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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 Gaming Notebook Review

Nino Ricchizzi (translated by Martina Osztovits), 02/13/2017

Gaming companion with stamina. Dell has equipped the Inspiron 15 7000 gaming series with cutting-edge hardware and not only convinces us in terms of performance but also surprises us with an exemplary battery life. We are impressed - but not with the display.

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For the original German review, see here.

Dell has equipped its Inspiron 15 gaming series with a more powerful Nvidia Pascal graphics card and the latest Kaby Lake CPUs. This combination should also provide a satisfying gaming bundle for a medium budget. In this review, we will scrutinize one of the more powerful variants. It features an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, an Nvidia GeForce 1050 Ti, a 256 GB SSD, and a 1 TB HDD. Dell's US store lists it for $1100 (without VAT). This series starts from $800 and consists of five different base models. Only three models are offered in Germany for prices between 1000 Euros (~$1062) and 1480 Euros (~$1572).

Since Dell currently offers the predecessor of our test model up to 150 Euros (~$159) cheaper, we will include our test model of it in our comparison. In addition, we will compare it to notebooks with similar components including the Acer Aspire VX5 with equivalent hardware and the similarly equipped 17-inch MSI GE72. Depending on the variant, the Dell Inspiron either comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Real gamers might be interested how much better devices with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 perform. Therefore, we have added the Asus Strix GL502VM to our comparisons.


Variant 1Variant 2Variant 3Test model (US-Model)
ProcessorIntel Core i5-7300HQIntel Core i7-7700HQIntel Core i7-7700HQIntel Core i7-7700HQ
RAM1x 8 GB DDR41x 16 GB DDR41x 16 GB DDR41x 16 GB DDR4
Storage device(s)256 GB SSD1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD512 GB SSD1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD
Graphic cardNvidia GeForce GTX 1050Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TiNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TiNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Display FHD displayFHD displayUHD display IPSFHD display TN
Price1000 Euros1200 Euros1480 Euros1100 Dollars (excl. VAT)


Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 (Inspiron 15 7000 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz (Intel Core i7), four cores
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) - 4096 MB, Core: 1620 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 21.21.13.7320 (ForceWare 373.20), Nvidia Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR 4 SDRAM, 1 of 2 slots used, single-channel, Timing 17-17-17-39
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics AUO38ED B156HTN 28H80, TN, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Intel SSDSCKKF256H6, 256 GB 
, + Toshiba MQ01ABD100 1 TB 5400 RPM
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27 x 385 x 275 ( = 1.06 x 15.16 x 10.83 in)
Battery
74 Wh Lithium-Ion, six cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio Pro, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, My Dell, Dell Digital Delivery, Dell Backup & Recovery, DropBox, Microsoft Office 2013 trial, McAfee LiveSafe (30 days), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.75 kg ( = 97 oz / 6.06 pounds), Power Supply: 540 g ( = 19.05 oz / 1.19 pounds)
Price
1100 Euro

 

Case

The matte black case of the new gaming notebook looks simple and inconspicuous at a first glance. First, the big red fan grilles with a dark silver grid hint at the power sleeping inside the 15-inch device. Among others the red lattice at the front edge is new. The red decorated Dell logo on the lid has been kept. When the notebook is opened, it becomes apparent that Dell has omitted the red border surrounding the touchpad and the red grid bar above the keyboard. Those who like Dell's design, but do not want to spend that much money and therefore buy the Inspiron predecessor do not have to bother: Dell uses the same case for it.

Thanks to many rounded parts and several rubberized surface textures, the laptop feels nice to the touch. In terms of build quality we could also only detect trifles: For example, the front parts of the base unit's left and right edges are slightly too sharp. As is known from most matte products, the surface is a fingerprint magnet. In addition, the lid can be depressed slightly too easily.

There is a maintenance hatch on the underside of the new Inspiron, which can be removed after loosening a single screw. It is not possible to replace the battery or get a glimpse of the inside without tools.

The new gaming series of the Inspiron 15.
The design of the Inspiron 15 7000er series...
...already invites gameplay...
...when looking at the colored fan grilles.
A red model is planned.
A noble and simple gaming design.
Hinges of the Inspiron.
Maximum opening angle.
The 720p webcam is sufficient for occasional video conferences.
16 GB  in single-channel mode.
Only one of two slots is used.
Here is the 256 GB M.2 SSD.
It is possible to clean the fan.

The weight of 2.6 kg measured by us is on par with the competitors'. The remarkable height of up to 26 mm is also normal for a gaming notebook. You should clarify whether a bag has enough stowage space before buying it.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

We are not absolutely happy with the connectivity of the new Inspiron 7000 series. In particular, it lacks diversity: Neither a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt support nor many USB-3.0 ports are available. The interface layout is largely sophisticated. The Ethernet port and the HDMI-out are relatively far towards the back so that connected cables are not in the way.

Right: audio combo, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI-out, Ethernet port
Right: audio combo, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI-out, Ethernet port
Rear
Rear
Left: Kensington lock, power-in, USB 3.0, SD-card reader
Left: Kensington lock, power-in, USB 3.0, SD-card reader
Front
Front

SD-Card Reader

The transfer rates recorded with our Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference memory card from Toshiba are very slow. When copying JPG files (about 5 MB each) the average transfer rate is only about 22 MB/s. We have already found such poor values in the Acer Aspire VX5 and MSI GE72. If moving files to SD cards is important for you, you should consider a competitor such as the Asus Strix GL502. The Strix GL502VM achieved above 80 MB/s in our JPG test.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.3 MB/s ∼100% +262%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
57.6 MB/s ∼72% +159%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26 MB/s ∼32% +17%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
22.7 MB/s ∼28% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
22.2 MB/s ∼28%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89.5 MB/s ∼100% +229%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
84 MB/s ∼94% +209%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
36.96 MB/s ∼41% +36%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28 MB/s ∼31% +3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
27.2 MB/s ∼30%

Communication

Dell has equipped the laptop with two communication solutions to allow users to dive into the world of online gaming: First of all an Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 3165 1x1 is used, which is supposed to achieve transfer rates of up to 433 MBit/s (gross). We have recorded a receiving rate of 246 MBit/s and a sending rate of 306 MBit/s. On the other hand, a Gigabit Ethernet adapter allows for stable connections via cable.

Dell's web-page for the Inspiron 7567 specifies Bluetooth version 4.0. However, the included data sheet lists Bluetooth 4.2.

A 720p webcam can be used for video conferences. It produces acceptable pictures in good lighting conditions. However, you have to accept a slight noise and not absolutely precise colors.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
647 MBit/s ∼100% +163%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
345 MBit/s ∼53% +40%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
331 MBit/s ∼51% +35%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (I210-T1)
246 MBit/s ∼38%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
524 MBit/s ∼100% +71%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
468 MBit/s ∼89% +53%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (I210-T1)
306 MBit/s ∼58%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
294 MBit/s ∼56% -4%

Accessories

Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not include any accessories. Only several leaflets are in the box of our US notebook.

Maintenance

The easy maintenance is especially praiseworthy: In order to gain access to the inside, you only have to loosen a single screw. Afterwards, you can carefully detach the plastic panel. Take care not to break the click locks. Once done, you can reach the memory devices, the Wi-Fi-module, the CMOS battery, and the battery. In addition, it is easy to clean the fan.

Easy access
Easy access
It is simple to replace the memory
It is simple to replace the memory

Warranty

It is more or less common that Dell only includes a one-year warranty for new notebooks. The warranty includes pick-up, repair and hardware service. When ordering the device, the manufacturer offers a premium warranty in the online configuration. Among others, it includes 24 h service and software support. The minimum term of this extra service is one year (79 Euros, ~$83) and the maximum is four years (269 Euros, ~$285).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The used chiclet keyboard features a consistent and crisp pressure experience. However, the short travel could be slightly longer. In particular, inputs from the space bar feel spongy. Nevertheless, touch typists will get used to the keyboard after a while. It is pleasing to find that the Inspiron 7567 features a complete number pad. Another appreciated feature is the two-level backlight. However, we dislike the small arrow keys, which are too small for e.g. race games. Pros include the relatively quiet and muffled typing noise without disturbing clattering noise. In addition, the keyboard unit is splash-protected according to the manufacturer.

Touchpad

The 10.6 x 8 cm touchpad consists of a roughened plastic surface, which does not look especially high-end but is convincing in use: Inputs are translated flawlessly and quickly. Most inputs are also recognized reliably in the corners. The mouse buttons beneath the touchpad generate a very quiet, yet high-pitched clicking noise. The travel gets softer and longer towards the edges.

 

 

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

Our test model of the Dell Inspiron 7000 series uses a Full HD TN panel. Unfortunately, the shop page does not specify which display types are used by the offered variants. The included data sheet from Dell lists three different display types for this series: First of all, the Full HD TN panel used in our test model, secondly, a Full HD IPS panel and finally a glossy UHD IPS display. The UHD display is used in the most expensive variant (1479 Euros, ~$1571). It remains to be seen whether the Full HD IPS panel is actually used in any variant. Dell has not yet answered our request concerning this matter so far.

Let us turn to our test model's TN panel with a resolution of 1920x1020 pixels: It has an average brightness of 235 cd/m². This is especially striking as our test model of the Inspiron 15 predecessor performed 16% better. In this aspect, the expensive Asus Strix GL502VM takes the lead with about 300 cd/m².

It is advantageous that screen bleeding/clouding is not noticeable.

Update:

We have got an answer from Dell regarding the display types: In the EMEA region, the Full HD variant will only be available with TN-type panel. Only the UHD option uses the IPS panel.

213
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
266
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 277 cd/m² Average: 234.7 cd/m² Minimum: 18.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 75 %
Center on Battery: 286 cd/m²
Contrast: 447:1 (Black: 0.55 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.97 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 14.25 | - Ø
55% sRGB (Argyll) 35% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 1.83
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
AU Optronics AUO38ED B156HTN 28H80, , 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GE72 7RE-046
N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), , 1920x1080, 17.3
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
LG Philips LGD04D9 / 156UD2 / Dell P/N: 53FC4, , 3840x2160, 15.6
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
50%
20%
-4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36
27
25%
32
11%
42
-17%
Response Time Black / White *
36
9
75%
26
28%
32.8
9%
PWM Frequency
Screen
63%
28%
56%
Brightness
235
230
-2%
273
16%
301
28%
Brightness Distribution
75
86
15%
85
13%
88
17%
Black Level *
0.55
0.24
56%
0.78
-42%
0.33
40%
Contrast
447
1054
136%
354
-21%
933
109%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.97
5.01
54%
4.05
63%
4.5
59%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
14.25
7.26
49%
4.68
67%
2.9
80%
Gamma
1.83 131%
2.09 115%
2.55 94%
2.22 108%
CCT
11200 58%
6329 103%
6871 95%
1136 572%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35
76
117%
58
66%
55.4
58%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
55
100
82%
90
64%
84.8
54%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
57% / 61%
24% / 27%
26% / 44%

* ... smaller is better

Already the first contact with our Inspiron display is quite disappointing. We expect a contrast-rich display with great colors; especially in the gaming range. The test model cannot fulfill this wish. The black value of 0.55 cd/m² is too high.

The CalMAN analysis showed high color and grayscale shifts. It is especially annoying that the display is very bluish due to the high deviations. The IPS panels in the Dell Inspiron 15 7559 and the Asus Strix GL502VM perform significantly better in this aspect. The software TrueColor is supposed to slightly improve the colors in the new Inspiron. Unfortunately, the display remains bluish.

In addition, the color coverages, which are important for professional use, are not sufficient. The display covers 55% of sRGB and 35% of AdobeRGB.

CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN TrueColor
CalMAN TrueColor
AdobeRGB color coverage
AdobeRGB color coverage
sRGB color coverage
sRGB color coverage

Finally, we want to cover the outdoor capabilities: Thanks to a matte panel, the brightness of 230 cd/m2 is sufficient for using the laptop in the shade.

Outdoors in the sun
Outdoors in the sun
Good legibility in the shade
Good legibility in the shade

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
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 88 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (27.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 19 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. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (44.1 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: 60 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 1402 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 30860) Hz was measured.

Since the display is a TN-type, colors and brightness change when moving the lid or viewing the display from the side. The test model's panel has very narrow viewing angles.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Already the name of the new Dell series suggests for which field of application it has been designed: Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming. In order to be fit for the gaming world, a cutting-edge Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti work inside. Unfortunately, the RAM with a capacity of 16 GB only works in single-channel mode. However, it is possible to change this by adding a module to the free RAM slot. Dell has incorporated two storage devices so that there is enough space for installing many games: First of all, there is a 1 TB HDD. There is also a responsive 256 GB SSD. Currently, Dell's US shop lists this model for $1100. The models available in Germany are listed in the introduction of this article.

Processor

The core of our Inspiron test model is an Intel Core i7-7700HQ. The CPU features a base clock of 2.8 GHz and achieves a maximum Turbo clock of up to 3.8 GHz. Intel specifies a TDP of 45 W. We analyze the performance with Cinebench R15. In the multi-core test, the processor works at 3.4 GHz and achieves 724 points. The Acer Aspire VX5 performs significantly worse with 677 points. Once again, the Asus Strix GL502VM takes the lead with 743 points.

The CPU even clocks at 3.4 GHz after several runs. The Cinebench R15 result even remains at the same level on battery. Those who buy the i5 variant of the new Dell Inspiron 7000 series can expect a 30% lower performance.

Please refer to our benchmark list of current notebook processors for further comparisons and benchmarks to various mobile processors.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼71%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼70% -2%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼68% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
146 Points ∼65% -8%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
146 Points ∼65% -8%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
145 Points ∼65% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
AMD A10-7300
58 Points ∼26% -64%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
743 Points ∼40% +3%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
732 Points ∼39% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
724 Points ∼39%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
677 Points ∼36% -6%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
673 Points ∼36% -7%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
508 Points ∼27% -30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
AMD A10-7300
159 Points ∼9% -78%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
159 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
724 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
90.22 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

The Inspiron 7567 meets the expectations on a gaming notebook: It is responsive. Thanks to powerful hardware and a fast SSD, software opens quickly and runs smoothly. We use PCMark 8 to confirm our subjective impression. Our test model performs about 1200 points (31%) better than the predecessor in the PCMark 8 Work benchmark. The Asus Strix GL502VM performs 8% better.

In the Home benchmark, our test model achieves 3850 points. That is about 150 points more than the similarly equipped Acer Aspire VX5. The predecessor reviewed by us only accomplished 2907 points.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
5447 Points ∼84% +7%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
5068 Points ∼78%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
4884 Points ∼75% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
3840 Points ∼59% -24%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
4967 Points ∼83% +29%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
3850 Points ∼64%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
3698 Points ∼62% -4%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
3659 Points ∼61% -5%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
2907 Points ∼49% -24%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3850 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5068 points
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Storage Device

The Inspiron 7000 Gaming comes with two storage devices. The primary drive is an M.2 SSD with a capacity of 256 GB. It achieves decent read rates of 486 MB/s and write rates of 423 MB/s. The secondary drive is a 1 TB HDD operating at 5400 RPM. Transfer rates of about 115 MB/s can be expected from it.

SSD in AS SSD benchmark
SSD in AS SSD benchmark
SSD in CrystalDiskMark benchmark
SSD in CrystalDiskMark benchmark
HDD in CrystalDiskMark benchmark
HDD in CrystalDiskMark benchmark
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
SK hynix SC300 M.2
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
19%
-11%
171%
3%
Write 4k QD32
255.1
212.9
-17%
198.4
-22%
542.1
113%
317.4
24%
Read 4k QD32
279.6
372.5
33%
348.2
25%
651.6
133%
394.9
41%
Write 4k
85.44
112.9
32%
68.04
-20%
152.4
78%
38.36
-55%
Read 4k
27.11
22.7
-16%
27.84
3%
56.81
110%
16.97
-37%
Write 512
304
481.4
58%
211.5
-30%
1115
267%
418.2
38%
Read 512
338.9
455.1
34%
354.3
5%
862.9
155%
348.1
3%
Write Seq
422.8
495.7
17%
205.1
-51%
1477
249%
449.6
6%
Read Seq
485.8
539.6
11%
489.9
1%
1747
260%
494.2
2%
Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
Sequential Read: 485.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 422.8 MB/s
512K Read: 338.9 MB/s
512K Write: 304 MB/s
4K Read: 27.11 MB/s
4K Write: 85.44 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 279.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 255.1 MB/s

Graphics Card

Gaming can first be fully enjoyed with a powerful dedicated graphics card. Dell uses an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti in our test model. It belongs to the Nvidia Pascal architecture and has been available since early 2017. With a core clock of 1393 - 1620 MHz and 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, it is ready for the latest games. The performance is about on par with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M. According to Nvidia the targeted maximum power consumption is 70 W (Nvidia GeForce GTX 970: about 81 W). The cheapest model of the new Inspiron series does not use the Ti variant. This results in a significant performance difference.

We want to compare these two graphics units in order to show how big the difference actually is. For this purpose we use 3DMark 11. With almost 9700 points (GPU score), our test model exceeds the average result of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 by as much as 1900 points. Currently, the cheapest variant of the new Inspiron costs about 150 Euros (~$159) less than the Ti variant. Hence, those who can afford it can profit from 25% higher GPU performance and a more powerful CPU. A comparison to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 can also be interesting: Therefore, we have added the Asus Strix GL502VM to this comparison. The more powerful GTX 1060 performs almost 60% better.

Those who occasionally use the gaming notebook on battery have to accept a small performance loss. 3DMark reports 7638 points in this scenario.

Further benchmarks to various graphics cards are available in our article about current notebook graphics cards.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14347 Points ∼28% +48%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
10186 Points ∼20% +5%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
9824 Points ∼19% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9725 Points ∼19%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9713 Points ∼19% 0%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8223 Points ∼16% -15%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
8201 Points ∼16% -16%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7360 Points ∼14% -24%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5337 Points ∼10% -45%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
11186 Points ∼29% +46%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8086 Points ∼21% +6%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7741 Points ∼20% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7646 Points ∼19%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7321 Points ∼19% -4%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
6393 Points ∼16% -16%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6382 Points ∼16% -17%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5784 Points ∼15% -24%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5421 Points ∼14% -29%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4339 Points ∼11% -43%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
70574 Points ∼43% +42%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
50205 Points ∼31% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
49539 Points ∼30%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
49223 Points ∼30% -1%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
48626 Points ∼30% -2%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
39864 Points ∼24% -20%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
39824 Points ∼24% -20%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
35884 Points ∼22% -28%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
28666 Points ∼18% -42%
3DMark 11 Performance
8992 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
21998 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6709 points
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Gaming Performance

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti allows smoothly running all current games with high or very high settings. Those who want to maximize the settings or expect at least 60 fps need a more powerful graphics card such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. Due to the performance difference between the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 in the cheapest Inspiron model and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, the latter can accomplish a few decisive frames per second more; especially at high settings. Those who do not need more than 30 fps for smooth gaming will be content with the GTX 1050.

Further gaming benchmarks of various graphics cards are available in our article Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards.

Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
60.2 fps ∼100% +57%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
42.8 fps ∼71% +12%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
39.7 fps ∼66% +4%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
38.5 fps ∼64% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
38.3 fps ∼64%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
33.7 fps ∼56% -12%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
31.2 fps ∼52% -19%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
48.5 fps ∼100% +4%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
47.4 fps ∼98% +2%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
47.4 fps ∼98% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
46.6 fps ∼96%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
39.5 fps ∼81% -15%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
37.1 fps ∼76% -20%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
102.8 fps ∼100% +41%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
72.8 fps ∼71%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
69.5 fps ∼68% -5%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
66.2 fps ∼64% -9%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
43.6 fps ∼42% -40%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
13.1 fps ∼13% -82%
1366x768 High Preset
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
156.2 fps ∼100% +6%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
147 fps ∼94%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
145.8 fps ∼93% -1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
119.7 fps ∼77% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
33.3 fps ∼21% -77%
Battlefield 1
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
51.2 fps ∼100%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
50.8 fps ∼99% -1%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
50 fps ∼98% -2%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
47 fps ∼92% -8%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
44.4 fps ∼87% -13%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
41.1 fps ∼80% -20%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
56.9 fps ∼100%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
56.7 fps ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
55.9 fps ∼98% -2%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
50.1 fps ∼88% -12%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
49.9 fps ∼88% -12%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
46.5 fps ∼82% -18%
Titanfall 2
1920x1080 Very High (Insane Texture Quality) / Enabled AA:TS AF:16x
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
66.7 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
61.7 fps ∼93% -7%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
61 fps ∼91% -9%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
56.2 fps ∼84% -16%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
48.4 fps ∼73% -27%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
45.5 fps ∼68% -32%
1920x1080 High / Enabled AA:TS AF:8x
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
75.8 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
62.5 fps ∼82% -18%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
62 fps ∼82% -18%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
60.7 fps ∼80% -20%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
53.4 fps ∼70% -30%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
52.8 fps ∼70% -30%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 182.1154.114772.8fps
GTA V (2015) 135118.860.336.1fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 60606060fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 117.586.646.638.3fps
Doom (2016) 117105.369.167.5fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 61.344.328.6fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 114.799.756.951.2fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 169.8148.5124.6116fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 143.4131.975.866.7fps
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016) 113.810267.859fps
Dishonored 2 (2016) 87.972.246.339.9fps
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) 82.574.344.531.4fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 245.5126.868.525.6fps

Emissions

System Noise

The noise development of the new Inspiron is pleasing at first: The gaming notebook works silently in idle mode and during normal web-surfing most of the time. A rustling noise from the HDD is audible time and again. The fans only run infrequently and the generated noise remains pleasant. Under load the fans speed up quickly and produce a noise close to 47 dB(A). Headphones or speakers set to a loud volume are required in order to drown out the fan noise. The generated frequency is alright overall. However, we would wish for a less high-frequency noise in the future.

Noise Level

Idle
30.9 / 30.9 / 31 dB(A)
HDD
31.2 dB(A)
Load
46.5 / 46.8 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203531.231.234.3352534.231.631.533.434.23136.233.933.632.536.24033.331.931.930.433.3503129.428.827.7316330.828.528.929.130.88033.933.727.527.233.91002928.927.825.82912532.531.830.932.632.516026.526.823.423.526.520027.827.623.222.327.825029.229.621.921.629.231532.933.320.821.332.94003232.519.919.83250030.530.219.919.730.563031.832.319.418.531.880034.433.720.618.234.4100037.537.619.817.837.5125037.237.518.817.137.2160037.437.619.817.337.4200037.537.718.217.237.5250036.937.617.517.636.9315034.534.817.717.734.5400031.831.918.217.731.8500029.729.81818.129.7630026.326.518.118.226.3800023.123.218.218.123.11000020.420.518.218.220.4125001919.21818.1191600018.518.6181818.5SPL46.646.83130.346.6N5.35.41.51.45.3median 31.8Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567median 31.8median 19.4median 18.2median 31.8Delta3.73.51.823.7hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

The hardware...
The hardware...
...is used to its limits...
...is used to its limits...
...in the stress test.
...in the stress test.

To put it briefly, the heat dissipation works flawlessly in the Inspiron 7000. In idle mode, a temperature increase is hardly noticeable at all. In addition, the temperature remains acceptable under load. The hot spot above the keyboard reaches 43.4 °C. We measured a temperature of 40 °C in the central part of the keyboard. This is noticeable when typing, but it is not disturbing. We could not detect a disturbing temperature increase during normal gaming and web-surfing.

The predecessor performed worse with 54 °C in the central part of the keyboard. Its temperature gradient was quite steep overall. The temperature management also does not appear sophisticated in the more powerful Asus ROG Strix FL502VM. We measured up to just under 65 °C on the top side and the underside.

Finally, we want to check the core temperatures of the CPU. In our stress test, Prime95 and FurMark simulate maximum stress and we observe clock rates and core temperatures. After a while, the core temperature seriously increases. Since several cores exceed the 90 °C level by far, the test model has to throttle for a short time. However, this happens that infrequently that the CPU works at 3.4 GHz on average.

According to 3DMark 11, the Inspiron 7567 has its full performance available after the stress test has been stopped.

Max. Load
 28.1 °C43.4 °C31.4 °C 
 29 °C40.2 °C35 °C 
 23.7 °C23.6 °C26.6 °C 
Maximum: 43.4 °C
Average: 31.2 °C
37.7 °C36.5 °C32.1 °C
26.4 °C35.4 °C27 °C
24.9 °C24.7 °C23.6 °C
Maximum: 37.7 °C
Average: 29.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  36 °C | Room Temperature 21.4 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Keyboard under load
Keyboard under load
Underside under load
Underside under load
Keyboard while idle
Keyboard while idle
Underside while idle
Underside while idle

Speakers

The sound is decent, but it is lacking in bass. In addition, the volume is not overly high. With the WaveMaxxAudio software, we can get a high volume and some bass from the speakers. The stereo speakers can convince in occasional YouTube and video sessions.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.234.332.2253333.4333136.132.536.14030.630.430.65029.627.729.66327.129.127.18032.227.232.210045.325.845.31255732.65716057.423.557.420052.622.352.625055.621.655.631561.521.361.540067.219.867.25006519.76563065.418.565.480065.318.265.3100067.517.867.5125067.517.167.5160069.117.369.1200073.417.273.4250073.617.673.6315071.817.771.8400073.417.773.4500072.318.172.3630071.718.271.7800066.218.166.21000068.818.268.81250069.618.169.61600068.61868.6SPL82.930.382.9N561.456median 67.5Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567median 18.2median 67.5Delta4.624.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 17%, worst was 32%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The very low energy demand in idle mode deserves praise. The new Inspiron Gaming notebook always remains below 9 W in this scenario, while the Asus Strix GL502VM with Nvidia GTX 1060 requires about 40 W here. The predecessor of the Inspiron also performs significantly worse with values between 9.4 - 15 W.

Under load, all components have to work hard and the energy demand increases heavily. Our test model reaches 82 W on average and a maximum of 127 W. This result is also not bad. In comparison with the Asus Strix GL502VM it becomes apparent that the more powerful Nvidia GTX 1060 needs more energy. The gaming competitor requires up to 156 W.

The power adapter of the Dell only provides 130 W. This might limit the actual performance due to production variance in the performance of the power adapter. In particular, the Inspiron variant with UHD display might have a higher energy demand.

In stand-by mode, the laptop has a low power consumption of 0.5 W. Turned off, but connected to the mains, the energy demand is about 0.3 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.48 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.4 / 6.8 / 8.3 Watt
Load midlight 81 / 127 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel SSDSCKKF256H6, TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GE72 7RE-046
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY, TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, SK hynix SC300 M.2, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-124%
-65%
-347%
Idle Minimum *
4.4
14
-218%
9.4
-114%
38.3
-770%
Idle Average *
6.8
20
-194%
14.4
-112%
40.5
-496%
Idle Maximum *
8.3
25
-201%
15
-81%
42.2
-408%
Load Average *
81
82
-1%
102
-26%
110.4
-36%
Load Maximum *
127
135
-6%
120
6%
155.7
-23%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Dell comes with a six-cell battery with a capacity of 74 Wh. We determine the runtimes in three different scenarios. The first test identifies the maximum runtime. We select the energy-saving profile, set the brightness to its minimum and start a reading script. The Inspiron achieves an impressive 19.5 hours here.

The Wi-Fi runtime is probably the most important scenario. It simulates web-surfing at a brightness of 150 cd/m². Once again, the new Dell Inspiron 7567 proves to be a runtime wonder. No other notebook in our comparison can last over 10 hours.

Finally, we test the minimum battery runtime. We start the Classic Test of the Battery Eater tool with the Windows energy profile "maximum performance" and maximum brightness. In this test, the test model achieves almost 1.5 hours. In comparison to the competitors, this is a very typical result.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
19h 34min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
10h 22min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 35min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 21min
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 74 Wh
MSI GE72 7RE-046
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 51.4 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, 74 Wh
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 64 Wh
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 52 Wh
Battery Runtime
-64%
-36%
-69%
-41%
Reader / Idle
1174
709
-40%
104
-91%
Load
81
76
-6%
57
-30%
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
622
184
-70%
232
-63%
88
-86%
365
-41%
H.264
455
195
-57%

Pros

+ system performance
+ gaming performance
+ battery runtime
+ low temperature
+ system noise in idle mode

Cons

- poor contrast
- very bluish display
- small arrow keys
- performance of the SD-card reader
- few interfaces
- no USB Type-C

Verdict

In review: the Dell Inspiron 15 7567. Test model provided by Dell Germany.
In review: the Dell Inspiron 15 7567. Test model provided by Dell Germany.

A gaming notebook for everyday life. Dell's new Inspiron 15 of the 7000 series proved that it has a right to exist in the gaming-notebook world. First of all, it has a well-made case, which allows end-user maintenance. However, there are only a few interfaces for a 15-inch notebook. In addition, the performance of the SD-card reader is poor. In return, the manufacturer has incorporated acceptable input devices. The keyboard even features a backlight and a number block and is splash-proof. However, we did not like the small arrow keys, which are especially inconvenient in racing games. The only real disappointment of the Inspiron 15 is the Full HD TN panel, which not only has very narrow viewing angles but is also very bluish. Dell should at least offer customers an IPS display option.

In the further course of the test, Dell's newest gaming notebook can show its strength: The Intel Core i7 processor and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti are combined with a fast SSD and 16 GB DDR4 RAM. As a result, system and gaming performances are excellent. However, the Inspiron 15 also performs very well in other fields of application than gaming. During normal use, the fan is hardly audible and the temperature remains in an acceptable range in every scenario. Although, the gaming laptop might seldom be used as mobile companion because of its height and weight, its battery life makes it suitable for mobile use. Our test model shows higher stamina than several mobile subnotebooks.

Dell offers a superior gaming notebook for a price from 1000 Euros (~$1062), which does not even have to fear more expensive competitors.

Those who are put off by the display should consider the more expensive UHD variant. It remains to be seen whether the German models of the Inspiron 15 will use IPS panels. Nevertheless, the competitors should not be neglected. Those who wish for even higher gaming performance and an IPS panel should take a look at the Asus ROG Strix GL502VM.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 - 02/07/2017 v6
Nino Ricchizzi

Chassis
84 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
44 / 81 → 55%
Weight
58 / 66 → 86%
Battery
94%
Display
76%
Games Performance
90%
Application Performance
93%
Temperature
94 / 95 → 99%
Noise
80 / 90 → 89%
Audio
56%
Camera
42 / 85 → 50%
Average
75%
80%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Nino Ricchizzi, 2017-02-13 (Update: 2017-02-16)