Laptop 2-in-1s never creep past 15-inches, and the thinking seems to be that flipping around such a massive piece of machine would be unnecessarily awkward. Dell has decided to blow up that idea by introducing the new Inspiron 7000, featuring a monstrous 17-inch convertible configuration. For a Windows laptop in 2016, the Inspiron 7000 has all the requisite hardware — your choice of Intel Core processors, infrared cameras to make use of Windows Hello, a USB Type-C port, a FullHD display and so on. The new Inspiron comes in 13, 15 and, yes, 17-inch models, starting at $US750 ($1044). It’s available in the US and China starting June 2. Australian availability has yet to be announced.
With those specs out of the way, let’s get back to the huge issue at hand: It’s really the beefy 17-inch guy I want to get my hands on. Really, I just want to know if a 17-inch convertible is worthwhile or just a back-breaking beast of machine that weighs an arseload. With a 360-degree hinge, the 7000 can be a normal laptop or morph into “tent mode”, so you can comfortably watch movies, or perhaps use as an actual tent because it’s so huge. Of course, Dell could’ve always made a 17-inch convertible, but did it ever stop and ask if they should?