Saturday, September 17, 2016

Unboxing Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Laptop Model 7569

Since unboxing videos seem to be popular on YouTube I did a video when I received my new Dell Inspiron 15-7569 laptop.  I discuss what I was looking for when shopping for a new laptop, and how I ended up selecting this model, and my first impressions.

I had two specific requirements I was looking for.  First was a 500GB or larger solid state hard drive.  I'd never used a computer with an SSD before but I kept hearing that using an SSD makes a huge difference on how fast a computer runs.  Turns out this was a hard requirement to meet at any reasonable price.  I found many laptops with 250GB SSDs but few with 500GB or bigger.

The second requirement was a 15.6 inch HD screen with an IPS panel.  My previous laptop, the Toshiba that is the subject of my hinge repair videos, has a 720 screen with a cheap panel.  The viewing angle was so small that if you move a little bit up or down the top or bottom of the screen washes out or the colors go wrong.  I was constantly adjusting the screen angle to make it look right, which may have contributed to wear on the hinges.  I wanted something better this time.  I had looked at laptops with HD screens in the local stores and text was much clearer and easier to read.

I also wanted a touch screen. Not sure why as I don't use it a lot, but I had one on the previous laptop.  I figured a 2-in-1 would make the touch screen more useful since I could flip the screen back and use it as a tablet.

But this is where I found that laptop configurations are like car option packages.  If you want a 500 GB SSD and an IPS HD screen, you also have to get the fast i7-6500U processor, 12GB of RAM, AC wireless, a back lit keyboard.  All features that add to the price.  I ended up spending much more than I had planned, but in this situation it's a bit of you get what you pay for.  Watch the video below for more details...

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