15 3494
Lenovo Y50 Touch Core i7-4700HQ, GTX 680M Kepler, HDD 2874



The lower end models offer great build quality and good value for the price. The high end $1,449 UHD 4K model with SSD and 16 gigs of RAM used for this review isn't as great a value when you can get more powerful laptops at that price. Still, it has a classy chassis, excellent build quality and serviceable internals, which earn points back.


Price: $660-$1,449

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HP Omen 15 Review

Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 Review

2015 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

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Lenovo Y50 Touch Review

Dell XPS 13 Review




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Display: 15.6", 1920 x 1080 or 3840 x 2160 IPS glossy touch screen. Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics and AMD Radeon R7 M270 (switchable via AMD Enduro). HDMI port.

Battery: 4 cell, 58 Wh Lithium Ion rechargeable, sealed inside. 65 watt charger.

Performance: Intel Broadwell 5th generation Core i5 and Core i7 ULV 15 watt Ultrabook processors. 4 to 16 gigs RAM in two slots. 5400 RPM HDDs available in a variety of capacities.

Size: 0.78 x 10.28 x 14.87 inches. Weight: 4.65 pounds.

Camera: 720p webcam.

Audio: Built-in stereo speakers, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

Networking: Integrated Intel 7265AC dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0.

Software: Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

Expansion and Ports: 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port with charging, HDMI 1.4a, 3.5mm audio and SD card slot.



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