Dell gives its Precision and Inspiron range of PCs some much-needed love

What you need to know

  • Dell refreshed its line of Precision laptops with up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9 or Xeon processors and other beefy specs like NVIDIA Quadro GPUs.
  • New Inspiron laptops, 2-in-1, and AIO devices with latest Intel and NVIDIA components.

Dell's Inspiron and Precision desktops and laptops don't really share the same spotlight as XPS and Alienware hardware, but these devices should not be overlooked as Dell has refreshed its Precision and Inspiron range of products.

Precise computing taken to the next level

Dell PRecision 7540

The new Precision 5540 laptop can be kitted out with up to up to Intel Xeon E or 9th Gen Intel Core 8-core processors, 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro T2000 (4GB) professional-grade GPU, 4TB of high-speed storage, and an ExpressCharge-capable 97Whr battery. That's quite the specification, all in a tight, sleek 15-inch laptop chassis.

Taking performance up a notch is the Precision 7540, Dell's most powerful 15-inch laptop. This monster is capable of VR and AI with up to an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 GPU, and either 128GB of 2666MHz or 64GB of 3200MHz RAM. Then there's the insane 17-inch Precision 7740 with up to Intel Xeon E or 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors, 128GB of ECC RAM, 8TB of PCIe storage and the latest NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU. The 7740 also looks smart with either a Titan Gray aluminum or carbon fiber cover.

Dell Precision 3431, 3630, 3930

The Dell Precision 3431 is based on the excellent 3430 small-form-factor PC, just with a new motherboard and Intel processors. The Precision 3431 now has a 850W PSU to support the newer Intel processors, massive amounts of RAM, and NVIDIA Quadro GPUs.

There will be plenty of configuration options with the two PCs, including 128GB or 64GB of 2666Mhz ECC or non-ECC RAM, and plenty of storage. The Precision 3630 can even be kitted out with the Quadro P5000 GPU with a whopping 16GB of video memory. For those who need a new server, the company has also given its 3930 rack a makeover with latest Intel processors, up to 128GB of memory and new, higher-end professional graphics cards.

Dell Precision 5540, 7540, and 7740 laptops will be available in July, starting from $1,339, $1,149, and $1,409, respectively. Dell's Precision 3630 and 3431 desktop PCs will also launch in July, starting from just $609. Lastly, the Dell Precision 3930 rack server will hit stores in July from $879.

Inspiring another generation

Dell Inspiron 27 7000

As well as working on new ways the make the Precision family of hardware more appealing with latest specs, Dell also refreshed the Inspiron line-up of notebooks and 2-in-1 devices. Starting with the new Inspiron 13 5000, which will be available in a bunch of neutral colors like Platinum Silver or calming Iced Lilac. Weighing in at just 2.59 lbs, it's ideally suited as a traveler's companion with a more appealing design and up to the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, 8GB LDDR3 RAM, 512GB storage, and an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU.

The new Inspiron 13-inch and 15-inch 7000 2-in-1s are smaller, thinner, and come packing several improvements to the overall design. Dell implemented a new hinge that features a small Active Pen garage to store your stylus, and the 2-in-1 devices are smart enough to know when you're using them on a flat surface or on your lap to adjust performance and heat generation accordingly.

Dell gave the Inspiron 15 7000 some love with the choice of 9th generation Intel Core H-class processors that offer up to 8 cores, up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, dual NVMe SSD options, and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU allow these laptops to take on more demanding tasks. Fans of the Inspiron 3000 2-in-1 will appreciate the bump to an AMD A9 CPU, upgraded DDR4 RAM, and at least 64GB of storage with this latest version.

Finally, we have Dell's 24 5000 and 27 7000 AIO desktop PCs. The company made these more resemble a TV, sporting a clean slate re-design. The stand makes it easy to set up the desktops and get them positioned to your liking, and can even house the included keyboard when you don't require it to free up desk space. Dell also packs in the latest components from Intel and NVIDIA to boost performance figures.

See below availability and pricing for the newly revamped Inspiron hardware:

  • Inspiron 13 5000: Available now (EMEA, China), coming soon to NA - starting at $579.99.
  • Inspiron 15 7000: Available now (APJ, EMEA, China), coming soon to NA - starting at $999.99.
  • Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1: Available June 10 - starting at $349.
  • Inspiron 24 5000 AIO: Available July 26 - starting at $699.99.
  • Inspiron 27 7000 AIO: Available July 26 - starting at $949.99.
Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.