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My new computer (laptop): Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5717SLV Signature EditionSpecs: www.microsoftstore.com/store/m…
My previous computer: HP Pavilion g6-2228nrSpecs: support.hp.com/us-en/document/…
To preface this review, I have to tell you the reason I decided to get a new computer even though my HP was still working perfectly fine after 3 years of daily, consistent use: I thought it was the best way for my parents and myself to save a ton of money! I gave my HP to my parents as an upgrade to their junky 10-year-old Toshiba laptop. It is very slow and very annoying to use. How does this save money?
Well, giving a still fully-functional laptop away prevents my parents from needing to buy a new computer for quite a while considering they would use my HP less than I did and would use it for less intensive tasks making it potentially last much longer! It would help me save money as well because I would have to pitch in to help pay for a new computer for mom and dad if they didn't get my HP. So when my HP would stop working, not only would I help pay for a new computer for the parents, but also I would have to spend a ton of money on a new computer later. My parents helped me pay for this new Dell laptop, btw! I paid for about 3/5 of it.
The reason why I always get a laptop is simply because it's portable! I need it for school, so a capable laptop is all I need.
If I were to review this laptop in one word, it would be, "amazing"
. I upgraded to this laptop from an HP Pavilion g6-2228nr, which I had for almost 3 years
. It was a decent budget laptop but I needed an upgrade, and not just any upgrade - I had specific features in mind, I didn't think I was going to find what I wanted with a $500 budget.... until I found this.
This laptop had every single feature I wanted... and MORE.
The price I paid for this laptop is unbeatable given its specs and loads of features. I was able to save $300 on this computer! It's worth around $750 (+ tax) but I bought it for $450 (+ tax)! Not too bad. I'm very thankful for finding this thing, it is an amazing upgrade in just about every single way.
1. 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 1 TB HDD right out of the box
- instant plus. I didn't need to spend any extra on a RAM upgrade! SSD's are nice, but a terabyte of storage is awesome regardless. Also a built-in DVD drive is a nice perk for some of us.
2. Touchscreen works flawlessly.
It's very responsive and the 10-point multitouch makes it better. I don't think I've had a single time where the screen didn't recognize my input, even while playing some games that required a lot of frequent touches.
3. Backlit keyboard
has 3 settings - dim, bright, and off; really handy for those late nights. A backlit keyboard was something I've been wanting in a computer for years! I'm so glad this computer comes with one!
4. IT'S QUIET!
Honestly, I had to run 3 intensive tasks to get the fans to start making noise, and it wasn't even all that loud when you could hear it. An instant plus in comparison to my annoyingly loud previous HP laptop - that thing got very loud and very hot very quickly.
5. 1080p on a laptop? Another instant plus. The display is way better than the standard 1366x768 display, 1920x1080
. With good internet, this computer can quickly, or instantly load 1080p 60FPS videos without a single hiccup or FPS drop! My old HP laptop would NEVER be able to handle this! ALSO, the screen's image quality is superb IMO. Nearly everything on screen looks crisp and vibrant.
6. It sure is fast, that i5 processor is really good
for a laptop in this price range.
7. A gigabyte of graphic memory (and 128 MB of dedicated VRAM)
is really good for us casual gamers who like to play the occasionally intensive game. This is DOUBLE the amount of video memory I had in the HP laptop (512MB)! So I am able to play more games, and the games I was able to play on the HP play just as well or better on this Dell Inspiron.
8. Built-in Bluetooth
has quite good reception. I could easily go 20-30 feet without any connection issues (granted, it was a big room, but still). I received a bluetooth headset for my 20th birthday from a friend and had to get a bluetooth adapter for the HP. That adapter was not very receptive, this built-in Bluetooth is MUCH better!
9. Audio quality - good! It's not amazing quality but it's much better than my HP's speakers. I don't feel the need to use my Logitech speakers as much now!
10. The build quality is great! It feels solid and very premium!
The keyboard is comfortable for me, but if you don't like shallow keys then it may not be your cup of tea.
11. Super easy setup!
You power it on, set it up, and you are ready to go right away! I had no issues with it.
Signature edition computers have no bloatware pre-installed so I didn't need to reformat the HDD or uninstall anything.
1. 5400 RPM isn't super great, but it's still good. But hey, higher RPM speeds are hard to find at this price. 5400 is as fast as my HP's HDD, which was a decent speed. So I'm not complaining!
2. About a half-inch black border around the whole screen (underscan is the proper term). Apparently this is a normal feature on touchscreen laptops to help side-swiping gestures... or something. So the screen might seem a tiny bit smaller than I'd like it to be, but it doesn't bother me very much at all.
3. Integrated graphics. But still, the graphics are really nice if you're not a hardcore gamer or video editor. I'm asking too much though, dedicated graphics are hard to find on a laptop in this price range.
4. Battery life is good, but not great. It seems like I can get about 4-5 hours of gaming, bluetooth music and/or web browsing out of this thing before needing to charge. 7 hours is a bit of an overstatement I think.
5. The laptop's port layout such as USB, headphone/mic jack, etc. are a bit weird I feel, but tolerable. Having a headphone/speaker jack where I usually put my mouse is a little bit obtrusive but 90 degree adapters can ail that issue. Plus I prefer 2 USB ports on the left side over the right, but having 2 on the right side is doable (again because of a mouse).
6. It's heavy, yes. But if you don't plan to carry this thing around all day long, then it shouldn't be much of a bother.
7. After a bit of time using this laptop and watching videos on it, I've noticed that the screen is very glossy which makes things on screen hard to see in the light (not too bad though). Also, darker colors are hard to make out, even on maximum brightness.FINAL THOUGHTS:
All in all, this laptop is a 9/10
. It feels high quality, looks stylish, it's powerful, fast, and is loaded with tons of premium features. This is the one of the nicest laptops I've ever had the pleasure of using.