Dell Inspiron i5378-7171GRY Convertible Laptop Review

November 9, 2016
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A powerful 2-in-1 notebook isn’t hard to come by if you can shell out some money. For example, Dell Inspiron i5378-7171GRY offers this laptop/tablet functionality and at least on paper, excellent performance as well. But the few bullet points in the ad copy shouldn’t be all we’re looking at, a closer examination must take place to determine the value…

The good

The core performance of Dell Inspiron i5378-7171GRY is solid, very solid. Starting with the storage section, a 256GB solid-state drive is there. It should be all a power user needs, for example Windows 10 loads in 5-10 seconds with that and overall, this laptop will feel fast to use.

Another advantage is the processor. It’s the Intel Core i7-7500U, actually member of the latest 7th generation of Intel processors. Giving a 2.7GHz clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo on its two cores the i7-7500U is a really fast notebook processor, even comparable to many mid-range desktop CPUs. It’s going to be a walk in the park to run heavy programs on this laptop.

I must praise the screen a bit, it’s a small 13.3″ touch display yet Full HD resolution is offered. Things are going to look darn sharp on this screen. And yeah, it will turn from zero degrees to 360, meaning from laptop to tablet mode. The panel type on this model is IPS and the viewing angle 160 degrees according to manual.

The neutral

Dell Inspiron i5378-7171GRY comes with an integrated 3-cell 42Whr battery. For uses like web surfing on a conservative brightness you will find it lasting ca. six hours. It’s not wonderful but still decent for an ultrabook.

The computer contains 8GB DDR4 (2400MHz) RAM. Two SODIMM slots are found in the mainboard and the specifications say 16GB memory is the maximum you can install here.

USB ports are in total three: two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. For a laptop this small it’s an acceptable amount. On top of that, there is a HDMI-output in case you want to use a bigger monitor. RJ-45 port isn’t available for networking but you can use the WiFi adapter. It supports 802.11ac dual-band standard and Bluetooth 4.2.

You won’t find an internal optical drive here, the unit is too small for that. Getting a drive that connects to USB is a good idea if discs are important to you. Another thing you might find useful is the notebook’s SD card slot.

The bad

I wouldn’t recommend to get Dell Inspiron i5378-7171GRY for gaming. The notebook’s graphics engine, the Intel HD 620, is integrated on the processor so getting decent FPS on many games is impossible. You will do alright with low settings and resolution, GTA 5 will give 25-30 frames and Battlefield 40 frames per second. But in my opinion, it’s far from ideal with these newer games. Naturally if you just play something like Dota 2 or World of Warcraft you will have smoother time.

Summing it up

Dell Inspiron i5378-7171GRY is primarily two things: laptop and tablet in one package, and with high performance. Just push the screen as far as it rotates and behold, the notebook has turned into a tablet. And surely, the engine room can cater to even the most demanding users: Core i7 processor, solid-state drive and DDR4 RAM make the system run smooth. Demanding applications are not a problem for this powerhouse. So if you appreciate these features (and benefits), this Dell should only put a smile on your face.

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