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The Inspiron series of desktops and laptops are some of the best productivity computers out there right now, and Dell is taking the value and performance that has made Inspiron a household name and applying it to the world of gaming.

For the 2017/18 model year, the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop gets a performance boost with the latest 7th Gen Intel quad-core CPUs as well as an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card featuring Max-Q technology.

Find out if this is the right all-in-one work/play solution for you with a hands-on look at our Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming test model.

Special thanks to Dell for providing a review unit so we can play games and call it "work"!

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop Specs (as tested, model 7577)

  • Intel i5-7300HQ @ 3.5 GHz
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM @ 2400MHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 w/ 6GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS anti-glare LED-backlit display
  • 56 Whr 4-cell battery
  • Under 6 lbs.
  • Price as spec'ed: $899.99 (at time of publishing)

Even though this is the most conservative configuration in the Inspiron 15 7000 lineup, it still checks off all the right boxes for a capable gaming setup, particularly in the graphics department with its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU.

Featuring NVIDIA's innovative Max-Q Design Technology, the GTX 1060 helps this compact machine deliver optimum performance with minimal heat generation and power draw — it's largely the reason why we can call this a true gaming laptop, and not a gaming-inspired device, like many others on the market.

Made for Gaming Enthusiasts

At first glance, the Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop looks unassuming with its matte black finish and thin design. But closer inspection reveals cleverly-hidden front and rear thermal vents that shroud large-capacity heat exchangers and dual cooling fans — a clear sign that this machine was created with performance as a top priority.

A glossy red Dell logo on the cover along with red accents on the keyboard and track pad give off an athletic feel and also hint at the power within. When in use, the chiclet-style keyboard comes to life with red LED backlighting.

For those who need to expand the system with accessories or additional monitors, the Inspiron 15 7000 comes with plenty of high-speed connections: USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI 2.0, ethernet, and more.

Other thoughtful design features include an integrated fingerprint reader on the power button, front-facing long-throw speakers, a gesture-enabled precision touchpad, and HD webcam with dual array mics.

With a timeless form-factor and aesthetic, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop is a perfect fit for both a professional workplace as well as the game room.

Big Performance Potential

A 7th Gen Intel processor and NVIDIA graphics card work together to produce stunning visuals at 60 frames per second (FPS). We installed our usual suite of test games — Forza Motorsport 7, Destiny 2, Overwatch, and League of Legends — and every single game ran flawlessly on high graphics settings.

While living, working, and gaming on-the-go with the Inspiron 15 7000, we did notice something very interesting: the laptop delivers maximum performance when plugged in, but restricts games to 30 FPS when running on battery power.

This mode of operation is intentional though — playing a game is very power-intensive, and the graphics card throttles itself in an effort to not damage the battery or deplete it incredibly fast. From our research, most mid-range gaming laptops behave in this same manner, so if you want to get more out of your games, be sure to always have the charging cable. You'll probably also want a decent carrying solution because the charging cable includes a sizable external power supply. We tried changing every Windows and NVIDIA setting we could find, but this power-saving function could not be disabled. For those wanting unrestricted on-battery performance, look to the Alienware line of laptops.

It's worth noting that the small form factor of the laptop means the dual fans will be continuously working to dissipate heat, and depending on the game you're playing, it could result in varying levels of audible fan hiss. Playing a graphically-intense game like Destiny 2 caused the fans to spin at maximum speed, and it sounded like the laptop was going to take off with flight. This small issue is easily solved with headphones, but any nearby companions may be quickly annoyed.

Overall, the gaming experience on the Inspiron 15 7000 matches what you'd get from a gaming desktop or console — fast and powerful — with the added freedom to enjoy your games anywhere. Don't forget to purchase a gaming mouse if you plan on playing fast-paced first-person shooters.

Is the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop Right for You?

At its current sale price of $899.99, the Inspiron 15 7000 offers excellent value for someone who needs the versatility and mobility of a laptop along with competent gaming performance.

The balance of weight, portability, and size make this laptop a comfortable and efficient work station for when you're at a coffee shop or school. And when you're ready for a break, fire up a game from anywhere, or connect it to your favorite monitor, sound solution, and accessories for an enhanced gaming experience.

Drawing from our expertise with computers, we'd recommend the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop for casual to medium-level video game enthusiasts — probably someone who plays for 10 hours or less per week.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop has been seen on Slickdeals for as low as $700, so set a Deal Alert to be automatically notified of future sales, or visit Dell.com to configure your own entertainment oasis.

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I have a Lenovo Ideapad y510p which might as well be a desktop because I don't carry it anywhere. The battery is not very good either so I have to carry a power brick.
The entire set is too heavy for a fourth generation i7-4700MQ processor and a nVidia GT (not GTX) 750M SLI graphics card.
That being said, I am glad to see that gaming laptops have gotten thinner and lighter. I just don't think I would want to drag one around to class everyday. YMMV of course.
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the laptop delivers maximum performance when plugged in, but restricts games to 30 FPS when running on battery power.

There's a Geforce Experience option that enables exactly this. Turn it off and I suspect the problem will go away.
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the laptop delivers maximum performance when plugged in, but restricts games to 30 FPS when running on battery power.

There's a Geforce Experience option that enables exactly this. Turn it off and I suspect the problem will go away.
Specifically, find Battery Boost under Geforce Experience / Settings / Games / Battery Boost. Likely you'll want to disable it if this limiting setting bugs you.
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Specifically, find Battery Boost under Geforce Experience / Settings / Games / Battery Boost. Likely you'll want to disable it if this limiting setting bugs you.
I tried changing Battery Boost and even some Windows 10 battery settings, but it still limits to 30 fps. Not a big deal though as I imagine most people will be playing games in the comfort of their home. Thanks for the help!
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I bought this during the (infamous?) Costco deal where they included Office 365 for around 7XX.XX shipped. It has performed extremely well and I am satisfied with the purchase as this is a great gaming computer.

I'm not an ultra-hardcore PC gamer but this thing can run anything I would want to play, including Dark Souls 3, at 60 fps. That game isn't the most graphically intensive but it does have a lot of textures and 3D rendered effects, so I consider it a good benchmark.

I didn't know about the 30 fps cap when the laptop is running on battery power. That is a letdown for sure, but its not a deal-breaker for mid-core gamers, especially if they manage to get this laptop for a good deal. Hardcore gamers would probably get a full desktop solution anyways.

One other thing I would like to mention is, the laptop has a surprisingly pleasing form factor. The pictures do not do it justice. I've heard so many things about the bezel being too big, the screen being a letdown, etc but its not as bad as the complaints. I'd recommend whoever is serious about buying this to try to see an in-store model first.


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I tried changing Battery Boost and even some Windows 10 battery settings, but it still limits to 30 fps. Not a big deal though as I imagine most people will be playing games in the comfort of their home. Thanks for the help!
You have a driver / Windows / etc. problem then. I just ran PUBG and didn't have any 30 fps limit (running on battery). I suggest you update to the latest 1.32 BIOS, update Windows to 1709, update GeForce Experience, update nVidia drivers, and then retest.
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I have a Lenovo Ideapad y510p which might as well be a desktop because I don't carry it anywhere. The battery is not very good either so I have to carry a power brick.
The entire set is too heavy for a fourth generation i7-4700MQ processor and a nVidia GT (not GTX) 750M SLI graphics card.
That being said, I am glad to see that gaming laptops have gotten thinner and lighter. I just don't think I would want to drag one around to class everyday. YMMV of course.
I actually have a y510p that died that I replaced with this.

The y510p was a great laptop while it lasted. Bummed that it died, but it was time to move on. SLI is pretty much dead, the battery life was terrible (doubly so as you can't use Optimus and SLI together).

I like this new laptop, but the quality isn't as high as the y510p, Come to think of it, I think the y510p was really the last great laptop that Lenovo put out before IBM sold them off. The SLI models are pretty rare and were awesome for their time!
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I'm reading this review on this very laptop. I got it for $750 after taxes (and with free shipping) from the Dell Outlet and I've loved it. It can play any game I can throw at it, even though that's almost exclusively indie games and games like Yooka Laylee.
It's super responsive, too.
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