Dell Inspiron 13 7000 (7347) review – an affordable 2-in-1 13 incher


  1. Carlos

    October 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Hi, wondering which I’d get more value from: this Dell Inspiron 13 or a 2015 MBA 13″ 128GB. Both are about $999. I’ll be mostly using it for Photoshop work. Might also use Premier sometimes. Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 16, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      The MBA packs a faster processor, but I’d guess you can get more RAM and a larger SSD on the Dell for $999, right? Also, with the Dell you get the form factor and the touchscreen.

    • Gordy

      December 29, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      I have this Dell for 3+ yrs. I would say stay away… The ghost touches, the trackpad and the short life battery are deal breakers for me. And lately I notice the LED screen wants to detach itself from the plastic casing. I had to press it back in and shouted at it each time not to move like shouting at a dog… Meh!! Check out Acer Aspire E5…

  2. john

    November 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    There are some drawbacks with this machine to be sure. I wouldn’t characterize battery removal that requires one to take out 12 screws as a piece of cake, seriously, a piece of cake? That’s right we all carry a micro Phillips screwdriver all the time to get to a battery, I mean you never know…..
    Now let’s talk about reliability. A common problem with the Dell line and this model in particular is that they don’t want to power up at times. In posts on many blogs and Dells own site the standard procedure is to remove the battery and discharge the power switch. While not an uncommon problem with other machines, we aren’t having a piece of cake with them, we just snap out the battery, no real time for cake. Some have had to replace their motherboard, once again not likely an unusual occurrence with other models, however when it is a business machine, 7 to 10 days of repairs is an issue. My recommendation is when you purchase a Dell, to also purchase and keep with you a lenovo, HP, or other brand as a backup so you know you are covered……

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 7, 2015 at 11:37 am

      You’re right, it could be easy for someone who’s experienced with such stuff, but otherwise complicated. I’ve toned down that section, thanks for the heads up.

      Reliability is something I for one find impossible to address in such posts. I get to use these devices for about 1-2 weeks and there’s only that much I can observe in that period. The products I own I treat more in depth and usually come with a follow-up review after a few months. My XPS 13 series is one example.

      I feel the best way to find out about reliability issues is to go through the user reviews on sites like amazon or bestbuy, but also the forums on . That’s what I do when I try to buy something for myself. Reviews like this one are just one step of the search and help narrow down options.

      At the end of the day, any laptop can break. From the premium brands down to the low end OEMs, and that’s why I advise people to get extended warranty, if possible.

  3. Steve Guiloff

    January 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Hey Andrei. Just a comment on the security slot. Kensington locks do not fit in the security slot. Looking on the internet i found the nobel wedge lock will fit, but could not get confirmation from dell (i had a chat with someone from dell accesories but they did not have any information about the lock). I’m buying a lock from Nobel (quite overprized by the way) and expect it will work fine.

    • Steve Guiloff

      January 24, 2016 at 8:14 pm

  4. Clare

    April 28, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Does anyone else have a problem with the plastic coating peeling off the cover – just around each far corner on the lid. So disappointing as my Dell has not done a lot of work and has been carefully looked after.

    • Gordy

      December 29, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Yes, mine did the same. Just think of it like going through the orange tanning bed. After a few days, skin starts to peel…😥

  5. Jacob M

    July 25, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I found that the screen cracks very easily when closed because there is no support on the curved corners. I heard a crack when I picked mine up with one hand from the table. Upon opening it, I found a spider crack in the upper left corner. Dell support said that this was not covered by the warranty. I’ve owned it for less than a month.

  6. Nancy

    August 20, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Can you plug it in to cigarette lighter with adapter or slot in vehicle?

    • Gordy

      December 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Yes, you can with a battery inverter. I connect it in my car quite often to charge up the battery…

  7. Frank

    August 27, 2016 at 10:41 pm


    I have noticed that my Dell Inspiron 13 7000 series does not have the same screen resolution on images than text.

    Every time I am on internet the headers looks a little burry and the text content on the website looks perfect.

    I just tried to reinstall the video drivers but It is sitll the same.

  8. katniss

    March 19, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    does this model have OTG functions?

  9. Bob McConahy

    July 13, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I am looking at a card adapter that says it wants the computer to support the OTG function. Does my Inspiron 13 support that?

  10. Christopher Brockett

    August 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Hello, Great article, I couldn't of wrote a better one. I own the Inspiron 13 7000, intel core i3. I am interested in upgrading her for better way of gaming. What would be a good starting point? Anything that I should research? Is it worth upgrading the Dell Inspiron 7000? Any help or explanation will be appreciated. Thank you for reading!!!

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 19, 2017 at 4:32 am

      This is a pretty old article. You could tell us what kind of games you're interested in playing and what's your budget. Also if you want a 13-inch laptop or can go for a full-sizer 15-incher as well.

    • Gordy

      December 29, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Not worth it, imo!! I have one w/ the i5, and the booting time is like eternity… I thought of replacing the HD w/ SSD, but the more I researched, I realized it would be a waste of time and money!!! Check out the Acer Aspire E 15…

  11. Stephen Taylor

    June 28, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Thanks. Brought the 13" for my son about 3 years ago now. It has gone to school and Scout camps in nothing but his school bag, rattling around with his books. He is a typical boy (now 16), so the machine is plastered with stickers and has lived a hard life. It has not experienced any of the problems people seem to have experienced, it must have been the "Blessed one". Not even a software hiccup (but that might be due to good set up, I am in the "Trade"). The only thing wrong with it is the Battery. My son removed it with a standard Phillips head (no micro screwdriver required) . Seriously its NOT THAT HARD. The Battery has blown one of the cells, over heating probably, it is about 3 years old after all. Here in NZ it'll cost $NZ48 to get the replacement. so ya do it.
    I'll replace the HDD with a SSD at the same time for a bit more speed. I just happen to have a Samsung evo 860 (500Gb) spare (Like I said, I am in IT). So all up for NZ$250 I can get it going again better than before. The form factor is ideal and it has proven robustness. a little speed gain will give it a few more years perhaps. GREAT.
    I'll note, my son also has a far more capable workstation for design and games. The laptop just can't stretch that far.
    Would I get another : YES.

    • Ruud

      October 4, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks for the information. Question: I still love this 2-in-1 device, but the current 8GB DDR3 is not enough for me. I know there is only one Memorycard slot, but can I use a single DDR3 16GB RAM on this machine?

  12. Akshay

    December 6, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Hi, Just brought Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2 in 1 in the month of August, In the diagnostic test it came out that my battery was almost at the end of its life. It works for 15 min once when fully charged.
    I called Dell customer care, till now I have spoken to 3 representatives, they were very rude and told that they cannot replace a laptop.

    I wasted around 2 hours just to talk to them.

    don't purchase it, you will regret.

  13. Jonathan Chong

    May 9, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Hey, love the in-depth review. As well as your comment to look in forums for rating new models. I'll be back to check for my next purchase, you've gained a fan!

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