22 March 2018

REVIEW: Dell Inspiron 7775

Inspiring stuff

Computer review time once again, but get this: this thing CAN'T sit happily on your lap. What? Although most people now own a laptop, there is still very much an audience, and need, for larger desktop computers, and that is just what this beast is. We check out the Dell Inspiron 7775 Widows 10 desktop computer.

This is an all-in-one, meaning the computer itself, and the screen, are housed in the same body: no bulky tower, and no awkward wires connecting everything up (such as with this, admittedly far cheaper device from Dell). To that end, the Dell Inspiron 7775 also ships with a wireless keyboard and mouse, but they're pretty flimsy and we quickly swapped them for others we already had.

The computer itself, however, was not something we needed to tinker with. The Dell Inspiron 7775 boasts 16GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD, with an extra 256GB SSD to boot. Windows 10 comes pre-installed and ready to fire up, and the 27 inch 4K Ultra HD display looks gorgeous.

This thing is not small, and we'd quite forgotten just how large a 27 inch screen is. However, compared to other 27 inchers that we've reviewed in the past, this is refreshingly thin, possessing a tiny bezel to keep the overall dimensions down. It is also only 5 cm think through the middle, tapering off toward the edges of the screen. Coupled with the easily-detachable stand, that pivots forwards and backwards, the whole thing weighs 10KG. So you're never going to move it around all that much.

On the back you'll find a smorgasbord of ports to keep you connected, including USB-C, USB 3.1, and a few USB 2.0. There are also HDMI ports, a card reader, and a headphone port. There is Bluetooth 4.1 and also dual band WiFi. Oh, and obviously it has a webcam which is situated below the screen - as seems to be becoming fairly standard these days.

The Dell Inspiron 7775 uses an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 quad core processor, and boy does it show. From the few seconds start-up time, to the way it handles heavy loads, the computer is a power house of activity. We threw lots of things at it at once, including rendering some Full HD video while streaming a 4K Netflix film, and the Dell Inspiron 7775 didn't even flinch. Nor did it get overly excited, and we were happy to see that the fan only kicked in when the work load was ridiculously crazy.

For the past couple of years we have gotten used to using laptops with no more RAM than 8GB, so making the change to 16 was certainly felt. It also made a big difference making the transition from leaning over a laptop to sitting upright at a desk. Laptops give you the ability to move and work wherever you please, but desktop computers are by far the most comfortable option. If you work primarily at a desk, and bought a laptop just because that is what you thought you wanted, it might be time make the switch back to a desktop, and the Dell Inspiron 7775 should be top of your list.

Yes, it is bloody expensive, but damn does it show. The Dell Inspiron 7000 series has a few choices of specs; mainly by altering the amount of RAM, the size of the SSD, and the power of the processor. The 7775 is one of the most powerful, but we can imagine the cheaper 7000, with half the RAM, is just as good. It all depends what you want to do with it. For us, who want to edit video, play online games, and stream mucho 4K media, this is the one.


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