It’s been almost 5 years since I’ve bought a new laptop. When I went to university in 2012 I picked up an Asus laptop with a i7-2670qm and a 635m graphics card. That got me through University and helped me get my engineering undergrad degree. The 5 lbs hunk of plastic and sandybridge silicon was starting to show it’s age. After pulling it apart to replace the thermal compound for the 3rd time, I decided it was time to upgrade.
After shopping around I went out and picked up a new Dell Inspiron “7373” model. This model came with an 8th gen i7-8550u with 4 hyperthreaded cores and a max boost of 4.0GHz. This thing is seriously fast compared to my Sandybridge i7 and only sips 15 watts. I ended up paying around $1000 for the machine with specs shown below:
|Dell Inspiron 13 7373|
|Touch||Touch with Active Pen Support|
|Cores/Threads||4c / 8t|
|GPU||SKU||Intel UGH Graphics 620|
|DRAM||16GB, DDR4, 2400MHz|
|SSD||256GB Samsung M.2|
|USB||1 x 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C 2 x 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A|
|Card Reader||SD Card Reader|
|Display Outputs||1 x HDMI 2.0|
|Audio||2 Rear Speakers Combo Headphone / Microphone Jack|
|Infrared Camera w/ Windows Hello|
|Battery||38 Whr, 3-Cell Battery|
I’d like to do some Linux compatibility testing at some point. Most of the heavy engineering work I do relies on a Windows based machine but I could always just remote into my desktop when I want to do that kind of work.
One problem I have found so far is related to fan noise. The fans come on when I do anything more than light web browsing or office tasks, and they don’t have the most pleasing sound. The noise ranges from nearly inaudible in a coffee shop or with music on, to unbearable in a dead quite room. Something to consider.
I will probably give an update later on when I have more time with this machine. Overall, I would recommend it you’re looking to get good all-around specs for around $1000.