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Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition packs a pen garage in the hinge

Dell hasn't been afraid to innovate on existing designs with its CES 2019 lineup, and that's obvious with its latest round of refreshes to its Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 range.

Both the 13-inch and 15-inch models are being revamped this year, packing an aluminum design, narrow borders, and a sleek diamond-cut finish around the touchpad.

The most unique addition, however, is included in the hinge on the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition, which now sports a garage for the active pen. No matter how you have the screen positioned, the hinge always ensures that the pen is always facing you. When you're done using it, the pen can be magnetically reattached to the garage, sitting safely tucked away when you close the lid.

The new Inspiron 7000 2-in-1s are the first in the series to include Dell's "Adaptive Thermal Technology" as well. The feature can detect whether the laptop is sitting still on a desk, moving around, or sitting in your lap, and automatically adjust its performance profile in response. Theoretically, this should keep you from getting uncomfortable from the Inspiron's heat output when it's sitting in your lap.

Apart from the redesigns, Dell is relatively mum on hardware specs. However, the company has confirmed that the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1s will come with Intel's 8th Gen Core processors. The keyboard will also come with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button for Windows Hello authentication.

Pricing isn't available just yet, but the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 and 15 7000 2-in-1 are set to launch in the June-July timeframe later this year.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to

  • Schweet. Has been one of my biggest turn off from inking on a laptop, there’s no place to put the pen. Magnets sorta work. But this is waaaay better.
  • Totally agree. Especially on the larger 15" models, there's really been no excuse not to provide a place to store the pen. For me, I'd rather have a too-thin pen with storage, than a big fat super-comfortable pen that I lose because I have no place reliable to put it. My HP Spectre x360 is too new to justify buying a new laptop yet, but this is a huge plus to me for my next system. Other features I'd like to see: 3:2 aspect ratio (the other big negative with the Spectre, which is a foolish 16:9) and Windows Hello via camera, not just fingerprint.
  • That's something that has perplexed me, it seems like no one is pushing windows hello cameras in their devices any more, they're all fingerprint. I really miss the face wake up from my old 950XL and have been itching to get a new laptop with the same feature.
  • "the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1s will come with Intel's 8th Gen Core processors" Darn, I'll keep waiting for the AMD adoption rates to go up among OEMs. I won't be buying a laptop without AMD inside. It's a luxury device for me, so I'm fine holding out for someone to put AMD hardware inside a high-end mobile computer.
  • Uh, you mean the same features that the Lenovo X1 Yoga's have had for a few years?