Here are key points about the Lenovo New Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1.
Kaby Lake-R Unleashed: Kaby Lake-R is basically Kaby Lake with more cores, however, it seems that Dell has found a way to get more performance out of the 8250U than the 8550U in the XPS 13 we already reviewed. We figure it's due to power restrictions being lifted, and it seems they have done that because this unit seems to have better cooling and worse battery life. Although, the battery is smaller on this unit. Either way, with 4 cores and 8 threads, the i5-8250U offers excellent performance.
Thin 2-in-1: The Inspiron 13 7000 is as thick as the XPS 13 at its thickest, which is still quite thin. It also offers the ability to flip into tablet mode or into a tent, which is great for traveling or multi-use scenarios such as shifting from taking notes to giving a presentation.
IR Camera: Windows Hello requires a near-infrared camera to work, as it uses facial recognition to unlock Windows devices. The Inspiron 13 7000 has both a normal RGB camera and an IR camera.
Affordability: With our unit at $780, we were extremely impressed with the amount of processor performance we got the price, as well as many other things. We found a decent amount of features, including a type-C port and IR camera. The unit also offers excellent build quality and we though the display was of good quality and had an appropriate resolution for a 13" display.
Battery Life: While performance was excellent battery life wasn't. You will get a few hours of intensive work done with the battery, but its battery life is more in line with gaming notebooks than ultra-books.
No Upgrades It's not possible to upgrade the machine. It's very hard to even open because of how the back is designed, and the DRAM is integrated onboard.
The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is the second Kaby Lake-R notebook we have reviewed and we are impressed by its performance and overall quality. The notebook chimes in at a very affordable price point as well, and offers solid input devices including a backlit keyboard and a responsive touchpad.
The unit itself didn't get too hot, but because of the improved cooling and performance, battery life wasn't crazy. It also doesn't have the largest battery in its class, but its lower resolution screen shouldn't tax the system too much when viewing videos or streaming content. The notebook isn't really meant for gaming at all, it's more of an affordable workhorse. If you are in the market for a sub $1000 notebook with great performance and versatility, the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 is worth a look.
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The Bottom Line: Striking a balance between performance, price, and versatility is no easy feat, but the Dell Inspiron 13 700 2-in-1 gets it right.
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