Dell Launches AMD Ryzen-Based Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Convertible, Starts at $700by Anton Shilov on April 16, 2018 3:00 PM EST
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When AMD announced its Ryzen Mobile processors last October, it had three launch customers with three laptop models. Back in early March this year Dell joined the Ryzen Mobile party with its Inspiron 17 5000 and this month the company expanded its Zen-based offerings with its convertible Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 notebook.
Dell currently offers two models of the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, one based on AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500U with the Radeon Vega 8 iGPU, and the other on the more powerful Ryzen 7 2700U with the Radeon Vega 10 iGPU (see exact SKUs that Dell offers in the table below). The systems are equipped with 8 GB or 12 GB of DDR4-2400 memory (can be expanded to 16 GB in built-to-order configurations) as well as a 256 GB SSD, which is fairly standard for mainstream laptops nowadays. The notebook has a 13.3-inch IPS TrueLife-branded glossy LED-backlit touch display with brightness and viewing angles that is normally expected from mainstream IPS LCDs. The display lid features a wide viewing angle webcam with IR, so the machine supports facial recognition and Windows Hello.
I/O capabilities of the Ryzen-powered hybrid Inspiron 13 are the same for all models: a 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 module, a USB 3.0 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 headers, an HDMI output, a webcam, an SD-card reader, a microphone array, stereo speakers with the Waves MaxxAudio Pro enhancements, a TRRS audio connector, and a backlit keyboard.
The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 laptop comes in 19.2-mm (0.76-inch) thick chassis made of brushed aluminum and weighs up to 1.75 kg (3.86 lbs) depending on the configuration. Metal enclosure should give the Inspiron 13 7000 a premium feel and provide some rigidity to the construction. Meanwhile, the weight of the laptop is a bit too high for a 13-incher (and higher when compared to Lenovo's Ryzen Mobile-based Ideapad 720s).
Dell does not publish battery life of the laptop, but only says that it is equiped with a 42 Wh battery pack. The capacity of the battery is ~10% lower when compared to other Ryzen Mobile-based 13-inch notebooks, so it remains to be seen how long the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is going to last on one charge and how it compares to rivals featuring the same APUs.
|Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Convertible Laptops|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
2.0 - 3.8 GHz
2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 8 iGPU
|AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2.2 - 3.8 GHz
2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 10 iGPU
|Graphics||AMD Vega 8
512 stream processors
|AMD Vega 10
640 stream processors
|RAM||Capacity||8 GB (up to 16 GB)||12 GB (up to 16 GB)|
|Storage||256 GB SSD|
|Wi-Fi||802.11ac Wi-Fi module (unknown vendor)|
|USB||2 × USB 3.0 Type-A (one with PowerShare)
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
|Other I/O||HDMI 1.4, webcam with IR, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone, SD card reader|
|Dimensions||Width||322.4 mm | 12.69 inches|
|Length||224 mm | 8.82 inches|
|Thickness||18.7 - 19.2 mm | 0.74 - 0.76 inches|
|Weight||1.75 kg | 3.86 lb|
|Battery Capacity||42 Wh|
|Support||1 Year Mail In Service||Includes 24x7 direct access to expert hardware and software support with 1 year Premium Support and Accidental Damage Service.|
Dell’s Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 convertibles featuring AMD’s Ryzen Mobile APUs are already available directly from Dell starting at $730 as well as from leading retailers like BestBuy starting at $700. The latter apparently sells base configurations at slightly lower prices than the manufacturer does.
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HStewart - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkStop complaining - this laptop looks very similar to Intel version which is about $150 more expensive. It supports m2 SSD discs - Intel model actually has smaller 38W battery. Screen basically same IPS touch screen in similar case - AMD module is only slightly fatter. No pen support probably because Ryzen bios does not support it.
This is not higher end XPS line.
IBM760XL - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkThe HP Envy x360 with Ryzen 5 has pen support. So if this Dell doesn't, it's not due to Ryzen - my guess would be the screen.
HStewart - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkWell Dell's version is $150 in same line and same screen. So HP must add special logic to make it work.
SL4KR - Sunday, September 2, 2018 - linkYa think, genius.
Lolimaster - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkAnd AMD still don't learn their lesson to just kick OEM's and sell laptops under their own brand offering the best possible configs at a good price.
Hurr Durr - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkAs if they don't have enough opportunities to run into the ground as is.
polaromonas - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkKick OEM's? This is AMD we are talking about here, they virtually have no market power to do such things.
HStewart - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkAMD could always make there own brand names - they did that with Video cards.
johnp_ - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkI'm still hoping for a 2700U PRO or something with the rebranded polaris chips to drop that doesn't lack on these things. This Dell Laptop could have 1/3 bigger battery if they would have adjusted the chassis instead of reusing an old Intel design (empty space for a 2.5" drive) and for that price really should sport an NVME drive instead of SATA.
Lolimaster - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkIt's really worthless to have NVME over sata unless you move huge chunks or data (editing) in which case you would use a proper desktop.
Main advantage of SSD's vs HDD's are the 100x lower latency and 100-200x random 4k performance. Unless you really have the need for more brute sequential speed NVME is just a waste of money (unless they cost the same as sata ssd's) + more power consumption and more heat.