New Dell Inspiron PCs pack 8th Gen Intel CPUs, optional UHD screen, Geforce GPU

Dell Inspiron

Prior to the IFA 2017 show in Berlin, Dell unleashed a huge batch of PCs spanning traditional notebooks, 2-in-1 devices, and gaming machines. This year, we have the revamped Dell Inspiron family packing Intel’s freshly baked eighth-generation processors and in some cases, Nvidia GeForce 940MX discrete graphics.

Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1

The Dell Inspiron 17 7000 is the largest mobile computing device of the updated Inspiron batch. This model, like all the others listed afterward, is based on in-plane switching (IPS) panel technology, which provides wide viewing angles and rich colors. This screen is backed by graphics built into the new eighth-generation Intel processor, or an optional Nvidia GeForce 940MX discrete graphics chip.

In addition to transferring data at up to 5Gbps, the included USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port can be used to charge the laptop. It also supports the DisplayPort protocol, meaning you can use it, along with the HDMI port, to connect two external displays. Of course, that is not really ideal if you have the 2-in-1 in a tent, stand, or tablet position.

Take note of the two different kinds of solid-state drives this device will support. An SSD connecting via SATA 3 uses the same lanes as a hard drive and can push speeds around up to 560MB per second. An SSD that uses a PCI Express connection is a whole different ballgame, pushing speeds above one gigabyte per second. They are quick, to say the least, but could mean a 2-in-1 model with a higher price tag in the end.

Screen size: 17.3 inches
Screen type: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 with touch
Processor: Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel Core i7-8550U
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce MX150 (2GB)
Nvidia GeForce 940MX (4GB)
Memory: Up to 16GB DDR4 at 2,400MHz
Single storage: 128GB to 1TB SATA SSDs
256GB to 512GB PCI Express NVMe SSDs
1TB to 2TB 5,200RPM HDDs
Dual storage: 128GB SATA SSD
1TB 5,400RPM HDD
Audio: Waves MaxxAudio Pro
2x speakers
Connectivity: Wireless AC 1×1 (up to 433Mbps)
Wireless AC 2×2 (up to 867Mbps)
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports: 1x Headphone / microphone combo
1x HDMI 1.4a
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C (receives charge)
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A (charges devices)
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
1x SD card reader
Cameras: 720p webcam
Infrared camera for facial recognition
Precision touchpad: Yes
Battery: 56 WHr 4-cell
(in inches)
10.93 (D) x 16.24 (W) x 0.87 to 0.89 (H)
Starting weight: 6.6 pounds
Color: Era Gray Aluminum
Availability: October 3
Starting price: $950
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