Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7568)
- Intel Core 6th Gen i7-6500U Processor, 2.5 GHz (4M Cache, up to 3.1 GHz)
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- 8GB DDR3L-1600MHz, 256GB SSD
- Intel HD Graphics 520
- 11ac WiFi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 6-inch HD TrueLife Touchscreen w/4K resolution
Remember when the concept of a laptop that could shape-shift into a tablet sounded more like a marketing novelty than a serious computing device? Now with almost every major laptop manufacturer introducing at least one of these 2-in-1 systems in their mainstream line-up, who’s laughing now?
Convertibles and Detachables
There are basically two types of changeable notebooks: the detachable version allows you to pull the screen off and use it as a light weight tablet. And the convertible version can be turned into a tablet by folding the keyboard back 360 degrees.
Two from the same family
Dell offers two 15 7000 models from their Inspiron family of portable computers: the standard laptop, model number 7559, and the convertible laptop, model number 7568. Both are equally productive at home or at the office. We will be looking at the convertible 7568 version with 256GB.
It all started with a Revolution
The company that helped launch the personal computing revolution in the 1980’s certainly stepped up their game in this segment by introduced the all new Inspiron 15 7568 2-in-1. One of the ways it stands apart from the noise of all the other 2-in-1s is with a clean, almost sterile design. The dark-gray aluminum keyboard deck features subtle, horizontal striations which give the keys and touchpad a prominent look.
It’s a premium hybrid designed that switches effortlessly between standard and tablet modes while providing great value at an even better price.
Unfortunately, you will need to hit the gym in order to cradle all that value in tablet mode for long. At a hefty 4.8 pounds (2.17 kg) and 0.8 inches (20.32mm) thick, the Inspiron 15 7568 is noticeably heavier than competitors (though still not as heavy as some) making it better suited as a laptop than a tablet. While weight is a considerable liability in tablet mode, it offers the stand and tent modes sturdiness.
Screen Size and Resolution
The 15.6-inch display makes the Inspiron 15 7568 a stand out in the convertible notebook category as it is the only one to offer such a large screen. While spacious with plenty of room to work, the glossy display suggests a higher quality that the images fall short of. The TN display offers narrower viewing angles than the IPS. And the 3840 x 2160 touchscreen delivers dull colors and dim lighting. But details are clear enough, and the touch screen is quick and responsive, which is what you really want in a tablet.
The widescreen 1280 x 720p integrated camera is adequate. Though images are sharp, they lack vividness.
The keyboard deck also seems to provide more than ample space. Yet the positioning of the keys feels unnecessarily cramped. Work-friendly features like a 10-key number pad are noticeably absent. And registering a stroke will require effort, though the keys feel crisp and satisfying once you get used to them. Key travel is a miserly 1.3 millimeters with the industry average being 1.5. But the backlighting is a welcomed feature that provides plenty of visibility when you find yourself working in a darkened area. Another well thought out feature is the Windows button used to summon the Start menu smartly placed out of the way so as to avoid accidental activation in tablet mode.
The touchpad with integrated scrolling delivers, quick and fluid, Multi-Touch gestures with consistent, pinpoint accuracy. But we feel that it takes up more real estate than is warranted for its function which could have been generously shared with the keypad.
For general computing, it’s tough to beat the higher-end Intel 6th Gen i7-6500U ‘Skylake’ processor. It’s an ULV (ultra-low voltage) dual core, which can be found in ultrabooks and notebooks. Faster and more power efficient than the Broadwell version, it features the integrated HD 520 graphics with 8GB of system memory, which does a solid job of multitasking.
For gamers, the CPU can handle familiar titles like World of Warcraft and BioShock Infinite. Newer games like Grand Theft Auto V or Fallout 4 will send it to task.
What about storage? How about 1 TB Toshiba MQ02ABF100 hard disk drive with 5400 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA3. For memory you get the 8GB single channel DDR3L-1600.
Port options for the Inspiron 15 7568 are in the same league as other 2-in-1s. Dell give you two 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, a full size SD card slot, and a Kensington lock slot. You will need to purchase a USB adapter for those of you who require the use of an Ethernet port.
Wireless connectivity comes in the form of an 802.11 ac WiFi adapter, with Bluetooth 4.0 dual band that transmits in either an impressive 2.4 or 5 GHz bands.
Battery life has a range between 6 and 12 hours. Better than the industry average of around over 5 hours for this segment.
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7568) 2-in-1 Laptop is the Volkswagen of laptops in that it wants to offer something for everyone with its plentitude of features. The rigid design is made possible by the use of high quality materials. Unfortunately, you can’t swap out the covers for different colors. But we feel this is a quality that makes the lightly brushed, dark-aluminum with diamond-cut edging possible, giving the 2-in-1 a feel of something substantial. We wish this design feature extended throughout the entire laptop.
One for the Masses
We also wish we could say that Inspiron 15 7568 2-in-1 is flawless. But nominal misses include, a somewhat dull display, an okay camera and a keyboard that takes some getting used to. All in all, we feel that the Dell Inspiron 15 7568 2-in-1 is a premium convertible laptop that totally out delivers on its mission of being an affordable entry-level laptop for the masses.
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