Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Special Edition (7352)

Upgraded Version of Dell's 13-inch 2-in-1 Laptop With an Impressive Display

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1. ©Dell

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The Bottom Line

May 18 2015 - Dell's Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Special Edition brings a higher resolution display and more stylish design than their more affordable standard edition. It is a bit of a compromise though. In terms of performance, it is not much higher than many 2-in-1's that cost less but does not offer the same performance as those slightly more expensive.


  • Excellent 1080p Display
  • Stylish Metal Accents
  • Well Priced For Features


  • Below Average Battery Life
  • Heavy to Use in Tablet Mode
  • Trackpad Surface Could Be Better


  • Intel Core i5-5200U Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 13.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display with 720p Webcam
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500 Integrated Graphics
  • 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Two USB 3.0, One USB 2.0, HDMI, SD Card Slot
  • 12.99" x 8.74" x .75" @ 3.68 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Dell Inspiron 13 7000 (7352) 2-in-1 Special Edition

May 18 2015 - Dell distinguishes its Special Edition version of the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 from the normal version by the materials used in the construction. Both have roughly the same overall design but the Special Edition model comes with an aluminum clad keyboard rest and area that is much better than the traditional plastics. Size and weight remain unchanged between the two though with a thickness of three quarters of an inch and weighing just under three and three quarter pounds.

The only real issue is that the weight is quite heavy that makes it much more difficult to use a tablet mode and it is best used as a traditional laptop most of the time.

Powering the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Special Edition is the Intel Core i5-5200U dual-core processor. This is a fairly typical processor seen in many budget to mid-range class ultraportables.

It provides more than enough performance for our basic tasks of browsing the web, streaming media or productivity. The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory which provides a smooth overall experience with Windows and allows it to hand more demanding tasks like desktop video editing better than systems with 4GB of memory. Mind you, those tasks will still be slower than if done on a traditional power laptop.

For storage, Dell sticks with a traditional hard drive for the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1. This means that the performance when booting up the computer or loading applications is not as fast as generally more expensive systems that feature solid state drives. There is a version of the unit that actually does come with a 256GB solid state drive but it is significantly more expensive as it also includes a processor upgrade to a Core i7. The base model uses a 500GB hard drive that provides more storage but is the same capacity as more budget class laptops. If you need additional storage space, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external hard drives.

Unlike the standard version of the Dell Inspiron 13 7000, every version of the Special Edition features the 13.3-inch display panel with the 1920x1080 native resolution.

This sets it apart from many of the other convertible systems that rely on the lower 1366x768 but you are paying a bit more to get this but it is very much worth it. Brightness and colors are also above average here making it the system for anyone that wants a nice display. Dell does include a passive stylus for use with the touchscreen display which can also be stored inside the laptop. The graphics are handled by the Intel HD Graphics 5500 built into the Core i5 processor which handles most tasks without a problem. The only issue really is with 3D graphics that has limited performance and can only really be used with older games and low resolutions and detail levels.

Dell uses its standard island style key layout for the Inspiron 13 7000 laptop but ups it slightly by including a backlight for it which is missing from many budget class 2-in-1 systems. Overall the layout is nice is a bit small for a 13-inch laptop. In essence, this keyboard is a bit small and could fit on an 11-inch laptop. The feel of it is good and provides an accurate experience but may be a problem for those with larger hands. The trackpad is a nice large surface area but has a fairly rough texture to it. It works well enough but at times might have tracking issues requiring you to adjust it. It does use integrated buttons rather than dedicated ones.

Dell includes an integrated battery pack with a 43Whr capacity rating. This is a bit on the low side but not uncommon for compact budget systems. In digital video playback tests, it lasted roughly four and a half hours. This is less than many more expensive dedicated ultrabooks. It is certainly well below the MacBook Air 13 that can achieve over tend hours on a single change in the same test.

With a price starting at $750, the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Special Edition is a bridge between more affordable hybrid laptops and more expensive models. This makes comparison more difficult. More affordable options like the HP Pavilion x360 or Lenovo Flex 3 cost less but generally have lower resolutions displays or less performance. On the other hand, if you spend more and step up to a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro or the HP Spectre x360, you generally get systems that are either lighterm offer better performance or longer running times but you do have to spend more.

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