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Dell Inspiron 15R review

Dell's entry-level Inspiron range gets a comprehensive overhaul

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The Inspiron 15R is the first example of the new Inspiron range. Benefitting from a complete overhaul both internally and externally, the laptop now features a brand new look and a set of specifications to challenge the other big guns in the market.

And that – we get the impression – is exactly what Dell is doing. Its been a rocky few years for the company, and with HP and Acer doing so well its clearly making aggressive moves in a bid to snatch back the initiative.

We liked

This is a great laptop at a very competitive price, it's great to see the Inspiron range taken to the next level.

The new look is great, and belies the price point of the Inspiron 15R. The brushed aluminium palm rest is a particular favourite, making this laptop a pleasure to own.

The quality of the components used is impressive. The fantastic screen, powerful processor and graphics card, quantity of memory and storage all sell themselves – you're unlikely to find a combination this good elsewhere for drastically cheaper.

We disliked

It's hard to pick faults with such a decent laptop, so we're going to have to get picky. The sound quality produced by the speakers is disappointing, as is the noise the fan makes when the computer needs cooling down.

Portability is a bit lacking, thanks to the 187-minute battery life, and usability wise the keyboard could provider a firmer typing experience.

Finally, the rear-facing USB ports and touchpad proved to be a bit of an irritant.

Verdict

For the money, the Dell Inspiron 15R is a great machine. There are few niggles, but these are more than compensated for by the power and usability on offer from the laptop. The net result is this one of the best machines around.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA X4500HD
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyInspiron 15
Processor ModelT4500
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameDell
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.73 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM57 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height40.1 mm
Width378 mm
Depth244.9 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series15
ManufacturerDell, Inc
Product NameInspiron 15 Notebook
Product LineInspiron
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5030-4360
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.dell.co.uk
Marketing Information

Stay mobile with the Inspiron 15 laptop. Easy to use and packed with great features, it's perfect for work or staying connected on the go - all at an affordable price.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Inspiron 15 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Bus Speed800 MHz