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Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016)

The new 17-inch Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 adds a huge screen, a numpad and discrete Nvidia graphics to Dell's winning formula, but they come at a cost.

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The 17-inch model is bulkier and costs far more: $899 to start, or $1,149 if you want a solid-state drive. (Trust us, you want it.)

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Instead, you should probably check out the 13- and 15-inch Inspiron 7000 2-in-1s. They start at US $750.

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Sure, the design isn't particularly inspired, but this inexpensive Windows 10 machine is made of aluminum and glass!

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You get your pick of 13- or 15-inch screens for the exact same price, and with the exact same specs.

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The only difference between the 15- and 13-inchers, other than the screen, is a slightly deeper and notably wider body to accommodate the larger screen.

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Even the ports are the same: two USB 3.0, one HDMI, one 3.5mm audio jack, a USB-C socket and an SD card slot. That's true of the 17-inch model as well.

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And it's a very good thing that these laptops are the same, because it means both of them have a pretty decent keyboard and an excellent touchpad.

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My favorite feature: an infrared camera that lets you sign into Windows with your face. No kidding.

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The screen is pretty great, too -- a crisp 1080p panel with wide viewing angles. It's a touchscreen.

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And, yes, like many recent premium Windows laptops, that screen bends over backward, letting the computer transform into a touchscreen tablet.

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It's just a shame the screen is so glossy, but that's the price you pay for touch.

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You can't see it here, but the keyboard has a backlight, too.

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Unlike many Windows laptops, this touchpad is excellent at two-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom gestures.

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Yes, that metal body extends all the way around -- it's not just a facade up top.

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That's a full-depth SD card slot you're looking at: the card slides completely inside the frame instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.

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OK, here's a big annoyance: this power button (and volume rocker) on the right front edge is easy to hit by accident.

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Look at that sheen off the beveled aluminum edges.

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Even the hinges are made of metal, unusual for a laptop this inexpensive.

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My second favorite feature: an optional $100 (AU$179, £112) external battery that can deliver an additional 80% charge through the laptop's USB-C port.

It's a shame it doesn't work with the 17-inch version, only the 13- and 15-inch ones.

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You can also use the USB-C port for breakout multiport adapters, like this $60 unit from Dell. It adds a USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet jack...

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...and your choice of an HDMI or VGA monitor.

It also doesn't work with the 17-inch model, only the 13- and 15-inch ones. Blah.

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The power adapter that comes with these laptops is pretty small, too, though it's got an ugly, bulky cord and uses a barrel jack instead of USB-C.

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Just know these laptops are fairly heavy: 3.86 lb (1.75kg) and 5.84lb (2.65kg), respectively, for the 13-inch and 15-inch models, and 6.12lb (2.77kg) for the 17-inch one.

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One last shot of me using the 13-inch Dell Inspiron 13 7000.

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