Dell’s Inspiron line doesn’t make as many headlines as the XPS line does, but that could change quickly. Over the past year or so, Dell has taken premium features that come standard in XPS machines and translated them for the Inspiron line. The company knows it can’t rely on the XPS family alone to draw in customers that care about how their laptops look and feel—it needs more machines that feel as versatile as those XPSes.
The improved Inspiron line will offer a lot to these users: aluminum designs, 8th-gen Intel processors, 4K touchscreen support, optional Optane memory, inking abilities, and more. The new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition comes as close as the line gets to an XPS, but it has a convenient twist. In addition to all of the features previously listed, the new design includes a top-mounted webcam and IR camera along with a magnetic pen garage built into the hinge. While it can get expensive even for an Inspiron, it has a lot of things that are omitted in the XPS family—things some users will definitely want in their primary laptops.
Look and feel
|Specs at a glance: Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Black Edition (as reviewed)|
|Screen||13.3-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS touchscreen|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-8565U|
|HDD||512GB PCIe SSD (32GB
Optane memory H10)
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Networking||802.11ac 2×2 WiFi, Bluetooth|
|Ports||1 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB-A, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x microSD card, 1 x headphone/mic jack, 1 x power port|
|Size||12.7×8.8× 0.7 inches|
|Price as reviewed||$1,420.99|