Dell’s 15-inch 7000 series does include some great budget gaming laptops. This year Dell decided to rehash and relaunch their previous gaming laptops from this series. But this time they decided to fit in a GTX 1060 GPU with a UHD display in it, Inspiron i7577-7425BLK-PUS. Let’s take a closer look at it then and see how it compares with its earlier release.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (7th Gen), 2.8 GHz
- GPU – 6 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- Memory – 16 GB DDR4, extendable upto 32 GB
- Screen – 15.6-inch Ultra HD IPS (3,840 x 2,160)
- Storage – 1 TB SATA HDD + 128 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It includes an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM which can be extended up to 32 GB and a dual storage of 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD. Looking at the specs sheet one thing is clear- there shouldn’t be any difficulty in executing even the most gruesome tasks like video editing or 3d rendering. And the biggest aspect is the price at which all of these come (especially the later mentioned 4K display). Even after finding hard there was only one laptop whose specification was somewhat similar at this price range- HP Omen 15 (UHD version).
- Display – If you ever fancied over a UHD display in your gaming laptop this might be your THE dream come true machine. Dell Inspiron i7577-7425BLK-PUS comes with a 15.6-inch Ultra high definition (3,840 x 2,160) screen. The screen is considerably bright with an average brightness over 300 nits making it not only appropriate for using it in a room but also the outdoors. The anti-glare screen helps in that as well. The colours are pretty vivid as well with the display covering nearly 100% of the sRGB colour space and the delta E value, measuring the colour accuracy of the panel, found roughly around 0.9 (drops under 0.7 after calibration). You would really start to see the difference between this and an FHD (1,920 x 1,080) display (like the one that comes with its little brother Dell Inspiron i7577-5241BLK-PUS) if you compare them. It can be a good (or even great) choice for tasks like photo editing and rendering where stuff like colour accuracy and higher resolution comes into the play.
- GPU – It includes an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6 GB of VRAM. It is a good choice for running some the moderately demanding titles in FHD display resolution (1080p). It is able to run most of the titles in medium (or even high) settings in a moderately high frame rate. For a brief it ran games like Overwatch (>100 fps in 1080p Ultra), Hitman (~60 fps in 1080p Ultra) and the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (>40 fps in 1080p Ultra) in a reasonably high frame rate. Although you might get into a bit of trouble if you are thinking about the ultra settings as it might be a bit overkill for it for some titles. And the full capabilities of the display could have been cashed out to its fullest only if the GPU was more powerful. The GTX 1060 is not really the best option for playing games in its native UHD resolution.
- Battery – Well, Dell certainly did cut off the battery capacity in this version of this laptop. While Dell decided to include a 74 Wh battery pack in their previous model, this present version comes only with a 56 Wh battery. As a result, the backup gets a major hit and it only lasts as long as 2 and a half hour to 3 hours before running out of juice under normal workflow.
- Portability – What haven’t changed much from the earlier model is the meaty build and its weight. It can’t be ignored that it’s almost an inch in depth. And the weight, standing at 5.8 lbs (2.63 kg), is pretty high as well. It, in fact, is even over the category average. So this laptop might not be the perfect fit for you if you plan on travelling with it on your back.
The 4K UHD display seems to be the focal attraction in this budget laptop. Although you would hardly be able to cash out that higher definition due to its low powered GPU as told earlier. But again even if we decide to ignore that it seems that there are not really many gaming laptops out there that come with a UHD panel at this price point. So if you would really like to add a stunning 4K jewel in your collection but you are also somewhat bound by the finances this can be a solid choice.