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I have owned my Dell Inspiron 15 for years. Quite how many I can’t be sure of but it is a long time. It has outlasted a couple of desk top PCs.
I'm always surprised when I read negative reviews about Dell because this laptop has been very good. Also my husband has used a Dell 15 at work and he found it very reliable. But then we mainly want a laptop for basic work. Perhaps this is why we are pleased and other more technical minded people aren't.This laptop has a webcam although I don’t often use this.
I love that it uses Windows 7 because I don’t get on so well with Windows 8.
I find this laptop so easy to use. It is under pressure because I use it every day, often for several hours, writing reviews, sending emails and shopping on-line.
It updates often and then takes a while to load. But I suppose it is a good thing that it updates regularly.
The battery life was good but now needs replacing. I have to keep the laptop plugged in while using it.
Also the lettering is starting to come off of the keys. This will pose a problem soon as I'm not a touch typist and do have to look at some of the keys.
It has good clear picture s and I think the colours are good.
It’s easy to use when I have many tabs open.
This laptop is equipped with a dual core processor
Windows Home 7.
Built in webcam and microphone.
The screen size is 15.6.
I would say this was a great purchase and has lasted well. When I next have to buy a laptop I will be looking at Dell.
I would say that its main advantages are that it is so easy to use and it is reliable.
As with most laptops it does get hot but the heat comes out at the side and this is easier to deal with.
I haven't had any issues with it not working due to overheating.
At first I thought buying a dell , I was buying a trusted brand where they rarely fail to deliver their promises and I am happy to say I have been proved completely right! What a fantastic laptop this really ease, it looks great , delivers fast speeds, impressive display, and good memory . I have used it as a backup laptop for occasional use and that has been for years, the best thing is it is still in a similar condition now as it was when I first bought it which is really impressive. It makes a great first laptop too it is very easy to find your way around and doesn't give you much hassle! I would definitely recommend this laptop its great value for money and you will not regret buying it. I've loads of friends with Dell electrical items and they all say the same that it's made to last.
Sadly this bulky, heavy laptop has none of the power which its weighty appearance might make you first believe. To harness the power to its full, streamlining is key with this laptop, so very few computer games, back up photos and videos and take them off the system etc. Yet despite this seemingly austere existence , for those looking for something which will get the simple jobs done, time and again, without fail, this laptop is a good candidate in your search. Additionally, break downs are rare to non-existent (the only occurrence in the span of my ownership, being self inflicted when a drink was spilled onto it). In conclusion to this short piece, I cannot recommend this laptop to anyone, only in the most basic functions, it has a been a faithful and reliable companion; otherwise it fails to compare with the other, faster, more powerful and more multifunctional models coming at this time.
This laptop has a Surprisingly quick start up time for an middle range model. I found this this has more than enough storage for the average person. It has good graphics for low/mid end gaming and runs most games on medium settings. It is extremely quick at opening programs and file. the display is very clear bright and very clear. It has two USB 3.0 ports which is an nice feature for a laptop that was in the lower end of the market i find coping files so much faster than my old laptop. The negatives with this laptop are that the power cord sticks straight out of the side. TIf the plug was at a 90 degree angle then it would be perfect with the side of the laptop and not sticking out. another problem is that they is no built in recovery software or disks supplied with the device. You cannot just reinstall the factory OS with a disk supplied you need to get a window disk from else where and install the drivers from dells website. If Other than the two I just mentioned I think this is a laptop and well worth the money I paid for it. It not designed for high end gaming or large usage of graphics intensive programs its for the average person who uses a laptop for browsing and word processing.
I have had my DELL now for just over two years and its great i love it. I am a student at the moment and having my DELL with the Microsoft word allows me to do coursework and any other assignments. The dell also has a disc drive which most laptops are lacking these days. This means if i have any software i want to put on the computer i have the freedom to do so. If your like me and you also like to play PC computer games, then this is the laptop for you. I currently am playing the SIMS , and on every other laptop i have played it on it just freezes and stops and starts but not on this dell. It works very fast. I have not had to get it repaired yet over the past two years i have had it.
Recently I was looking for a laptop that would be perfect to be able to do just general admin and day to day basic work from and a laptop that was easy to use. I have used my Sister's Dell Laptop before and it was pretty good so I decided to buy a similar one and went for a Dell.
This Inspiron 15 is user-friendly, nice screen size and the keyboard is very easy to use and get use to. It has a nice inbuild web cam as well so this means the web cam is less likely to get damaged or dirty as its in built.
I have had issues with the fan recently which seems to over heat recently and the battery does not seem to last as long as I thought and generally you do need to plug in the mains if you are going to be working on it for a long time or want to leave your laptop on standby when you are away from it.
Overall though it meets my needs and does the job it is required for and so would recommend it!
Bought this laptop so as to replace my old laptop, it arrived very conveniently yesterday. Uptill now, its fine.Setting up took just a few minutes, windows file transfer works really well too, although transferring files and settings took a long time. Unlike people claim, there isn't a whole lot bunch of useless stuff on this laptop. The wifi strength has increased to 5 bars, which is new for a dell. I'm very happy with this laptop when it comes to the speed. It has never turned me down in terms of speed and lag(I've 3 browsers always running).My old laptop is still going very strong. It's the Inspiron 1545 model which was bought on 2009 or 2010 and is still very strong. Dell is good in terms of reliability :-) I hope this one lasts 10 times longer :-)
A FEW NEGATIVES I'VE DISCOVERED :-
To start with, however I set it, the screen saver would never come up. Same goes to the sleep, it would never go to sleep while the lid is open like it is supposed to. Its a very sad situation. The temperature rises like anything, it runs extremely hot, even after running a fan towards it. My other Dell did NOT run hot at all. Also I saw the prices hiked up too.
Overall its not a bad purchase, Dell has always been pretty reliable in terms of service, I hope it lasts long.
I've used my Dell Inspiron 15 through school, and I'm pretty happy with it. While I would never use this as my main home computer due to some of the features being on the lower end, it is great for its size, portability, and battery life.
I'll go over some of the basic specs. The laptop comes with Windows Vista as the Operating system. The graphics card is pretty solid for a laptop in this range and can even handle some of the smaller games that I play. This comes in handy when I'm bored in between classes! The laptop with battery comes in right around six pounds, so it's not all that heavy to carry around. The 3 gigabytes of RAM is helpful to handle all of the applications I need at once without any lag. The 15.6" screen is easy to read and large enough so that you don't have to strain your eyes. The laptop also has an ethernet port and built-in wi-fi for connectiong to the internet.
This laptop only has 3 usb ports, which sometimes can be a problem. If I hook up an external mouse, keyboard, and flash drive, I don't have room for anything else, which happens from time to time. Most laptops come with 4 usb ports, and I do miss the 4th one in this model.
Overall, this isn't a bad laptop for the price range. Dell is a good brand, and if you ever have problems with your system, the customer service is helpful in getting it fixed. I would suggest this laptop for anyone that does a lot of travelling and doesn't need a super powerful machine.
I own a Dell Inspiron and find it very reliable, great to look at and handles everything I throw at it.The i3 processor comes in handy when I use my video editing software.It is sleek and stylish and keyboard is easy to use, sound quality is ok and graphics sharp and crisp.The only negative thing about the Dell Inspiron is the battery life which only seems to last about an hour.Overall for price and quality I would, and have, recommended this to other people
I have had the Dell Inspiron 15 for over a year now, and am really enjoying using it, for both leisure work and word processing for business purposes.
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The laptop is a great computer for light users, teens, businesses and it has all the features for these users. I would not, however, recommend it to video editors or heavy gamers, as the display and the ports probably would not be sufficient to their needs.
The lid is a glossy, obsidian black, which looks brilliant... for the first few weeks anyway, then it becomes dirty easily and shows all the fingerprints and marks.
The laptop is quite lightweight and has a 15.4 inch display which is of a decent quality. In terms of ports, the laptop has 3 USB ports, ethernet port, HDMI port, Monitor port and an optical drive.
The keyboard is one of the most pleasing aspects of the product, the keys all have a gap between them of 2 or 3 millimeters, which means you never accidentally press the neighbouring button.
One strange aspect I noticed is that the trackpad is not centred exactly, not that it bothers me, but it might annoy some users.
The laptop has an excellent webcam and an excellent program called DELL WEBCAM CENTRE which has all sorts of cool editing features available to you.
It has the Dell Stage software onboard, which allows access to your libraries, documents and games all from the desktop screen, all in a scrolling bar.
The weather is automatically on your desktop, powered by Accuweather and I have found it to be extremely accurate.
Roxio Creator is inbuilt and burns disks on the optical drive really quickly and again has plenty of customization features available.
This is the problem area for the laptop. At the beginning I found the life to be very good, however in under 6 months it had deteriorated quite noticeably. I am lucky to get 3 hours on a full charge.
Another issue is that the laptop heats up, just at the battery after around half an hour of usage. This could be a problem in the future, considering the battery replacements are over a third of the price of the computer!
This is a great entry level laptop and is most suited to light to moderate users. The price of under £300 is excellent, as Dell is very reliable if you have any problems, and they now have the flexible payment plans available as well.
There are a few problems, but I feel they are outweighed by the design and features of the laptop.
Thanks for reading this review!
This is a light, good looking little laptop which does everything you need to do (as long as you're not gaming etc which will make it perform slowly.) The faults I can pick out on it however are that the mouse is hard to use and somewhat sticky as you scroll across the screen and also that the keyboard is just way too small and if you have clumsy fingers you will find yourself pressing the backspace key far too often! Apart from these slight down sides, the dell inspiron 15 is a brilliant little laptop which is very light, easy to use and very portable to take anywhere with you. Ideal for university students, as I have taken this back and forth university without any problems, easy to pop up on the desk and doesn't take up too much room and is very convenient for my studies. All in all an 8 out of 10 :-)
My sister needed a new laptop seeing as using just a plain and simple netbook wasn't living up to the challenge. So i had a look around for a while for her to find something cost effective and practical. I started checking out the Dell ranges, i've always had good dealings with Dell products and they are normal excellent value for money and once again i wasn't proven wrong. I picked up the Dell Inspiron 15 from PC World for £349.99 a bargain.
I got it home and thought i would test it out install anitvirus, and other features to get her started. To the un-boxing.
It comes it a sturdy cardboard box. Upon opening the box the laptop is safely stored inside a foam mold to protect it from damage when it transit. after removing the seal strips holding the foam together i started removing the insides revealing the laptop. Inside stored in a sealed plastic sleeve is the warranty information, set-up guides and help manuals as well as few other bits and bobs for offers ect. Underneath these the laptop is secured in its only molded box to hold it in place and again stored in plastic to protect it from scratches and bumps. Also in their own compartments are the power cables safely stored in plastic bags and cabled tied to avoid damage.
The amount of protection taken on this model is an excellent showmanship of Dells excellent product quality.
-First Start Up-
I connected all the power cables and turned the machine on. Within around 30 - 40 seconds i was in too windows 7 an amazing start up time i thought. It came with a trial of Norton 360 and the normal links to Microsoft office and various sites.
Focusing on simply the design aspect of this model the Inspiron 15 looks remarkable a sleek and stylish design aimed for all users and environments. The overall dimensions of the laptop are Height 1.24" x Width 14.8" x Depth 10.24" making it a nice comfortable size for lounging around the house, school or office work.
It comes also with an amazing display that i find is very easy on the eyes in all lighting conditions whilst boasting bright and vibrant colours. A HD Ready screen size of 15.6" is your display perfect for everyday use, watching videos or playing games.
I've been using it for around 2 weeks and it still is running fine the start up time has increased to around 50 seconds to a minute but that's expected with more software installed. The performance is still excellent for the uses its needed for, document writing surfing the web and watching videos. However playing HD video games might slug up this laptop and its performance.
The keyboard and touch-pad are both lovely to touch and easy on the fingers to use. Very comfortable makes using for long periods of time not a strain on the hands. Perfect for schooling for example. However i have found that when using the laptop on your lap or surface for long periods of time the keyboard and touch pad can become hot for around 10 seconds before cooling back down again. Along with the base of the laptop this too can become hot when during long periods of use which could cause discomfort.
Using it around the house means no charger and the laptop still maintains high performance even without the charger plugged in. The battery lasts for around 6 hours depending on power level, brightness setting ect. But for a home style laptop this seems to be enough time for us to use and then quickly put back up stairs on charge. When charging from a empty battery a full charge takes around 30 - 40 minutes. So a minimal wait before you can be up and on the go again.
The overall size and weight of the laptop seem to fit perfectly from user to user in our household. Its lightness makes for easy mobility around the house and its size means its not distracting or needing its own space.
At our home i have been using Wireless networking with this laptop and from all around the house i have been getting constant excellent speeds. So streaming videos don't seem to be a problem. I've also set up her iTunes just to get her started. Audio playback on this laptop seems standard. Using built in Dell speakers standard throughout most of their laptop range. None the less you can expect good playback from this laptop however external speaker options are available too.
The laptop also comes with headphone/mic features and using standard apple headphones I've gotten excellent playback from this laptop.
I installed Office 2010 on this laptop and this seemed to affected performance very very slightly however when opening applications such as word and excel it can be sluggishness on some program start ups. However my sister has used it to open large school projects and essays with ease and no wait time. Again the same with saving, quick and simple however now and again you do get a slight pause on larger documents.
In the 2 weeks I've been using it as well as the rest of the family none of us has experienced any crashes, freezes or any issues and from Dell products i've used in the past they have a very good reliability and the inspiron 15 doesn't seem to disappoint.
-Under The Bonnet-
Down to the features and hardware. When i bought this it was on offer packing a massive 500GB hard drive witch can be upgraded to 750GB and even 1TB!! It comes pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium again updates to other versions can be bought but for this laptop Home should be enough.
Intel's mobile series 5 express chipset is used in this model complimented by a i3 Pentium Dual Core processor and 2GB of DDR3 RAM making it a speedy little machine. The RAM can be upgraded up to 6GB DDR3 for even faster computing but for home and day to day computing this shouldn't be needed.
Finally is has built in Wi-Fi for faster networking and built in 0.3mp Webcam and microphone for video chatting and messing friends on the web. A optional Bluetooth card is also available with this laptop however most places offer a offer to include this anyway.
Effects on the environment are minimal it is powered by a 6 cell Li-Ion Battery so power consumption isn't a large issue with this laptop. It's also very well ventilated so noise pollution is very minimal except with the occasional burst from the fan after excess amounts of usage as from any other laptops.
The laptop comes with built in and pre set power saving functionality and power saving features as well as built in features in Windows to save power, cpu usage to increase performance.
Again however it can be come hot after long periods of use which can cause discomfort but a simple shut down and restarting should solve the problem.
After using this laptop and comparing it to Dells superb history it can be proven wrong. Its 2GB RAM can be a bit withholding but a an easy upgrade can solve this. Its very practical and easy to use and set up straight from the box. Perfect for home and day to day use but can be used for office, schooling work as well.
I think this laptop is exceptional value for money and is very easy to make your own. Dell has put allot of design effort into this series/model and its a design for everyone. Highly recommend this laptop as a first computer, school aid or just for around the house.
When first setting this laptop up it was a dream, smooth running, fast, glorious screen. Unfortunatley this wouldnt last. The main problem I encountered was the fan, considering it was a laptop, sitting on my lap it would only cook my thighs.
However for a good all rounded machine this does the job, I comfortably ran Cubase SX music software on it and was impressed at the soundcard (SOUNDBLASTER X-FI) although latency became a problem once the amount of audio i was using increased.
The keyboard quick buttons are easy to use and it ran DVDs no problem. A little slow when searching for non indexed files but thats not a biggie, only if you are using an external hard drive. The battery life on it has lasted me up to 2 hours playing a DVD. All in all, a good machine if you are looking for a nifty, decent laptop that does everything its meant to fairly well.
Bought about a month ago. I chose to buy a dell laptop due to my previous one being a dell and working brilliantly with no probems for 3 years. Unfotuantly it broke through an accident therefore I was happy to purchace another dell laptop.Since recieving it it has crashed twice; the second time having to have its complete hard drive replaced. Since then there has been several problems with the software. As a university student I cannot afford or have the time for such problems.A plus is the dell technical support team are very helpful who I have spoken to several times.
As a student leaving for university I went shopping for my first personal laptop. Knowing little about laptops/computers, I was heavily influenced by the Dell TV advertising at the time. I was also attracted to the smart appearance of the Inspiron 15; however that is where the pleasantries end.
The first problem arose a few months after purchase, when I attempted to watch a DVD on the laptop. No matter what I tried, I was unable to play any DVD or CD in the DVD drive. So, being under warranty, I called Dell technical support to resolve the issue. The process was slow and extremely costly (incurred as phone charges). I also had issues when trying to connect to wireless networks. I had to find further downloads on the internet to make my laptop capable of connecting to wireless internet connections.
About 15 months after my purchase the laptop failed to work anymore. After contacting Dell I found that the warranty only lasted 12 months, and therefore had to take my laptop to an IT repair shop to be fixed. The laptop required a new hard drive, costing me £100+. Since then, the laptop continues to overheat causing the fan to make excessive noise. It often freezes and sometimes fails to turn off when requested. Also, the battery life is incredibly short at about 45 minutes.
Internet forums suggest that these issues are common, and I would recommend anybody buying a laptop NOT to buy a Dell Inspiron 15.