Despite Dell’s claim that this notebook is “high-performance,” we’d say it’s more at the “upper mid-level” tier. For daily desktop tasks it’s certainly fast enough. With its SSD and Skylake CPU, we never experienced any slowdowns, and the keyboard and trackpad are excellent. Factor in the booming audio and excellent speakers and you have yourself a damn fine daily driver. The only downside is that lone USB 3.0 port, a trade-off for having one USB C port apparently. But on a laptop this large, it seems like two USB 3.0 ports and a USB C port could cohabitate comfortably. Finally, the battery life isn’t great, but if there’s any laptop that’s unlikely to be far from a power outlet for long periods, it’s this one—and almost five hours is still decent.
Though the design seems kind of cheap and plastic-y, the Inspiron 7000 in the 17-inch form factor is a great notebook overall. It’s powerful, has great features, is easy to live with, and is relatively affordable. And since it’s the only 17-inch 2-in-1 on the market, you’ll be the talk of the water cooler as well.
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