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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johnp_ - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkEarly review by a redditor with detailed pictures of internals and BIOS:
Apparently they reused the late 2016 7368 chassis.
Jimster480 - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkYea its really not acceptable.... I mean they are basically doing this on purpose.
Ket_MANIAC - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkOf they are doing so. You expect Dell to support AMD in laptops? Its a different thing with Threadripper but Dell survives on laptops and Intel makes Dell lick its shoes there. TBH, the laptops themselves are pretty good here. Definitely not the con job that Dell are trying to pull with the Inspiron 17 Ryzen lineup.
teldar - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkIt's an old chassis, but at least it's new internals. It's not like they can use a 2 year old motherboard for a new computer when they aren't the same processor manufacturers.
Would it be nice if they even tried with AMD? Yes. Is this a two year old intel laptop they put an AMD processor in? No.
Alexvrb - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkIt's not ideal but it's not terrible either. I imagine there's a LOT of pressure on OEMs from Intel right now. So many of the Ryzen systems will not be fully optimized builds. But again looking at this machine objectively it's still a decent machine. The CPUs are very competitive, dual channel RAM, SSD, halfway decent display, etc.
piroroadkill - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkHm, it's disapponting that there's so much wasted space where a larger battery could be, since it looks like it only supports M.2 SSDs anyway.
lefty2 - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkThe 8 GB model, is that 2x4GB DIMMs (dual channel), or one 8GB?
dgingeri - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkJudging from Dell's past units and the way the memory is listed, and the fact that the CPU can handle up to 32GB in dual channel mode, it probably only has one DIMM slot. I have a 15" Core i5 5200U unit similar to this that only has one DIMM slot. It's annoying.
Nintendo Maniac 64 - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkIt does have two DIMM slots and the 8GB model comes with 2x4GB: https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/89s8bs/dell_...
Nintendo Maniac 64 - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkIt has 2 DIMM slots and does come with 2x4GB.