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Dell Inspiron 1564 review

Cutting-edge power and great usability from this consumer level laptop

Our Verdict

Apart from the weak networking options, the Inspiron 1564 is a great all-round machine that is packed with cutting-edge components

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Powerful Core i3 CPU
  • Good screen
  • Decent usability
  • Decent 3D performance

Against

  • Limited network connectivity

Dell has had an impressive track record over the past year, delivering one stunning consumer laptop after another. The Inspiron 1564 continues this run of success by implementing cutting-edge technology in this powerful and well-rounded machine.

Built around a processor from Intel's Core i3 range, this is among the most powerful entry-level laptops we've seen to date. Effortlessly outperforming all but the similarly specified Samsung R580, multi-tasking with even more demanding software is possible.

3D performance

Despite using an integrated GPU – a graphics technology traditionally associated with limited power – Intel's latest onboard chip provides surprisingly powerful 3D performance, allowing high-definition (HD) video and even less demanding games to run with little effort.

The stunning 15.6-inch screen adds to the multimedia usability on offer. It is a very bright panel, and delivers fantastic colour reproduction and sharp images, ensuring movies, photos and games are shown with impressive clarity and vibrancy.

With such powerful performance on offer, we expected mobility to suffer as a result, but this wasn't the case. Running for an impressive 203 minutes under battery power, you can comfortably keep working away from mains power – made easier by the light 2.5kg chassis.

The stylish design of the previous Inspiron 15 range has remained relatively intact here, but Dell has added a faux brushed aluminium finish to the plastic interior. While it is a subtle touch, it creates a sleek, high-end look that belies this machine's comparatively low price tag.

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The keyboard is another high point. While it lacks the backlighting of more expensive models, all keys are large, accurate and responsive, making it easy and comfortable to type over long periods. Unfortunately, network connectivity is more basic than we would have liked.

While some rivals provide high-speed wireless and fixed access, an older and slower technology is used here. Speeds will suit basic home use, but it is worth bearing in mind before buying.

More pleasingly, storage is excellent. The 500GB hard drive will hold all your family's data with ease. Comprehensive support for flash storage cards is also provided.

Continuing Dell's recent run of success, the Inspiron 1564 is an impressively powerful and portable machine. While its limited network connectivity is disappointing, it excels in all other areas, making it one of the best entry-level laptops we've seen this year.

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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