Were big fans of Dells Inspiron laptops as previous models have struck just the right balance between value, price and performance. The Inspiron 15 7000 is the latest iteration of Dells entry-level laptop, but its aluminium chassis and beautiful edge-to-edge glass display give this new 15in laptop a distinctly premium see that echoes Dells flagship XPS series. Its by far one of the prettiest general purpose laptops weve seen at this price, and its a brilliant end-gap between Dells cheaper Inspiron 15 models and the more expensive XPS 15. At 2.6kg, its much lighter than other desktop replacements, although you’re yet not going to desire to carry it far, despite its slim 22mm chassis. Dell Inspiron 15 7000 specs The Inspiron 15 7000 uses the thesame 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-4500U processor that many Ultrabooks use. Paired with 8GB of RAM, it managed respectable score of 50 in our multimedia benchmarks, which is just a few points behind Dells XPS 12 hybrid and the Asus Zenbook Prime Touch UX31A. This is more than enough speed for everyday tasks, and it should have no problem tackling demanding programs that require multi-threading. Our review sample also came with a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics chip. This managed a mild 46.6fps in our Dirt Showdown test on tall quality at a 1,280×720 resolution. This is yet very impressive for a non-gaming laptop, but it would have been nice to see the full 60fps weve seen on other laptops with the thesame chip. It’s likely that the thin chassis doesn’t permit for as much cooling as the graphics chip requires to run faster. We were even able to acquire a playable frame rate at the laptops native 1,920×1,080 resolution in Dirt Showdown. We only managed 35.6fps on tall quality at this resolution, but lowering the settings to Medium produced 54.7fps. The graphics chip isnt quite powerful enough to run power-famished games like Crysis 3 at 1,080p, though, as we werent able to acquire a playable frame rate on any quality setting. The laptop comes well-equipped with ports, including four USB3 ports, an HDMI video output, a multi-format card reader, a Gigabit Ethernet harbor and a combined headphone and microphone jack. We were a small disappointed that Dell hadnt included a Blu-Ray or DVD optical drive on its rather bare left hand side, as this would have made the Inspiron 15 7000 the perfect multimedia entertainment laptop, but when we removed the bottom panel to take a closer see, we found there simply wasnt any room due to the Inspiron 15 7000s huge battery. This is a shame, but we didnt really mind when it lasted almost 9 hours in our light use battery test with the screen set to half brightness. We were perhaps expecting it to last a small longer considering the sheer size of the battery, but this is yet fine for a 15in laptop, as other similarly priced desktop replacements weve seen have only lasted around five hours by comparison.