Latest AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops now available from Dell: New Inspiron 14 7000 2-in-1 - lower prices but still less power than the Intel alternatives
Two new convertible laptops have appeared on the Dell online store, and both of them come with new Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs. Both of the devices are Inspiron 14 7000 2-in-1 laptops, with one being fitted with the 6-core, 6-thread Ryzen 5 4500U and the more expensive SKU configured with the 8-core, 8-thread Ryzen 7 4700U.
Dell has fitted the new AMD Ryzen 4000 Inspiron 14 7000 2-in-1 laptops with 8 GB RAM (3200 MHz; single-channel), a 256 GB SSD for the Ryzen 5 4500U device and a 512 GB SSD for the Ryzen 7 4700U convertible, and a 40 Wh battery. The current listed prices for these Renoir laptops are controversial: US$699.99 for the entry-level device and US$849.99 for the top model.
However, it seems the 13-inch Intel variants of the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 laptops include a 16 GB option (2133 MHz, integrated) and the battery is slightly larger at 45 Wh. The Intel devices are more expensive than their AMD counterparts, at US$799.99 (4-core, 8-thread i5-10210U) and US$1,049.99 (4-core, 8-thread i7-10510U), but that’s to be expected from Intel-based laptops anyway.
Unsurprisingly, there has already been considerable criticism in regard to Dell’s strategy with the Ryzen 4000 laptops. Dual-channel memory would have been a better option (for both the AMD and Intel models), and there’s no doubt those looking for a Ryzen 4000 laptop would be happy to spend a bit more to have a 16 GB configuration. The battery power discrepancy and the price tags for the Ryzen 4000 Dell Inspiron 14 7000 2-in-1 laptops have also been criticized.