Dell Inspiron i5378-7171GRY Laptop Review

fddThe Dell Inspiron i5378-7171GRY is a 13.3 inch touchscreen convertible laptop that comes with high end specifications. The laptop packs a sleek design with a less bezel and a glorified screen which offers wide viewing angles. The system is powered by the latest 7th generation Intel Core i7-7500U 3.5 GHz Processor and 8 GB DDR4 RAM for a snappier performance. There is 256 GB of a solid state drive included for fast performance. The 13.3-inch display is Full HD with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with In Plane Switching technology.  Its comfort comes from its 360 degrees hinge that offers users four different modes to fit their needs. Despite the packing decent features, the laptop lacks the oomph needed to catch the attention of serious. It comes with an integrated Intel HD 620 which can only handle basic games with low fps. The laptop is a good fit for handling demanding tasks such as photo and video editing using softwares like Photoshop and other day to day tasks such as web browsing, emailing, watching videos and movies in full HD. It is both a home and office laptop that will get your job done.

Design

The laptop comes packed in a slim and compact design measuring 8.8 x 12.8 x 0.8 inches and weighs 3.4 pounds. The slim profile is similar to what we saw in its cousin the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 which measures 8.7 x 13 x 0.8 inches but on the higher in terms of weight at 5 pounds. The system fits well into your backpack be it a student or business associate always on the move. The flexibility in this laptop allows you to use it in four different modes including laptop, tent, stand and tablet modes thanks to its 360 degree hinge.

Performance

The Dell Inspiron houses a powerful 7th generation Intel core 17 dual core processor clocked at 3.5 GHZ. There is 8GB DDR4 (2400 MHz) RAM included in the system that can be expanded to a maximum of 16GB. Most users will however find the 8GB enough in handling day to day tasks such as web browsing, emailing, editing and playing some casual games. The system is good for multitasking without stuttering, so you can open multiple tabs while playing your music underground. Storage comes in way of a 256 GB solid state drive that offers fast boot times and loading of programs. The space might not be enough to store all your collection of movies, photos and music. Being a signature edition, you will not find junk ware taking up your space hence it runs smoothly, efficiently and faster. The laptop is preinstalled with Windows 10 Home 64 bit operating system which makes the computing experience friendly and easier to use with many exciting features.gggt

The graphics unit in this Dell Inspiron won’t inspire gamers to look its way. It comes with an integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which cannot produce decent frame rates per second thereby making serious gaming impossible. Yow however get away with GTA 5 and Battlefield 40 if you keep low setting and resolution giving you 25-30 fps. Serious gaming calls for a more dedicated gaming laptop such as the Dell Gaming laptop (Check review here).

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the laptop features one USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 for fast transfer speeds and connecting other compatible devices and peripherals. There is an HDMI-output port for extending your display to larger screens. The slim profile come with some compromises, there is no RJ-45 port and an optical drive for your CDs and DVDs. Networking is available through the Wi-Fi adapter. The system supports 802.11 ac dual-band standard for faster downloading speeds and Bluetooth 4.2 to connect with compatible devices.

Display

The laptop comes with a 13.3 inch Full HD display with IPS panel Truelife LED- backlit touchscreen with a resolution of 920×1080 pixels. The IPS technology offers wide viewing angles at 178 degrees for both vertical and horizontal viewing positions. The screen offers vivid colors with decent contrast and the image are bright and clear. As such, watching your movies here in full HD will be an enjoyable and memorable experience with clear images in detail.dfsse

Other Features

The Dell Inspiron has a backlit keyboard that feels good and comfortable when typing allowing you to type even in dimly lit areas. However there is no separate number pad perhaps due to its small size and the need to increase the keyboard’s key travel. There is a 42WHr-3 cell battery packed in this laptop that does not offer the best service considering the powerful features it comes with that drain the battery faster. You will be able to get around 5-6 hours of battery usage before recharging, so you should at least keep your charging adapter in sight. The sound is better than average through the stereo speakers connected to MaxxAudio sound system.

Conclusion

The Dell Inspiron i5378-7171GRY is a decent high performing notebook that can serve both as a laptop or tablet. The 360 degree hinges allows you to turn this laptop into a tablet and get to enjoy browsing with the responsive touchscreen with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels that is good for watching Full HD movies. The latest 7th generation Intel core i7 processor and the 8 GB DDR4 RAM allows this device to cater for even the most demanding users that would opt to run power hungry applications. The system has an average battery and the connectivity options fall short of the new USB Type-C port. The integrated Intel HD 620 graphics unit won’t allow serious gamers to enjoy playing games. In this case, we recommend the Dell 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop with Dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU at a pocket friendly price that gets the job done. All said, the Dell Inspiron i5378-7171GRY is for users who are not on a budget that are after speed and efficiency while handling average to demanding tasks on their day to day use.

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