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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7573)

Introduction, Design, Features

We suspect that Dell released the gargantuan Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1Spin 3Spectre x360 15Yoga 720Ideapad Flex 5-1570. All of these 15.6-inch convertibles are laptops first and tablets second; with their size and bulk, such machines are awkward in tablet mode.

Dell does its best to make the Inspiron 15 7000 (model 7573) useful as both a tablet and a laptop. It’s thin and light for a 15-inch model, and the narrow screen bezel keeps its dimensions relatively compact. Meanwhile, the brushed-aluminum chassis lends ruggedness and an air of sophistication to the design.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7573) (Right Angled Low)

Dell sells four configurations of the Inspiron 7573, all featuring Intel’s new eighth-generation (“Kaby Lake R”) processors. The line starts at a reasonable $849.99. Our review unit is the next model up, priced at $879.99 (and discounted to $799.99 at this writing in early January 2018). It features the quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid-state drive, and integrated Intel graphics. The top-end model costs $1,049.99, bumps the CPU up to the Intel i7-8550U, and trades the integrated graphics for a 2GB Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics processor.

The eighth-gen CPU helped the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 turn in impressive benchmark results, thanks to its four cores and eight processing threads. The chip is also efficient, with a TDP of 15 watts, but it’s not a miracle worker in terms of battery life. Dell outfits the 7573 with a small, 3-cell battery that yields modest running time that’s hours shorter than its competition.

Design Features

The Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 has a classy look to it, with a brushed aluminum chassis that allows the machine to be thin without feeling flimsy…

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7573) (Lid)

Two sturdy hinges hold the display in place and allow it to rotate a full 360 degrees into tablet mode…

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7573) (Tablet Mode)

The hinges hold the display firmly in place, even when you push it back beyond a 45-degree angle.

The system weighs 4.5 pounds, which is average for a 15.6-inch 2-in-1. The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5-1570 weighs a hair less at 4.4 pounds, while the Acer Spin 3 weighs in at 4.75 pounds. You can drop 1.5 pounds of system weight if you are willing to give up a bit of screen real estate; the “Kaby Lake R” Lenovo Yoga 920 has a 13.9-inch display and weighs 3 pounds.

More than its weight, the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1’s dimensions make it a tough sell as a tablet. While it’s only 0.7 inch thick, it measures 14.2 inches wide by 9.6 inches deep. To be sure, those are trimmer dimensions than either the Acer Spin 3 or Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5-1570, thanks to the Dell’s narrow screen bezel—particularly the side bezels that are only a quarter-inch thick. That said, using such a large machine as a tablet does not feel natural.

The IPS touch display features 1,920×1,080 resolution…

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7573) (Right Angled)

That’s the usual resolution for a 15.6-inch laptop, though you can find 4K screens at this size, with the HP Spectre x360 15 being one example. The 1080p resolution still provides a crisp image; HD videos looked razor sharp and exhibited smooth movement. What we didn’t like about the screen is its lack of brightness. It looks dull at its maximum brightness setting and is the system’s biggest drawback.

Perhaps part of the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1’s smooth video playback is software-aided. The system includes an app called SmartByte that lets you prioritize streaming video and video chat over browsing and downloading for better, smoother streaming performance.

Above the display is a 720p Webcam. It’s an infrared camera that supports Windows Hello, which you can use to log into the system by simply placing your mug in front of the camera. The camera was outstanding in our video chats; it showed a crisp, bright image with little pixelation or banding.

The system also features an app to aid its audio output. Waves MaxxAudio Pro lets you tweak the levels for the system’s internal speakers, headphones, and the microphone for voice chats. The speakers remain clear with no distortion at max volume and have enough oomph to fill a small room.

It looks as if the laptop would have enough room for Dell to squeeze in a dedicated numeric keypad, but we are happy the company went with this roomy, comfortable design instead…

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7573) (Keyboard and Touchpad)

In fact, the keys are so widely spaced that they could be a bit bigger. But nonetheless, we found the keyboard to offer a comfortable and pleasant typing experience. Its deck is rock-solid with no flex, and its keys have somewhat shallow travel but provide more than enough tactile feedback. Of course, anyone who has spent any time typing on a new MacBook with its “butterfly” keyboard might think the Inspiron 15 7000’s keys feel mushy.

The touch pad, too, is roomy…

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7573) (Left Angled Keyboard and Touchpad)

Generously proportioned at 4.2 inches wide by 3.2 inches tall, it features a matte finish that creates a nearly frictionless surface on which to drag and swipe your fingers. Multi-touch gestures also registered accurately and quickly.

The system offers a versatile selection of ports. On the left edge, you’ll find a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port that supports DisplayPort, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack…

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7573) (Left Profile)

On the right is another USB 3.0 port, along with an SD card slot and a Noble (not Kensington) lock slot…

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7573) (Right Profile)

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