[Review] Dell Inspiron 7577 Review - $999 Gaming Laptop with GTX 1060 Max-Q! - Techmidroid

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

[Review] Dell Inspiron 7577 Review - $999 Gaming Laptop with GTX 1060 Max-Q!

Hello guys, techmidroid here. This time with a gaming laptop Dell Inspiron 7577. So what's it about the laptop, the pros cons likes and dislikes. Dell Inspiron 7577 for the uninitiated is the inexpensive gaming laptop from Dell, it's their Inspiron 7000 line.And this is their third iteration of it.

Dell Inspiron 7577- Techmidroid

When you have an inexpensive gaming laptop, there's got to be something, right?

There's, you want to find that one thing that the company cut the corner on or did something weird with to. Provide it at that price point and these guys, they nailed it this year.

First of all, let's talk about the screen. Last year, they launched with a TN panel. That was unimpressive to say the least. This year 7577 launches with an IPS panel right off the bat, and it's pretty good.It's not amazing. It's a reasonably color accurate screen with decent brightness.

The viewing angles aren't great, especially for an IPS panel. But it's way better than the old TN panel and actually slightly better than the IPS panel that they used previously
There's a 4K panel option, so if you do need higher resolution. Another thing they've added is a Thunderbolt 3 port. So they have all the regular stuff, USB 3.0, a bunch of them, three of them
Ethernet port, SD card slot, and the Thunderbolt 3 port is nice because this one's running 4 lanes of PCI.

So if you're plugging up an external GPU to this thing, you're getting the maximum bandwidth. They've changed a few other things, some for the better, some for the worse.

The design is good. The soft touch material is gone, it's not on the surface. It's not on the keyboard deck and feel like that was a material that felt and looked really cool. But as you use the computer more and more and it gets gunky.The hinge is unchanged and it wasn't better even the last year. It's kind of closer to the middle which makes it easier to torque. Like if you open this laptop from the side, that you just tend to torque the screen a little bit more, and every time you do it. If you do it hundreds or thousands of times with the lifespan of the laptop. I don't know how it will do for the longevity of that hinge. But last year's hinges seem to hold up well, so it feels like this one will be the same.

The screen in the top panel have a little bit of flex to it, nothing too bad.But the keyboard deck is rock-solid. It does not feel like a thousand dollar gaming laptop. It's metal and there's no play or soft spots on this thing. The corner down the keyboard still bugs. So depending on your wrist positioning and just how you kind of use your keyboard, this can be an issue. It doesn't bother much, but if you have a very flat resting position for your arm, you might want to watch out for that. The keyboard itself is good, not amazing. It's an inexpensive gaming laptop, so you're not gonna get the best typing experience, but it's not bad. The keystrokes are a little bit short, and it would be better if it had the white backlighting instead of this red stuff. The trackpad is also solid. It's a plastic surface, but it uses Windows precision drivers, and the tracking is good.

There's also a fingerprint sensor on the power button this was actually something came out of the box.They didn't advertise this.
It wasn't even  at the IFA announcement. It might have been a late addition to this thing, but it's awesome. This thing works really quickly and accurately to get you into Windows.

Webcam looks and sounds like, nothing amazing. The image quality hasn't changed in like three years. It's not terrible, but it's not great. Getting inside the laptop is super easy. It's a single screw and when you unscrew it off, it actually stays on the back panel. There's a c-clip that holds it in place so you can't even lose a screw if you wanted to. Inside, we have a two and a half inch hard drive bay. The Wi-Fi card is good. It's the Intel 8265 and you also have access to the two RAM slots. The battery is smaller than last year which was disappointing. So last year it was a 74 watt-hour battery. This year it's 56. It's etting around 4.5 hours of battery life, screen at 215 units. It's something to get weird why they did this because the bigger battery on last year's model is one of its best features.
It's one of its like most distinguishing features from all the other gaming laptops that were available.
That bigger battery was just like it was like a six hour battery. So you could go through most of your day with just a single charge. This now puts it into the "you gotta bring a charger with you" laptops.. It is a gaming laptop, so it can be seen why they did it, but it's disappointing nonetheless

Another thing that's changed this year is that there's no sub. So last year had a sub right in the bottom of the laptop which. helped give it a little bit more bass. This year the speakers projects at the front again. But because there's no sub, the bass is lacking. They sound good. They actually sound better in just terms of audio clarity. The mids and the highs are just, there's just more body to that sound, there's no distortion, but you definitely notice the lack of bass.

Thermal management on this laptop is good. The external temperatures are good, the internal temperatures are good. There's no throttling even during long gaming sessions. They did an excellent job with the thermal management. The fan noise is also not bad. At idle, the fans don't run, and on load, it's still quiet. Okay, let's get into performance.

And this is probably the most important part of this post. This laptop is running a GTX 1060 Max-Q and a Kaby Lake i7 the 7700HQ. Now Max-Q chips tend to run at lower clock speeds, both the core clock and the boost clocks are slower.But for whatever reason on this laptop, the boost clock is actually quite high. It's not as high as a regular 1060 laptop, but we're hitting like 1645 MHz, which is really really close. Now the performance, its getting from this thing is not as good as a regular
GTX 1060 because it's not always gonna hit the maximum boost clock, but everything except for the most demanding games will run really smoothly with really high graphics quality.

Now as for the reason as to why they're able to run their GPU a little bit faster, I'm not 100% sure. My theory is that because thermal management is as good as it is, they're able to bump up that boost clock and the fans will take care of it, but honestly I'm not 100% sure. But whatever the reason it doesn't even matter because you're getting a really fast laptop that's gonna be faster than most GTX 1060 Max-Q laptops out there and consumers win!

  • Display: 15.6 inch IPS 1080P 0r 4K 60Hz Display options (Optional: Tounch Enabled)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 7300 HQ or Intel Core i7 7700 HQ
  • RAM: Upto 16 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 Expandable upto 32 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 with 6GB  VRAM or Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB  VRAM or Nvidia GTX 1050 with 4GB  VRAM
  • Storage: Upto 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD
  • Ports: 1 x HDMI 2.0 port,  3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports with PowerShare support in one of them, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ (10Gbps) Thunderbolt 3 port with support for upto 40 Gbps Thunderbolt and DisplayPort, Kensington lock slot, 2-in-1 SD (UHS50) / MMC slot, RJ-45 port, 3.5mm Headphone/Mic Combo Jack.
  • Wi-Fi: Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth: Version 4.2
  • Battery: 56 WHrs, 4 Cells (Fast Charging)
  • Webcam: HD Webcam
  • Weight: ~ 2.65 Kgs (GTX 1050) or ~ 2.85 Kgs (GTX 1060)  (With specific configurations) 
  • OS: Windows 10 Home

Okay, if you're interested in this thing, I give it two thumbs up. It's really like, there's not much to dislike about this thing. Maybe the battery life, that's basically it.

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