It is a nice looking laptop. I've used SSDs and Spin disks, and SSD wins hands down. Best bang for your buck upgrade you can get these days.
But, I've never played around with one of these hybrid drives. Sounds interesting, and with limited drive options on a laptop (most only support a single SATA disk), it might be a good choice as a "desktop" replacement. I'd be inclined to go with the hybrid.
Well now I went out and realized the Dell 15 7000 with the 4th gen i7 is getting cleared out, and is very competative in the $950&1050 prices, with a great screen.
Not sure the upgrade to 5th gen i7 & 4k is worth $300-400 more.
Dell Canada seems to show the 4G i7 at $999 and $1249 - are there $950/$1050 sale prices elsewhere on the site?
The Broadwell (5th Gen) chips are a process shrink and incremental improvements on the Haswell (4th Gen) CPUs. The big advantages will be lower power (and thus better battery life), with I think good but modest CPU performance improvements at the same clock speed, and improved graphics.
The Dell's with 5th Gen seem to have added a discrete AMD Radeon graphics GPU, rather than use the onboard Intel HD 5500 from the i7. I'm not sure if the Intel underperformed (they used the equivalent HD 4400 on the 4th Gen), or if it didn't do all they wanted with those new 4K resolution displays. They could have chosen an i7 variant that had the better HD6100 graphics (this will be what Apple uses); I don't know how the Radeon compares.
$949-$1199 (Inspiron 7000)
The XPS is the only one with a SSD
It looks like you can't actually customize most of those Inspirons for memory and storage, just various Dell prepackages? I must say I find the whole slice-and-dice matrix of Dell choices rather baffling.
Fwiw ... when I bought my Lenovo T510 years ago, I noted that on the US website the configuration I wanted was available and on sale at considerable savings (but not on the Canadian site). Using the online chat, I discussed with the Canadian salesperson ... after a few minutes she came back with ... we can give you that configuration and at the sale price.
Will that work with Dell? Don't know, but if anyone's considering a Dell, might be worth a look ...
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