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Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop Review

The Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 is a 15-inch budget laptop with some good features. Dell allows buyers to upgrade main system components such as a processor, memory, hard drive storage capacity and operating system. Dell has made several exterior changes in the Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 laptop. The laptop has a plastic lid available in six vibrant colors to choose from. The corners of the chassis are well rounded.  The plastic lids with a Dell logo in the middle are removable and can be replaced with another color. The Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 isn’t exactly a lightweight, sleek or gorgeous looking laptop. However, it has all the characteristics that are needed for good performance.

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 Specifications

Dell Inspiron 15R KeyboardThe Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 is built with some solid  components such as  3rd generation Intel Core i processors, 2GB DDR3 memory and a discrete graphics card.  Dell offers three choices in processors; Intel Core i3 processor with 2.3GHz clock speed, Intel Core i5 processor with 3.1GHz clock speed and Intel Core i7 processor with 3.2GHz clock speed.  The default memory provided is 2GB which can be increased up to 4GB. The Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 default configuration also includes AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics processor.

The laptop is fitted with Mobile Intel® 7 Series Express Chipset (HM77) which also houses an onboard graphics chip- Intel HD Graphics 4000. Other important component in Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 configuration is 15.6″ HD WLED True-Life display with 1366×768 pixels resolution. The keyboard fitted in Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 is smudge resistant and nice to touch. However, the keyboard lacks a dedicated numeric keypad. The touchpad fitted in Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 is of average size. The laptops offers a wide array of input/output ports that includes 4 USB 3.0 ports, headphone jack, earphone jack, VGA port, HDMI port, and an Ethernet port.  The Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 also has a 8-in-multimedia card reader and HD 1.0MP webcam situated above the screen.

Other Specifications

CPU

  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-3110M processor (2.3 GHz, 3M cache)
  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M processor (up to 3.1 GHz, 3M cache)
  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3632QM processor (up to 3.2 GHz, 6M cache)

OS

  • Windows 8 English (64-bit)
  • Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 Home Basic SP1 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)

Memory

  • 2GB DDR3 memory
  • 4GB DDR3 memory

Graphics

  • AMD Radeon™ HD 7670M DDR3 1GB
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000

Display  

  • 15.6″ HD WLED True-Life with 1366X768 pixels resolution

WLAN

  • Dell Wireless 1704 802.11n

DVD

  • Onboard tray-loading DVD+/-RW (standard)
  • Onboard Blu-Ray Combo (option)

Dimensions (WxHxD): 378mmX 30.03mm (front) / 34.1mm back X 252mm

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Performance

Dell Inspiron 15R BackPowered by an Intel Core i processor paired with 4GB memory, the Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 is capable of handling daily computing tasks with great ease. The performance of Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 is far better than laptops powered by 2nd generation Intel Core i processors. The integrated graphics chip is able to churn out 24 frames on medium-low quality settings in games like Lost Planet 2 DX9. However, the integrated graphics chip performance dips in games like Crysis DX10.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 is not capable of handling Crysis DX10 game at high quality settings even at its native resolution. The 15.6” display panel renders bright pictures with true colors and sharp image detail. However, the picture quality suffers in scenes with a dark background. The picture loses luster when viewed from an angle, and the colors appear completely washed out when you look at the display from the sides. The screen gets darker as you tilt it backward.

Dell Inspiron 15R ColoursAll four USB ports provided in Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 are USB 3.0 ports.  One of the USB ports is the PowerShare port that can recharge USB devices even when the system is not on. The HDMI video output ports are useful for connecting larger displays while the VGA port is useful to connect older displays. The 500 GB hard drive is sufficient to store your photos, movies and music collection. The Dell Stage in Inspiron 15R 5520 features an icon drive user interface that provides easy access to music, photos and videos stored on your hard drive. The HD 1.0MP webcam is ideal for video conferencing and casual video chats with your friends and family.

Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 is a good laptop with powerful components. However, 2GB memory and the glossy 15.6” inch screen are some things that surely need an upgrade. At a starting weight of 6.05 lbs, it is a bit on the heavier side making it less travel-friendly.

However, the Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 can be a good desktop replacement option for people looking to get rid of their desktop to remove the clutter. The laptop has a good number of input/output ports and connectivity options. Users who are willing to spend more always have the choice of upgrading their systems by selecting better performing components.

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Where to buy?

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.