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Black Friday 17 Inch Laptop Deals Buying Guide

BLACK FRIDAY 17 INCH LAPTOP BUYING GUIDE

The Dell Inspiron 17 7000 is the world’s first 17-inch convertible laptop. I reviewed the 15-inch (which is also on Black Friday Sale,) and there are a few key differences. With the 17-inch version, you get better battery life, a dedicated GPU and the option to have two hard drives instead of one. Most people who buy this, will probably be replacing an old desktop. The lid and deck are made out of all aluminium with brushstrokes spanning horizontally. While the bottom is a plain dark grey with the words Inspire On directly in the centre. It is a nice-looking laptop and even though it looks big, it is actually a decent weight at 6.1 to pounds. In terms of ports, on the left you have your power connector, a USB type-c port that can also be used to attach a display or charge, your laptop HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port and a headphone jack. On the right, there is a noble USB 2.0 port, full-size SD card slot, volume rocker and power button. There are four configurations to choose from. The main differences between all of them are RAM and HD choices and whether you want a dual core i5 or i7 CPU. My suggestion is to buy the entry-level model with the i5 processor and add your own SSD drive. The display is full HD with a resolution of 1920 by 1080. The screen is glossy, so it is better for indoor use. There is minimal colour shifting when viewed at different angles and the colour reproduction is fantastic. If you are planning on using this mostly for watching movies, you will love the combination of the big screen and vivid colours. Brightness levels were high, in fact it’s brighter than my Dell XPS 15 but not as bright as the HP Spectre. The hinges that rotate the screen are nice and stiff so flipping it to a different position feels sturdy. The front-facing camera is 720p with a fairly wide field of view. However, if you look close enough, you will see a second camera beside it. That is an infrared camera and it is used for Windows hello facial recognition. To log in to your computer, the HD camera shows a lot of noise and I end up looking fuzzy most of the time. If you are making the odd Skype call, it is fine, but if videoconferencing is part of your daily job, you might want to consider a different laptop. The deck of the 7000 is huge so there is plenty of space to rest your palms comfortably. The keyboard is full-size, with a numeric keypad. The keys feel like rubber which is fine, but they are a little too spaced out. With such a large deck to work with, I feel the keys could be a little closer together and possibly bigger. The travel distance is 1.3 millimetres below the 1.5 I like to have. But because they stiffen out at the bottom, they felt comfortable to type on. There are two levels of backlighting to choose from and little to no keyboard flex. Just below lies the spacious touchpad with lots of rooms to move your fingers around. It is not made out of glass, but surprisingly does a great job with accuracy. It feels a little rough to the touch, but I registered my movements fine along with any touch related gestures. Audio is tough to do with laptops getting smaller, but the 7000 packs pretty good speakers. There are two of them located on the bottom the placement. It is not ideal, but surprisingly they pack a punch. The 7000 is still mostly a device designed for productivity tasks and viewing media. It can handle multiple chrome tabs working in Google Docs and Microsoft Office. if you don’t play games and just browse the web or watch movies you can pull off seven to eight hours of use before needing a charge. The 7000 is a big laptop aimed towards consumers who are looking for a desktop replacement but still want something portable enough that they can move around the house or from room to room. The versatility of being able to rotate the screen 360 degrees fills a few roles that a family might find attractive.