Just ahead of the weekend Dell quietly released a quartet of new Inspiron 17 5000 laptops. These are all 17.3-inch Full HD display equipped laptops; a pair of them feature the new AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APU with Vega 8 graphics, and a pair are built around the Ryzen 3 2200U with Vega 3 graphics. Tom's Hardware first noticed these new Dell Inspiron 17 5000 machines appear online.
I've made a screenshot of the four new AMD-powered SKU key specs table, which is embedded below. In it you can quickly see how the models vary by processor, RAM, and storage supplied. However, the most expensive model (far right) looks to have the same tech spec as the neighbouring AMD Ryzen 5 2500U - that is because it is the same machine but bundled with a full year of Dell's Premium Support Plus coverage (for an extra US$100).
Beyond the above varying specs all the models have the following hardware tech specs in common:
- 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
- Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
- 2 tuned speakers; audio processing by Waves MaxxAudio Pro, 1 combo headphone / microphone jack
- Ports: 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI 1.4b, 1x Noble lock, 1x SD Media Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
- 802.11ac dual band wireless networking + Bluetooth 4.1
- Full-size, spill-resistant keyboard with 10-key numeric keyboard. Backlit keyboard (option). Multi-touch gesture-enabled precision touchpad with integrated scrolling
- Fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello
- Height: 0.98" (25mm) x Width: 16.35" (415.4mm) x Depth: 10.99" (279.2mm), Starting at Weight: 6.55 lbs (2.972Kg)
- 42WHr, 3-Cell Battery (Integrated)
- Windows 10 Home
If the above specs appeal, Dell's quartet of new Inspiron 17 5000 laptops with Ryzen/Vega APUs cost between $679 and $999. Specs vary from the AMD Ryzen 3 2200U with 8GB DDR4 and 1TB 5400rpm HDD, to the top model which packs an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U with 16GB DDR4 and a 2TB 5400rpm HDD. No SSD storage option is present among the pre-built configurations. Dell also sells Intel-powered Inspiron 17 5000 laptops.