Ice Lake laptops had a lot of flak for launching at high prices, but these newer deals can be hard to pass for those who don’t want to spend hundreds more for the latest 11th gen Intel processors.
Intel’s 10th gen CPU series has come and gone arguably for the better as the chipmaker’s splintered Ice Lake and Comet Lake-U approach may have confused a lot of buyers. Even so, these processors aren’t all that bad especially now that manufacturers have been holding steep discounts to make room for newer 11th gen replacements.
The latest Ice Lake deal is the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 for just under $700 USD. The Inspiron series is home to Dell’s mid-range to upper mid-range PCs in contrast to the flagship XPS series. It comes with respectable hardware including a Core i7-1065G7 CPU, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD, and a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen. Note that Thunderbolt is not supported which limits the longevity of the system.
Unfortunately, we’ve yet to personally review this specific Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 model and so we can’t give our impressions of the chassis or the quality of its display. This is, however, a newer chassis design that mimics the XPS series much more closely in terms of size and design when compared to older generation Inspiron models.
- Core i7-1065G7 CPU w/ Iris Plus G7
- 14-inch FHD WVA touchscreen
- 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
- 12 GB RAM (2x SODIMM upgradeable)
- Wi-Fi 6 Intel AX201
- 40 Wh battery
- 17.94 x 322.5 x 221.9 mm
- 1.55 kg and up
Allen Ngo, 2021-01-15 (Update: 2021-01-15)