15.6″ Dell Inspiron i5551-1667BLK via Amazon
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series i5551-1667BLK is a brand new entry level laptop that looks simple yet classy and modern and comes with decent level of performance to let you perform your daily tasks better, offers longer battery life so you can have the computer unplugged longer and is good for simple office stuff, light gaming, web browsing and all the other basic daily tasks, and at a low price. Dell Inspiron i5551-1667BLK comes with the quad core Intel Pentium N3540 processor (2M cache) at 2.16 GHz speed up to 2.66GHz with turbo boost and no hyperthreading, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM memory at 1600Mz for multitasking power, 500 GB Serial ATA hard drive at 5400rpm rotating speed and English Windows 8.1 operating system pre-installed with also the right to a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it is out at the end of July 2015.
Picture quality is pretty good- clear and crisp on its 15.6 Inch HD non-touch LED backlit widescreen display with a max screen resolution of 1366×768 despite not being Full HD + IPS panel and Intel HD graphics (Bay Trail) is good for older, less demanding, casual and light games and probably a little slow for multimedia editing tasks, you get nice studio quality sound via MaxxAudio and stereo speakers and it has a high definition webcam for making live video calls on Skype. Dell Inspiron weighs 5.4 pounds with measurements of 10.25 x 14.90 x 0.95 inches- average weight and size for a modern day 15 inch laptop. It comes with an English non-backlit keyboard and you’ll experience better data entry and easier number crunching with the 10-digit numpad and 4-cell 40 WHr lithium ion battery lasts longer between charges but this will decrease over time with use. It has an optical Tray Load DVD drive that reads and writes to DVD and CD as well as the latest fast 802.11ac Centrino wireless 3160 with larger coverage + Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to other Bluetooth enabled devices, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 3-in-1 Media Card Reader, an HDMI output and ports are located on both sides of the laptop.
Conclusion: Dell Inspiron i5551-1667BLK (15 5000 Series) is a simple laptop with a plain design, a good feature set and a low price tag. You get 30 day trial versions of Microsoft Office and McAfee LiveSafe and 1 year mail-in warranty. Pentium N3540 processor with a Passmark benchmark score of 1763 is a low mid range processor with enough power for everyday Office and internet tasks but not for the latest games or complex software and the Intel HD graphics card can play the older games fluently and if you’re after a machine that can play the modern games at reasonable settings and resolutions then you’ll need to spend at least a few hundred dollars more. 4GB memory is enough for running several apps simultaneously without lagging or freezing and you can move between apps swiftly and it is upgradeable by the user and 500GB is plenty of storage to save plenty of photos, videos and games. It is portable enough, at 5.4 pound weight and with 0.95 inch thickness with ventilation located on the left side of the laptop that feels efficient. You can open more windows on its widescreen display and picture quality is one of its main strengths even if it is not FHD resolution they seem to have done something right. It is a great choice if you’re on a budget or don’t want to spend a lot on a laptop with more than adequate picture and sound quality and a decent range of connectivity options while being a good performer for your daily tasks.