Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series (College Review)


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The Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series is a budget laptop with an expensive look. The American company made this laptop with replacing your home desktop in mind. Is it worthwhile to replace your desktop away from home though? Read on to see for yourself in this Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series review!


  • Waves MaxxAudio®
  • 10 key number pad
  • Built-in DVD drive
  • 20GB storage from Dropbox included for 1 year
  • Dell Cloud Data Tools
  • One year In-Home Service
  • McAfee LiveSafe 30-day trial


  • Screen Size: 17.3″
  • Screen Resolution: 1600 x 900
  • Processor: Intel Pentium i3 or i5
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 500GB HDD
  • GPU: Intel integrated HD Graphics 4400
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n
  • Average Battery Life: 5.5 hours
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs

Specs Review:  The Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series is a hefty laptop, weighing in at 6.6 lbs. This is comes as a cost for the screen being 17.3″. It’s not the heaviest laptop in its category, but you’ll definitely notice it when carrying it around. Moving on, the 17.3″ screen features a 1600 x 900 resolution display. For the price, the resolution is satisfactory. The colors, however, are fantastic, so long as you face the screen forward. You won’t be sharing videos with your friends on this, as the colors begin to distort outside of the 70 degree viewing range. Still, considering the excellent color quality, you may be able to live with this downside. Inside the Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series is an Intel i3 or i5 processor. The chip is quite powerful, but will be able to handle all normal tasks and more. As for the laptop’s graphical capability, don’t expect to be battling terrorists in online matchups. The HD Graphics 4400 won’t let you play many demanding games at all, for that matter. However, it will suit fine for minor photo and video editing. The 4GB of RAM included should also be more than enough for general use, as should the 500GB hard drive, which can hold more than your fair share of photos and videos. If that proves to not be enough, a year of access to 20GB of Dropbox space is included for all your file-storing needs. Dell added a DVD drive to the Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series too. Although DVDs are a dying technology, some may find use in it still. In the wireless department, the Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series is shipped with your standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities. However, it does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi. If you do not know what this is, then you need not worry about this working in your home. However, you might not be able to connect to the internet at certain locations, such as your local coffee shop or library. Battery life is acceptable, if not slightly above average, for the Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series. You can expect 5-6 hours of usage, as reported by most users.

If you happen to be the clumsy type, Dell provides a backup and restore service, called Dell Cloud Data Tools. It allows you to manually backup and restore your data from the cloud or an external hard drive, should anything go wrong. Dell also gives owners a year of In-Home service. After your problem is diagnosed, a technician is sent right to you to fix the issue, at no cost. This will be especially helpful in getting rid of malware McAfee LiveSafe after the free trial is up.

Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):

  • “huge 17″ HD+ display, movies looked great, netflix looked great”
  • “… polished aluminum and the sleek design makes this look like a $2,000 laptop easily.
  • “A wonderful bargain”
  • “Would make a great replacement computer for anyone wishing to make the switch from desktop to laptop.”

Conclusion for College Students: The Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series is an excellent budget laptop with a sleek look. Dell nailed the desktop replacement, as the laptop is a great substitute for most homes. However, it may not be the most suitable machine to take away for college. Its wireless capabilities hold back what is an acceptable laptop for college. For that reason, this is best for those who plan to take online courses. The laptop is portable enough to carry around the house, and can be brought out to the occasional public place. The screen is also great for one person, and the internals can handle most, if not all, of what one can expect from an online course. In addition, staying at home is the easiest way to get your PC fixed with In-Home Services should something happen to your laptop. With it and Dell Cloud Data Tools, you will never have to worry about messing up your laptop too much.

Need a laptop for light use in college, but don’t want something like this? Check out a Chromebook. Its cloud-based focus could be what you are looking for.



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