: 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H (12MB Cache, up to 5.0 GHz, 6 cores), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6, 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare LED Backlight Non-touch Wide Viewing Angle 100%sRGB 8bit, 16GB (8GB onboard + 8GBx1 SODIMM), DDR4, 2933MHz, 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive, 3-Cell Battery, 56WHr (Integrated), Intel(R) Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2x2) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0 Pictures: https://imgur.com/a/t8bVzFp
So let me start by saying that when I got my vostro 7500 there was no reviews for it at all, most reviews are for the vostro 7590 (2019) edition which had a 9th gen core i7 which was known for some thermal issues. So hopefully this review helps anyone interested in the vostro series as they are going through awesome deals now, in addition to some of the quality control issues with the new XPS 15 series. Feel free to ask any additional questions in the comments. Design and ports:
the new 2020 vostro improve over the previous model with a new hinge that slightly elevates the laptop allowing for better cooling. It has a premium and business appropriate look while still being light (around 4 pounds), which is less than what dell advertises for the XPS 15 which has carbon fiber while the vostro has an all aluminum build. The 2020 model has one less USB Type A port than the 2019 model, the total ports are: 2 USB A ports, one at each side, a mini SD card reader, HDMI port, headphone jack and charging port and one USB C port that supports only thunder bolt 3 in the model with a 1650Ti Nvidia GPU but supports Power delivery in all the models. In addition to a fingerprint reader embedded in the power button (a nice gimmick I was not expecting) Keyboard and Trackpad:
Now I have never used a trackpad on a windows laptop that ever came close to a macbook but I would dare say this trackpad is really close! Scrolling is very smooth and it has a really big surface area. Keyboard is very decent, it is not like the butterfly keyboard, it’s actually pretty similar to the new magic keyboard in terms of their key travel. The keyboard also has backlight that illuminate across all letters equally, it’s not very bright but in a dark setting they get the job done, you can find a picture of it in the album linked to this post. The only downside of the keyboard is that the laptops edges can be a little sharp on the wrists while prolonged typing! Screen and speakers:
I was very skeptical about getting an anti-glare display as in the old days laptops with anti-glare displays meant that their brightness was extremely bad. But not in this laptop, I will never go back to a glossy display again, it’s 300 nits of brightness and with the month I have been using it I never went above 50% brightness. The 100% sRGB panel is just beautiful! Bezzels are slim and there is no light bleed whatsoever. The speakers I would say are descent for music or video while you’re sitting on a desk it would be fine. I have noticed that on some zoom calls I would need to use headphones to hear certain people but that could be their microphone problem but just keep that in mind. Battery:
The high tier model has a 97 Wh battery while the others have a 56 like mine accompanied with a 130 Watt AC adapter. I mostly use my laptop plugged and have modified my charging settings to preserve battery life span but I have been getting between 4:30-6 hours of battery life which is good for me, and also considering that I am not charging the battery fully it may be able to squeeze a little more. Performance/Thermals:
The 10th gen H series i7 have 6 cores and 12 threads. Everything is just snappy. I will do proper benchmarks and edit them to the post but seeing as a lot of people are interested in this laptop now I though I would get the review out there earlier.
During normal workload: web/office/vlc/MSSQL you will not notice the laptop getting hot or hear the fans running. It may get a little warm on your lap but not to an annoying level.
While running a stress test or gaming the fans will ramp up but they as soon as the stress session is over they cool down pretty fast.
I have played Civilization 6 with temperatures around the 70s and GTA V with full highest sessions where the device can definitely handle it but will be heating up to the 100 degree! By lowering the graphics settings I can get the 60fps 1920x1080 with temperatures averaging 85 degree.
Now to move to the negatives
The device only supports 24GB of ram maximum by having a 16GB stick in addition to the socketed 8 GB.
There is some coil whine, now I have never had a laptop that never had some level of coil whine. As this does not mean any defects or performance downsides, I just got used to it and stopped actively trying to listen to it.
The rest are not hardware negatives but rather software decisions that dell for some reason decided to go with and are seen across all their laptop lines: The first is having to restart the laptop every time you plug and unplug headsets in order for it to recognize it, the fix for this issue is by not disabling Waves maxxaudio on startup from the taskbar (I have a habit of disabling every program from the startup menu)
The other is audio stuttering on Bluetooth while on battery, the fix can be found here: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/73119-add-remove-wireless-adapter-settings-power-options-windows-10-a.html
Screen brightness can change slightly between changing apps or chrome tabs that have different backgrounds similar to automatic brightness on smartphones, the fix can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/Dell/comments/hkx26i/vostro_7500_brightness_keep_going_up_and_down/fww7mv1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
I hope you find this review useful as I really recommend this device and feel that for the price, we’re getting a pretty good deal in terms of specs!
Edit 1: Laptop supports 2 SSDs Edit 2: the Nvidia dgpu has the HDMI port directly connected to it. laptop documentation: https://topics-cdn.dell.com/pdf/vostro-15-7500-laptop_owners-manual_en-us.pdf
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Recently demoed a bunch of tennis racquets to find a replacement for my Head Youtek IG Radical MP. I am a tennis player from Melbourne, Australia so not too sure where I'd rank in the US metrics, but I used to play a reasonably high level and here is a video
for reference (and a full album
with some fun slo-mos!).
All racquets were tested on a clay court with a similar skill level opponent, unfortunately we were put into full lockdown (no sport allowed, 1 hour of individual exercise per day permitted) before my new racquets arrived so footage had to be against a hitting wall. But without further ado, here are my ranking and notes for the frames I made during testing. Feel free to ask any questions!
- Head Graphene 360+ Prestige MP - Tested this racquet with Head Lynx strings at 52lbs - Very stable, great control and feedback off the strings with the added weight over my radical, the weight balance, and the thin beam. - Still gives enough power on serve and big swings but definitely a control frame - Feels like the great Prestiges (I used to play a bit with the Head Youtek Prestige MP) of old but leaning towards being a little more forgiving and flexy - I think the distinguishing factor between this and the VCore will be the weight balance. This is more head heavy so it feels more stable, easier to control at full stretch and the back foot whereas the VCore is very head light so it excelled more with topspin, kick serves, and touch shots. Neither racquet feels weak in these areas, but those are the strengths of each weight balance comparatively.
- Yonex VCore Pro 97HD 18x20 - Tested this racquet with Yonex Poly Tour Pro strings at 50lbs - Weight and stiffness both increased over the radical and much nicer - Felt very whippy and manoeuvrable despite the much higher weight than the radical. Probably because it is so head light. - Hugely better control, especially on second serves, double faulted maybe twice only over three sets whilst playing tired - Feel was very nice, the low flex and stiffness gave a lot of feedback at point of contact - Balls were playing longer than the radical, quite a few serves and returns that felt great off the racquet ended up flying just long. I think this might be due to the demo restring though. Tension felt looser than what I usually use and whilst the poly tour pro strings are a spin poly, they aren't shaped so they do get less spin which also might contribute to it. - Arm felt a little sore after the session but I think this was more to do with playing 10 hours the previous 3 days as opposed to the racquet being an issue. - The feedback on shots is more direct on the Prestige MP as the VCore is a little muted with the vibration dampening mesh in the handle.
- Head Graphene 360+ Prestige Pro - Tested this racquet with Luxilon Alu Power strings at 50lbs - 95 inch head is more unforgiving than the MP. The 16x19 pattern and the thicker beam (22mm to 20mm) on the pro gives more power but the smaller 95 inch head size makes the spin potential and control only slightly less than the MP. - It's probably even more stable though and has more power out of the frame - The MP might be better suited to my game and be more of an all round balanced racquet but I want to hit more with this to see if the smaller head size is something I could control because it does seem to offer more stability and plow through. - Just played a new set fresh with the pro. Huge control and stability, so fun to hit out with. Amazing on slices with the stable head heavy balance and small head size - BUT arm is sore after one set (could be fatigue) and the racquet is unforgiving on lazy footwork/not hitting over the ball. Plenty of balls hitting back fence on the full but that's my fault not the racquet's, but I can't get away with it. - Played a set with the MP right after and I think it's the better choice. Less impressive on slices because of the stability and control but can hit out more, especially on top spin backhands and the MP is just more forgiving, better feel and feedback with the thinner beam, and I find the extra power of the Pro to be a detriment as it is there when I don't want it, such as on returning heavy serves, and when I'm attacking myself I can generate enough of my own power.
- Prince Phantom 93P - Tested this racquet with Volkl Cyclone strings at 52lbs - This racquet has the best control of the bunch, incredibly impressive when changing directions on groundstrokes and picking spots on returns. - Impressively as well the 93in head size felt manageable and the sweet spot was actually quite large considering. - Slices on this were absolutely incredible, lots of spin potential and control but they did lack a bit of power if I didn't get my whole weight transfer into the shot. - Although this racquet is fun and if I was Mr Money Bags I'd have one in my bag for an interesting change up, it is too low powered on defence. I can still use my natural strength to not get bullied in points, but it is much harder to turn defence into attack with this racquet and I feel like the extra control it provides does not offset this disadvantage. I'd rather sacrifice a little on the control and rely on my technique and improving. - I feel like this racquet gives you a ceiling on your quality of play but it is a very good frame.
- Wilson Blade V7 18x20 - Tested this racquet with Volkl Cyclone strings at 53lbs - Blade is similar to the Ultra Pro V3 but it is just better. - Even though the weight is the same it feels more heavy and stable than the ultra. Because of this it has better control off the back foot and returns. - The blase does fly a bit and it is a more open string spacing compared to say the VCore - Less free power off the ultra so can't get away with bad positioning as much - I would say it's a contender against the VCore, maybe slightly behind it though as I liked the extra weight of the VCore and the very thin beam. The blade has more power but less control and feedback from the ball - I can see why so many people love the blade. It is a good balanced racquet with no real weak points. It is not suitable for me though as I feel like even the 18x20 version tested is closer to an all-rounder racquet rather than a control orientated frame. It played closer to a 16x19 string pattern to me and because of this it sacrificed some control for free power and spin, which I personally don't need/want. Great frame though.
- Babolat Pure Strike 18x20 - Tested this racquet with Babolat RPM Blast strings at 52lbs - Most powerful and spin frame of the bunch so far - Big headsize and sweet spot - Control is still there impressively, this isn't just a typical aero that has huge spin and power but questionable feel and control. However it does not have the control and feedback of the thin beam racquets tested. - Most effortless on big groundstrokes - Switching between this and the Dunlop though showed I need a control orientated frame. While the big groundstrokes felt awesome on the pure strike and there was some control to the frame over a traditional Babolat, the textbook power and launch angle was still there and this is not suited to my game.
- Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro - Tested this racquet with Head Lynx Tour strings at 52lbs - Similar to the blade, head heavy and reasonably thin beam give it the stability and control but the bigger head size and playing half way to a 16/19 pattern give it plenty of spin and some free power - Shots, especially returns, still fly a bit but no where near as much as say the pure strike - Consistent on first and second serves with enough control there - The 100 inch head size makes it slightly behind the blade to me. Plays similar to the blade but a bit more head heavy. - I do not like 100in head size, it sacrificed control and feel for no real benefit to me.
- Dunlop CX 200 18x20 - Not sure what strings were in this demo but it was a full bed of a low powered co-poly at roughly 52lbs - Very similar experience to the Prince tested but it is so low down the ranking because despite the bigger headsize this racquet actually felt like it had less power and sweet spot than the Prince. - It has impressive control but still behind the Prince. It's still a good frame but it suffers from the same problems as the Prince with less of the upside, I would get the Phantom over this.
- Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro - Tested this racquet with Head Lynx strings at 52lbs - I can see why this racquet is nothing like the Pro mould and layup that Djokovic uses. - It's a very light 100in head, which could be fun for some players that need help with free top spin. "speed"ing (lol) up their swing, and a forgiving large sweet spot. - However I feel like the light weight and huge head size sacrifices a huge amount of stability and control, so this racquet wasn't for me.
- Wilson Ultra Pro V3 - Tested this racquet with Volkl Cyclone strings at 52lbs - Tested this side by side with the Blade V7 and found the Blade to be better in every regard. - This might be aswell because I seem to preference the more head heavy racquets in this playtest and the Ultra felt much more head light because of the blade. Because of this the racquet gave some free spin and had a higher launch angle. - Because it feels a bit light, changing direction, backfoot shots, and stability were a little lacking - A bit credit to this frame to be fair is that the contact point is so buttery smooth, great feel - A lot of online reviews report that adding lead tape at 3,9,12 retains the positives of this frame and fixes some of the head light issues I was experiencing.
There are more great control frames out there, the Tecnifibre TF40 305 and the Head Pro Tour 2.0 being two key examples I wish I could have tried, but these are the racquets my local tennis shop had available. Thanks for reading!
And in case the videos and ranking didn't give it away, here are my new Head Graphene 360+ Prestige MP! Will be playing them with Volkl V Square once I break the stock Head Lynx strings (Lynx are still nice though!) https://preview.redd.it/kfwpi4rycgh51.jpg?width=2000&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c771513fc9fb62efe16081b250c21a864379ff21