A stout workhorse in Dell Inspiron 15 7000

THE DELL Inspiron 15 7000 (7570) is one of those laptops that needs no gimmicks, fanfare, or style to be excellent. It is reliable and capable, just the thing for those looking for a no-nonsense general purpose laptop.

However, for some people, form trumps functionality.

Weighing in at almost 2kg, depending on your configuration, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7570) will require some strong core and arm muscles to lug around every day.

However, its dimensions at 20.04mmx361.4mmx244.5mm, combined with its satin-like anodised aluminium finish, prevent it from feeling like a bulky gaming laptop.

It also helps that one of the colours available for the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7570) is pink champagne, which adds a lot of character to this everyday-looking laptop.

Opening up the laptop, the backlit keyboard immediately catches my eye.

It looks cartoonishly small in comparison to the rest of the computer. Even with the almost squarish touchpad, there is so much space on the bottom half of the keyboard.

But, when I start using it, I am reminded that this machine is made by Dell, which has, over years of experience, mastered the art of not only building a well-made laptop, but also creating a very comfortable keyboard, especially on its workhorse laptops.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7570) comes in many variations, starting from the 8th Generation Intel Core i5 powered variant at RM3,867, up to the model which touts an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor priced at RM4,858.

Among the many models, there are a variety of RAM and storage configurations.

What is consistent between them all is the adequate 15.6in display, which is capable of full high-definition resolution, and the Nvidia GeForce MX130 4GB GDDR5 graphics.

For ports, the sides of the laptop are fitted with one three-in-one SD card reader, two USB 3.1 ports, one Ethernet port, one USB Type-C port, one HDMI port, one USB 3.1 port with PowerShare, and an audio port.

This laptop is something I would consider when looking for a general multipurpose unit for work and play. I have grown to like it throughout the review period.

My only nitpick is its size and weight. I would personally go for a 13in model, sacrificing some of that screen space for weight reduction, but that is just a personal preference.

In general, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7570) has everything that a typical consumer needs, plus a little bit more.

While not for the hardcore gamer, heavy content editor, or someone looking for something light, this laptop should satisfy most.