Dell Inspiron 15 (College Review)

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The Dell Inspiron 15 is a very featured laptop. It combines the innovation of a touch screen with the processing power of a laptop. The Dell Inspiron 15 isn’t just a pretty face. This laptop has been stress tested to great lengths in harsh environments and has survived to tell the tale. Can you handle everything this laptop has to offer? Let’s find out in the only college-exclusive Dell Inspiron 15 review.


Features:

  • Touch Screen
  • Sleek Aluminum Design
  • Built In Wireless
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Speedy Boot

Specs:

  • Screen Size: 15.6″
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4500u (1.8GHz)
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 1TB HDD AND 8GB SSD
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 750M
  • Wireless: 802.11n (2.4 GHz only)
  • Average Battery Life: 8 Hours
  • Weight: 5.7 lbs

Specs Review: The 15.6″ display outputs native at 1920 x 1080 in HD. Basically, the more pixels, the better the resolution. 1920 x 1080 is the industry standard for HD so with this laptop, you will be seeing crisp colors and lines on a large display. With a 1.8 GHz processor is a bit on the slow side but being dual-core, the processor will provide enough speed to complete tasks. Any computer with 16GB of memory is well-above the industry standard. This means that you will be able to keep this laptop for a long time without having to worry about having to upgrade your RAM. 16GB of RAM paired with the Nvidia GeForce GT 750M provide the Intel Core i7-4500u with a lot of processing power. The GPU is designed for maximum performance per watt of power supplied and is twice as efficient as its predecessor. The discrete graphics card helps the laptop perform well playing various 3D games and is capable of outputting to HDMI ports. The Dell Inspiron 15 has both an HDD and a SSD. The HDD has 1TB of space. That amount of space is incredible for a laptop and you shouldn’t have to worry about running out space unless you store 2 million photos on the device. The SSD is what allows for the quick boot up times. SSD’s are known for quick response and quick accessing of files. A downfall to the Intel Core i7-4500u is it’s poor wireless capability. Unfortunately, it can only receieve wireless at 2.4 GHz instead of the standard 5.0 GHz. 2.4 GHz is prone to be more congested as most devices use that frequencies. However, with 2.4 GHz you can get a much longer range than 5.0 GHz. With only 2.4 GHz you lose out on the dual-band capabilities that you get when both frequencies are available. With a battery life of 8 hours, you should be able to go throughout your classes without having to worry about recharging but bringing the charger along can’t hurt. A weight of 5.7 lbs is a little hefty for a laptop but is not that much heavier than average. You won’t even notice the extra weight after you notice how necessary it actually is. The power and versatility of the Dell Inspiron 15 help make up for the slightly heavier-than-average weight.


Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):

  • “No defects, good performance, windows 8.1 is easier to use than I expected. I can run nba2k14 at highest performance without any delay.”
  • “Not a bad computer; has some quirks. The keyboard is very stiff, and I have to pound the keys as I type to ensure that I don’t miss characters.”
  • “Great laptop, it is fast and works great, all the specs match with the description”
  • ” I love the look,feel and touch of this little machine. It feels like a very sturdy built laptop and not like some that feels like cheap plastic.”

Conclusion for College Students: The Dell Inspiron 15 is laptop for someone who doesn’t need something that can handle programs that are too demanding. You’ll be able to play most 3D games and be able to handle word processors to take notes in class. With fast boot times, you won’t be stranded in class unable to take notes or unable keep up. The sleek design will most definitely draw your classmates attention and what the laptop has under the hood will keep them jealous. The above industry standard graphical capability will make this an investment that pays off for years to come. If you are looking at something to read articles and watch Netflix on, you’ll need something like a Chromebook instead to suit your needs. The Dell Inspiron 15 isn’t a laptop for the masses but will surprise the average user with the power they get with the relatively cheap price tag.

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