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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Roland00Address - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkSo my current Dell Inspiron 13" 7000 series based around 6th generation Intel Processors is kind of falling apart right now. But when it is not having problems it has been my favorite laptop I have personally owned. So much love.
So my brain saw the spec sheet here and I was thinking RAWR!!!
And now I have Bad Romance stuck in my head ^_^
IBM760XL - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkI'll ask the same question I usually have with laptop reviews: How upgradeable is it? I like to keep my laptops a long time (don't worry, my namesake laptop is twice as old as my primary laptop), and being able to replace the battery is key in that. Hard drive/SSD/RAM upgrades also can make a big difference in longevity.
The HP Envy x360 15z is okay in that department - difficult to open, but once you can all of those components are upgradeable (including both m.2 and 2.5" storage slots). Better than most ultrabooks, at least. Though I do wish it had a Ryzen 7 option.
Bateluer - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkAll I can say is 'getting closer' Screen resolution too low, deliver 1800p at least, 2160p preferable. Use the same Infinity displays in the XPS line, so there's minimal bezel. I'm not sure if these models are using dual channel RAM or not, but that should be mandatory for OEMs using Ryzen Mobile.
Nintendo Maniac 64 - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkIt very much does have two DIMM slots and even comes with 2x4GB rather than 1x8GB:
Nintendo Maniac 64 - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkBlast, this was supposed to be a reply to another comment on here...
Nevertheless, the fact that the 8GB configuration is in fact 2x4GB could very well actually make it perform better than the 12GB configuration with 8GB+4GB mis-matched memory.
piroroadkill - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkI don't actually know how AMD handles that, but Intel chips for a LONG time have taken the smallest DIMM+the same capacity of the larger DIMMs as dual channel, so with that config you'd have 8GB in Dual Channel, with 4GB in Single Channel.
jeremyshaw - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkHopefully, the GPU address space is put in the dual channel portion. With CPUs, dual vs single channel hardly matters in performance (at least with notebook CPUs), but even with lame Intel IGPs, it makes a difference in graphical performance.
Alexvrb - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkI'd still like to see more affordable models with the 2300U. The 2300U still has halfway decent graphics and 4C/4T. Something in the $550-600 range.
The 2200U on the other hand is an abomination unless it ends up in super cheap systems.
Lolimaster - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkAlways with a joke of a battery.
piroroadkill - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkAbout time - this is the one I'm interested in.