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A Review of The Dell Inspiron 15 7000: The Ultimate Gaming Workhorse

Dell Inspiron 15 7000
A Review of The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 The Ultimate Gaming Workhorse

Laptops are definitely what they were a few years ago.

They have evolved at the speed of light from the simple word processors to the more specialized machines they are today.

And no type of laptop commands as much attention as a gaming laptop.

This is not just because of their rugged beauty.

It’s more a matter of the power they possess.

And without that power, they can’t serve their purpose as gaming laptops.

The downside of gaming laptops is one compromise every gamer will have to accept – higher prices.

If you are looking for a powerful entry-level gaming rig that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, then you are in luck – I’ve just the rig for you.

It’s the Dell Inspiron 15 7000.  

Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from this awesome machine.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 – VR Gaming Rig 


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The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is a VR capable gaming laptop that is heavy in power but light on your pocket.


Especially if you are looking for a budget gaming laptop, you have to turn your eyes on this particular laptop.


I know words alone can’t describe the capabilities of this excellent laptop, so I’ll let the specifications paint the picture for you.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Specs

  • CPU: 2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-7300U CPU
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • RAM: 8GB
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    RAM Upgradable to: 16GB
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    Hard Drive Size: 256GB
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    Hard Drive Type: SSD
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    Display Size: 15.6
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    Highest Available Resolution: 3840 x 2160
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    Native Resolution: 1920x1080
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    Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q / 6GB
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    Video Memory: 6GB
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    Wi-Fi: 802.11ac
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    Wi-Fi Model: Dual Band 2.4 & 5 GHz, 2x2
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    Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2
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    Touchpad Size: 4.1 x 3.1 inches
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    Ports (excluding USB): Ethernet
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    Ports (excluding USB): HDMI
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    Ports (excluding USB): Headphone/Mic
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    Ports (excluding USB): Noble Lock
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    Ports (excluding USB): USB 3.0
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    Ports (excluding USB): Thunderbolt 3
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    USB Ports: 4
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    Card Slots: SD memory reader
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    Dimensions: 15.2 x 10.8 x 1 inches
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    Weight: 5.99 pounds
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    Warranty/Support: 1-year warranty

Wow!

Those are some great specs for an entry-level gaming laptop, especially considering that it costs less than a grand.

If you don’t really get what all those figures and acronyms mean, let me quickly break it down for you. Then you’ll understand just why many gamers are hyped over this gaming laptop.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 – Design and Build Quality

When it comes to gaming laptops, build quality matters a lot. The reason is simple – they go through more rigorous paces than any other laptops.

For many people, the term “budget gaming laptop” conjures up images of bulky laptops that weigh a ton and nostalgic feelings of aching shoulders after a short commute with one dangling on your shoulder.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming Edition 7567 15.6-Inch Full HD...

Well, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (or the Gaming 7000 as it is affectionately called by its fans) is nothing at all like that – it’s actually the opposite.

Coming in at 6 pounds and measuring 15.2 x 10.8 x 1 inches, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 may be heavier than its competitors like the Acer Predator Helios 300 (the lightest in the class) which comes in at 5.5 pounds, but it has a thinner profile by 0.5-inches.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming Edition 7567 15.6-Inch Full HD...

Although this is twice the weight of some normal laptops, it is a pretty decent weight for a gaming laptop as gaming laptops tend to come with more hardware, especially in the form of cooling fans.

At first glance, the Gaming 7000 will great you with the matte black-and-red design that most gaming laptops favor. It also sports a soft-touch lid bearing Dell's logo in an eye-popping red.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming Edition 7567 15.6-Inch Full HD...

Dell could have done a better job with the rear as it features an unimaginative series of vents that come in straight, gray plastic lines. Nothing sporty or fancy as you would find in other aggressively designed gaming rigs.

In fact, the previous model was better looking in this respect.

Upon lifting the lid, the interior maintains the same motif with a nice black soft-touch deck, an island-style keyboard with red lettering and backlighting, and a touchpad surrounded by a nice crimson border. The power button in the upper left-hand corner doubles as a fingerprint reader.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming Edition 7567 15.6-Inch Full HD...

One thing you’ll definitely appreciate about the way the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is built is that it has just about every port you'll need for your peripherals and monitors. The left side features a Noble lock slot, Ethernet jack, a USB 3.0 port and an SD card slot. On the right side, you’ll find a headphone jack, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and an HDMI output.

Dell deserves a decent 4/5 for the way they designed and built the Inspiron 15 7000.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 – Game Enough to Take on Anything

If there’s one thing every gamer expects from their gaming rig, it’s exceptional performance. After all, most modern games are “heavy” and taxing on the average processor and GPU, and in some instances even unplayable.

How does the Dell fare when it comes to performance?

Pretty decent if I may say, but before we get to gaming performance, let’s first take a look at the display.

Display

Dell’s first Inspiron 15 7000 had one major flaw – the display. Thankfully, Dell listened to the lamentations of their customer and did something about it.

The newer Dell Inspiron 15 7000 comes with a better 15.6-inch IPS, 1080p screen.

It definitely isn’t the best screen around, but it’s decent enough considering the price of the laptop.

The biggest difference you will notice with the switch to an IPS screen is that it affords wider viewing angles and more accurate colors.

When tested, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000’s screen was found to cover 70 percent of the sRGB color gamut, not bad for a budget laptop, but still less than the mainstream average of 102 percent. Although it was poorer than the Acer Predator’s 81 percent score, the Dell performed better than the Lenovo Legion Y520’s 68 percent.

On the light meter, the Dell Inspiron's screen measured an average of 233 nits, sadly, dimmer than the average 253 nits but this time out-performing the Acer Predator’s 226 nits and trumping the Lenovo Legion’s 220 nits.

Overall, whether you are watching a movie or playing your favorite game, the new display is more pleasant to the eye than the previous model.


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  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM

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  • With integrated Xbox One Wireless Controller Support and an optional multi-color backlight programmable keyboard you can choose to play your way.

Audio

When it comes to budget laptops, one of the casualties to cost cuts is the audio system.

Fortunately, with the Dell Inspiron 15 7000, this is not the case.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is one budget laptop that actually gets the job done when it comes to giving you the sound that you need in order to enjoy your gaming experience.  The sound comes out with impressive clarity, with the bass doing a great job of making gunshots and explosions sound closer to the real thing and not a popping balloon.

And if all you want to use them for is listening to your favorite track as you work, they will still manage to feel the room with your sweet melodies (or hard beats, whichever sounds you go for).  

Gaming, Graphics, and VR

Since you are looking for a gaming laptop, you’re probably wondering what kind of gaming experience you will get from the Dell Inspiron 15 7000.

Pretty good actually.

In terms of gaming power, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 comes equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q design and 6GB of VRAM.

If you are unfamiliar with Max-Q, it is quite an innovative technology that enables gaming laptops to run quieter, cooler, and shed a few pounds.

But the best part about Max-Q technology is that it allows gaming laptops to run more powerful processors without running the risk of overheating the system.

For a budget gaming laptop, that is pretty impressive.

In fact, that configuration is well able to provide you with plenty of power to play games at high settings. But if you want to get the best frame rates, you'll have to lower some games' settings.

With all the rave going on about VR gaming, you’ll be glad to know that for $950.00, you can also get in on the action – with the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 that is.

Although it won’t give you the best VR experience, connecting your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift will certainly give you a taste of the wonderful world of VR gaming. This is something many budget gaming laptops can’t offer you.

When put to the SteamVR Performance test, the Dell Inspiron earned an admirable (for a budget gaming rig) 5.9, falling below the mainstream average of 6.1.

But when you use the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 for VR gaming, be prepared for increased fan activity (and noise).

This is one budget gaming laptop that will really give you exceptional gaming performance that will exceed your expectations – and the money you pay for it.

Every Day Use

If you want your gaming rig to double as a daily workhorse, the Inspiron can easily handle your daily tasks. Equipped with a 2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-7300U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 can easily multitask as well as any other performance laptop with the same configuration.

Opening as many as 30 tabs and streaming in HD won’t even slow down the system.

In a test, the Dell 7000 gaming took 15 seconds to copy 4.97GB of files at a rate of 339 MBps. This is an impressive speed that is faster than the mainstream average of 262 MBps.

It also outperformed its competitors (who had more powerful i7 processors) the Asus ROG Strix 503 (32.2 MBps), and Acer’s Predator (188.5MBps).

On the Open Office spreadsheet macro, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 managed to pair 20,000 names and addresses in 3:38. Although this is faster than the 4:20 average, it’s slower than Lenovo’s Legion (3:19), Asus’s Strix (3:20), and Acer’s Predator (3:22).

If you want to upgrade to an i7 processor with 16GB RAM, and 1TB hard drive, you can visit Best Buy for a sweet $1,199.00 deal.

Overall, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is a versatile laptop that won’t just satisfy your gaming needs but will also help you complete your tasks quickly and efficiently.

Battery Life

One of the major weaknesses of gaming laptops is that they trade-off battery life for performance. The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is cut from a different cloth.

The 7000 gaming has a battery that lasts an amazing 7 hours and 5 minutes with continuous web browsing. This is better than the mainstream average of 6:27 (which include less powerful laptops without discrete GPUs). In its class, only the Predator comes close with a battery life of 6:48. The ROG Strix and the Legion barely last half as long with battery lives of 3:32 and 3:39 respectively.


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  • 256GB SATA SSD + 1TB HDD for ideal balance of fast OS-drive speeds and large storage space

Heat

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If there’s one plague gaming laptops seem to be eternally cursed with, its heat.

But because of the Max-Q, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 manages to fight off this scourge pretty well as it can stay nice and cool under normal usage.

For example, 15 minutes of streaming HD videos only raises the temperature at the bottom to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, 84 degrees Fahrenheit at the center of the keyboard, and just 77 degrees Fahrenheit on the touchpad.

That makes it run cooler than the 95-degree comfort threshold.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 – Budget gaming at its Best

Truth be told, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is not perfect.

But for the money, it’s probably the best gaming laptop you can buy.

From its improved display to its enhanced GPU, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is one gaming laptop that won’t bring any regrets as part of the package.

If you are looking for a gaming laptop for under $1000.00, this one comes highly recommended.

FHD vs UHD: A Battle of Display Resolution Performance

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FHD vs UHD – A Battle of Display Resolution Performance

One of the major challenges that the average laptop buyer faces when it comes to making a purchase decision is choosing the right display for their new portable computer.

Different laptop models come with different displays, and it is important to decipher which display characteristics matter.  

Screen resolution isn’t always at the top of the priority list when you’re going over the specifications of a new laptop.

Yet, it impacts the quality of text and images that you see on your screen when you’re using your laptop. Having said that, it’s only right that you consider the resolution of your display.

If you’re contemplating picking between Full High Definition (FHD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD), continue reading on below to get the useful insight required to make the right choice.

How This Review Was Done

This review is based on a thorough investigation and analysis of the development of high definition (HD) resolutions.

Extensive research was carried out to collect empirical evidence from available literature (previously published material) in order to give a comprehensive review of the topic.  

The research process involved critically reading the material found in order to gain a deep understanding of the topic.

The main objective of the research was to identify and analyze established aspects of the topic and to use findings to conduct this review.

Evolution of Laptop HD Resolutions

Laptops are widely used throughout the world because they can deliver a myriad of benefits to users. The characteristics of laptops that have made them so popular around the world are versatility, speed, storage capacity, portability and many more.

Unfortunately, choosing the right laptop isn’t a matter of simply buying the first model available to you. It demands careful consideration of many things, including the type of screen resolution that the display of the machine comes with.

HD resolutions have come a long way, as illustrated below.

  • HD: resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Full HD: resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Ultra HD: resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels
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    True 4K: resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels

What is FHD?

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FHD is short for Full High Definition and is the next upgrade to high definition (720p).  It is also called 1080p because it delivers a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The total number of pixels found in FHD is roughly two million – 2073600 pixels to be exact.  

What Are the Pros and Cons of FHD?

Going full HD offers a range of amazing advantages to laptop users, but it also presents a number of challenges. Take a look at some of the notable benefits and limitations of FHD laptops compared to laptops with other HD resolutions.

The Good Side

Compared to its predecessor, that is, HD resolution, full HD resolution delivers better text and image clarity by increasing the number of total pixels on your computer screen. If you’ve ever used an HD laptop, you will notice that the text on your FHD screen will look crisper and will be easier to read, while the images displayed will be clearer, sharper, and more detailed.

This is vital to making lighter work of everyday tasks that need to be performed using a laptop. Screen real estate is the amount of workspace available to you on your display. If you’re looking to upgrade from a standard HD laptop, investing in a laptop with full HD resolution is a great way to increase the amount of space available for you to actively get work done.

The extra screen real estate will help make it easier for you to perform simple tasks like browsing the web, as well as more demanding tasks like photo and video editing. Your new laptop’s screen resolution will have an impact on battery performance. Higher res laptops tend to use up more power, thus hurting battery life.

Because FHD laptops don’t push as many pixels as their UHD counterparts, they don’t hurt battery life as much.

As a result, you can get more work done on a single charge. This benefit is essential if you need to use your laptop on the go, especially in places that may not have a power connection. Content availability is one area where FHD beats UHD. If you intend to use your laptop for both work and play, you’re going to love the freedom to choose from a wider selection of FHD media available on the entertainment market.

Whether you like streaming movies, series or TV shows, you shouldn’t pass up the chance to watch all your favorite 1080p video content on a compatible FHD screen – the improved viewing experience is simply amazing. Are you aware that higher resolutions can also hurt the lifespan of your laptop? One of the major reasons why FHD laptops generally outlast their UHD counterparts is because they deliver less resolution.

Since the hardware doesn’t have to work as hard to keep up with the need for higher image resolution, they tend to last longer. This benefit can also reduce the need for laptop repair throughout the lifespan of the machine. Because full HD technology precedes ultra HD, laptops makers have had more time to adopt FHD technology.

Thus, FHD laptops are generally more widely available compared to their 2160p counterparts. Another advantage of FHD laptops is that they generally cost less when compared to their UHD counterparts. If you’re looking for a budget laptop, it makes great sense to settle for a 1080p laptop.

The Negative Side

When it comes to delivering impressive image quality, full HD res laptops can’t outperform their UHD counterparts. If you’re interested in getting a better screen resolution, you’ll need to consider the next level up – UHD resolution. Although full HD laptops have become more affordable nowadays, they still cost more than their lower-res counterparts because of the extra pixels they deliver.


Pros

  • Deliver superior image quality compared to lowly HD resolutions
  • Provide additional screen real estate
  • Deliver longer battery life than their UHD counterparts
  • Lots of FHD content available for you to consume
  • Tend to outlast UHD machines
  • Generally cheaper than UHD laptops

Cons

  • Deliver less visual clarity compared to UHD
  • Come with higher price tags compared to lower-res laptops

What’s UHD?

UHD is the short name for Ultra High Definition. It means that your laptop has a resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels. UHD is also called 4K resolution because it quadruples the number of pixels found in a 1080p display – the total number of pixels found in UHD is approximately eight million). Hence, UHD offers a superior image resolution compared to FHD.

What Are the Pros and Cons of UHD?

The Good Side

If you love the text and image quality on a full HD screen, you’re going to love the enhanced viewing experience on a UHD screen even more.

The extra pixels delivered by UHD resolution displays ensures laptop users see what’s on their screen with a greater level of detail. A higher UHD res means that more information or detail will be displayed on the screen at a particular time. This can make browsing the web or streaming a movie easier to do. If you are a serious gamer, you can take your gaming to the next level by playing 4K games on your UHD laptop. Sure, you might need to purchase some extra hardware to get started, but you will be rewarded with an enthralling gaming experience.

If you need to do 4K photo and video-editing on your laptop, a UHD laptop can be a handy tool. You can add the finer details to your photos and videos on your 4K screen. If you are looking to impress people with your new laptop, having a UHD machine is a nice way to hype things up. Because they are a level up the ladder of HD resolutions, UHD machines generally have greater public appeal.

The Negative Side

If you’re a laptop user who frequently needs to use their laptop on the go without being plugged in to a power outlet, battery performance is a big issue with UHD laptops. Compared to FHD laptops, laptops with UHD resolution generally require more power to push more pixels and deliver superior image quality. This results in a considerable reduction in battery life. UHD resolution only enhances the picture quality if used to watch native 4k content. Unfortunately, there is a painful lack of UHD media today.

If you plan to stream movies, TV shows, video games and other media in UHD, you’ll be disappointed to learn that there are limited options available for you to consume. Because UHD technology hasn’t yet been universally adopted by laptop manufacturers, the availability of UHD screen laptops remains considerably limited.

Another big disadvantage of UHD laptops is their higher price tag when compared to full HD laptops. Yes, the higher number of pixels does come at a higher price, which may not be affordable to everyone.

Pros

  • Improved on-screen clarity
  • More information displayed at a time
  • Enhanced gaming experience
  • Ideal for photo and video-editing

Cons

  • Faster battery drain
  • A significant lack of 4k content
  • Limited availability
  • More expensive than FHD laptops

Top 6 Additional Factors Impacting the Clarity of Laptop HD Res Screens

While screen resolution impacts the quality of text and images displayed on your laptop screen, there are other factors that will also affect how items appear on your screen. Take a look at 6 other factors that can determine the clarity of your laptop display.

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1. Display Size

2. Maximum Brightness

3. Contrast

4. Color Depth

5. Viewing angle

6. Reflectance

Why is it Essential to Pick the Right HD Screen for Your Laptop?

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Here’s a look at top 5 reasons to ensure you choose the correct HD screen:

1. Productivity

2. Value for Money

3. Health Benefits

4. More Refined Entertainment

A Quick Recap of Key Points

When you’re shopping for a new laptop, there are many things to consider. The bottom line is that you’ll probably want a reasonably priced machine that can get the job done quickly and efficiently. In order to strike the right balance between performance and affordability, you’ll need to meticulously assess the features of the various laptop brands and models available to you.

When it comes to choosing the screen resolution of your display, a higher resolution is generally desirable. The higher the number of pixels found in each square inch, the better the image quality.

However, you shouldn’t let your decision be influenced by screen resolution alone. There are other factors that will affect the actual quality of text and graphics that appear on your screen. Knowing which screen resolution to choose is only a good starting point when it comes to deciphering the technical stuff.

The best way to pick the most appropriate screen for your laptop is to sit behind the display and see if you like the viewing experience.  

The Final Verdict

Should you choose full HD or ultra HD res for your laptop screen? The answer to this question depends on your particular situation and requirements.

If you are looking for a budget laptop that you can use to perform basic everyday tasks like browsing the web, reading e-books, producing office documents and more, and also watch full HD content, an FHD laptop would be an ideal choice.

But if you are looking to get enhanced graphics for your gaming, photography or video editing, spending extra on an ultra HD res laptop would make perfect sense. However, you should be ready to sacrifice things like battery life and storage capacity to get superior image clarity.

If you have already decided on the size of your display, you should generally consider choosing a device that offers a higher resolution. Think of resolution as the vitally important display feature that determines image quality. At higher resolutions, the content on your screen will look clearer, sharper and more defined.

Having said that, the final decision is yours to make.

Lenovo Y700 Review: An In-Depth Look of the Unit Itself and Its Features

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On the hunt for a good gaming laptop?

Then the Lenovo Y700 could be the gaming rig you need.


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  • 15.6" Full HD Display With 1920x1080p Resolution
  • Intel Core i7 6th Gen 6700HQ Quad Core (2.60GHz Processor to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost), Graphics Card GeForce GTX 960M With 4GB dedicated video memory
  • Storage 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, 16 GB DDR4 RAM
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Especially if you are on a budget and looking for an entry-level gaming laptop that not only looks cool but offers you great value for money too.


Let’s face it.


Gaming laptops can be expensive.


And the struggling economy is not helping either.


But Lenovo is.


And that’s why they created the Lenovo Y700.

Let’s take a closer look at this awesome gaming laptop and see why it is your best fit.

The Lenovo Y700 – Best Value for Money

The Lenovo Y700 is a great gaming laptop that comes in different configurations to help you break into gaming at the price point you are most comfortable with. As expected, the better the configuration, the more taxing the laptop will be on your pocket.

Configurations

If you want to start with the base model, around $980 will get you a decent gaming laptop with a 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-6300HQ CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB, 5,400-rpm hard drive. To power it up for gaming, it comes equipped with an Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 2GB of VRAM.

Although this is basic for a gaming laptop, it still gets the job done.

If you want to take your gaming a notch higher, you can opt for the one that comes with a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive coupled with a 128GB SSD. On the graphics side, you get an Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 4GB of VRAM.

This configuration gives you a great balance between a multimedia machine and a great gaming rig.

But if you’ve got more cash to spend on a gaming rig, then you may want to consider the almost $1,600 version.

For this much, you get a gaming rig that comes with a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive coupled with a 512GB SSD. Like the $1,000 to $1,200 model, it also comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 4GB of VRAM.

With this configuration, the Lenovo edged past the Dell Inspiron but sits at par with the HP’s Pavilion 15 gaming laptop.


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  • Processor: 8th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8250U Processor, Quad-Core, 1.6GHz up to 3.4GHz.
  • Display: 15.6-inch diagonal HD SVA BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit touchscreen (1366 x 768).
  • Memory: 8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (not upgradable).

These are pretty good specs for an entry level rig and great value for your money too.


You may not be able to play all the latest titles on the highest settings, but you’ll still get a good gaming experience with these configurations.

One thing Lenovo did better than its competitors was to include SSD drives in the Lenovo Y700.


Let’s take a closer look at what the Lenovo Y700 brings to the gaming table, shall we? I know by the end of it all, you’ll understand why many people have fallen in love with this gaming rig.

The Lenovo Y700 looks like a battleship ready to go to war.

From the jet black aluminum casing accented by red highlights to the aggressive outline, the Y700 definitely looks the part of a modern gaming laptop. Add to that the angular exhaust ports and you’ve got one mean looking rig that will inspire your gaming mojo.

And because Lenovo understands that you can spend a long time at your gaming rig, they designed the Y700’s with that in mind. The Chiclet-style, backlit keyboard and the palm rests are covered in a rubber that's soft to give you adequate comfort and isn't cold at those first touches in the morning.

One thing Lenovo got right on their Ideapad line of laptops is the smile-like shape of the keys that has won over a number of fans. On the Lenovo Y700, the W, A, S, and D keys (the main gaming keys), are lined in a much brighter red than the other keys, making them easier to find.

Above the keyboard, you get the nice red and black honeycomb accents that give the laptop a supercar kind of feel and look that are a signature of modern gaming laptops.

As for the screen, it has a substantial bezel, but that is probably due to the fact that the Lenovo Y700 sports a touchscreen, although I doubt you’ll ever use the touch function for gaming. This is not much of a big deal though as the black frame was designed to be seamless with the screen, making it look like one unit.

The major design flaw that comes with the Y700 is the fact that its center of gravity is precariously close to the hinge. This ultimately means that when using the laptop on your laps you’ll feel like it is just about to topple over with any shift you make. But this isn’t noticeable when you put the laptop on a desk or workstation, so this may not be that much of an issue if you mainly use it in such a setup.

Although this may not be a major flaw, you may find it awkward (like most people do) that the power cable is shaped like a USB. This may be confusing at times as the power port is right next to a USB port.

Overall, the Lenovo Y700 is a well-designed gaming laptop. And even though it may be more on the bulkier side, measuring 8.9 x 28.3 x 1.7 inches and weighing 5.72 pounds, it’s still not the biggest and heaviest in its class.


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  • POWERHOUSE GAMING LAPTOP: This portable notebook computer, built with Advanced 6th Generation Intel Quad Core i7 CPUs and Windows 10, packs all the firepower you need to defeat your enemy
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE MEMORY AND STORAGE: 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD hard drive and 16 GB DDR4 RAM keep your laptop humming while the battle intensifies
  • POWERFUL GRAPHICS CARD: Discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics give you crisp visuals to sharp shoot your way to victory
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The Lenovo Y700 – Top Performance on a Budget

When it comes to gaming laptops, performance is critical if you are to have a good gaming experience.

And the Lenovo Y700 doesn’t disappoint.

One of the biggest advantages that the Lenovo Y700 has over its rivals (like Dell and HP) is its SSD flash memory. This gives it superior speeds in booting up, but, the unfortunate part is it’s not big enough to accommodate the operating system and games. You’ll eventually be forced to play some of your games from the hard disk drive.

This doesn’t necessarily make your games unplayable, it just means they’ll load a bit slower as compared to the ones that load from the SSD. And once loaded (which doesn’t take that long), playing will prove to be no problem at all.

Display

Because gaming involves spending prolonged times staring at the screen, the quality of a screen on a gaming laptop is a very important factor.

In this aspect, Lenovo has taken great leaps in improving the display on their Y Series of notebooks that were previously plagued with lackluster displays. The Lenovo Y700 sports one of these improved displays, a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 panel that averages 263 nits on the light meter. This beats the 244-nit mainstream average. Although it falls short of the Alienware 15’s 311 nits, it’s way better than the Dell Inspiron 15-7000’s 222 nits.


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As for color accuracy, the Lenovo Y700 also performed well on the Delta-E test, scoring an impressive 0.7, where the ideal score is 0. In this test, it actually trounced the Alienware 15’s 1.3 score and the Dell’s dismal 4.1.


Unfortunately, the Y700 only managed to reproduce a mere 60.8 percent on the sRGB color test, bringing it behind the Dell whose score was 70 percent.


Although you may not get to use the touchscreen, you’ll find it very responsive to swipes and taps, making it a versatile display for other tasks that are not gaming related.

Audio

The Lenovo Y700 comes with an exceptional audio system, thanks to the partnership with renowned audio specialists JBL.

Lenovo equipped the Y700 with a pair of JBL speakers and a bottom-mounted subwoofer, enabling it to produce loud well-balanced sounds. And with the Dolby software that comes pre-installed, you have access to 5 audio settings, namely: Dynamic, Music, Movie, Gaming, and Voice.

The Lenovo Y700 will definitely give you a great audio experience during gameplay as the JBL speakers do an excellent job of picking even the slightest of sounds in your favorite games.

And now for the most important reason you are getting a gaming laptop

Gaming

As already mentioned, the Lenovo Y700 is powered by Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 960 GPU with 4GB of VRAM, making it a very capable gaming machine.

This GPU is not the most powerful, in fact, it is a mid-range GPU. Although it allows you play most of the latest games with ease, you just can’t play them on maximum settings.

When tested using one of the most rigorous games - Metro: Last Light, the Lenovo Y700 really proved its mettle. On Low at 1080p, it delivered an impressive 76 fps (beating the mainstream average of 68 fps), a score the Alienware 15 is envious of, as it scored 64 fps. The Lenovo Y700’s closest contender, the Dell Inspiron 15-7000 scored 58 fps.

This is truly a gaming laptop that will definitely live up to its purpose.

And when you are done gaming, the Lenovo Y700 switches over to the integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU.


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  • 16 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 128 GB Solid-State Drive

Heat

One of the biggest challenges gaming laptops face is overheating. This is mainly due to the powerful processors and rigorous use during gaming.

This is an issue that also plagues the Lenovo Y700.

When playing power intensive games, it only takes 15 minutes for you to start feeling the changes in temperature on the touchpad and the undercarriage.

The undercarriage is known to reach temperatures as high as 103-degrees, 8-degrees above the mainstream average of 95 degrees.

Although the vents and fans do a good job of dissipating the heat from the system, it’s advisable to place your gaming rig in a well-ventilated area.

Battery Life

Battery life is a very important factor when it comes to laptops, and gaming laptops are no different, despite the fact that they are mainly used close to a power source.

This is an area the Lenovo Y700 could have been improved on as the battery only lasts an average of 4-hours, falling short of the mainstream average of 5 hours 40 minutes.

The Lenovo Y700 – Built to Give You a Great Gaming Experience

Would I recommend the Lenovo Y700 as a good gaming laptop?

In all honesty, the Lenovo Y700 has its flaws (show me a gaming laptop that doesn’t), but overall it is a great laptop that you can rely on to give you an above average gaming experience.

Especially if you are on a tight budget, I’d definitely encourage you to consider it. It is definitely one gaming rig that will give you great value for your hard-earned money.

And if you are considering gifting it to a loved one, it definitely will convey your love well.

So whatever your reason for getting a gaming laptop, the Lenovo Y700 will certainly serve the purpose.

How To Take A Screenshot On Windows – Computer Tips And Tricks

How To Take A Screenshot On Windows
How To Take A Screenshot On Windows – Computer Tips And Tricks

Windows is one of the most popular operating systems in the world, if not the most popular. Their platform is built for convenience and compatibility, but sometimes the smallest tasks can be the trickiest.

While technology has made everything from communication to shopping easier, it’s also presented some puzzling dilemmas for users. For example, think about the act of taking a picture. Not taking it with a computer’s camera, but getting a shot of the screen itself.

If it were something in real life you’d just point, click, and be done. But when it’s on a display, it’s a little different. Going about it the old-fashioned way can leave the result looking like a pixelated, discolored mess.

Luckily there are ways to get around that. The creators behind Windows and other operating systems know how useful it is to be able to capture what’s on the screen at any given moment. That’s why they implemented the screenshot feature. But knowing how to take a screenshot on Windows can fall into that category of – simple and small, but tricky for first timers.

Here we’ll take a look at how to take a screenshot on Windows, ways in which it can be useful, and even offer a brief troubleshooting guide for if the shot doesn’t turn out properly.

Examining 7 Simple Ways On How To Take A Screenshot On Windows

Taking a screenshot can be tricky for one simple reason – you may have heard multiple methods and only got bits and pieces of the explanation. This makes it easy to confuse them, and can leave you with no clear answer.

Luckily, there are multiple ways to take a screenshot on Windows. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll be looking at methods on Windows 10, though many other forms of the OS and even systems from other companies can use similar solutions.

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Windows Snipping Tool


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A mainstay of Windows operating systems since the days of Vista, this is one of the go-to solutions when you need to take a screenshot. The great thing about this is that you can choose a section of the screen rather than having to get the entire thing. Go to All Programs under the Start menu, then find the Snipping Tool under Windows Accessories.

Click New and you’ll be able to start out. The default option is a rectangular selection, but you can also do it by free-form selection or for a specific window. You can even take a shot of the entire screen from this tool if you wish. Worried about getting the tool itself out of the way before you take the shot? No problem – you can delay it by up to five seconds, just like a standard camera. NOTE: This option does not save your shots automatically.

Print Screen (The Non-Saving Option)


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This one is the one most people know about. It’s the simplest, but it’s also a pretty cut and dry type of task. You won’t be able to select certain parts of your screen or individual windows, but you can take a shot of the entire screen with the PrtScn button.


The button is found on most keyboards to the right of the F numerical keys along the top, right around Scroll Lock and Pause Break. This option won’t save your files automatically, and will instead just copy them to the clipboard. It’s useful if you need to paste a file into a document or image editing program quickly.

Print Screen (The Auto-Saving Option)


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This one is a slight variation of the one before – the only difference is you’ll be taking a screenshot of the entire screen and saving the result in the Screenshot folder in the Pictures directory. To do this, just hold the Windows Key while pressing PrtScn. If you did it right, you’ll see the display dim for a brief moment.

Print Screen + Alt


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Prt Scrn is a popular key for this type of task, as you can see. But what about if you’re only wanting to share your open window? You may not want to close down or minimize everything else, or risk your private data being visible. How can you screenshot a single open browser window or standalone program screen?


The key is pressing Prt Scrn + Alt. This is another option that doesn’t save your screenshot automatically – you’ll need to paste it from the clipboard into Paint or another similar image editor to save it yourself.

Windows Key + H


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Sometimes the reason you want to capture your screen is so you can share it with others. It makes troubleshooting errors, group assignments, and collaborative work projects much easier. To do this, simply press the Windows Key + H.


This will take a screenshot of your display, and will also open the Windows Share toolbar. You can send the result to others via email, social media, OneNote, and more!

Snip Editor


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This Microsoft Garage project, known also as Microsoft Snip, can be as reliable (if not more so) than the standard Snipping Tool. It’s similar to that tool, with the main difference being you can save your settings and program the PrtScn button to activate them. If you need to do multiple screenshots in a row and want to save time, this is the tool to use.

Windows Logo + Volume Down


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This one works for Windows Surface devices, and anyone who has used a tablet or smartphone will find it to be very familiar. Simply hold down the Windows Logo touch button on the bottom of the device and then press the button you’d normally use to turn down the volume at the same time. This will cause the screen to dim momentarily, then you should see your screenshot in the Pictures directory.

When Could Taking Screenshots Be Useful?

It’s worth knowing how to take a screenshot on Windows, and how to use each of the options above. This is because there are multiple situations where it could come in handy.

As mentioned, collaborative work often requires sharing screens. For example, imagine a person working on putting together a chart in Microsoft Office then Skyping with a business partner. Sure, they can describe the chart’s values and categories, but it won’t be the same effect as sending it over. Rather than using Skype’s screensharing feature which shows everything, the person can simply take a screenshot of the graph and send it over alone.

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The same could be said of homework. Sharing a syllabus or study guide between multiple screens makes it easy for a group to work on a project together and prepare for the same test while helping one another along. Better collaborative tools mean better results, and that’s something Windows strives for.

Screenshots can also be useful when you’re trying to describe a problem, show an error report, or get technical assistance over an issue that’s hard to put into words. This can be a lifesaver in those instances, and can allow you to get the insight you need for clearing up technical bugs.

Troubleshooting Screenshot Problems: Common Issues and Errors

Though taking a screenshot on Windows may seem relatively simple, some people can encounter problems. This is usually the result of one of a couple common mistakes, but can also be due to the type of equipment you’re using.

One issue some people experience is pressing keys in multi-key commands separately, or one after the other. It’s important to make sure both are pressed at the same time. If need be, you can even hold one down then press the other to make sure they’re both in sync. Older versions of the Windows OS and different systems like Linux can sometimes use different commands altogether. For issues like this, it’s good to access the help files and find out which commands are applicable for the task you’re doing.

What happens if you take a screenshot and it seems to be cut off at certain points? This is almost always the result of a display issue. The configuration a program or window is set to may not match your monitor, or you could be using an outdated monitor that requires upscaling – a great characteristic of many GPUs, but not one that always translates to functions like screenshotting.

The Ease of Taking a Screenshot in Windows

This is a task that is often made more complicated than it should be. Remembering these simple key commands can help anyone take a screenshot.

It doesn’t matter whether you want the entire screen, a section of it, or even an individual window. You can find the option to suit your needs from Microsoft’s tools and built-in commands. Whether you’re working with classmates or coworkers, capturing pictures or documents, you’ll find these commands come into play more than many would think.

That’s all there is to it – go forth with the knowledge of how to take a screenshot on Windows and stick with the options that suit your needs. In any case, they’ll definitely look better than snapping a picture of the monitor with your phone’s camera.

HP Spectre x360 Laptop: Everything That You Need To Know

HP Spectre x360 Laptop
HP Spectre x360 Laptop – Everything That You Need To Know

Finding the right laptop is a complex balancing act. Shoppers know why they’re going with this class of devices over say, PCs – they want something compact, that’s easy to move around and transport.

But the smaller a laptop gets, the more concern there is about whether the components inside can really offer top-notch performance for the money. This doesn’t always have to be the case, but it does illustrate the care buyers must take to ensure they get the best of both worlds.

The right laptop offers that sweet spot between great performance and compact size. For companies like HP, their offerings are plentiful. As one of the leading laptop makers in the entire industry, they have a wealth of different products that check most boxes for buyers.

Today, we’re looking at the HP Spectre x360. A thin, powerful, high-quality laptop, this one has gotten some great feedback from previous buyers. We’ll be taking a look at the computer’s construction as well as it’s specs, examining how each contributes to its overall appeal.

Built for performance and creativity, the HP Spectre x360 is about giving users a versatile approach to content creation. Using its robust components and multiple modes, users can manage a variety of content and multitask with ease.

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  • Impressive performance. All day portability. Enjoy lightning-fast performance throughout the day on this premium x360 with a longer lasting battery life for your non-compromising schedule.

The HP Spectre x360 offers a lot in the sense it’s what buyers aim for in a laptop – it’s not only highly powerful for its size, but it’s extremely thin for its components. The combined power of high-end features and space-efficient design already makes it a solid mid-to-high range laptop.

Hovering right around the one thousand dollar range depending on where you’re buying it, this laptop also carries an average price tag for a computer in its tier. The laptop is advertised as “creativity in its most powerful form.” That’s a lofty tag to place on a laptop, especially since the high-end parts needed to support creative practices are much easier to put into a PC than a laptop.

But there’s a good reason to have a compact device if you’re creative. Creative types often work as freelancers, and thus travel is sometimes a requirement. In addition, creativity often requires you to go to the project instead of the other way around. For instances like this, having a robust machine you can easily slide into a messenger bag or backpack is very helpful.

When we’re talking about the x360, we’re talking about it in its standard form – with a 15.6” display. It also comes in a 13.3” variant, with some minor differences to the specs. But just how do the specs of this machine prepare it for common processes, multitasking, and creative functions?

Let’s take a look at everything from the components to the display size and determine exactly what the Spectre x360 offers – and how it’s design contributes to its viability as a solid mid-to-high-range creative-focused machine.

What Specs Does the Spectre x360 Offer?

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With a 15.6” display, this laptop has a pretty big screen. While it isn’t the largest you’ll find for laptops around this price, there’s plenty of display space to see what you’re doing – whether that’s casual browsing and multitasking or high-end content creation.

The display size isn’t the only measurement worth noting – it’s 19.45 mm thick. This means it’s one of the thinnest and most compact machines you’ll find for creating content. It’s also only 4.6 pounds, meaning you’ll barely notice it’s along for the ride when you stuff it in your backpack or messenger bag.

But what about the processing power? A computer’s processor is its brain, and this plays a big role in how fast it will be as well as how efficient its operations will run. This one has all the processing power most will ever need for normal functions like web browsing, word processing, chatting, and more. The Intel i58250OU quad-core CPU is designed with robust eighth-generation architecture. The result? It’s a quick, response device built to handle modern tasks and balance the load evenly.

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Compare this with lower-grade processors, which take a core-by-core approach, and it’s easy to tell the difference in practice. Intel’s superior architecture shines, and by balancing the load of what you’re doing between a set of four physical cores the machine can handle almost any task with ease.

It runs at a base clock speed of 1.8GHz and can be pushed all the way to 4GHz thanks to the included Turbo Boost Technology. The processor also has an 8MB cache.

Graphics matter too, especially if you’re aiming to use the computer for editing, rendering, and gaming. This computer offers powerful graphics, using RX Vega M GL graphical components to put performance on par with big cards like the GeForce GTX 1050. That’s enough graphical power to highlight each of the 8.2 million pixels on the 4K-capable display. Whether you’re just enjoying a video or creating your own content, this comes in handy.

There’s also 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a copy of Windows 10 Home included. All together, this setup makes for a robust collection of parts that complement one another perfectly.

Specification

Design

  • 15.6 inches display
  • 19.45mm thin
  • 4.6 lbs light

Battery

  • Up to 13 hours and 30 min (MM14)6
  • Up to 12 hours and 15 minutes FHD Video Playback7

Display

  • 3840x2160 resolution
  • CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS

Audio

  • HP Quad Speakers
  • 12 HP Audio Boost
  • Custom tuning by the experts at Bang & Olufsen

Security

  • HP Sure View Integrated Privacy Screen
  • Fingerprint reader
  • HP True Vision FHD IR Camera
  • USB-C™ 3.1 Type A ports

Features

  • 16GB LPDDR3 high memory capacity
  • IR thermal sensor
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • HP Fast Charge
  • Dual 4K Support
  • HP Sleep And Charge

What Makes This Laptop Unique? Is It Special For Its Class?

One of the first things most people look for in a laptop is versatility. When a person buys a computer, they may have certain features in mind. Likewise, they may know what purpose they want the computer to serve. But this may change, so it’s valuable to have a computer that can handle any task you want – even when you develop new needs over time.

This machine is designed so you can use it in several different modes ranging from the standard laptop set up to a bigger-than-average tablet. The result is that you’ll get a machine capable of doing 4K video editing, inking through touch screen functionality, 3D rendering, photo editing and much more.

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HP knows that people don’t just need the right collection of specs to accomplish these functions – they need a laptop that can be figured into a comfortable work device. Versatile design makes this machine conducive to a smooth workflow, allowing both professionals and hobbyists alike to manage content with ease.

This laptop is also unique thanks to its battery. The device offers up to 16-hours of life on a single charge, which is solid for laptops in this class. Though it is possible for some functions to drain more battery life than others, a lifespan of two-thirds of a day is very helpful.

Privacy is another important matter for laptop users to consider. No one likes the thought of their device being compromised, which is why HP takes so many steps to prevent this. There’s a privacy mode with fingerprint scanner and high-end camera, enabling secure logins and easy privacy control for users of all skill levels.

It’s also important to note the advanced thermal sensors included to promote coolness. High-performance processes like 3D rendering and 4K video streaming can take a big toll on any machine, and the IR sensor helps to coordinate airflow based on the computer’s temperature – keeping it cool to the touch.

Looks matter, too – and you’ll turn heads with this computer’s backlit keyboard. It also makes things a little easier when you’re working with the lights turned down low. Late-night artists will love this feature, just like they’ll love the chance to connect two separate 4K displays to the machine for a full three-monitor total setup.

While there are plenty of great specs to talk about with this laptop, that isn’t all that matters to prospective buyers. What about how well the computer performs for what it costs? And, perhaps more importantly, how about the public perception of the machine and the company behind it?

HP Spectre x360 Price And Public Perception

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As mentioned, the price of this machine tends to hover around the thousand dollar mark. If you go for the upgraded versions, you’ll be able to enjoy an i7 instead of an i5, giving you the benefit of hyperthreading. Higher-priced versions can come in at closer to a thousand and two hundred, but also come with more RAM, VRAM, and SSD capacity.

You could shell out roughly around one thousand and three hundred and end up with an eight-generation i7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. Either with this improvements or the standard configuration, you’re getting more than enough processing power and graphical prowess for the price. Some of the features, such as the display size and standard storage options may be a bit underwhelming for the product class, but both can be upgraded.

The public perception of HP is good – they’re one of the most successful companies in the industry. And while the x360 has garnered a lot of praise for its strengths, it also has some weaknesses. Because it isn’t built for some functions, such as gaming for example, and thus will fall short in those areas. Just as a gaming-focused machine may lag during content creation, this laptop can excel in that area but may require gamers to turn their settings down for smooth frame rates.

How Does this Computer Compare to the Competition?

This laptop is a powerful model, for sure. It offers everything a user could want from a robust processor/graphics combo to a sleek design favoring versatility. But these design choices aren’t exactly unique – despite the HP Spectre x360 being a very attractive buy, it has plenty of competition that offers similar features.

Since many of HP’s models are similar for the purpose of providing consistency based on the product category, let’s look at another brand.


Dell is a good choice, and their XPS 15 2-in-1 laptop is a direct competitor to this Spectre. For one, it offers a sleeker design and looks a little more compact. It handles better, but the Spectre excels in certain areas. Features such as the backlit keyboard make for a more comfortable session late at night.

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  • 15.6" 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge Anti-Reflective Touch Display for big, glorious, pinpoint-precise images. Picture perfect with 100% Adobe RGB and 1500:1 contrast ratio display covers a wider color gamut
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The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is another competitor, which, although lacking in as powerful a processor, does better in gaming. For those who are more about spending their free time gaming than creating content, it could be the better option.

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It all depends on what a person chooses to do with their laptop, but the overall selection of core features is on par with any competitor. The HP Spectre x360 is a great choice, and shows off HP’s commitment to creating robust machines that are space-efficient in their design.

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Our Verdict: It’s Worth It If You’re A Content Creator

The HP Spectre x 360 isn’t shy about what it is – it’s a powerful machine built to save space. But that isn’t all, and it isn’t even the biggest selling point. This computer is built for artistry, and for giving content creators, editors, and professionals the chance to handle their work without a clunky PC.

For those who enjoy 4K video editing, photo editing with 3D rendering, and the other complex functions graphic artists take part in, this laptop is a great buy. It may not be quite as small as some others that offers similar specs, but for the price it is hard to beat.

A good laptop can offer a bit of performance in all areas and high performance in a few. With this machine you’ll be able to play low-end gaming, enjoy decent battery life, and engage in as much multitasking as the average user would need.

Couple this with the high-end rendering and graphical capabilities for designers, and you have a well-rounded machine that isn’t shy about its strengths. Can you do better for the money? Potentially – but as a graphic artist looking for a compact laptop in this price range, it’s hard to find something that offers more value.

The HP Spectre x360 is a great purchase, and one any laptop lover could enjoy. From its multiple modes to its touchscreen functionality to its high-end Intel CPU, it checks all the boxes for what a laptop in this price range should have – and offers high-end graphic design capabilities on top.