Product Type: Dell laptops
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Value for Money £350 not £299
Dell Inspiron 15
Member Name: sixfields
Dell Inspiron 15
Advantages: Design, Screen Quality, Includes all the modern day essentials, £350 model
Disadvantages: Cheap build quality, No HDMI out, £299 model
The dell Inspiron 15 is one of the cheapest 15.6" laptops on the market starting at a very reasonable £299 but really you need to be looking at the £350 model as the celeron processor in the £299 model are painfully slow. With a £50 upgrade to intel pentium processor available by customisation on Dell's website, this laptop then has much to offer.
Processor: Intel® Pentium® Processor T4500 (2.30 GHz, 800 MHz, 1MB)
Chipset: Mobile Intel® 5 Series Express
Video Card: Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MH
Memory : 3072MB (1x1024 + 1x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
Gaming is certainly out the question with the specs above and the boot up time is a little slow, however once on, it handles Microsoft word and Web Surfing perfectly. More than enough for the average user.
The laptop also backs a good 0.3MP webcam which comes in very useful for skype calling.
Battery life of around 4 hours, around the standard benchmark for this size laptop.
Alongside other standard laptop essentials such as:
3 USB ports
3-in-1 Media Card Reader:
- Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card
- Multi Media Card (MMC)
- Memory Stick (MS)
1 Headphone and 1 microphone audio jack
Optical drive: Tray Load DVD+/-RW with Dual Layer DVD+R write capability
The Laptop design is one of the things that really grabbed my attention, the sleek black simplicity of the whole thing, keeping a professional look to a laptop that costs as little as £350. With a weight of 2.73kg its not light but its no beast either, easily portable.
One disappointment is the laptop does not include a HDMI out, meaning that HD content can not be transferred to a bigger screen, the laptop does include a 15 pin VGA video connector to transfer non HD content. On the other hand the laptops 15.6" LED screen (1366x768) does give you ability to watch HD content on the laptop itself. The brightness and quality of this screen for the price certainly impressed me.
Another disappointment is Dell the brand really, they are well known for mass producing laptops such as this one which has a low build quality and will probably have a fault in 2 years time, but at £350 and with the pace of technology anyway who can complain.
So if your someone who Just wants a laptop for a few films, web browsing and word processing, with a clean and sleek design then this is the laptop is for you. But do not forget to fork out the extra £50 for the Intel Pentuim as without this the laptop struggles with many of the features eg. HD content. So with the intel pentuim processor this laptop really is good value for money.
Summary: Keeping this laptop simple and clean, as well as having great basic functions really is appealing
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