Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1670SLV seems to be a rather decent notebook, featuring things like modern Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and a spacious 1TB hard drive. But what is more, it has received a lot of good reviews, so the laptop can’t be all bad. You can read my comments about it from the review below.
Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1670SLV is a handy notebook for everyday computing, but the specifications should also allow for some heavier use – including coding, virtual machines and photo editing. The processor is indeed Core i5-5200U, a power efficient dual-core chip offering 2.2GHz clock speed with 2.7GHz turbo frequency. Many power users like that unit over i3s, the i5-5200U reaching a healthy ~3500 points in CPU Marks – while the said i3s in laptops get only 2500 to 3000. Another good side of such low voltage processor is power consumption, you’re not going to drain battery too quickly and heat should not accumulate.
The notebook features 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM, as far as I know it’s installed on two 4GB sticks. The biggest RAM configuration is two 8GB chips, totaling at 16GB. You can go for that if you want, but many people – including those power users – should be alright with the eight gigabytes.
For storage you’ll only get a 1TB 5400RPM SATA 3 hard drive. It stores a lot of data, yes, but I bet many people would like to see a faster drive. Swapping it for an SSD is entirely possible. That said, some user reports indicated the system boots quickly with the current drive, in around 10 seconds.
Display and graphics
Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1670SLV has a 15.6″ display with 1366×768 resolution that would disappoint some folks. Basic operations with this kind of display are no problem, yet some graphics-intensive work is better done with higher resolutions. But bright side is the touch screen, it’s nice to have with Windows 8.1, although I’ve used it with normal display and had no issues. The display won’t rotate past 135 degrees, it can be only be operated in laptop mode.
The most essential thing for gamers would be a dedicated graphics card. Too bad, this system has none. Instead, it relies on the CPU-integrated Intel HD 5500. As somebody put it, the HD 5500 can handle light gaming: titles such as League of Legends, Sims 4 and Minecraft are no problem here. Heavier types will however struggle. For example, Grand Theft Auto 5 would get ~20FPS on low settings and 1366×768 resolution, and still experience frame drops. Some call it playable, some – including me – don’t.
Connections of Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1670SLV include three USB ports, distribution being one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0. There is also HDMI output, letting you to use the laptop with PC monitor or HDTV.
One thing to keep in mind here, the notebook has no DVD drive. If you want to use discs, you can buy an external disc drive for 25-30 bucks. It connects to USB 3.0 and works just like an internal one.
Networking interfaces include a 100Mbps LAN (RJ-45) port and 802.11ac WiFi adapter. Bluetooth 4.0 seems to be available as well.
If you’re into photography you can utilize the laptop’s SD/MS card slot to transfer photos from your camera.
There’s 1MP 720p webcam in the notebook, it works fine with Skype video.
For on-the-go computing, Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1670SLV is like any 15.6-inch laptop. It weighs 5.25 pounds, so same than its competitors of similar size. The 43Whr 3-cell battery will last a nice 5 hours on light use, such as web browsing.
The unit has a keyboard with illuminating keys and 10-key pad on the right.
The top cover is made of aluminum.
After taking a look at its specifications and features, I can recommend Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1670SLV for home or small business use. Its i5 processor and 8GB RAM offer a lot for daily computing, also leaving some performance for the professionals working with heavier stuff now and then. The “Signature Edition” means there’s no bloatware in the system, that is also a real advantage. Considering all this, I think the Dell offers good enough value for everyday computing.