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
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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.