Dell Quietly Releases Inspiron 17 5000 Laptops With AMD Ryzen/Vega APUs

Dell quietly released four new models of its Inspiron 17 5000 laptop, each sporting AMD’s newest Ryzen 5 and 3 processors with onboard Vega graphics.

The four new Inspiron 17 5000 laptops weren’t on our radar when AMD announced its partners’ intentions to release laptops with the new Ryzen Mobile APUs, and these are the first Dell products to offer the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U with Vega 8 graphics and Ryzen 3 2200U with Vega 3 graphics. There are two models for each processor, and all of them feature the same 17.3” 1920 x 1080 anti-glare LED-backlit display, platinum silver finish, and port configuration--which consists of two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) and one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI 1.4b interface, and an SD card reader. The Inspiron 17 5000 laptops also sport a DVD optical drive, 802.11ac dual band wireless networking, and a 42WH 3-cell battery. However, the memory and storage configurations are varied.

The memory and storage come in various configurations for each of the two models bearing the new Ryzen 5 and 3 chips. The bottom-end Ryzen 3 version sports 8GB (1 x 8GB) of DDR4-2400 and a 1TB 5,400RPM SATA HDD. The next step up features 12GB (1 x 4GB, 1 x 8GB) of memory and the same HDD. The Ryzen 5 models both feature 16GB (2 x 8GB) of DDR4-2400 and a 2TB 5,400 RPM HDD. We aren’t sure what the difference is between the two higher-end models (the tech specs that are available are identical). However, we do question why Dell would refrain from offering a model with an SSD for primary storage.

The new Dell Inspiron 17 5000 laptops with AMD Ryzen processors with Vega graphics are available now from the company’s website, starting at $679.99.

Create a new thread in the UK News comments forum about this subject
Comment from the forums
    Your comment
  • RCaron
    Yeah poor selection from Dell.
    No 15" monitor option either.
    There's no point in buying a laptop unless you're getting an SSD, it's just too slow otherwise.

    Acer's models are looking good and have good reviews for Ryzen mobile.
  • intoo.the.rainbow
    All have ancient and slow 5400Rpm HDDs? Baffling decision. It's not the year 2000 anymore.
  • coolestcarl
    I rarely comment on these forums, despite being a daily tomshardware reader. But this news just makes me irritated! There is clearly a concerted effort to make AMD machines look sub par compared to Intel offerings. No matter how good a machine is, the hard drive is the slowest component and bottlenecks the whole system. Average Joe Schmuck buying a mass market computer just comes away with the impression that AMDs are cheap, slow, rubbish, and perpetuates this myth to the ignorant masses.

    Dear tom'sHARDWARE, I would like to request a bit of investigative journalism into figuring out why do major mass market PC manufacturers still pair AMD hardware with sub standard equipment.