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The Good The Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 comes with all the trimmings -- a slim metal chassis, backflipping touchscreen, speedy solid state drive and accurate touchpad -- for hundreds less than you'd expect. A face-recognizing camera, rare for any laptop, is icing on the cake.

The Bad The glossy touchscreen creates distracting reflections, and a poorly-placed power button is easy to press by accident. Uninspired design, heavier than competing laptops and battery life is slightly below average.

The Bottom Line Whether you need a 13-inch portable or a 15-inch workhorse, the Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 offers unheard-of value for money. You can invest in an external battery pack to extend its battery life.

8.5 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 9
  • Battery 6

I'm going to save you a lot of time. Do you like how this laptop looks? Does it meet your tight budget? Then buy it. Buy it and never look back.

I've never said that about a laptop before, but the Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 series is truly exceptional. For just $750, these 13- and 15-inch laptops don't merely punch above their price bracket, they do it without removing any of the features you'd want and expect from a PC in 2016.

Update, September 2016: Just don't buy the 17-inch model. The Dell Inspiron 17 7000 isn't nearly as good as its smaller 13 and 15-inch cousins.

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The Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1, in 13- and 15-inch models.

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Where Dell excels

To reach a sub-$800 price, PC manufacturers typically cut a lot of corners. This Dell doesn't.

  • While manufacturers are usually happy to sell you a plastic laptop by adding a thin veneer of metal up top, this Dell is metal all the way around.
  • While some vendors stuff a crappy low-resolution LCD panel into their cheaper computers -- or maybe one with terrible viewing angles -- both the 13- and 15-inch Dell come standard with a crisp 1,920x1,080-pixel IPS touchscreen display that's completely competent.
  • While some cheaper laptops start with a slower Intel Core M processor, Dell goes tried and true here with a current-gen Core i5 chip.
  • While some of the very best laptops pretend to give you a deal by sticking you with a paltry 4GB of memory or 128GB of solid state storage and charge extra for more, this Dell comes standard with 8GB and 256GB modules that won't bog down your system.
  • While some laptop manufacturers forget about having a decent backlit keyboard and touchpad in their never-ending quest for thinness, the Dell is well above average on both counts. No issue with scrolling or pinch to zoom, which is rare for Windows laptops.
  • And while some laptops have drastically different specs, ports and prices if you opt for a version with a larger screen, the 13- and 15-inch Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 are practically identical. (Only the 17-inch version is different -- we'll review it separately in the weeks to come.)

But Dell's new laptop isn't merely competent for less money, it goes above and beyond. This $750 computer is one of the very few with a Windows Hello face-recognizing camera, and it's one of my favorite new features in years.

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This infrared camera lets you log into Windows with your face. Watch our video to see how.

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The camera lets you securely log into Windows with your face just by looking at the screen. Just train the computer to recognize your face (Start -> "Set up face sign-in") and there'll be no need to type passwords when you log into Windows. Because the infrared camera can see in 3D, it can't easily be fooled by a picture of a face: Only the real deal.

It's a shame the camera's a little sluggish to start up -- way slower than the one we tested in Toshiba's pricier Radius 12 late last year -- but it's still faster than typing a password. I use it constantly.

The only notable flaws

The Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 has two weak points. The first is the terribly-placed power button on the front right edge of the machine. I'm still trying to train myself not to accidentally put the computer to sleep when I pick up this PC.

The second is battery life. I only saw about 6 hours from the 13- and 15-inch models in our standard video streaming playback test, and roughly 4-5 hours of real work. That's not great for a thin-and-light laptop -- in our tests, the best usually muster 8-10 hours of streaming video playback on a charge.

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