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Dell Inspiron 13 7370 review: A superb slim design at a very affordable price

Dell Inspiron 13 7370 review

The Dell Inspiron 13 7370 (i7370-5732SLV-PUS) is a relatively affordable option, if you’re looking for a slim and powerful ultrabook but don’t want to spend money on a high end machine for options that you don’t need. The Inspiron 13 7370 is like a little brother of the XPS 13 , and the model we tested actually packs the same i7-8550U processor. Let’s get to the review!

Design and Connections

The first thing you’ll notice when you lay eyes on the Dell Inspiron 7370 is its beautiful classy design. The case is mainly made of brushed aluminum with some plastic around the screen. The design is very sturdy, and we only could notice a minimal flex when pressing on the keyboard. The Inspiron 7370 measures 8.49 x 12.12 inches, has a maximum thickness of 0.61 inch, and weighs 3.59 lbs; it is not the lightest ultrabook out there, but still in the category average and can be easily carried around to school or work. Another thing we noticed about the Inspiron 7370 is that the brushed aluminum does a perfect job at keeping fingerprints away.

The backlit keyboard on the Inspiron 7370 has a standard layout for a 13,3 inch laptop, the keys have a decent tactile feedback, and typing long texts shouldn’t be problematic. However, it will take you some time to get used to the “Enter” key; it is smaller than average, and the nearby key is very close.

As for the I/O, I must say that Dell has done a very good job with the Inspiron 7370: with 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB Type C, HDMI and an SD card reader. This is a comprehensive set of connections, and is important if you will need to connect external devices to your laptop all the time, such as a USB mouse. The power button also has an integrated fingerprint sensor which works very well with Windows Hello.


Display and Audio

The Inspiron 7370 has an IPS Full HD 13,3 inch panel that produces crisp and sharp images. The maximum brightness was at 320 cd/m2, which is pretty much in the category average. The Inspiron 7370 is not suitable for outdoor use; and in addition to that, the screen also has a glossy finish, and is prone to reflections. Viewing angles are quite generous thanks to the IPS panel, and color accuracy is within the category average ( the i7370 produces 56% of the AdobeRGB colors). It is not the best option if you’re looking for a laptop for professional image processing or if you’re doing color critical work, but for occasionally retouching photos on Photoshop, or watching movies, it’s more than enough.

The Speakers are located at the bottom of the machine, and while that helps amplify the sound if the laptop is sitting on a hard surface, some people may simply not like it. We must say that the speakers on the Inspiron 7370 are surprisingly louder than average for a 13 inch, and can easily fill a small room.

Performance and Battery Life

The Inspiron 7370 packs an 8th generation Intel core i7 8550U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid state drive. The Quad core 8550U  has a base clock speed of 1.8Ghz, but can go up to 4Ghz in turbo mode., the i7 8550U scored an excellent 8106 points on CPU benchmark’s list, and is thus considerably more powerful than last generation’s processors. We have tried opening simultaneously 30 tabs on chrome, MS word, and Photoshop, and the Inspiron 7370  showed no signs of lagging. This is mainly due to presence of an SSD, and a fast 2400MHz DDR4 RAM. Please note that that RAM is soldered and not user upgradable.

As for the battery life, the Dell Inspiron 13 7370 managed a 5h32 min in our test, which consisted of  streaming a full HD video + Wifi.  It is quite average for an ultrabook in 2017.

Dell Inspiron 13 7370 (i7370-5732SLV-PUS) specifications:

Processor: Intel Core i7-8550U
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory: 8GB (Non Upgradable)
Single storage: 256GB, SSD
Screen resolution: 1600 x 900
Audio: Waves Maxx Audio Pro
2x speakers
Connectivity: Wireless AC 1×1 ( + Bluetooth 4.1)
Ports: 1x Headphone / Microphone combo
1x HDMI1x USB Type C
3x USB 3.0
1x SD card readerFingerprint Sensor
Cameras: 720p webcam
Backlit keyboard: Yes
Battery: 38 WHr 3-cell
(in inches)
12.12 x 8.49 x 0.61 inches
Starting weight: 3.59 pounds
Color: Platinum Silver



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