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New Dell Inspiron 14 7000 / 7437

Discussion in 'Dell Inspiron and Dell Studio' started by kumarshah, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. kumarshah

    kumarshah Notebook Guru

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    New Inspiron 14 7000 Series Thin & Light Laptop Details | Dell

    I was in the market for a 14" full HD laptop, but didn't see anything on here about this model.

    The main concern I have with it right now is that it comes with just a 500 GB HDD 5400 RPM storage. Anybody have an idea on whether this can be replaced by a 256/512 GB SSD?

    Also, I am assuming onboard RAM means it can't be upgraded?

    Thanks
     
  2. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell? Super Moderator

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    You should be able to replace the primary drive with an SSD... I can't find a service manual so I'm not sure about the onboard RAM. If you're lucky it might be half soldered and half removable.
     
  3. raptir

    raptir Notebook Deity

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    I just did a live chat with Dell and they confirmed that the hard drive is user replaceable without voiding the warranty. It looks pretty solid... I'd like to wait and see how the display is though. Even though it's 1080p it could be TN which would be disappointing...
     
  4. caesius

    caesius Notebook Enthusiast

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    I actually ordered the Core i7 model. I'm now looking at QHD+ resolution ultrabooks and I don't know if I want to settle for 1080p. For what it's worth, I'd say the Inspiron 7437 is a bargain. I wouldn't really mind the 1080p resolution if the screen quality is good. I don't know why there aren't any other videos of the Inspiron 7000 series. From the videos I've seen, they have only shown us the start screen with the Live Tiles. They were also recording in areas with odd lighting, too. I hope the screen quality is on par with the VAIO Pro series...
     
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    CapnBry Notebook Enthusiast

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    All the RAM is soldered to the mainboard, there's no slots at all. Not upgradable.

    The hard drive is just a standard laptop hard drive so you can replace it with any SATA SSD. Not sure if it is 7mm or 9mm yet though (EDIT: 5mm). There's also an MSATA slot (EDIT: confirmed)
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    caesius Notebook Enthusiast

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    The battery is integrated! NOOOOO! [screaming echoes]
    I don't know if I should go by the charge cycle of 300 charges and discharges for the battery. I'm sure li-ion batteries can last for more than that before it shows any signs of major dwindling in battery life. The 15 and 17 inch models each have a user replaceable battery though. Welp, I guess that's the price you pay for having ultra-portability.
     
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    wesker555 Newbie

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    It's not even ultra-portable. Disappointing.

    I assume that Dell's extended warranties don't cover the battery, correct?
     
  8. caesius

    caesius Notebook Enthusiast

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    I meant for the form factor. Oops. It's not considered "ultra-portable" at around 4.5 lbs. :/
    I'm not sure about the warranty thing.
     
  9. Dellienware

    Dellienware Rugged Systems ATG & XFR

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    They could have made everything smaller, and reducing that bulky bezel. Typical of Dell. Should have opted out 13 inch style with thin bezel like the xps 13..

    But still very impressed with the design. Slow clap.. kudos.. My faith is somewhat restored after enduring the ugly E6420/30 designs..
     
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    aylons Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi, Kavery.

    The RAM is upgradable, but there is no 16 GB option at Dell's website. If the RAM is soldered, how can I upgrade it to 16GB?

    Also, is there an option for SSD while buying from Dell or should I upgrade the HD myself?
     
  11. Richard Mirgon

    Richard Mirgon Newbie

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    I have had mine since last Friday. The screen is great. I think it is better than my wifes VAIO pro. My only problem with this machine is that the touchpad was causing a problem with 2 finger swipe where it jumped to the top of the page. A known problem with the XPS 15. Support found a different driver that was not listed that corrected it but I shouldn't have had to waist two hours. The batter life has been excellent and compare to my 4 year old Inspiron this is lightweight.
     
  12. johnyguy

    johnyguy Notebook Geek

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    How long is the battery last?
    Thanks
     
  13. caesius

    caesius Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just got mine today. The screen quality is great! It's on par with the other high-end ultrabooks (VAIO Pro 13 and Aspire S7) and even the Surface Pro. I was so worried that it would have washed out colors like the 768p and 900p 15.6 and 17 inch models that I saw on display at Best Buy, but to my surprise, the colors were wonderful. I haven't done a browsing test yet to see what the battery life is. I hovered the cursor over the battery icon and it read "13 hours 22 minutes" at 91%. Had Firefox on with 1 tab open. It's also on the power saver mode at 25% brightness. The battery life could drop slightly with use, though.

    At 4-point-something pounds, I wouldn't exactly call this lightweight.
     
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    CapnBry Notebook Enthusiast

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    I got mine today and I'll agree the screen is nice. The keys don't quite have as much travel as I am used to and the keyboard is slightly smaller so it will take a little getting used to before I stop typoing like crazy.

    The memory is totally not upgradable, it is soldered to the mainboard. They may offer 16GB at some point but you can't upgrade it yourself. I slapped an MyDigitalSSD 240GB mSATA in it and it screams. However, because it doesn't come with installation media, neither my Windows 8 OEM nor full version DVDs work with the product key in the BIOS. Hopefully, the Dell USB key a friend has at work will allow me to complete the fresh install.
     
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    How did you guys get the 14" inch models already?

    I ordered mine 5 days ago and I'm not supposed to get it for another week!
     
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    caesius Notebook Enthusiast

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    I ordered it on October 1st. I was going to ask the guy who got his last Friday. I know Best Buy had the 15.6 and 17-inch models on display early, but dang.
     
  17. Kallogan

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    To early owners, about the screen greatness, i guess you're talking about the 1080p screen, right ?
     
  18. mylivespot

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    The 7000 series looks good.
     
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    When are you supposed to get yours from dell?
     
  20. caesius

    caesius Notebook Enthusiast

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    I got mine on the 10th. I'll post pictures on the screen quality later.

    Yes. The 1080p 14" model at least. I don't know about the 15.6 and 17-inch versions and their 1080p screens. I have seen them (768p and 900p) on display and they're uh... pretty standard for low budget laptops.

    Here are some pictures I've taken using my GS3. The images are compressed to keep the file sizes small. It doesn't do the actual screen justice. The photos are darker than they actually are. Brightness is set to 100%:

    I Googled "nature photography" to try to get thumbnails of images with lots of vibrant colors.
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    Here's a picture of the viewing angle from above:
    [​IMG]
     

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