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Dell Inspiron 15R review

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

Our Verdict

Product features

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

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For

  • Sensible price
  • Fantastic power and usability
  • Excellent screen
  • Much improved design
  • Great storage

Against

  • Dodgy sound from speakers
  • Noisy fan
  • Semi-irritating touchpad
  • USB ports at the back of chassis
  • Battery a little disappointing

Dell's Inspiron range is made up of the company's entry-level consumer laptops.

In the past the series has played second-fiddle to its more illustrious brothers, the Dell Studio and Studio XPS ranges, which have tended to feature snazzier designs and meatier specifications for those after the next level of not only style and sophistication, but also power, usability and performance.

The new Inspiron 15R

But all that has now changed as the refreshed Inspiron 15R comes out fighting.

Not only has a brand new chassis design been implemented, but a whole raft of powerful components – including an Intel Core i5 processor – makes this a very powerful laptop whether you're simply after everyday use, or looking to run more resource intensive multimedia programs such as Adobe Photoshop.

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