Looking at how saturated the gaming laptop market has become; more brands are opting for budget and affordable gaming rigs.
With that said, these entry/mid-range machines have compromise some aspects in favour of others to provide decent gaming experience.
While, being no stranger to gaming laptops through its dedicated gaming arm, Alienware, Dell is also known to offer gamers decent gaming experience at an affordable price.
And with the unveiling of Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming early this year, it sports a gaming mid-range spec sheet.
Here are the specifications of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming we have evaluated:
- Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming
- Powered by 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.8 GHz).
- NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 1060M with NVIDIA® Max Q Design technology, 6GB GDDR5 video memory.
- 6” FHD (1920 X 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display.
- Dual Drives with 256GB SSD + 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive.
- Thelaptop also offers up to 16GB of DDR4 memory.
In comparison to the previous generation of the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptops, Dell has opted a sleeker and more streamlined aesthetic design.
For a gaming laptop, it has a relative subtle look and with its red and black colour scheme, it doesn’t look as gaudy and extra-terrestrial as its Alienware’s counterpart.
However, Dell has gone an extra mile by designing the Inspiron 15’s ventilation to look more sophisticated as the hinge looks fashionable which is an impressive feat considering the size of the gaming laptop.
Meanwhile, looking at its inputs, it features a red-backlit keyboard with a full-size number pad, however, it was a little disappointing as it was not a mechanical rig.
In addition, typing on the Inspiron 15 was easy and comfortable due to its shallow feel (though we missed the sound of how a mechanical keyboard sounds).
This, however, cannot be said of its trackpad as it was either overly sensitive to touch, making words to go missing or changing apps accidentally.
We had to turn the trackpad off, especially for gaming and while working on the Dell Inspiron.
Though this is not something new in the gaming laptop market as most gaming laptops, a mouse is needed.
In terms of ports, there is a headphone jack, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support, and an HDMI 2.0 port on its right side.
On its left, it is where the power is, Ethernet, another USB 3.1 Type-A, and an SD card reader.
Today, three type-A USB ports would be a tad too many as it would be better for a second USB-C port as it continues to be prevalence in the current technology.
One strange thing about the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming is that the speakers are located on the underside of the machine in which we felt something awkward about its sound quality.
We recommend hooking it up to an external audio source or use headphones for better audio quality.
Dell has increased the graphics power on this year’s Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming with a Nvidia’s GeForce GTX1060 card as from the previous GeForce GTX1050 and GeForce GTX1050i.
In addition, it is the Max-Q version where it is a little less powerful than the regular 1060, however, it does run cooler which allow for a slimmer and more stylish laptop.
And being gaming laptop, we ran our standard test games; Mortal Kombat X, Total War: Warhammer II and Doom.
Overall, the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming’s performance was great as it managed to run at 1,920×1,080 resolution and high detail settings, without any drop of framerates.
So, if you’re looking forward to play games on the Inspiron Dell 15 Gaming, you would be able to crank up the graphics from medium to high settings where it could be on par or just a slight better than games played on the Xbox One X.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming’s battery is what has suffered the most as it can only last about four hours.
This is due to its 56Whr battery inside the laptop whereas compared to its previous model, it had an 74Whr battery.
Hold your horses! Dell has included a fast-charging technology for this year’s Inspiron 15 Gaming which can bring it from zero to 80% charge within under an hour.