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Dell's updated Inspiron 15 7000 makes budget gaming betterA new graphics card, a new display and a couple other tweaks make this sub-$1,000 gaming laptop one of our favorites.
[MUSIC] The words budget gaming laptop typically conjure up visions of big bulky laptops that are as short on performance and features as they are on battery life, and yet they can Still set you back $1,000. That's why Dell's updated Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop is a pleasant surprise in the category since it really isn't lacking in any of those for the money. Dell recently updated the laptop fixing things we didn't like on the original such as getting rid of the older versions horrible display for a better IPS screen, with good off angle viewing. Improving the touchpad and adding the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. Dell even added a fingerprint reader into the power button for Windows Hello sign-ins. Most importantly Dell bumped up the video power with an NVIDIA 1060 card. It's the Max-Q version of the card so it's a little less powerful than the regular 1060 but not by much. The $1000 base configuration comes up short on memory and storage, but you can easily add those on your own. Although the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is improved it It still has the look and feel of an entry level gaming PC. So don't expect something as plush as a laptop costing two or three times as much. But, for the money, this remains one of our favorite gaming laptops. [MUSIC]