The Inspiron 7000 series from Dell has been a good candidate for the ultra low budget gaming notebooks other than the terrible display. Dell decided to revamp the previous model and released this one in its place, Dell Inspiron 7000 F9W5X. Let’s check out its capabilities then.
- CPU – Intel Core i5 Quad-Core (7th Gen), 2.5 GHz
- GPU – 4 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
- Memory – 8 GB DDR4
- Screen – 15.6-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage – 1 TB SATA HDD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It includes an Intel Core i5 processor which might not be as powerful as the i7 counterpart but would handle moderate gaming pretty easily. It also houses 8 gigs of RAM and 1 TB of hard disk drive which can be a bit slow. In essence, thanks to the RAM and the 4 core processor regular web surfing and movie watching stuff won’t be a serious challenge for it.
- GPU – It includes an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU which is good for occasional gaming as well as very light graphical tasks. Most of the moderately demanding AAA titles would be unplayable in the Ultra or even Medium settings in 1080p; you have to make do with the Low or Medium preset. For the slightly less demanding games, even High settings won’t be much problematic.
- Ports – It offers a plethora of useful ports including a couple of USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, an SD card reader and most importantly, a Thunderbolt 3 port which is really exceptional for a sub 1K laptop.
- Price – It can be a treasure for those who want a gaming notebook for less than a thousand pound. Priced at £900 it surely threatens many of the available budget laptops like MSI GL62M and Acer Nitro 5 due to the sheer price.
- Portability – It sits near the heavier end of the bargain, to be honest. It weighs nearly 2.85 kg which seems a bit higher considering that similarly specced notebook like MSI GL62M weighs only 2.2 kg, way under the 2.5 kg mark.
- Battery – It is powered by a 56 Wh battery. Upon closer inspection, you’d notice that it’s much smaller than the 74 Wh battery of the previous version. As a result, it could stay awake for only as long as 5 hours, and that’s only under normal workload.
- Display – While Dell certainly has addressed the display issue and replaced the previous TN panel with an IPS panel the resulting display still feels average at most. The viewing angle has been surely improved but the colour coverage and the overall brightness still is pretty low.
You certainly would love it if you won’t mind getting a corner or two cut to make it as affordable as it is. On the negative side, the battery backup really sucks and the panel is not as good as it was expected. But it offers a lot of goodies for the gamer as well including a capable graphics unit and a lot of useful ports. Recommended.