When we tested the device for the last time in March, the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 laptop only managed 4 hours and 34 hours of battery life. This is a bad result for a laptop that is going to be used outside the connector and whose screen can be rotated 360 degrees so you can occasionally use it as a tablet. A new version, which was unveiled in Berlin at the IFA Trade Fair 2018, comes up with some unique enhancements, but keeps the same relatively small battery as its predecessor. We were not able to test battery life during our short practical time with the new model being released on October 2nd for $ 879 and up. But we hope Dell has made some behind-the-scenes enhancements to extend the life of the Inspiron 1
Important Physical Enhancements
The premium market for 2-in-1 convertibles is overcrowded. Dell's flagship is the XPS 13 2-in-1, which competes against the Lenovo Yoga 920, the HP Specter x360 and the Asus ZenBook Flip. The Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 descends one level in Dell's product hierarchy to meet the Lenovo Yoga 730.
The Inspiron 13 7000 2 is available for a new $ 879 starting price. 1 bridges the gap between Dell's XPS flagship and the under $ 500 options, such as the Acer Chromebook Spin 11. Thanks to their 360-degree hinges, all of these models have something they need from conventional $ 1,000 laptops Be creative when it comes to adding new features to new models. Dell often publishes iterative updates-sometimes more than once a year-with few of the major upgrades. But that's not it this time.
Due to the short time we spend, the new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 looks radically different from the stationary model it replaces. The most obvious physical difference is the keyboard deck, an etched square piece of metal that slopes slightly upwards to hit the touchpad and palm rest in the center of the case. The XPS series inspired the new design in a trickle-down fashion, according to a Dell spokesman. The overall effect on the new model is much sharper than the old deck, which was a simple piece of silver aluminum.
Another Physical Enhancement Key is a power button that acts as a fingerprint reader. If you're used to waking up your phone and unlocking it with a single button, you'll probably appreciate that feature. It also slipped down from the XPS 13, and similar combinations of fingerprint readers and power buttons are available on competing designs like the Apple MacBook Pro.
Same Display Options
Much of the rest of the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 remains the same, especially in the 13.3-inch Full HD Display (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) of the base model. The frames around the screen are thin, but not faintly similar to those found on the Dell XPS 13. This means that there is still enough room to place the webcam conventionally above the center of the screen, in the awkward position below that the XPS 13 uses, resulting in Skype sessions full of fingernails and nostrils.
Perhaps the most obvious constant between the new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 and the old is the battery capacity. Both use a 38WHr three-cell battery, which is just as true in our battery test as the 15-inch version of the Inspiron 7000 offers the choice between three 42Whr cells Battery
Regardless of how efficient the processor is or how big the battery is, you'll most likely have less time to disconnect the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in 1 display for a 4K Ultra HD panel (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). Based on the glimpses of the bright, vibrant 1080p base model I received during my demo, you should probably use this version as the sweet spot for everyday use.
There are two exceptions. If you've accumulated a large collection of 4K movies and TV shows that you often see traveling, you might want the 4K display. You'll want it, too, if you look at the new Abyss Black color option, which is only available with the 4K display. (The base model is Platinum Silver.) It certainly makes for a sleek-looking laptop, especially in combination with the new etched keyboard deck. The Pink Champagne option of the previous model has been discontinued.
Remains the battery?
Because buyers looking for a convertible convertible have so many options, the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 does not have to have major flaws to make it a top recommendation. This year's redesign certainly looks like a step in the right direction and brings useful and innovative features first introduced on the more expensive XPS models. But we have to wait until we can fully test it to see if battery life is also improving. Stay tuned.