While there was a sub on last year’s model, it’s missing on this version, a small thing to keep in mind if you are thinking about upgrading. This certainly doesn’t mean that the audio coming out isn’t going to be great, (The laptop comes with Waves MaxxAudio Pro software pre-installed that allows you to equalise your speaker, audio to your likings.) but there will be noticeably less bass. Luckily the front facing stereo speakers provide a great clarity and overall a very decent speaker setup. The audio output is great, though I was only able to test this on a pair of £80 Sony headphones – maybe a high-end headphones review next?
The specs on this machine are really good compared to how much it costs. It has an Intel i7 7700HQ that provides fast performance with no stutters or anything like that for both normal use and under load. I’ve never experienced any issues with it.
The model I have reviewed had 16GB of RAM built-in, but luckily it can be expanded up to 32GB. There is also an 8GB RAM version available with an Intel i5 processor to keep you in mind. (US market has different choices)
The GPU is a GTX 1060 Max-Q with 6GB of VRAM clocked a little below a regular GTX 1060. The boost clock however is higher than what a Max-Q normally offers by about 200MHz.
Playing any current AAA titles is a no-struggle for this machine. I’ve ran Grand Theft Auto 5, CS:GO, American Truck Simulator on high, Ultra settings and it didn’t feel like a challenge.
The laptop also comes with a Dual Band Wireless-AC that provides speeds of 867 Mbps – I couldn’t test the maximum speed, but on Wi-Fi I did manage to get about 15 Mbps download speeds and 5 Mbps upload speeds (in real life tests). When I was connected to a 200 Mb router via Ethernet, I was able to get 20-30 MBps download speeds and about 8 Mbps upload.
The Inspiron 7577 comes with the default Windows 10 Home version, don’t expect to see any Pro versions here unless you pay an additional fee for it – this is unfortunately the same with all of the competitors such as: HP, Lenovo, Toshiba…
The speakers on this laptop are decent, nothing extraordinary. By using the equaliser that comes bundled with your machine you’ll be able to fine tune the speakers to your likings and get some really decent sounding audio out of it. Don’t expect it to be super amazing, but it will certainly be enjoyable and great for most genres.
The CPU and GPU benchmark results prove a great hardware setup with an excellent performance.
Here are the links of the tests for my Dell, in case you want to see more details:
The average frames per second is usually between 70-110 in high settings and around a solid 60-90 in Ultra Settings. (Tested in Grand Theft Auto 5, CS:GO, American/European Truck Simulator and a few others).
The idle fan noise is between 25-33 dB, on load 40-48 dB. For that kind of fan noise, a pair of noise cancelling headphones aren’t necessary, but it would definitely improve the overall gaming experience.
The 56 Whr battery provides a decent battery life, but far from what you would normally expect it as good. By using programs such as Chrome, Opera, Microsoft Word and Spotify, you can get around 3-4 hours of use with 30% screen brightness and battery saver on. (Yes, I’ve turned it on during the testing)
However, there were a few times when I could pass the 4 hour mark by using the same programs without turning on the battery saver, by simply decreasing the screen’s brightness (leaving it between 40-50%) and closing down applications that were running in the background such as Steam, Skype, Microsoft Word, Spotify and a few others.
As a conclusion, I feel like Dell has really put a lot of effort into the laptops in 2017. I haven’t tried many of their previous laptops, but I have tried them out for a bit and I can certainly tell you that this machine is really worth the price Dell is selling it for.
It can handle gaming, rendering videos, editing images and all of the typical stuff – extremely well with no issues.
If you are looking for a laptop that can do all of these things right, and also has an elegant design, this is probably a right choice for you. If you are however looking for a more gaming oriented laptop, HP and a few other companies probably have better laptops around for the same or a slightly higher price with slightly better displays even.
Overall, Dell did indeed deliver and justify the 1418,99 price tag and it is definitely recommended for those who would likely take advantage of the power the Inspire 7577 provides.
There are also other options available on Dell’s website. (Laptops that are sold in UK shown below)
- 15.6″ FHD, 8GB RAM, Intel i5 7300HQ, GTX 1050, 1TB HDD and no SSD – for £919
- 15.6″ FHD, 16GB RAM, Intel i7 7700HQ, GTX 1050 TI, 1TB HDD 128GB SSD for £1118,99
- 15.6″ FHD, 16GB RAM, Intel i7 7700HQ, GTX 1060, 1TB HDD 256GB SSD for £1418,99
- 15.6″ 4K UHD, 16GB RAM, Intel i7 7700HQ, GTX 1060, 1TB HDD 512GB SSD for £1618,99
It’s worth keeping an eye on Dell’s website as they sometimes have some crazy discounts.
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