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Dell Inspiron i7559 Review

Dell Inspiron i7559 Laptop ReviewThe Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is a simple looking but power-packed Full HD gaming laptop that hands out decent performance while gaming and exceptional performance during other tasks such as a browsing, entertainment, photo/video editing, etc. The Dell 763BLK features the latest 6th Generation Intel Skylake Core i5 6300HQ quad-core processor clocking at 2.3 GHz 2.5GHz (with turbo boost up to 3.2GHz).

It’s slightly thicker than an inch and looks like it’s made primarily for professional use, but let the simplicity of appearance not deceive you. The real vanity with this gaming machine is in the machine. And this powerhouse is priced very reasonably, especially considering that it’s a gaming laptop, which simply means it’s totally worth every penny. Oh, and word has it that Dell’s support has improved quite a bit off late.

So, without wasting time, let’s deep dive into see what makes it tick, before we get down and dirty with the details.

Pros

  • Plays just about any game out there at medium-high settings
  • Great battery life – 5-6 hours for regular usage
  • Simple in appearance but sturdily built
  • Easy upgradability – Add an HDD or increase the RAM, whenever required

Cons

  • 256GB SSD only, no HDD in-built
  • Matte-finish IPS display panel, so great wide viewing angles, but the screen could have been a tad brighter
  • Fairly loud stereo-speakers & sub-woofer, but audio quality is not that great

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Competition

The Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK rivals the ASUS K501UX, which features a Core i7 2.5GHz dual core processor. The ASUS K501UX is a fairly powerful and a lighter weighing (4.4 pounds) gaming laptop as well, but it’s a dual core machine and costs about a little over $150 extra in comparison.

Specifications

Key Specs of the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK Full HD 15.6” Gaming Laptop:

  • CPU: 6th Generation Intel Skylake Core i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz (Turbo boost up to 3.2GHz) quad-core processor
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 VRAM (Dedicated Graphics Card)
  • Display: 15.6″ Full HD Matte-finish IPS display panel with 1920x1080p resolution
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Weight: 5.67 Pounds
  • Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive

Our Score

Below you will find how we rated the Dell Inspiron i7559 laptop.

Design7
Features9
Performance9
Battery Life9

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Hands on Review

Design & Features

The Dell 763BLK is made of soft plastic but it’s a well-built sturdy piece of hardware. Depending on your location or when you decide to buy it, it may be available in three colors – matte black, grey, and hibiscus red. These aren’t new colors on Dell’s laptops, but something to note. The keyboard works really well, and is a backlit one. The keys are rather small compared to most other laptops but they’re spaced apart properly and there’s also a dedicated number pad on the right. The trackpad is probably too sensitive, so a little tweak in the Settings would be required for most users. If you want to upgrade the hardware – adding an extra RAM card or adding a Hard Disk Drive (only a 2.5” HDD would fit), flip the laptop upside down and unscrew just one screw. And add the parts you need, and you’re done. Super-easy and quick!

Ports & Connectivity

The Dell 763BLK has three USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port. Connectivity-wise, it’s equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11ac (ultra-fast band) and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s no CD/DVD drive, which is quite the norm with laptops these days anyway, but an external drive can always be plugged on.

Display & Audio

The screen here is a 15.6” Full HD anti-glare matte-finish display with 1920x1080p resolution. Also, the screen features the IPS display panel offering you visibility of many more color shades compared to a non-IPS display panel, and also good visibility when viewing from wide or different angles. The screen could have been somewhat brighter though, but it’s probably a matter of personal preference. In the audio department, there’s Dell’s MaxxAudio Pro, with stereo speakers above the keyboard along with sub-woofers at the bottom side. As long as producing loud-enough volume goes, this machine does it really well. But with the kind of audio output package this machine boasts of, the audio quality isn’t going to match expectations.

Performance

The 763BLK run Intel’s latest Core i5 quad-core processor that clocks at 2.3GHz (with turbo boost of up to 3.2GHz). Combined with 8 gigs of DDR3 RAM and 4 Gigs of dedicated graphics DDR5 RAM, this machine simply delivers on raw power, and then some. The 256GB Solid State Drive shows what it can do, right from the moment you power the laptop on with its super-quick boot times. Despite two cooling fans and three exhausts, the performance during gameplay of high-end games such as the GTA-V will take a bit of a hit in high-end settings. It’s not really a big deal as such, as the frame rate falls in the 40s for fps (frames per second) instead of running at 60fps or more. But, switch to medium settings, and you’re back in fast business. It can handle pretty much every other daily task, including photo/video editing, efficiently though. Let’s be honest to each other though… For what it costs, it’s an out and out high performance machine.

Battery Life

For regular use or everyday tasks, about 5-6 hours of battery life would be realistic expectations. 5.67 pounds isn’t light-weight but this laptop is quite portable. So, you’ll have something or the other to do while you’re in a flight or on the move. As for games though, you’d get about 1-2 or 2.5 hours of gameplay at best, depending on how intense the games you’re playing are. But, that’s going to be the case with most laptops anyway, as playing games is going to heat up the machine and eat up (err.. drink up) the juice.

Pricing

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Conclusion

The Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK gaming laptop does one thing really well, and that’s delivering high performance in pretty much every task you make it perform. And this despite the processor not being of the highest-end. And the effect of the not-so-powerful processor specs is largely felt only while playing high-end games, and almost never otherwise. The only real downside is the audio quality and the lack of an inbuilt Hard Disk Drive.

Oh, and that it doesn’t have a Core i7 processor, for those who are very specific about that. Dell has a solution though – the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK gaming laptop, which features the Core i7 quad-core processor that clocks at 2.6GHz (no turbo boost however), 1TB SATA Hard Disk Drive, and 8GB Solid State Drive. The 2512BLK is also lighter, weighing about 4.6 pounds; and almost everything else remaining the same as the 763BLK.

Is this laptop right for you?

If you’re looking for a high-performance laptop to play games and do more while being on a budget, you will be very pleased with the Dell i7559-763BLK for a long time to come. It’s good at multitasking, decent with high-end games (great with not-so-high-end games, naturally), has interfaces (keyboard & trackpad) that work well, and boots really fast. Plus, the hardware upgrades are going to be much easier on this one (so you can do it yourself at home) compared to most other laptops out there.

If you don’t mind spending another $80-100 though, the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK, which we’d call the elder sibling of 763BLK, is a great option to consider and it packs a lot more power.

You can find out more about the Dell Inspiron i7559 series of laptops right here.

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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.

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