Dell’s smash hit Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (new model name: 7577) just got a bit of a specs revamp, with a new GPU option in the form of Nvidia’s mid-range GTX 1060, as well as a slightly updated design and a better screen for the whole range.
The Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming was one of our favourite laptops of the first half of the year, let down only by a rubbish screen on the base model. Dell confirmed to us earlier this year that it would be updating the machine to feature a better-quality IPS display across the board, and has now duly done so in this specs revamp.
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For some extra cash (which hasn’t yet been disclosed), you can upgrade from the eSports-friendly GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti all the way up to a slightly down-rated GTX 1060 “Max Q” graphics chip, which gets 6GB of memory, but won’t run at quite the speed (or heat) of a full-fat model. We’ve not yet tested a Max Q GPU so we can’t say what the difference will be between this and the desktop model.
Elsewhere, Dell’s improved the Wi-Fi aerial to include 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi for more reliable connections, and there’s a new ThunderBolt 3/USB 3.1 port as well.
The battery charges faster, too, but Dell has decided to downgrade the battery from a 72Whr cell to a 54Whr model. This is a bit of a shame since one of the best features about the early 2017 model is its exceptional battery life. You can wave goodbye to that then.
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There’s a new design, too, with the garish red grilles on the front and back redesigned to be a little more subtle, with a horizontal silver finish now the order of the day.
Like the original, the Inspiron Gaming 7000 starts at £899 for a quad-core Intel Core i5 model with a GTX 1050. Other pricing hasn’t yet been revealed, but expect to pay in the region of £1300 for a GTX 1060 model. The whole lot will go on sale in mid-September.