The Dell Inspiron i7359-8404SLV is a versatile, well-designed convertible-hybrid laptop with good overall performance, for basic and mid-powerful users alike. It that allows you to access the best of both worlds (laptop and tablet) than a traditional laptop.
- Good overall performance
- Great 2-in-1 design
- Speedy Core i5 processor
- Would do with an SSD instead of the traditional HDD
- USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports are the same color
The Dell Inspiron i7359-2435SLV is a midrange convertible laptop that packs an elegant design and subtle performance into a premium-looking chassis. The 2-in-1 laptop has a dual hinge that enables you flip the screen around so that you intuitively interact with your programs on the screen. It includes premium features, like the sixth generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor (which is both energy efficient and powerful), 4GB of system memory, and 500GB (5400rpm) hard drive storage. From a distance, it looks quite heavy to be used as a full-time tablet; but it will come-in-handy as a laptop with a decent touch screen, which makes the pre-installed Windows 10 gestures more enjoyable.
The Inspiron i7359-2435SLV is clad in a charcoal-gray-and-bright-silver chassis, giving the system a sleek accented style. Measuring 0.75 by 12.99 by 8.74 inches (HWD) and weighing 3.7 pounds, the 2-in-1 convertible is not far away from other convertibles such as the HP Pavilion 13-s128nr x360’s 18.50 x 11.57 x 2.99 inches (HWD) and 3.77 pounds, but is way lighter and sleeker than the Acer Aspire R14 R3-471T-77HT that weighs almost a pound more. However, the HP Spectre x360 – 13-4102dx our current Editors’ Choice for midrange convertible hybrid is slimmer and weighs almost a pound less.
The Inspiron i7359-2435SLV is equipped with a 2.3GHz sixth generation Intel Core i5 6200U processor, 4GB RAM (on a single DIMM, can be replaced with a single 8GB or 12GB), 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive storage and Integrated HD graphics card. A combination of the latest Skylake processors (released in August 2015) that are both powerful and energy efficient and enough system memory helps the system achieve a Passmark score of 4174 points, which is enough for most users.
The latest HD graphics with a G3D score of 836 makes the unit competitive enough, even slightly faster than the also latest Intel HD 6000 and 5200 GPU. Being an integrated card, the system should be able to handle some of the latest game titles for 2015, albeit, at low settings. If you’re looking for some gaming prowess and multitasking potential, you might be interested in the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, but for a potent gaming rig you might have to look elsewhere like the Asus ROG GL552VW-DH71 gaming laptop.
On the Inspiron i7359 you’re free to flip the screen into four different modes, thanks to the dual-hinge design. Apart from Tablet and Laptop modes, the system’s screen can be accessed via Tablet Stand and Tent modes, with the former being the same as Display or Stand Mode on other convertible laptops. In the latter two positions, the keyboard and palm rest are moved away from the display.
You also get a vibrant 13.3-inch Full HD display, with a very responsive 10-point touch screen, although you might need a microfiber cloth to wipe the obvious fingerprints and streaks from the screen. Thanks to the simple dual-hinge mechanism, the solid build minimizes screen bounce in the middle of touch sessions.
The 13.3-inch HD (1366 x 768) Truelife LED-Backlit Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angle (IPS) screen adds some eye-candy to your multimedia sessions. Its bigger brother the Dell Inspiron I7359-8404SLV, comes with a Full HD (1080p) screen, which is quite good for those who need clear dispalys. The display appears bright and clear, especially after turning off the adaptive screen brightness setting in the power-option control panel.
Image and text output is crisp clear, especially compared with most less-expensive, low-resolution LCD panels such as the one fitted on the Acer Aspire R14. Sound output from the speakers is good in our tests, but at high volumes it tended to get somewhat buzzy, but still manageable.
Connectivity is good. On the left side, you’ll find an HDMI port, a headset jack, a Noble lock port, and two USB 3.0 ports. On the right, there are an SD card reader, the Power button, a USB 2.0 port, and the volume-control switch.
The USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports are the same color, which increases the possibility of inadvertently plugging a USB 3.0 device, like an external SSD, in the slower USB 2.0 port, which can be annoying. Wireless connectivity is excellent, including dual-band 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0, which is tied to the wireless card. Just like its competitors, the system has a comfortable backlit keyboard.
Battery life is something worth considering in the convertibles category and many people have been able to get almost 6 hours of use here-which is close to our tests. With the energy efficient Intel Core i5 processors, I can’t agree more to that. At the very least, the Dell Inspiron i7359-2435SLV will last all day untethered from a wall socket, provided that you have some breaks in between and shy away from running multiple overhang apps open simultaneously.
The Dell Inspiron i7359-2435SLV is a speedy convertible-hybrid laptop that allows you to access the best of both worlds (laptop and tablet) than a traditional laptop. It also comes with some premium components such as the latest Dell Inspiron i7359-2435SLV processor, 4GB system memory and 500GB hard drive for storage, though we’d have anticipated an SSD that boosts booting and performance, and a sleek design to match.
That said, our Editors’ Choice for midrange convertible hybrid the HP Spectre x360 – 13-4102dx offers better overall performance, a roomier 512GB SDD storage and has a sleeker design. Nonetheless, the Dell Inspiron i7359-2435SLV stands its own in the competitive 2-in-1 class, with a pack of components and specs, for that it should be in your short list as a strong competitor.
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