The Dell Inspiron 7000 7737 is the latest 17.3″ laptop series by the American PC maker. The Inspiron line is traditionally comprised of budget-class notebooks, but the 7000 with its aluminum chassis, sleek design, optional touch display, optional full HD resolution, the latest Intel Core processors, and a dedicated video card option, is a step toward higher-end. The Dell I7737-4340SLV is one of the available 17.3″ 7737 configurations, with mid-tier specs and a price of $880. The 7000 line is also available in 15.6″ and 14″ variants.
Besides the Intel Core i5-4200U dual-core processor optimized for battery saving, daily tasks, and occasional video / photo editing, the I7737-4340SLV packs 8GB of DDR3L RAM memory for effortless multitasking, 750GB of storage space, up from usual 500GB, and a built-in DVD burner. This model has a screen resolution of 1600×900, so if you want to go 1920×1080, you’ll have to shell out more for one of the other beefier configurations. The display supports multi-touch input and is covered with Gorilla Glass from edge to edge. It is managed by the Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics, which can provide some reasonable frame rates in the latest games at lower settings.
Besides the full HD screen, configurations better specced than the I7737-4340SLV offer the faster Intel Core i7-4500U CPU, optionally the Nvidia GeForce GT 750M 2GB GDDR5 dedicated video card for more fluid 3D gaming, and a 1-Terabyte hard disk. The Inspiron 7000 7737 is also expected to ship with the basic Intel Core i3-4010U, while RAM choices are 6GB, 8GB, and 16GB.
All models sport a backlight isle-style keyboard with numeric pad, combined with a seamless touchpad, and a 4-cell Lithium-Ion battery with 58WHr capacity, which is no so capacious for a 17.3″ laptop. We have no exact info on the battery life.
Sound is powered by a pair of 2-Watt speakers, while video chats are done via a 1-Megapixel camera supporting up to 720p resolution. Ports and slots include four USB 3.0 connectors, an increase from usual three, HDMI video output, a combo headphones/microphone jack, and an 8-in-1 media card reader. Connection to Internet is provided via wired Ethernet LAN or Wi-Fi wireless. Bluetooth is present by default, while Intel’s Wireless Display (Wi-Di) technology is optional and not included on the I7737-4340SLV.
From the outside, the undeniably attractive Dell Inspiron 7000 resembles the Apple Macbook Pro look to some extent, with slightly curved edges and silver-colored aluminum, which gives strength to the chassis. The touch configurations measure 1.1″ in profile and weigh 7.25 pounds, while the non-touch models are a tad thinner and lighter, measuring 1″ and 6.6 pounds.
Overall, I7737-4340SLV with the big touch-supporting display, metal design rather than a plastic one, decent processor, RAM, and HDD, and well-rounded selection of ports and slots is worthy of serious consideration. When compared to competition, the price of $830 is a reasonable one and justifies the specs offered. If you’re willing to shell out $1,250, you can grab the maximal configuration with the full HD screen and upgrade the CPU, graphics, RAM, and HDD to the i7-4500U, Nvidia GeForce, 16GB, and 1TB. On the other hand, Dell’s competitors also offer excellent 17.3″ touch laptops at sub-$1,000 prices. One of the good examples is the HP Envy m7-j020dx with the speedy i7-4700MQ quad-core CPU, full HD resolution, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB HDD for $1,000.