The race is on to build a really great gaming laptop around Nvidia’s new GTX 1050. Nvidia’s already greatly improved the headroom of gaming laptops by shipping basically unaltered 1080, 1070, and 1060 cards for laptops, instead of scaled down mobile versions. Now the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti are continuing that trend more or less, and making more portable designs possible.
Dell’s new Inspiron 14 and 15 7000 series are just spec bumps of last year’s models, but the new 1050 and 1050 Ti cards in them are a huge upgrade for gaming. Each laptop is available with either a seventh-gen Core i5 7300HQ or Core i7 7700HQ quad core processor, but most of the other top-of-the-line specs are exclusive to the 15-inch model, including a 512GB PCIe SSD, the Ti graphics, and a 74 watt-hour battery. The 14-inch model only comes with a 1080p anti-glare LCD, but the 15.6-inch is also available with either a 1080p or 4K IPS screen.
Because these laptops are based on last year’s chassis, neither includes USB-C like Lenovo’s all-new Legion gaming laptops (which also feature the 1050). Luckily, Dell wins on price, starting at $799 compared to Lenovo’s $899.99 base price. If you need something more advanced, Dell also just announced new Alienware laptops with higher-end graphics for a $999 starting price.