Is it an affordable laptop you want but a cheap model running on a low-end Celeron processor doesn’t cut it for you? In that case, Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1669SLV might offer remedy. It features a Core i5 processor, terabyte hard drive and 8GB RAM – components that even professionals should be proud of. But are there some blunders you should know about? Is the notebook worth its price? These things we’ll tell you below…
After it’s release in the beginning of 2015, the 5th generation Intel family is becoming the new standard CPU in laptops. One of them, the Core i5-5200U, has found its way to this notebook model as well. That unit features a dual core design and 2.2 – 2.7GHz clock speed, the latter attainable with turbo boost. The i5-5200U requires only little energy (TDP 15W), battery life should be positively affected by that. Of course, the performance of these low power processors isn’t comparable to regular CPUs, but in general “i5” means a power user friendly chip for sure.
Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1669SLV has two SODIMM slots, and both are occupied by a 4GB 1600MHz DDR3L RAM modules. So there’s 8GB memory in total. You can upgrade the memory up to 16GB by replacing the old chips if you want.
Hard drive is large, offering a terabyte space to save your files on. It’s indeed just a HDD, not a hybrid drive or SSD, so performance is hardly up to today’s standards. But it’s not end of the world: with a little technical knowledge, you can remove the hard drive and put a quick SSD in.
Screen and graphics
Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1669SLV has a 15.6″ display. The 1366×768 resolution isn’t good news for many people, but for general use it works alright. The display has touch support, meaning you can put the new features of Windows 8.1 (64-bit) to good use.
Graphics are provided by the integrated Intel HD 5500 chip. It’s not super fast – integrated cards never are – but at least it does better job than the older HD 4000. You should be able to play some demanding games, such as Battlefield 4, with decent 30FPS but with most eye candy off and resolution turned low. However, the situation is better if you’re into older titles (like LoL or Dota 2). With those games, frame rates will be considerably higher.
Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1669SLV has three USB ports (two are USB 3.0) and an HDMI output. In another words, you can connect all the usual peripherals and HDTV or PC display to this notebook. Photos from digital cameras can also be transfered easily, the laptop has a SD/MS card slot for that.
Communications include a 100Mbps Ethernet RJ-45 port and a 802.11 AC WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card. There’s no built-in optical drive, you’d have to get an external drive for CDs and DVDs.
A 720p webcam is featured, which means video chatting on Skype is possible.
Other noteworthy things
Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1669SLV weighs 5.25 pounds, close to the average of 15-inch laptops. There’s a 3-cell 43WHr battery included, you’ll get 4-5 hours out of it when surfing the web.
The aluminum top makes the laptop look more professional than plastic models (at least in my opinion). The keyboard is backlit and it has a numpad on the right hand side.
Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1669SLV is a notebook with real performance and some useful features. The i5-5200U processor and 8GB RAM do a good job keeping your applications running smoothly. Also many games will work without hiccups, provided that you don’t increase settings and resolution much. Premium features include backlit keyboard and aluminum top, although lack of an SSD and Full HD might be seen as disadvantages. All in all, I still think this Dell is worth its price.