Gaming machines are Windows computers that actually work. This is a very solid, sleek, fast laptop.
- Fast i5 enhanced by a dedicated Nvidia 1050 GPU to take some load off. The i5 in this machine benchmarks at 80% of the speed of an i7 @ 3.30GHz using CPU-Z in single threaded mode, but in mult-ithreaded mode the i7 is over 10x faster. Some of that difference could be the laptop is running single channel memory from a single 8GB SODIMM, instead of a matched set of RAM cards in most desktops. In real world use, Windows 10 is such a pig and so slow anyway, that installing a single, larger, cheaper SODIMM is the smart choice for overall performance, because having more slower memory is faster than having less faster memory. But adding a second, matched 8GB 2400 SODIMM to bring the machine up to 16GB would likely speed up the machine some.
- I think the design is gorgeous: simple, reasonably thin, very rigid
- GREAT GREAT GREAT front facing speakers, for a laptop. Spacious stereo imaging and the laptop actually gets loud. There is even a little bit of genuine bass. A lot better than low end external speakers, and on par with a Beats Pill.
- Keyboard has a nice feel, and the backlighting is just right. There's a little light bleed from around the keys that is inconsistently bright when viewed from a low angle, but overall the backlighting is good.
- The IPS screen is impressively bright and sharp, but it is not nearly as colorful as my Dell Ultrasharp2913UW when attached as an external monitor (photo comparisons attached). Note: the external monitor in the photos is being driven by the Nvidia chips and the laptop screen is being driven by the Intel chips, which might have some impact on color quality. Yes, the color of the laptop screen is inferior to a pricey external monitor, but it definitely looks better than 90% of laptops out there, and it is an IPS unit, not a TN. Based on the poor screen reviews here, I thought this came with a TN screen so I bought a third party IPS screen model # AU OPTRONICS B156HAN01.1. The replacement IPS screen was slightly less vibrant and less colorful than the Dell, plus it suffers from much worse light bleed near the corners and has two very annoying hot pixels right in the middle. Both screens are AMAZINGLY sharp, much sharper even than my Dell 2913UW, but also a lot smaller with the same 1080 vertical resolution. So the other reviewers are wrong, new Dell 7567s DO come with an IPS screen--confirmed. The attached photo that is missing the laptop's screen bezel (white wiring exposed) shows the OPTRONICS B156HAN01.1 screen--the color and brightness is no better and the Dell's IPS screen, maybe worse.
- Three USB 3.0 ports
- Dell's great 7Amp external power supply.
- Not too heavy and feels solid.
- Supports a 4K second monitor. The 1050 drives the second monitor by default to provide excellent gaming speed and video editing power.
- One screw, easy access to the RAM and HDD/SSD bays. Awesome!
- The Dell 5000 has the almost the same specs for $100 less, except the great gaming case and speakers, but that i5 is a gen behind and the screen is lower res.
- Dell screwed up the bios settings, making the exellent Samsung 960 M.2 Nvme SSDs incompatible at the motherboard level. Depite the horror stories, I gave it a go anyway. The Samsung SSD slides right into the empty slot (my config came only with a 1TB HDD). Once installed and unformated, the Dell sees it right away, so cloning the existing HDD boot patitition to the SSD is a breeze. But once formatted, the SSD disappears. The trick was to return the BIOS to it's default settings. There is another option to return to "factory" settings---dont pick that one. Now the Samsung M.2 SSD works great. Boot time dropped from 39 secs to 19 secs.
- The motherboard treats an advanced SSD as a basic SATAdevice, so Samsung's free Magician software has none of the advanced, high speed features enabled. Bummer.
- The included 5400RPM mechanical harddrive is slow and it slows the whole machine to a chug. I wouldn't even consider using this machine with Windows running off that hard drive--way too slow.
- Adding an 250GB SSD then cloning it to be your boot drive adds $150 but makes a huge difference running all applications under Windows 10.
- The cheaper i5 is very competitive with the i7 in single threaded mode (productivity applications) but is only 9% as fast in multi threaded mode.
So if you are buying this gaming laptop because the usual productivity-focused laptops are generally garbage, go for it. If you are actually buying this for gaming, I would DEFINITELY spring for the i7 version, since it has an Nvidia 1050 ti instead of base 1050, has 10x faster multi-threaded CPU performance, and it comes with more RAM and a small SSD as standard. That said, if the SSD uses the 2.5 inch drive bay, you're going to have to remove it for more storage and buy an m.2 SSD.
Overall, this is a really great and satisfying laptop and I'm glad I bought it.
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