Dell Inspiron 16 Plus review: great performance without breaking the bank

Construction

Last year the PC’s design evolved and introduced a dark green metallic aluminum body instead of blue. The display is good, but we immediately see that the level of demand is not the same as the XPS range. The cover sinks under pressure and the edges of the screen are plastic. However, they hold up well and the 16:10 format is remarkable.

The keyboard is pleasant to use and its backlight is adjustable in 3 levels. The numeric keypad has disappeared on the right side, and some users may find it a shame. The power button doubles as a fingerprint reader, and the touchpad is quite fluid, even considering the click quality – it sinks a little too much when pressed.

Touchpad clicks are not very pleasant.

Touchpad clicks are not very pleasant.

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The webcam now shoots in 1080p, which is good news. The picture quality is decent, but it is always better to prefer a bright place. On the other hand, it does not allow the use of Windows Hello to quickly unlock the session, but the physical cache can be swiped for more security. Connectivity is very complete as there are two USB-A 3.2 Gen1 ports, one Thunderbolt 4 port, one HDMI 2.0 port, an SD card reader and a mini-jack slot. Enough to provide multiple uses without using a hub. Finally, the fastest standards were chosen on the wireless side with wifi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.

The link is very complete.

The link is very complete.

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Simply remove the Phillips screws to remove the chassis and access the components. The M2 SSD can be replaced as needed, as can the battery and RAM sticks. So it is possible to change its configuration; good point.

PC components can be replaced as needed.

PC components can be replaced as needed.

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Finally, on the thermal side, this laptop performs well. We recorded a maximum temperature of 38.9°C in the center of the keyboard using Cinebench, but overall everything stays around 30°C. The ventilation is effective, but it’s still quite loud (39.5 dB recorded during this test), which can be annoying in the long run. However, it is not normally enabled in office use.

Dell Inspiron 16 Plus does not overheat.

Dell Inspiron 16 Plus does not overheat.

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Editor's Rating: 5/5

Performance

Now here we are introduced to Intel Core i7-12700H processor (6 high performance cores, 8 efficient cores and 45W base TDP) coupled with 16GB DDR5 RAM and 512GB SSD. it still proved very fast in the tasks we gave it (total CPU index 151). It can be used in demanding applications without asking too many questions.

So, the Inspiron 16 Plus is positioned as a safe bet that puts the very good Ryzen 5800H from AMD and even the 6900HS from the Corsair Voyager to blame. It also – logically – beats the Core i7-11800H of the 2021 Inspiron 16 Plus and is clearly one of the best processors in laptops right now.

The integrated graphics part of Iris Xe does not work wonders, but it allows you to play some old or undemanding games.
The SSD was quite fast, 5 GB/s read and 3.9 GB/s write. It is, of course, behind the models installed on computers the game.

Strong points

  • Highest flight performance.

  • Very full contact.

  • Scalability capabilities.

  • 1080p web cam.

Weak points

  • A little heavy.

  • Limited screen brightness.

  • Volumetric charger.

  • Middle touch panel.

The result

5 stars by LesNumériques.com
A global brand

Editor's Rating: 5/5

How does the assessment work?

The Inspiron 16 Plus is evolving in 2022 in small steps, and Dell is improving on a recipe that already works well. Sure, the PC’s design isn’t as slim as the XPS, but if you’re looking for a PC with a good performance/price ratio, it’s a great choice. Adorned with extensive connectivity, a well-calibrated screen and a quality headphone output, this laptop can be used by content creators, but for better performance in this area, you’ll need to upgrade to a version with a dedicated GPU. There are still some negatives to mention, such as the limited maximum brightness, the bulky charger, and the lack of a numeric keypad, which may annoy some users.

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