Summary: Minimalistic, yet captivating? You'd like to purchase an affordable multimedia laptop with a sleek design and decent gaming capabilities? In that case, Dell might be onto something with its Inspiron 15-5547. Our review will show which quality levels can truly be achieved for less than 600 Euros (~$802).
Pros: Slim, lightweight chassis, Aluminum lid, All ports located at the rear part of the sides, Decent input devices, Dual band Wi-Fi (802.11 ac), Decent application performance, Great maintenance options, Quiet operation, Good battery life, Low energy consumption, The slim, rather lightweight chassis is great.
Cons: Build quality not always perfect, Clickpad sometimes not too precise, "Throttled" GPU, Hot under full load, Only 12 months of warranty, No Gigabit Ethernet, Display with strong bluish tint, Glossy, highly reflective screen, Mediocre vertical viewing angles, Below-average speakers, Better innards: A faster GPU, a display with less bluish tint and non-mushy-sounding speakers.
Conclusion: Notebooks like this are often dubbed desktop replacements. In this case, unless you're an avid gamer or intensive video or animation editor, the phrase fits. As a consumer-grade computer, the Inspiron is powerful, capable, and good-looking enough to be a first-class choice. To the question whether it's worth over $1,100, we say—yes indeed.
Pros: Well-built and attractive, Great-looking high-res display, Nvidia discrete graphics, Decent sound, Ample RAM and storage, Long battery life
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Pros: Discrete graphics provide a good mobile gaming experience, Aluminum body looks great and is sturdy, Strong performance and battery life
Cons: The price tag will put this system out of reach for some shoppers, The display, while good, can't compete with top-shelf displays. If that's important to you, the XPS line might serve you better.
Conclusion: The Inspiron brand name, which is typically reserved for Dell’s entry-level systems, doesn’t do the Inspiron 15 7000 Series justice. This system is undoubtedly the reason why the XPS 15 is so expensive. In some areas, like display quality and battery life, the Inspiron actually out-performs the XPS 15.
Pros: Sturdy chassis, Large touchpad and keyboard, Solid 1080p touchscreen, Long battery life, Strong performance from CPU and GPU, Good value
Cons: Heavy, Display could be brighter, Fan can be loud at load
Summary: With its sexy design, strong performance and above-average battery life, the Inspiron 15 7537 has all the makings of a quality multimedia laptop. The graphics performance is particularly strong for this class of system. For the price, though, we would have liked a brighter screen and a less-mushy keyboard.
Summary: Long-lasting all-rounder. An economic Core i7 processor and a dedicated Nvidia GPU topped with a lot of storage and wrapped up in an elegant aluminum casing - this is the recipe for a versatile and high-performance multimedia laptop. But is it enough to justify the ambitious price of almost 1200 Euros (~$1619)?
Pros: Good build quality, 4 USB 3.0 ports, Backlit keyboard, High-quality Full HD screen, Generous storage capacity, High graphics power, Low temperature development, Very long battery runtime, Unlike some other laptops, even the rather inconspicuous details were considered in Dell's Inspiron 15. The GPU's swift GDDR5 memory and the first-rate Samsung SSD have to be emphasized here.
Cons: Glare-type screen, Low Wi-Fi range, Only 12 month warranty, No mSATA/M.2 slot, Steep price, The laptop only exhibits a few and mostly minor flaws apart from the CPU's not quite maxed out Turbo. We would wish for a faster 802.11 ac Wi-Fi adapter and one empty mSATA/M.2 slot.
Summary: Refreshed. A touchscreen alongside Intel's latest Haswell CPUs should boost the appeal of Dell's refreshed Inspiron 15R. Outstanding battery runtimes and low emissions speak for the 15-incher. But can that compensate for the omitted dedicated graphics card?
Pros: Rigid casing, High-quality touchpad, Generous storage capacity, Decent application performance, Impressive battery runtimes, Low emissions, Quiet, energy-efficient, fast: The Inspiron 15R makes a great impression in office and multimedia applications. The Core i7-4500 even deals with more demanding software without problems.
Cons: Slow Fast-Ethernet port, Disappointing WXGA screen, No dedicated GPU, Relatively high price, Compared with the precursor, the new HD Graphics 4400 has taken a leap forward but is still far behind most dedicated solutions. An additional, switchable graphics card would also make the laptop interesting for gamers.
Summary: It's hard to say great things about a laptop that is mediocre. It's not the thinnest, prettiest, or most powerful 15.6-inch notebook around, but it still has a place in the market. The Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 performs well for its price, features an impressive four USB 3.0 ports, and has a large, if not very high-resolution, screen. It's built with solid components, and has excellent speakers for its size.