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Dell Inspiron 13 7390 and 7590 2-in-1 have magnetic "pen garages" for housing the stylus

Dell Inspiron 13 7390 and 7590 2-in-1 have magnetic "pen garages" for housing the stylus (Source: Dell)
Dell Inspiron 13 7390 and 7590 2-in-1 have magnetic "pen garages" for housing the stylus (Source: Dell)
The recess is in between the hinges along the bottom edge of the display to more safely secure the pen when traveling or not in use. The approach allows for a full-size active stylus that can offer a better and more comfortable grip when compared to most Lenovo or tablet pens.

Higher-end models from the flagship XPS or Alienware families will typically get the most attention during large press events like CES or Computex. They are, after all, the most photogenic products with their top-of-the-class materials and thinness. Still, we shouldn't discredit the mid-range or even budget categories.

Dell is now shipping the new Inspiron 13 7390 2-in-1 and Inspiron 15 7590 2-in-1 to replace the aging Inspiron 13 7386 2-in-1 and Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1, respectively. In a surprise twist, however, both models will actually be slightly thicker and heavier than their respective predecessors. The 15.6-inch Inspiron 15 7590 2-in-1, for example, is 18.9 mm thick and 2.17 kg compared to 17 mm thick and 2.08 kg on last year's Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1. So, why the thicker profile?

As shown by the images below, the new chassis design houses a magnetic recess in between the hinges for fitting a full-size active stylus. Dell calls it a "pen garage" and it's the manufacturer's unique solution to the common problem of how most business convertibles have poor methods of cradling a stylus when it is not in use. Edge magnets like on the XPS 15 9575 are both unreliable and insecure while in-chassis recesses like on the Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga tend to limit the thickness and thus comfort of the stylus. The Dell pen garage solves both of these issues at the slight cost of chassis thickness and weight.

Aside from the new stylus holder, the models sport new keyboards, a fingerprint power button, and new "Adaptive Thermal" technology where the system can automatically adjust its performance profile when in laptop mode or tablet mode.

Both the Inspiron 13 7390 2-in-1 and 7590 2-in-1 are now available starting at $1450 and $1500, respectively.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-05-27 (Update: 2019-05-27)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.