If you want to get a convertible laptop that is also more powerful than your average 2-in-1 rig, prepare to pay more. Fancy convertible models cost a lot, and Dell Inspiron i7359-6790SLV is an example of such a premium notebook. In exchange, it offers a nice Core i5 processor and a solid-state drive, but still I can’t help wondering if it’s worth the price or not…
How is the performance?
It’s not unreasonable to say that the Dell is a power user proof laptop. It’s commanded by the Intel Core i5-6200U processor, a dual-core low voltage unit featuring 2.3GHz clock speed and 2.8GHz turbo boost. This is a new 6th generation processor, and the CPU Mark score it gets is over 3900. Well, the previous i5-5200U (of the 5th generation) gets ~3500 points in the same test so definitely improvements have been made. In general, this CPU is fast enough to not become a bottleneck no matter what your primary use is.
Another thing proving this machine is a powerful piece is 8GB memory. It occupies one memory slot and more slots are not available so the RAM is already maxed out. Yet another important feature is the solid-state drive: as some people say, it will make a computer fly. It’s a SATA-based drive, there are no unoccupied M.2 slots on the motherboard.
Can it also be used for gaming?
The Dell can be surely used for some gaming, but a full-blown player’s machine it is not. The integrated Intel HD 520 is to blame, it has problems with running new games, especially if you want a lot of eye candy on. I suppose you could play heavier games like GTA 5 but prepare for 20-30FPS while settings are medium and resolution 720p. You will however do a lot better if you’re into less graphics-intensive titles, such as LoL or Minecraft.
What about connectivity and ports?
You can connect the Dell nicely to wireless networks, it includes a dual-band AC-type WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0 card. There’s no built-in RJ-45 port but with USB adapter you can get that too. The laptop includes three USB ports in total, all of them support the version 3.0. In addition, one video output (HDMI) is available.
Optical drive is not installed, that’s understandable because the notebook is so small. However the SD card slot can be used with memory cards for data transfers.
In the screen bezel there’s a 1280×720 webcam for photos, videos and chats on Skype.
Other noteworthy things?
The 13.3 inches IPS touch display turns 360 degrees, hence the name 2-in-1 laptop, it works in tablet mode too. Also an excellent feature, you’ll get 1920×1080 resolution, so working with images and videos will be easier than on a 720p display.
The integrated 3-cell 43Whr battery lasts at least 5 hours, but some people commented reaching around 8 hours.
Keyboard is backlit on this model. The whole laptop weighs 3.66 pounds.
Dell Inspiron i7359-6790SLV is quite a high quality 2-in-1 laptop, but of course the flipside is expensive price. You will get fast components, the system will boot up in seconds and running programs (but not games) will be a breeze. Many users have said the screen is beautiful and bright, also touch works well. The battery life won’t be wonderful if after 5 hours you need a recharge. Anyway, if you’re not keen on PC gaming, I can recommend this notebook.