Regular customers may not be very familiar with the designer laptop segment, but this category of PC has a lot of potential. Unlike gaming laptops, designer laptops are aimed at professionals who need more juice in their laptops, and they pack eye-catching features without compromising on design. This basically means you’ll be able to see top-end specs in a sleek form factor. This is why I was very excited when Dell approached me to review their Inspiron 16 Plus (7610) which not only looks good but also carries a hefty starting price of Rs 1,29,990, this which is still not the most expensive laptop compared to its rivals. . This also means that the laptop can be considered an entry-level creator laptop in the segment. If you’re a pro who likes to run multiple browser tabs, edit videos and photos, and like to game occasionally, here’s a breakdown.
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Design: Just to be clear, I’ve never used a laptop with a 16-inch screen before, and I always had my apprehensions. I’ve reviewed and owned several laptops with 13-15 inch screens, but somehow a 16-inch screen always seemed a bit too much. The Dell Inspiron 16 Plus removed all doubts and assured me that laptops with large screens can not only be user-friendly, but also portable. The metal body adds weight (about 2 kg); however, it doesn’t feel the heaviest to carry. We also get a big 130W charger, so make sure you don’t use a power outlet with an inverter in case the power goes out.
The metal body also provides a sturdy construction and users can open the lid with one hand. We have multiple vents on the sides and back (and of course, bottom) for heat dissipation. The placement of the trackpad is good (slightly to the left), which could be useful for left-handers. The front-facing speakers are loud and we get a full-sized keyboard. There are plenty of connectivity ports on the Dell Inspiron 16 Plus, including a headphone jack, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an SD card reader, an HDMI port, and a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4.
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Overall, the Dell Inspiron 16 Plus has a well-thought-out design and premium finish. The laptop sports a Mist Blue color scheme which may look dull to some users, but I like it better than the generic black and silver finish. The webcam gets a shutter; However, Windows Hello does not support facial recognition. This may scare off some customers when considering the higher price of Rs 1 lakh. The power button doubles as a fingerprint reader. Finally, I don’t really like the keyboard (backlit support available) which seems tight (1.3mm key travel) and sometimes tight. This is from someone who spends about eight hours a day typing for a living.
Display: To be clear, the screen does not have touch support if you are wondering at this price. We get a large 16.0-inch IPS display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 3K resolution (3072 x 1920 pixels), 300 nits brightness, and 100% sRGB coverage. That being said, the display performance is snappy and very satisfying. Plus, there’s Dolby Vision support and content with HDR looks spectacular on the big screen.
Windows 11’s “instant layout” feature makes the most of the 16-inch screen. It basically allows users to divide the screen into equal parts by hovering the cursor over the minimize button on the top right. It’s very useful on the Dell Inspiron 16 Plus, especially when you need to take notes while simultaneously running the web browser.
However, there is one major setback that may not sit well with many spec-hungry users. The screen refresh rate maxes out at 60Hz when rivals at various price points offer 144Hz display. That doesn’t mean the viewing experience is poor by any measure, but even creators of content would like to benefit from a high refresh rate.
Performance: Before moving on to the essential, a small summary of the specifications on paper. The Dell Inspiron 16 Plus (7610) packs an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11800H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6 GPU, 16GB (8×2) of DDR4 RAM and a 512 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Go. Simply put, the laptop packs a series of high-end hardware which is more than enough if you are looking for a reliable daily driver.
For creators and professionals, the Inspiron 16 Plus (7610) can run several high-end software without getting too hot. For professional Instagram and YouTube creators, this laptop is more than enough to run heavy Adobe editing applications. For business customers, the laptop works fine again if you want to run multiple inventory tracking apps and switch between browser tabs. However, if you are using 3D viewing tools, you might want to look for an upgraded version as the under the hood hardware associated with this display might not be enough.
As for games, while I’m not a big gamer (this laptop either), I’ve played Forza 5, Age of Empires IV, and old Batman Arkhan Knight. As expected, the laptop was able to run these titles efficiently with considerably loud fans but no heater. However, the low refresh rate creates a huge difference and hinders the gaming experience. It also scored an impressive 6024 points on the PC Mark 10 benchmark. In the Digital Content Creation test, the Dell Inspiron 16 Plus scored a total of 7157 points. In the GPU 3D Mark test, it scored 4933 points on Time Spy, while the top score is said to be 6121. The screen was able to hit 31.92 FPS in the test.
Customers should also note that HD camera performance is average, so if you use your webcam daily for online meetings, keep that in mind. The fingerprint scanner is responsive and the boot time is fast too.
Drums: Thanks to its great build, the Dell Inspiron 16 Plus (7610) slips in a 6-cell battery rated at 86 Wh that offers about five hours of battery life if you use the web browser, native notebook, and your phone mate . The laptop takes about two hours to fully charge with the included 130W adapter.
Verdict: Looking at the spec sheet, one can easily deduce that the laptop is more than capable of performing efficiently. But at this point it is more relevant to understand who should buy this laptop. If you’re a budding but somewhat established YouTuber or Instagram creator, the Inspiron 16 Plus (7610) won’t disappoint. The laptop offers a crisp visual experience, offers good sound output, and provides reliable battery backup.
Professionals won’t regret their purchase decision either, as it’s a pleasure to use Excel on the big screen of the Inspiron 16 Plus (7610). But as mentioned, the HD webcam offers mediocre performance, so if you need a good quality webcam, you can buy it separately. Finally, 3D artists or full-time video editors may be looking for another option as you can find other laptops at a slightly higher price point that support the stylus and carry other built-in creative accessories.
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