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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haplo602 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkHmm ... interesting ... So a "copy" of the HP Envy, I hope this time done right :-) The battery is not much of a problem ... mine lasts for 5-6 hours of normal work, so not much of a problem.
What IS a problem are the drivers ... or rather the lack of ... I have to go through hoops o install the dGPU Adrenaline drivers. Also I guess it will have a Realtek WIFI/BT card which is not the best choice (the BT drivers on mine are very bad ... it never autoconnects my headphones) ...
HStewart - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkThe battery on similar Intel based model ( Inspirion 7000 ) is actual smaller than the battery on AMD version. just check Dell specs on both systems of same laptop
milkod2001 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkLook great until you actually buy it and start using. My lenovo Yoga 13'' has i7 6500U. It kicks fans even if it does nothing. Fans are very , very loud. Very annoying experience. Never more such fancy thin designs. This laptop looks exactly like my Yoga from 2016.
tn_techie - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkPerformance wise, this Inspiron is so far the best Raven Ridge based 13" system in the market, but still it's far from being perfect. Good overall build quality. Aluminum chassis. Self upgradable dual channel DDR4 (unlike the IdeaPad 13 720s) and an M.2 SSD (SATA but could be replaced by an NVMe). A lot of good features for the category. On the dark side though, the display isn't that great, the lack of pen support is laughable (especially when the Envy x360 has one, so it's on Dell) and tha battery life is just embarrassing. We all know by now that Raven Ridge won't feature on super thin "Ultrabooks" due to the lack of LPDDR3/4 support (which is way more power friendly than DDR4), and that we don't have to expect 8+ hours of autonomy from Ryzen Mobile, but Dell could've at least included a bigger battery by removing the 2.5" drive tray that no one's gonna be using. People are getting 3 to 4 hours from this machine at its early days. Typical OEM lazyness.
BigDragon - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkAMD needs their own Ultrabook-like mobile marketing plan. There is no reason why Ryzen-powered systems can't be premium devices like their Intel siblings. I'm tired of seeing OEMs constantly disappoint by limiting the amount of RAM, display resolution, or pen/stylus capabilities of Ryzen mobile products.
heffeque - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkWell... it can't be premium when battery consumes twice as fast as Intel's offerings on almost any scenario (idling, web browsing, playing movies...). I've been waiting for months for decent Raven Ridge laptops to arrive and have recently just realized that I'll just have to go Intel because I actually want to use my laptop as a laptop and not a desktop replacement.
BigDragon - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkI don't see how you can come to that conclusion. My experience with Intel's mobile quad-cores tells me AMD is not that far off the mark. This 13" 1080p Dell with AMD system is reported to get 3 to 4 hours of battery life from the 42 Wh battery. The 15" 4K Lenovo Yoga 720 with Intel gets 4 to 6 hours from a 72 Wh battery. The difference in physical size and battery does not make this an apples-to-apples comparison, but it does indicate AMD is in the ballpark.
Note that I am talking quad-cores with decent graphics here. If you want a system that lasts all day on battery then you're looking at a lower performance baseline.
Jimster480 - Monday, June 18, 2018 - linkThe reports on some other sites are showing 6-8 hours... I just bought this for my dad yesterday, I have to say that its very quiet and the fans don't come on even with opening a bunch of web browser tabs and reloading them.
I am going to be moving all his stuff to this ryzen laptop sometime this week so I will let everyone know.
I can tell you though that my XPS13 runs hot and the fans turn on literally every time I do anything and battery life is 3-6 hours based on usage especially since all these intel exploits and patches.
milkod2001 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - linkGood idea but if AMD was doing it the same way as MS with its Surface product line expect to pay premium. AMD would also want $2500 for what now you can get from Dell or Lenovo for 30% less.
BigDragon - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - linkI recall that the Ultrabook push was a partnership between Intel and multiple system vendors to rapidly thin, lighten, and add premium design to laptops. Nvidia has been doing the same partnership thing with their Max-Q effort. Intel and Nvidia's pushes are different from what Microsoft and Apple have been doing through unilateral design of their Surface and i-Device products.
I think the Ultrabook or Max-Q partnership efforts make the most sense to emulate. I don't want to see AMD selling their own branded systems, but I would love to see them team up with Lenovo, Acer, and CLEVO, for example. Probably not going to get any serious effort from Dell, HP, or Asus given how much they've invested into pushing Ultrabooks.