Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5003sLV Review

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December 24, 2014
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Having a sleek silver design on top, Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5003sLV tries to look better than your average budget laptop. In my opinion, it succeeds, but looks are definitely not the only criteria for picking a computer. That’s why we’ll tell you more about this Dell below, and let you know if it would be powerful and feature-rich enough for your needs!

The main things

Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5003sLV has a 4th generation Intel Core i5-4210U. Now there are two terms that indicate a high performance: 4th gen and i5. This dual-core processor is indeed one of Intel’s newer and faster ones, having a 1.7GHz clock speed which the turbo features ups all the way to 2.7GHz. These Core i5s are good for basically anything you might do on your computer, and that’s why a power user or multitasker would benefit from such a beefy CPU.

The memory would also satisfy the needs of demanding users. The laptop has 8GB RAM installed on two 4GB chips. The system supports 16GB RAM, so you can install more, but only after removing the old 4GB chip(s) first.

The hard drive gives 1024GB space, again more than with regular laptops’ 500GB storage. It’s of course not an SSD but a 5400RPM drive so you can’t expect fast write and read speeds. But what you lose in speed you gain in storage size – and terabyte drive is a lot for a laptop.

Display and graphics

The touch display of Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5003sLV is a 15.6″ one featuring 1366×768 resolution. Many would expect a Full HD screen – even for this low price – so I’ll give a little minus for sub-par resolution. That being said, to my eye 1366×768 on a 15 inches screen looks just fine.

The Intel HD Graphics 4400 engine should be able to run some games with smooth frame rates. For example, Minecraft should have over 50FPS constantly – at least on low settings. Even the heavy Assassin’s Creed IV and Battlefield 4 will average around 20 frames with eye candy turned off. All in all, the laptop works surprisingly well for gaming if you are fine with keeping settings and resolution at minimum.

Connections

Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5003sLV has one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0s. An obligatory HDMI out is also there, so you can plug the Dell into a HD television.

For Internet, there are both Ethernet and 1×1 WiFi adapters installed. Bluetooth is also supported.

A drawback for some, the laptop doesn’t have a built-in optical drive. Reading and writing DVDs is thus possible only with an external drive. However, a SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro media card reader is available.

A 720p webcam and microphone are built-in, allowing for effortless and high quality video meetings.

Anything else to keep in mind?

The laptop weighs 5.24 pounds which could also be lower due to the missing optical drive. The battery life is promised a whopping 12 hours, however I’m suspicious if the integrated 3-cell battery actually lasts nearly that long. Four-five hours is a realistic estimate.

The keyboard is backlit and contains a dedicated numpad on the right hand side.

Operating system in this model is Windows 8.1, the 64-bit edition.

In conclusion

Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5003sLV is a tool for people who do more than just browse Internet and work with Office on their computers. The Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and Intel HD 4400 work well for multitasking and some gaming also. Touchscreen feature is nice, although the missing optical drive would bother some. The biggest drawback is probably the resolution, with many people looking for a true Full HD laptop. But for this price, you can’t get everything in one package. If you want performance and (in my opinion) good looks, this notebook probably works well for you.


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