Dell is updating its Inspiron gaming line with some minor tweaks to the formula. Only two products are actually being adjusted, and then only the Inspiron 15 7000 receives a proper hardware update.
In this case, the entry level gaming laptop is being bumped up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. According to Dell’s press release this makes it a Max Q laptop, since it now qualifies as being both thin and powerful. Aside from that, Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 technology is also being added to the machine.
That’s about as much adjustment as the Inspiron 15 7000 is receiving, with no word on the 8th generation Intel processors. Still, the base model offers a relatively good deal on hardware specifications; and should be able to cater to Dell’s target market.
This update to the Inspiron is intended to function with the Dell Visor Windows Mixed Reality Headset. The HMD was technically announced back at Computex, but this is the first time that we’re hearing about a proper release date and price. For the US market at least.
On the other hand, the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop is receiving a more cosmetic option. The company has introduced a version of the computer that ships with a clear side panel; just in case you want to be able to see the internals. That’s really all there is to the ‘update’, as the hardware remains the same.
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 with GTX 1060 will be appearing on 12 September in the US from $999 (about RM4200). It’s partner Dell Visor is set to be sold in October for $349.99 for the headset, with an additional $99.99 for the controllers. Alternatively, Dell is offering a bundle for $449.99 (which is just a matter of convenience and isn’t cheaper).
Dell’s Inspiron Gaming Desktop with clear side panel will retail for $50 more than the regular model and begin shipping in September.