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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition (i7-8565U, MX150) Convertible Review

Premium Inspiron. The Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition’s sleek metal construction and attractive display bring the Inspiron machines ever closer to the XPS line. With its Core i7 CPU, GeForce MX150 dedicated graphics, solid-state drive, and UHD screen, can this $1,333 configuration redefine the brand?

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Historically, the Inspiron brand has been synonymous with mainstream, more affordable laptops that are thoroughly outclassed by premium options such as Dell’s top-end XPS lineup. However, with each new revision, the Dell Inspiron 7000 series machines inch ever closer to the quality we’d expect to see from something bearing the XPS name. And with the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition, Dell brings us the closest thing to an XPS we’ve seen from the manufacturer outside of derivative business equivalents (such as the Precision 5520). Fully adorned in dark aluminum from head to toe and flaunting a screen that approaches the level of quality of its XPS cousins, this new Inspiron is a different sort of laptop entirely.

The internal components of our review unit are also perfectly respectable: an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 dedicated GPU, 16 GB RAM, and a 256 GB NVMe SSD. Finally, the aforementioned display is a glossy UHD touchscreen with narrow bezels. This configuration will set you back some $1,333 currently, which certainly is also closer to XPS territory than the average Inspiron of yore.

How does the new 7000 series withstand our exhaustive barrage of tests and measurements? Let’s get started!

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition (Inspiron 15 7000 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 - 2048 MB, Core: 1469 MHz, Memory: 1502 MHz, GDDR5, 24.21.13.9836 (NVIDIA 398.36)
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 282 PPI, 10-point multitouch, native pen support, AUO34EB, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Point-LP
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Cannon Point-LP PCH - cAVS (Audio, Video, Speech)
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio, Card Reader: SDXC, yes, integrated into power button Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17 x 360 x 242 ( = 0.67 x 14.17 x 9.53 in)
Battery
56 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 1 MPix 4-element lens webcam w/ Temporal Noise Reduction
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0, bottom-mounted, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.074 kg ( = 73.16 oz / 4.57 pounds), Power Supply: 286 g ( = 10.09 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The new Inspiron 7000 case isn’t necessarily flashy, but it is sleek. The dark grey brushed aluminum body is no longer forced to share the spotlight with any plastic. The edges are softly rounded for a comfortable feel yet sophisticated appearance. It’s also unmistakably sturdier than what we’ve come to expect from the brand, thanks largely in part to the shift in construction materials; there’s still a bit of flex in the center of the base unit, and the display lid seems moderately vulnerable to twisting, though it resists pressure from the rear quite well. Besides this aforementioned shift, shrunken display bezels around the perimeter of the panel—measuring some 8 mm in width—also contribute to a more upscale look.

The dual hinges aren’t as tightly tuned as we’d hope; while they normally keep the large glossy display reasonably stationary without too many irritating bounces and vibrations, while in transit (such as in a car or on a train), the screen does bounce more than is ideal. The exhaust has been moved to the hinge cavity now as well, which is better for both port organization and lap-based use. Plus, the rear rubber feet on the bottom of the machine are arranged to prevent reabsorption of exhaust (they block the airflow between the hinge cavity and the intake fan vent when resting on a flat surface). As suggested by the name, of course, the Inspiron 15 2-in-1 features 360-degree hinges and thus convertible functionality, usable in any of the typical four modes (Laptop, Tablet, Stand, and Tent).

The Inspiron’s weight of just 4.57 pounds is nearly identical to that of the HP Spectre x360 15, which is to say that, while substantial, it’s definitely on the portable side for its screen size. It’s still a bit big and bulky for a practically usable tablet, but seeing as we’ve been preaching this for years and it hasn’t seemed to deter such designs (or their popularity for that matter), we’ll digress on this point. Besides, even if the user never decides to leverage the tablet mode, Tent and Stand modes can occasionally prove convenient—and regardless, the device is just fine as a laptop and nothing else, too. The Inspiron is also one of the smaller machines in today’s lineup; at just 17 mm, it’s roughly the same thickness as the XPS 15, and the footprint is only marginally larger (at 360 mm x 242 mm).

Connectivity

Port selection is a bit thin for a 15-inch machine, with just three total USB ports (one of which is Type-C Gen 3.1 with DisplayPort and Power Delivery) alongside an HDMI port for video output. At least a full-sized SD card reader is included. The two USB Type-A ports are a bit crowded near the back of the right edge, but most connectors should fit.

Front: no connections
Front: no connections
Rear: No connections
Rear: No connections
Left: Charging port, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, Combo audio
Left: Charging port, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, Combo audio
Right: SD Card reader, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 2
Right: SD Card reader, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 2

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SD Card Reader

While it’s nice that one was included, the integrated SD card reader is slow, so frequent users will want to invest in a USB adapter instead. The full length of the card is accommodated, however.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
163.8 MB/s ∼100% +476%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
76.9 MB/s ∼47% +170%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
70.4 MB/s ∼43% +147%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 190, n=153)
57.2 MB/s ∼35% +101%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28.45 MB/s ∼17%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26 MB/s ∼16% -9%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
212.4 MB/s ∼100% +616%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
90.19 MB/s ∼42% +204%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83 MB/s ∼39% +180%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.2 - 253, n=150)
74.7 MB/s ∼35% +152%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.68 MB/s ∼14%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.5 MB/s ∼13% -7%

Communication

The Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560 adapter provides wireless connectivity with theoretical transfer rates up to 1.73 Gbps. Our current testing setup only supports speeds up to 1 Gbps, but the Inspiron still manages solid speeds of 580 Mb/s transmit and 621 Mb/s receive. This isn’t far from the other laptops in our tests.

The new 4-element lens webcam offers improved performance plus Temporal (multi-frame analysis) Noise Reduction to reduce the incidence of noise in low light (high ISO) situations. Dell also champions the precise focus across the breadth of the image, something which did seem subjectively better than the average webcam during our time testing the machine.

The touch fingerprint reader is integrated into the power button, and we had absolutely no problems during our testing period with its performance. Authentication typically takes mere milliseconds and we never once had to revert to typing a PIN or password as an alternative.

The Intel Wireless-AC 9560 WLAN adapter
The Intel Wireless-AC 9560 WLAN adapter
The power button with integrated touch fingerprint reader
The power button with integrated touch fingerprint reader
The picture quality from the tiny webcam is better than expected.
The picture quality from the tiny webcam is better than expected.
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
668 MBit/s ∼100% +8%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
656 MBit/s ∼98% +6%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
621 MBit/s ∼93%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
618 (min: 446, max: 680) MBit/s ∼93% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (44 - 949, n=112)
496 MBit/s ∼74% -20%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
312 MBit/s ∼47% -50%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
647 (min: 534, max: 664) MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
580 MBit/s ∼90%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
497 MBit/s ∼77% -14%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
479 MBit/s ∼74% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (46.1 - 949, n=111)
469 MBit/s ∼72% -19%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
193 MBit/s ∼30% -67%

Accessories

Dell’s Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 normally ships with only an AC adapter, but our review unit also included a Dell Premium Active Pen (model #PN579X, $100 MSRP), which is a Wacom AES 2.0 device that is also backward compatible with Wacom AES 1.0 and MPP (Microsoft Pen Protocol) 1.51. It supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity with a 240 Hz report rate, and it links to the computer using the Bluetooth 4.2 protocol. There are three total buttons (customizable using Windows Ink Workspace); like most, the pen is powered by a single AAAA battery and Dell reports a 12 month battery life.

While we do like the pen, the tips aren’t quite as natural-feeling as the rubbery ones of the Surface Pen, and some users report that they can break rather easily. Dell does cover this under their 1-year warranty period, however, so if that becomes a problem, users can contact the manufacturer to have a replacement provided.

The Dell Premium Active Pen
The Dell Premium Active Pen
The tip isn't as natural-feeling as that of the Surface Pen.
The tip isn't as natural-feeling as that of the Surface Pen.

Maintenance

The Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 makes maintenance relatively straightforward, with 9 removable Phillips-head screws and a series of perimeter clips holding the bottom cover onto the machine. Once inside, both RAM slots, the battery and CMOS battery, SSD, WLAN adapter, and heatsink/fan assembly are all readily accessible.

Beneath the cover practically every FRU is easily accessible
Beneath the cover practically every FRU is easily accessible

Warranty

The Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 ships with a standard 1-year depot warranty from Dell.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The island-style keyboard features a short stroke with medium feedback and actuation force, and after a short adjustment period, it’s comfortable to type with. The keys stop with a bit of softness, which does make the initial adjustment a little harder when coming from something like a Latitude or ThinkPad (both with their arguably class-leading keyboards). It’s definitely a step down from something like an XPS, which (while comparable in terms of key travel and layout) seems to lend itself to quicker and more accurate typing. We have few criticisms about the fairly traditional layout, by the way, apart from the (as often is the case) small arrow keys. The keys are backlit with two levels of adjustable brightness.

The keyboard is merely average overall.
The keyboard is merely average overall.
Backlighting is available in two stages.
Backlighting is available in two stages.
The touchpad is large and works well apart from the sometimes-frustrating integrated buttons.
The touchpad is large and works well apart from the sometimes-frustrating integrated buttons.

Touchpad

The oversized 104 x 79 mm Microsoft Precision (Elan) touchpad provides plenty of real estate and a comfortable surface for easy finger gliding. It’s also as fluid and responsive as we’ve come to expect from pads with Precision drivers, with almost no lag between finger and pointer movement. The integrated buttons, however, leave a lot to be desired; they’re a bit difficult to click and somewhat indecisive in their feedback. Again, in this regard, the Inspiron is a far cry from the XPS. The 10-point multitouch display, meanwhile, is perfectly functional and does not disappoint; as we’d expect, everything from general pointing to gestures works as expected.

Display

Unlike the less expensive flavors, the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition doesn’t even grant the option of a mere FHD display. Instead, the only choice is a glossy 15.6-inch UHD (3840x2160) IPS display with a very slim 8 mm bezel on the left/ridge sides. Fortunately, at first appearances, the panel seems better than expected; colors are vivid and brightness and contrast seem good enough. Backlight bleed, on the other hand, is quite conspicuous all around the perimeter on any dark screen.

The subpixel array
The subpixel array
Backlight bleed is prevalent on black screens around the perimeter
Backlight bleed is prevalent on black screens around the perimeter
305.8
cd/m²
320.1
cd/m²
308.4
cd/m²
313.4
cd/m²
321.1
cd/m²
316.6
cd/m²
315.6
cd/m²
319.3
cd/m²
312.7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 321.1 cd/m² Average: 314.8 cd/m² Minimum: 19.49 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 321.1 cd/m²
Contrast: 892:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.45 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 2.08
ΔE Greyscale 8.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
99.3% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 67.3% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.207
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
AUO34EB, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
BOE CQ NV156FHM-N48, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
BOE0730, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
ID: BOE06E8, Name: BOE HF NV150FHB-N31, IPS, 15, 1920x1080
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
Chi Mei CMN15D6, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-9%
12%
0%
30%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48 (25.2, 22.8)
45 (24, 21)
6%
38 (20.4, 17.6)
21%
46 (25.2, 20.8)
4%
44 (23, 21)
8%
Response Time Black / White *
28.4 (12.8, 15.6)
35 (19, 16)
-23%
27.6 (15.6, 12)
3%
29.6 (16.4, 13.2)
-4%
14 (10, 4)
51%
PWM Frequency
20000 (90)
943.4 (99)
2976 (91)
250 (20)
Screen
-4%
-4%
19%
-38%
Brightness middle
321.1
296
-8%
329.3
3%
558.2
74%
227
-29%
Brightness
315
268
-15%
316
0%
528
68%
200
-37%
Brightness Distribution
95
81
-15%
84
-12%
92
-3%
82
-14%
Black Level *
0.36
0.3
17%
0.31
14%
0.46
-28%
0.46
-28%
Contrast
892
987
11%
1062
19%
1213
36%
493
-45%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.45
4.01
26%
4.78
12%
4.41
19%
10.88
-100%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.6
8.7
31%
11.75
7%
10.91
13%
18.36
-46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.08
4
-92%
3.51
-69%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.1
0.98
88%
7.9
2%
6.6
19%
12.18
-50%
Gamma
2.207 100%
2.35 94%
2.24 98%
2.19 100%
2.58 85%
CCT
6845 95%
6408 101%
8323 78%
7615 85%
14446 45%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
67.3
38
-44%
58.8
-13%
61.3
-9%
74
10%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.3
58
-42%
90.4
-9%
97.2
-2%
63
-37%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-7% / -5%
4% / -2%
10% / 16%
-4% / -26%

* ... smaller is better

Turning to our measurements, we record 315 cd/m² brightness with a contrast ratio of 892:1. Neither of these numbers is in any way remarkable, but both are perfectly acceptable nonetheless. The brightness actually bests most machines in our comparison table (apart from the wildly luminous Samsung Notebook 9), but the contrast is on the lower end of the competitors.

Our color space rendering measurements explain our positive subjective impressions: with effectively 100% of the sRGB gamut covered and some 67.3% of AdobeRGB, the Inspiron 15 7000 tops all of today’s competitors and even outperforms the Samsung Notebook 9’s 61.3%. Obviously better panels exist in pricier machines, but this is quite good in context with its class.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. HP Spectre x360 15
vs. HP Spectre x360 15
vs. Acer Aspire 5
vs. Acer Aspire 5
vs. MSI PL62
vs. MSI PL62
vs. Samsung Notebook 9
vs. Samsung Notebook 9

Color accuracy is a slightly different story, with DeltaE Colorchecker and Greyscale readings of 5.45 and 8.1 (thanks to a particularly deviant white). Still, that isn’t awful, and the Total Gamma measurement of 2.207 and CCT average of 6845 are within a few percentage points of their ideal values.

Color analysis (pre-calibration)
Color analysis (pre-calibration)
Saturation sweeps (pre-calibration)
Saturation sweeps (pre-calibration)
Grayscale analysis (pre-calibration)
Grayscale analysis (pre-calibration)
Color analysis (post-calibration)
Color analysis (post-calibration)
Saturation sweeps (post-calibration)
Saturation sweeps (post-calibration)
Grayscale analysis (post-calibration)
Grayscale analysis (post-calibration)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.8 ms rise
↘ 15.6 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 66 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25.2 ms rise
↘ 22.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8931 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Response times are too slow for any sort of competitive gaming, though that’s not what this particular machine is intended for at any rate. The display happily does not employ any sort of PWM at any brightness, unlike the competitors.

Outdoors, the glossy screen makes operation difficult. In the sun, it’s practically unusable, and even in shaded areas it requires careful planning and positioning. Viewing angles are as wide as expected for an IPS display.

In the sun
In the sun
In the shade
In the shade
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

1 of 2 RAM slots on our review unit is available
1 of 2 RAM slots on our review unit is available

Although a range of processor and memory options exists for the less expensive Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 series, the Black Edition condenses everything down to a fairly consistent configuration. This includes an Intel Core i7-8565U quad-core CPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 dedicated graphics adapter (with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM), and a choice between 256 GB or 512 GB NVMe storage. There’s an open RAM slot in the Black Edition (the 16 GB DDR4 configuration is single-channel using just one SoDIMM), so the machine should be able to support 32 GB of total memory should the need arise for an easy aftermarket upgrade.

Dell’s included CinemaStream (powered by SmartByte) video traffic prioritization software (essentially client-side QoS) helps to promote smooth video streaming traffic over other data streams. LatencyMon, however, did detect some latency spikes in our review unit, probably related to the WLAN adapter, as they seemed to improve after it was temporarily disabled.

CPU-Z CPU
CPU-Z CPU
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z RAM SPD
CPU-Z RAM SPD
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
Octane v2
Octane v2
LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Processor

Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15

The Intel Core i7-8565U CPU is the only option for the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint on paper. Boasting a base clock rate of 1.8 GHz and capable of turbo frequencies reaching 4.6 GHz (single-core) and 4.1 GHz (multi-core), this Whiskey Lake CPU should be more than fast enough for just about any general usage. Plus, with a TDP of just 15 W (technically it can range between 7.5 W and 25 W using cTDP Down/Up), it should be more than efficient enough to provide good battery runtimes.

In terms of real-world performance, our Inspiron 15 7000 manages scores slightly above the current average for the Core i7-8565U, with 186 points / 638 points in Cinebench R15 single/multi CPU. This is also above the rest of the pack of competitors against which we’re comparing today, with the exception of the XPS 15 9570, which manages 2% higher in CB R15 single CPU and a whopping 82% higher in multi CPU (which is to be expected given the Core i9’s hexacore design and much higher 45 W TDP limit).

Sustained performance, on the other hand, shows initially good performance on the first two runs of our Cinebench R15 multi CPU loop test (653 and 564), but thereafter, performance actually drops to a level below most other competitors (483 – 499 range). As a result, the Core i7-8550U actually comes out ahead here over the long haul, with performance closer to the 535 range in the Samsung Notebook 9 (for instance). Anyone looking for top-end sustained performance should probably consider this, or even possibly look into undervolting the CPU if possible.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition GeForce MX150, 8565U; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø496 (482.61-653.29)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU GeForce MX150, 8265U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø487 (482.49-523.51)
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø519 (509.07-542.3)
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø538 (506.14-563.52)
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ GeForce MX150, 7300HQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø512 (506.14-515.23)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK
190 Points ∼87% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U
186 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (158 - 186, n=4)
171 Points ∼78% -8%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U
159 Points ∼73% -15%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U
155 Points ∼71% -17%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U
149 Points ∼68% -20%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
142 Points ∼65% -24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 191, n=337)
124 Points ∼57% -33%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1163 Points ∼27% +82%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U
638 Points ∼15%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (550 - 640, n=4)
613 Points ∼14% -4%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U
544 Points ∼12% -15%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U
524 Points ∼12% -18%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U
523 Points ∼12% -18%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
511 Points ∼12% -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (73 - 1550, n=348)
458 Points ∼10% -28%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.95 Points ∼80%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (1.87 - 1.98, n=3)
1.927 Points ∼79%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U
1.87 Points ∼77%
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.39 - 2.16, n=410)
1.288 Points ∼53%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (5.94 - 7.11, n=3)
6.64 Points ∼25%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.03 Points ∼22%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U
5.52 Points ∼20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.59 - 17.6, n=676)
3.7 Points ∼14%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (6640 - 6760, n=3)
6683 Points ∼62%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U
6478 Points ∼60%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U
6165 Points ∼57%
Average of class Multimedia
  (665 - 8211, n=754)
3551 Points ∼33%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (17276 - 19910, n=3)
18958 Points ∼38%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U
17215 Points ∼35%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U
16632 Points ∼33%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1568 - 34776, n=751)
9406 Points ∼19%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Average of class Multimedia
  (176 - 2326, n=376)
632 s * ∼7%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U
433.343 s * ∼5%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (263 - 360, n=3)
300 s * ∼4%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U
292.499 s * ∼3%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average of class Multimedia
  (-1 - 135140, n=6813)
1806 Seconds * ∼8%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (8.29 - 7928, n=12)
1613 Seconds * ∼7%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U
542.501 Seconds * ∼2%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U
513.599 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
103.24 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
638 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
186 Points
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System Performance

During our time with the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1, most operations were quick and painless, but installation of programs did take longer than we would have expected given the hardware. Further investigation will reveal (as we’ll see in the next section) that this is due to weak write performance of the particular internal NVMe SSD we received. Nonetheless, PCMark scores are hardly bad: PCMark 10 yields 3719 points (versus a category average of 3820 points), a few percentage points below most rivals and 36% below the XPS 15. Results are a bit more lopsided in PCMark 8’s suite of tests, with the Samsung Notebook 9 actually taking top spot there—but that may be due to its lower FHD screen resolution (PCMark 8’s scores seem to be much more heavily influenced by such discrepancies).

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5444 Points ∼55% +58%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1511 - 5823, n=68)
3620 Points ∼36% +5%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
GeForce MX150, 8265U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3548 Points ∼36% +3%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
3518 Points ∼35% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
GeForce MX150, 8565U
3446 Points ∼35%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
3446 Points ∼35% 0%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3085 Points ∼31% -10%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
GeForce MX150, 7300HQ
2957 Points ∼30% -14%
Productivity
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7244 Points ∼75% +21%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
7212 Points ∼74% +20%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
GeForce MX150, 8265U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
6469 Points ∼67% +8%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
6152 Points ∼63% +3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3113 - 8020, n=69)
5995 Points ∼62% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
GeForce MX150, 8565U
5994 Points ∼62%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
5994 Points ∼62% 0%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
GeForce MX150, 7300HQ
5241 Points ∼54% -13%
Essentials
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
8951 Points ∼84% +32%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
8412 Points ∼79% +24%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
7659 Points ∼72% +13%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
GeForce MX150, 8265U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
7348 Points ∼69% +9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3733 - 9360, n=69)
7201 Points ∼68% +6%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
GeForce MX150, 8565U
6763 Points ∼63%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
6763 Points ∼63% 0%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
GeForce MX150, 7300HQ
5513 Points ∼52% -18%
Score
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5059 Points ∼65% +36%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4106 Points ∼53% +10%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
GeForce MX150, 8265U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3960 Points ∼51% +6%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
3938 Points ∼51% +6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2046 - 5358, n=69)
3820 Points ∼49% +3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
GeForce MX150, 8565U
3719 Points ∼48%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
3719 Points ∼48% 0%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
GeForce MX150, 7300HQ
3157 Points ∼41% -15%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5228 Points ∼80% +23%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
GeForce MX150, 8265U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
4924 Points ∼76% +16%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4620 Points ∼71% +9%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
4323 Points ∼66% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
GeForce MX150, 8565U
4240 Points ∼65%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
4240 Points ∼65% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2213 - 5651, n=254)
4239 Points ∼65% 0%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5325 Points ∼56%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
GeForce MX150, 8265U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
4506 Points ∼47%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1765 - 6408, n=185)
3989 Points ∼42%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4130 Points ∼68% +31%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3840 Points ∼63% +22%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
GeForce MX150, 8265U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3725 Points ∼61% +19%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
3482 Points ∼57% +11%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
GeForce MX150, 7300HQ
3424 Points ∼56% +9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1740 - 4693, n=274)
3352 Points ∼55% +7%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
GeForce MX150, 8565U
3141 Points ∼52%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
3141 Points ∼52% 0%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3141 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4240 points
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Storage Devices

The OEM-provided Toshiba NVMe SSD in our review unit is certainly tiny; it’s one of the newer M.2 2230 NVMe SSDs, and it therefore requires an adapter to span the entirety of the internal M.2 port (the port supports M.2 2280 drive sizes, by the way). But the physical size of the DRAM-less SSD isn’t the only thing that’s smaller than expected here: in our tests, so are the write speed values, falling far short of what’s expected of a typical NVMe SSD (or, for that matter, even a conventional SATA drive).

Our tests with AS SSD and CrystalDiskMark show sequential write speeds of just 209 MB/s and 172 MB/s, respectively, with even lower values in 4K-64 tests. Read speeds are a bit on the low side, but they’re acceptable: we show 1123 MB/s and 924 MB/s in those same tests. So if you’re expecting true NVMe performance, we’d suggest going with the smaller of the two drives and swapping it out first thing for something better aftermarket (such as perhaps a Samsung 970 EVO).

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
The internal (tiny) M.2 2230 NVMe SSD
The internal (tiny) M.2 2230 NVMe SSD
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
 
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
AS SSD
Copy Game MB/s
360.39
239.44
-34%
1041.75
189%
1057.86
194%
1119.94
211%
Copy Program MB/s
206.43
141.68
-31%
486.79
136%
479.55
132%
515.14
150%
Copy ISO MB/s
927.1
321.28
-65%
1667.62
80%
1750.73
89%
2576.73
178%
Score Total
844
850
1%
2037
141%
2646
214%
4507
434%
Score Write
197
388
97%
757
284%
628
219%
2059
945%
Score Read
453
305
-33%
859
90%
1367
202%
1616
257%
Access Time Write *
0.344
0.063
82%
0.051
85%
0.032
91%
0.044
87%
Access Time Read *
0.684
0.054
92%
0.054
92%
0.061
91%
4K-64 Write
111.23
276.74
149%
544.89
390%
392.6
253%
1814.74
1532%
4K-64 Read
313.22
236.2
-25%
646.23
106%
1084.59
246%
1453.01
364%
4K Write
65.02
72.21
11%
93.24
43%
115.02
77%
94.4
45%
4K Read
27.36
19.47
-29%
38.76
42%
48.71
78%
30.73
12%
Seq Write
208.94
390.22
87%
1188.51
469%
1205.64
477%
1500.4
618%
Seq Read
1123.32
490.6
-56%
1738.6
55%
2336.79
108%
1319.61
17%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
Write 4K
83.41
78.39
-6%
108.5
30%
162.7
95%
103
23%
Read 4K
32.22
25.99
-19%
37.67
17%
47.06
46%
52.64
63%
Write Seq
171.7
390.9
128%
1120
552%
1075
526%
2216
1191%
Read Seq
923.8
482.6
-48%
1300
41%
1023
11%
1599
73%
Write 4K Q32T1
161.5
205.5
27%
243.9
51%
435.4
170%
602.9
273%
Read 4K Q32T1
301.1
227.9
-24%
311.6
3%
517.4
72%
321.4
7%
Write Seq Q32T1
222.3
502.2
126%
1395
528%
1276
474%
2395
977%
Read Seq Q32T1
1300
526.2
-60%
2667
105%
3418
163%
2251
73%

* ... smaller is better

CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1300 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 222.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 301.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 161.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 923.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 171.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 32.22 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 83.41 MB/s

GPU Performance

Like the rest of the specifications, lower-end varieties of the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 provide a choice between integrated and dedicated GPUs, but the Black Edition goes all in on NVIDIA’s GeForce MX150 dedicated graphics. This entry-level mobile solution based on the GP108 chip with Pascal architecture includes 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM and a power consumption rating of around 25 W TDP.

For those curious, the Inspiron 15 7000 features the fully-powered “1D10” variant of the MX150, not the lower-powered “1D12” label which essentially correlates with a Max-Q derivative of the popular entry-level GPU.

We’ve tossed in a couple different competitors for our GPU comparison for a bit of variety here: the Lenovo Flex 5 15 and the LG Gram, both which feature lower-grade GPUs than the MX150 (which most of the comparison field leverages). As expected, both of these models line the bottom of the charts, some 38% and 63% below the Inspiron in 3DMark Fire Strike. However, the Inspiron does manage to beat the average for this GPU in our database in that same test, and it’s in the middle of the pack of the four other machines sharing this GPU in today’s comparisons with a score of 3465 (as expected, the XPS 15, powered by a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, tops the chart here with 7374 points). It’s mostly the same story in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU, where we record a score of 4319 points—a bit more distant from the MSI PL62’s 4876 points, but still above the average for this adapter by around 4 percentage points.

3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
8450 Points ∼47% +120%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7300HQ
4374 Points ∼24% +14%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4296 Points ∼24% +12%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8265U
4198 Points ∼23% +9%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3965 Points ∼22% +3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2820 - 4421, n=40)
3940 Points ∼22% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
3849 Points ∼21%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2831 Points ∼16% -26%
Average of class Multimedia
  (375 - 8966, n=601)
2324 Points ∼13% -40%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
9032 Points ∼18% +109%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7300HQ
4876 Points ∼10% +13%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4708 Points ∼9% +9%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8265U
4558 Points ∼9% +6%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4369 Points ∼9% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4319 Points ∼8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2796 - 4876, n=41)
4167 Points ∼8% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (352 - 18234, n=605)
2791 Points ∼5% -35%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2592 Points ∼5% -40%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
7374 Points ∼18% +113%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3622 Points ∼9% +5%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8265U
3613 Points ∼9% +4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
3465 Points ∼9%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3391 Points ∼8% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2323 - 3739, n=38)
3298 Points ∼8% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (337 - 14463, n=381)
2693 Points ∼7% -22%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2149 Points ∼5% -38%
LG Gram 15Z980-B.AA78B
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1284 Points ∼3% -63%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
42202 Points ∼23% +127%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8265U
21120 Points ∼11% +13%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
19900 Points ∼11% +7%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
19884 Points ∼11% +7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (16227 - 22183, n=37)
19388 Points ∼11% +4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
18611 Points ∼10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2468 - 77755, n=383)
15946 Points ∼9% -14%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
12942 Points ∼7% -30%
LG Gram 15Z980-B.AA78B
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
10131 Points ∼5% -46%
3DMark 11 Performance
4567 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13170 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3102 points
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Gaming Performance

Even though the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition isn’t intended as a gaming notebook, most games can be smoothly enjoyed at low to medium settings (and in turn reduced resolutions).

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
71.8 fps ∼100% +111%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
35.2 fps ∼49% +4%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
Intel Core i5-7300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
34 fps ∼47% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
34 fps ∼47%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
33.7 fps ∼47% -1%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (27.8 - 35.2, n=28)
31.6 fps ∼44% -7%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
30.9 fps ∼43% -9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.62 - 118, n=199)
26.2 fps ∼36% -23%
1366x768 High Preset
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
181.3 fps ∼100% +95%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
Intel Core i5-7300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
98 fps ∼54% +5%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
96 fps ∼53% +3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
93 fps ∼51%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
89.8 fps ∼50% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (59.7 - 98, n=27)
82.8 fps ∼46% -11%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
59.7 fps ∼33% -36%
Average of class Multimedia
  (53.1 - 205, n=234)
58.6 fps ∼32% -37%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
208.7 fps ∼100% +91%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
Intel Core i5-7300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
115 fps ∼55% +6%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
114.2 fps ∼55% +5%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
109 fps ∼52%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
105.9 fps ∼51% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (60 - 115, n=27)
96.7 fps ∼46% -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (69.2 - 222, n=225)
65.3 fps ∼31% -40%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
60 fps ∼29% -45%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
298.2 fps ∼100% +70%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
197.4 fps ∼66% +13%
MSI PL62 MX150 7300HQ
Intel Core i5-7300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
194 fps ∼65% +11%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-53PU
Intel Core i5-8265U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
183.9 fps ∼62% +5%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
175 fps ∼59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (98.1 - 203, n=27)
161 fps ∼54% -8%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
132.2 fps ∼44% -24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (19.5 - 298, n=218)
101 fps ∼34% -42%
Thief
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
19.4 fps ∼100%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
18.8 fps ∼97% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (16 - 23.2, n=6)
18.5 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.2 - 63.8, n=80)
17.1 fps ∼88% -12%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (30.2 - 44.1, n=6)
33.8 fps ∼100% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
33.6 fps ∼99%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
31.1 fps ∼92% -7%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4.8 - 76, n=96)
27.1 fps ∼80% -19%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (32.5 - 51.9, n=6)
39.5 fps ∼100% +4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
38 fps ∼96%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
32.5 fps ∼82% -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6.3 - 78.8, n=87)
26.9 fps ∼68% -29%
1024x768 Very Low Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (41.5 - 79.2, n=6)
59.5 fps ∼100% +43%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
58 fps ∼97% +40%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
41.5 fps ∼70%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9.2 - 87, n=85)
33.4 fps ∼56% -20%
Batman: Arkham Knight
3840x2160 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x
Average of class Multimedia
  (4 - 16, n=7)
12 fps ∼100% +140%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
5 fps ∼42%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
5 fps ∼42% 0%
1920x1080 High / On AA:SM AF:16x
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
23 fps ∼100%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3 - 44, n=28)
17.5 fps ∼76% -24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (8 - 23, n=3)
16 fps ∼70% -30%
1920x1080 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
23 fps ∼100%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5 - 54, n=47)
21.9 fps ∼95% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (16 - 23, n=7)
20.3 fps ∼88% -12%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
20 fps ∼87% -13%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
20 fps ∼87% -13%
1366x768 Normal / Off AF:4x
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
51 fps ∼100% +13%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
45 fps ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (36 - 51, n=7)
43 fps ∼84% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3 - 97, n=55)
36.1 fps ∼71% -20%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
36 fps ∼71% -20%
1280x720 Low / Off AF:Trilinear
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
60 fps ∼100% +25%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (41 - 60, n=7)
49.1 fps ∼82% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
48 fps ∼80%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5T-X01US
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
41 fps ∼68% -15%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8 - 111, n=51)
35.9 fps ∼60% -25%

We note (mostly) consistent performance while running Witcher 3 for one hour, with GPU temperatures averaging 69 degrees C and stable clock rates of around 1533 MHz.

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