If it’s Chrome web browser and funny YouTube flicks you want to watch, not much performance is required from a laptop. This is good news for most people since high performance would mean high price. But this time, a low-end laptop is all you need, and they’re rather cheap. One of those is Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV. Let me tell you if it’s actually a noteworthy computer, or perhaps an item that just offers bad value…
It’s good for home/office use?
There is no reason Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV wouldn’t work for an office worker or a home surfer. It has a 15.6″ touchscreen display (the most common size indeed) which is a good balance between portability and screen estate. That being said, the resolution is not going beyond 1366×768, so many power users and professionals who work with graphics and videos would probably benefit from a Full HD display.
In the engine room, you will find AMD A10-8700P processor. It is a dual-core model from 2015 with 1.8GHz clock speed and 3.2GHz turbo. Comparing it to better known processors, the AMD has similar performance to Core i5-5200U from the Intel side. However, keep in mind this AMD model is not low-voltage one (TDP is 35W, with the said Core i5 TDP is 15W). It’s not a dealbreaker since laptops with both processors use fans, however i5’s fans might be tad more silent. But performance-wise, they’re the same, and great choices for both home and office use.
Other components you’ll find interesting are 8GB RAM and one terabyte hard drive. The former is low-voltage memory and expandable to 16GB (just don’t do that right away, most people are good with 8GB). As for the storage drive, the 1TB 5400RPM HDD isn’t really magnificent. You’re good to swap it for a solid-state drive (SATA 3) which would up the performance and boot-up times of this machine.
Perhaps works for gaming as well?
Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV has one “flaw” if you’re planning to get it for gaming, and that is the graphics engine type: it’s an integrated one, which means a small chip, which in turns means less space for important circuits, which in turn means poor performance. Name of the engine is AMD Radeon R6, and comparing to Intel chips it’s somewhere between HD 5500 and HD 520 in terms of performance. With fancier games, such as GTA 5, you need to use minimum-to-medium settings and the FPS isn’t going much above 25. Not ideal indeed. A good thing, if you enjoy less-demanding titles like Minecraft, you’ll have no problems running those games on this rig.
What devices can be plugged in?
Printers, external drives, fancy mouses all can be connected here. The unit houses three USB ports, just one of them is USB 3.0 so choose wisely. The rest are USB 2.0, and no new USB Type C port is available on this low-cost machine.
You can spice up Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV with an external monitor, it features a full-size HDMI out which accepts HD television or PC display.
The only audio port is a headphone/microphone combo, very usual for laptops.
What else should I know?
Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV comes with a tray-load DVD burner and SD card slot, you can use those to install software and upload data to the computer.
Networking options include RJ-45 port and WiFi, however remember the former supports only 100Mbps transfer rate and the latter 802.11bgn standard. Bluetooth 4.0 works too.
This unit does come with a backlit keyboard which is not common for so cheap notebook. Also, it features a precision touchpad which should feel great to use – often laptop trackpads are mediocre at best but not here.
Webcam (1280×720 video resolution) is embedded in the screen bezel.
The 4-cell Li-ion battery will last four hours under web surfing before you need to recharge it.
It’s not a tough task to say what Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV is good for. You can use the laptop for all the common home and office tasks, there’s plenty of processing power inside, and the memory isn’t bad either for all the multitaskers out there. Of course I can’t help criticizing the hard drive choice a bit; however I can also understand such a slow drive because of the low price. Graphics engine is integrated on the processor, so the laptop is not 100% ready for gaming. Simply put, if you’re fine with all this (and the notebook’s limitations), why not give this decent Dell a try.