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Best 2 in 1 Laptop Under $1000

Dell Inspiron 13 7000

If you’re in the market for a 2 in 1 laptop, then you may already know there are many choices, and huge price ranges. I was recently in the market for one and spent quite some time trying to find one that fit all my needs.

Since I use a wide range of software for keeping The3DmaN up and going, I needed something that would handle anything I threw at it graphically (3D CAD) without being so high powered that battery life was non-existent. In other words, I needed a good mid-range 2 in 1. I was specifically looking for a 2 in 1 that was more portable, but not so portable that I had to sacrifice all power. I decided on a 13 inch model. I looked at some 15 inch models, but in my opinion 15 inches is too big to comfortably use in “Tablet” mode. After looking through all of my options, I set my sights on the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2 in 1 with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and RX Vega 10 Graphics, 256GB SSD, and 12GB RAM.

Why an AMD Ryzen?

CPU:

The Ryzen 7 2700U when compared to the i7 8550U (in the Intel version of the Dell Inspiron 13 7000), is newer and more power efficient (which will help with battery life) and while it is slower than the Intel by ~22% in single threaded performance, it outperforms the i7 8550U in multi-threaded performance by ~34% according to benchmark tests. Since a large portion of my work will require good multi-threaded performance for multitasking, this made the choice easy.

Graphics:

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 outperformed when compared with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 in the Intel version of the Dell Inspiron 13 7000. Power consumption is roughly equal, but where the AMD shines, is in its ability to compute much more information due in part to its 10 cores running up to 1300MHz. In the graphics department the Intel UHD 620 falls way short.

Design:

The design of the Inspiron 13 7000 is very professional looking and durable. Its aluminum body is a very nice feature. The weight is low – just over 3lbs. The keyboard is back-lit, well placed and the track pad is a good size and blends nicely. The screen is not bezel-less, but other than that, looks great. It has a glossy screen, but has great viewing from side angles and in light. Fingerprints hide very well and have not been an issue.

Screen:

The screen is a 13.3 inch 1920×1080 IPS. While not the greatest screen available today, the brightness was great and the colors were good. I had absolutely no issues with the screen.

Function:

The touchscreen and touchpad are both very responsive and smooth. The keyboard on the Inspiron 13 7000 is the type of keyboard that should be on every laptop. It is very responsive and even a little bit “clicky” so that you actually feel when you are typing. The hinge on the laptop is great and holds the screen right where you want it, but is also not difficult to flip when you want to operate in tablet mode.

Price:

At $899.99 the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2 in 1 with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and RX Vega 10 Graphics is ~$75 cheaper than its Intel counterpart. Even when compared to other models from other brands like HP, it was still a great value.

Final Thoughts:

I have been very happy with and am glad I chose the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2 in 1 with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and RX Vega 10 Graphics. It has performed very well with everything I have thrown at it, the battery life has been great, and has really been a pleasure to use. If I had to find a fault with this laptop, it would be that I had trouble getting Ubuntu running as well as I would like, which was to be expected being that the Ryzen series CPUs were only recently released. I ended up sticking with Windows 10 for now which does run fantastic on it, but I will most likely move back to Ubuntu as Ryzens linux support gets better. Overall, I highly recommend the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2 in 1 with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and RX Vega 10 Graphics.

*Update 05/21/18* I have moved fully to Fedora 28 on this laptop. Everything is fully working including the touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and sleep. Glad to be back on Linux!

Full Specs:

DisplayDiagonal13.3″
Resolution1920×1080
TypeIPS
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 2700U
4C/8T
2.2 – 3.8 GHz
mXFR Support
2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 10 iGPU
15 W
GraphicsAMD Vega 10
640 stream processors
1300MHz
RAMCapacity12 GB (up to 16 GB)
TypeDDR4-2400
Storage256 GB SSD
Wi-Fi802.11ac Wi-Fi module (unknown vendor)
Bluetooth4.2
USB2 × USB 3.0 Type-A (one with PowerShare)
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
Other I/OHDMI 1.4, webcam with IR, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone, SD card reader
DimensionsWidth322.4 mm | 12.69 inches
Length224 mm | 8.82 inches
Thickness18.7 – 19.2 mm | 0.74 – 0.76 inches
Weight1.75 kg | 3.86 lb
Battery Capacity42 Wh

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