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Dell Inspiron (2021): Five notebooks with AMD Ryzen 5000U and Intel Tiger Lake

Dell is introducing five new device classes within the Inspiron family of notebooks: the Inspiron 16 Plus as the first Dell model with a 16-inch display in a high 16:10 format, and new editions of the Inspiron 15, 14, 14 2-in-1 and 13. You can choose from Intel’s Tiger Lake mobile processors and, in most notebooks, AMD’s Ryzen 5000U CPUs.

However, the manufacturer does not use the faster Zen 3 processors with the code name Cezanne, such as the Ryzen 7 5800U. Instead, only the Zen 2 Refresh Lucienne is available in the form of the Ryzen 7 5700U, Ryzen 5 5500U and Ryzen 3 5300U. You can use eight, six or four computing cores including simultaneous multithreading (SMT) to double the threads.

Dell is still largely silent on the top model, the Inspiron 16 Plus (7610). We’re talking about powerful processors from Intel’s Tiger Lake-H series. Since there are no specific names in the data sheets and the model will only be available from June 2021, the use of the upcoming eight-core Tiger Lake-H45 is conceivable. An optional GeForce GTX or RTX graphics chip increases gaming performance – here too, specific models are currently unknown. On the memory side, Dell has installed 8 to 32 GByte DDR4-3200 in dual-channel and a PCI Express SSD up to 2 TByte in size.

The Inspiron 16 Plus (7610) expands the small group of 16-inch monitors with displays in 16:10 format. An IPS screen with 3072 × 1920 pixels and a 300 cd / m² bright backlight is used. The ports include Thunderbolt 4 in the form of a USB-C port. There is no AMD version. The starting price is $ 950.


Dell Inspiron 13
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The three Inspiron notebooks 15, 14 and 13 mainly differ in size. Dell relies on full HD displays in all three cases, but with the 13-inch model in 16:10 format with 1920 × 1200 pixels. The two larger models are content with 1080 pixels in height.

Anyone who opts for an Intel version will get Intel’s Tiger Lake-H35 from the i5 configuration, i.e. quad-core processors that clock faster than the previous inspiron notebooks thanks to increased power consumption. The only exception is the 2-in-1 version of the Inspiron 14 with a touchscreen, which is optionally available with the more economical Core i-1100G or AMD’s Ryzen 5000U (Lucienne). The AMD versions score with more CPU cores, but are always limited to USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit / s, formerly called USB 3.0) instead of Gen 2 ports with doubled transfer rates. The latter are sometimes used in the Intel models.

The sales of the Inspiron notebooks 15 (from 550 US dollars), 14 (from 550 US dollars), 14 2-in-1 (from 730 US dollars) and 13 (from 600 US dollars) should be in the coming Days begin. The Inspiron 16 Plus will follow in June. Dell also sells the 15.6- and 13-inch models with the Ubuntu operating system instead of Windows 10.


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