In this review we discuss the current situation and try to find a solution to this problem by the example of the laptop Dell Inspiron 17 7778. Presented in the last days of spring 2016, it became the world’s first 17-inch hybrid device format “2-in-1”. Throw in a stylish aluminum case, power-efficient 2-core processor Intel Core i7-6500U and quality IPS-screen and get a truly universal device that is able to meet the demands of a huge audience of users.
Laptop Dell Inspiron 17 7778 is packaged in a white cardboard box large enough sizes. It is characterized by the minimum necessary information content (steam and logos sticker with technical parameters) and for ease of transport is equipped with a plastic handle.
Package consists of a power supply unit, power cable and the standard user documentation. Also, the laptop owner can independently purchase a wide range of useful accessories, such as including not only the wireless mouse or brand backpack, but also an additional power supply, as well as a portable Bluetooth-Speaker.
This year, Dell has a little refreshed corporate design Inspiron line, making it more modern, but all the same recognizable. As it turned out, only a few, seemingly minor strokes were able to transform a typical “urban workaholic” in the stylish and very attractive device.
Housing new items made of quality aluminum, and quite thick. On the one hand, it provides high rigidity and reliability of the design, and on the other – allows developers to freely experiment with designs and shapes. In addition, the material has excellent tactile properties (pleasantly cools the hand and not so quickly collects fingerprints like plastic), which, of course, is attributed to the pluses laptop.
Another important feature of the Dell Inspiron 17 7778 is its size and weight. Do not forget that can be converted into a huge plate in front of us the world’s first hybrid 17-inch model, which in an instant. And for its comfortable use require a lot of space both on the desktop and during transport. However, the process of transformation will not cause difficulties even for the most inexperienced user, as happens in a very easy and intuitive format.
The upper part of the laptop is represented as a flat metal surface which is coated with a barely perceptible sanded texture. According to its contour extends fairly wide chamfer chrome, while the upper edge is a little narrow recess to insert the reservoir, where the antenna of wireless modules. Decorate the cover familiar to many corporate logo of the manufacturer, located exactly in the center.
Almost the entire front side of the display unit is closed protective glass with good oleophobic coating. The boxes around the screen does not take up much storage space (19 mm at the top, the bottom 43 mm, 15 mm on each side) and absolutely not interfere with the tablet mode. An additional display is protected by a rubber edging 0.5 mm in height.The very same block is held by two metal hinges. They have a very tight course (despite the smooth chamfer at the base, open the laptop with one hand will not work) and provide the maximum opening angle of 360 ° are firmly fixed in a fairly wide range (35-325 °). When closed, the housing halves retained a pair of magnets located at the edge of the area podladonnoy.
Keyboard section is covered by solid aluminum panel. By becoming the top cover, it has a natural silver color and is covered with stylish textured pattern.
Except for a few “hybrid” controls, a laptop Dell Inspiron 17 7778 a classic and very convenient location of functional elements.
His left side wall contains a power connector, USB port Type-C, HDMI interface, a USB 3.0 port and a combo audio jack, and the right – the power button (a tight turn), volume rocker (a little favor, easily pressed), a slot card reader port USB 2.0 and lock Noble. On the front side of the LED-handed light, while the back part of the cooling system is busy bars.
The lower part of the Dell Inspiron 7778 17-piece aluminum lid is closed. It has a noticeably darker color (less dirty) and for better contact with the surface equipped with two oblong rubber feet (provide additional support display unit with full disclosure).
To remove the bottom panel (to guarantee this procedure has no effect), it is necessary to unscrew a few screws and tuck a pair of latches. This way you can get access to almost all components inside the system.
The build quality and level of body rigidity Dell Inspiron 17 7778 deserve only positive reviews. All elements of design fit very tightly, and the laptop is sure to resist attempts to twist and moderate pressure to the display and keyboard units.
The notebook is equipped with a full-size (340 x 104 mm) island keyboard with a full number pad. It has a completely flat work surface and has an excellent margin of safety. Designated hand is more than enough, so typing is quite comfortable. There is a moderately bright, quite uniform and on the whole very pleasant LED lighting.
At the heart of the buttons is the classic scissor-diaphragm mechanism. He has a quiet, well-predicted course and pleasant tactile feedback. In place of proprietary caps (rounded, with a slight indentation in the center) have come keys more traditional forms (square, with a flat base). But the size was quite standard: basic – 14 x 14 mm, functional – 12 x 8.5 mm, the arrow – 16 x 8 mm, the digital unit – 12.4 x 14 mm. Application of printed characters performed by a single color scheme of all available items.
The touchpad laptop touchpad presented whole large-sized (110 x 80 mm). It is slightly recessed into the ground and has a good selection in the form of a glossy bezel. Matte finish contributes to a smooth and precise sliding fingers. Tactile sensations pleasant. Traditionally, there is support for multi-touch gestures in Windows environment.
Laptop Dell Inspiron 17 7778 is equipped with a 17.3-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density at 127 PPI. It has wide viewing angles, high contrast and saturated colors. Detailing though not the maximum, but it is more than enough for a comfortable everyday tasks. Despite notable glare protective glass in bright light, built-in backlight copes well with the mapping information. The sensor detects the substrate up to 10 simultaneous key presses. Everything works quickly and accurately, with no false positives and other inconveniences.
The audio subsystem includes two stereo speakers. They brought to the rounded base of the sidewalls, which provides a fairly loud and clear sound in any mode of operation.
Default sound range is slightly skewed toward higher frequencies. But this is easily corrected by «MaxxSense» utility company Dell Audio and Profile. It significantly enhances the extracted stream, especially if the laptop is set on a flat surface. But for listening to music, oddly enough, the most suitable profile «Music», in which the sound becomes a tangible depth and scope, and also receives a light bass.
Webcam shows a standard 1.3-megapixel module with a resolution of 720p. It is complemented by an infrared sensor, which provides support for Windows Hello function. Camera Location characteristic – on screen, surrounded by LED activity, and two stereo microphones.
The laptop is based on a 2-core processor Intel Core i7-6500U, has the support of Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Intel Hyper-Threading technology. First dynamically during the load increases the clock frequency of the nuclei from 2500 to 3100 MHz, and allows the second to simultaneously process four data streams. Crystal is based on Intel Skylake-U microarchitecture in accordance with the 14-nm process technology. The amount of L3 cache is 4 MB, and TDP level does not exceed 15 watts.
The processor is equipped with integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 520 adapter with operating frequencies ranging from 300 to 1050 MHz and support for the most popular API, including DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4. The amount of video memory accelerator is released from the RAM laptop and can be up to 32 GB.
A nice extension graphics capability is a discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce 940MH. It has at its disposal 384 CUDA-cores, 24 texture units and 16 raster, and is also equipped with 2 GB of internal memory GDDR5-effective frequency 4000 MHz.
The basis of the adapter is a graphics processor NVIDIA GM108 (Maxwell), which has the support of all popular technologies and API, including DirectX 12, Shader Model 5.0, and NVIDIA PhysX.
The controller CPU memory supports DDR4-2133 standard modules, LPDDR3-1866 and DDR3L-1600 with a maximum capacity up to 32GB.
The laptop is a pair of high-speed DDR4-2133 modules totaling 16 GB, which operate in dual channel mode.
Wireless laptop made by Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC combined network adapter 3165. He is able to transmit data over standard Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. A wired connection as appropriate controller, no.
The disk subsystem is represented by a solid state drive Micron M600 512 GB. The connection is made through interface SATA 6 Gb / s, which provides decent performance read and write speeds.
Straight out of the box Dell Inspiron 17 laptop is equipped with Windows 7778 10 Home operating system. Traditionally, it is complemented by a number of branded applications and utilities that greatly enhance the core functionality of OS, as well as help keep the software up to date.
Thanks to modern laptop hardware platform can easily perform all daily tasks that once again confirmed the results of the tests. Office and multimedia applications, work with photos or video editing will not make for Dell Inspiron 17 7778 is absolutely no difficulty.
In addition, the presence of high-grade graphics card allows notebook owner to play in many of the modern game projects at low / medium graphics settings, albeit some of them and the need to reduce the display resolution.
For the timely removal of hot air from the body responds quite quiet and efficient CO. It is represented by a small aluminum heat sink, combined with a cooler and heat pipes, heat distribution plates that end of the processor and the discrete graphics card.
In simple or minimal loads Dell Inspiron 17 7778 cooling system operates in passive mode. If the temperature indicator rises above 75 ° C, in the case it enters the fan, which spins up to 3500 rev / min (the noise is barely visible) and continues until the temperature of the internal components will not fall below 45 ° C. Game Mode or stress test increased fan speed to the extreme values of 5600 rev / min. Thus there is a noticeable buzz, but also maximum efficiency.
Aluminum body quickly absorbs the heat generated. Especially hot area above the keyboard at the bottom, where the discrete graphics card. Fortunately, in real life it is quite rare and occurs only when active and intends to heavy use.
The Dell Inspiron 17 7778 has a removable 4-cell lithium-ion battery capacity of 3200 mAh (56 Wh), which is able to provide a decent level of autonomy even against the background of more compact competitive solutions.
For its diagnosis and quality service is a proprietary utility Power Manager Lite, which has a nice design and useful features adaptive charge.
From a full battery at maximum load the laptop can run for 2 hours, and when viewing Full HD-Video – 5 hours. In simple figures reach the mark of 13.5 hours ahead of much more compact 13.3 “and 14” models.
To completely restore the original condition by the battery brand 65-watt power supply (19.5 V, 3.34 A), it is necessary to spend 2.5 hours. This unit is practically not heated and fully meets the stated parameters.
Laptop Dell Inspiron 17 7778 has all the makings to become a universal pet. He is dressed in a stylish aluminum body, it has a large touch screen and IPS-productive boasts hardware platform based on the energy-efficient processor and high-grade graphics card. Even little things like uniform keypad lighting, infrared webcam sensor or set of preinstalled proprietary utilities make the daily interaction with a laptop more comfortable and enjoyable. Well, thanks to the transformation of technology the user has at his disposal just two portable devices, functionality that can solve a wide range of diverse tasks.
As the only representative of its class convertible laptop has almost no serious rivals. But even with rivals in the face of the classic 17-inch laptops, Dell Inspiron 17 7778 is an excellent choice for those users who are looking for a modern, fairly productive and most importantly portable replace your home PC, and do not mind to get acquainted with something new and very promising .