Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5716SLV is one of the average computers that doesn’t really stand out from the crowd: there’s a proper however not magnificent Core i5 processor installed, and the storage is brought by a rather uninteresting 1TB hard drive. But there are also things worthy of mentioning, such as the Full HD display. To be honest, this kind of “decent” set-up could be ideal for most users out there… Read more and you’ll see if that’s indeed so!
For what things it’s a good pick?
Pretty much any software, be it “basic” web browser or fancier ones such as Adobe Photoshop, run on Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5716SLV without lag. The processor is a Broadwell-based, 5th Generation Core i5-5200U with two cores, 2.2GHz clock speed and 2.7GHz turbo. Such a setup yields a decent 3500 grade in CPU Mark, so yeah, whatever programs you throw at this thing, there won’t be a problem. It will be noticeable faster to operate and also boot up if you’re migrating from older Celeron or Pentium level notebook.
The laptop comes equipped with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory, but it’s unknown whether it’s one 8GB stick or two 4GBs. Anyway, the maximum memory should be 16GB and if you’re asking me, eight gigabytes is a lot for anybody, save professionals with heavyweight applications you haven’t even heard of :)
Many people are not going to like this: Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5716SLV has one terabyte 5400RPM hard drive for storage. On one hand, if you deal with enormous files it’s good. But I know many people don’t. For those without the need to process huge amounts of data, a solid-state drive would be better. Luckily, with little skills nothing is stopping you from installing one inside. As somebody put it, SSD is one of the smartest investments you can make to increase the performance of your computer.
The 15.6″ Full HD display doesn’t look too bad. The 1920×1080 resolution ensures ample screen estate, good for digital artists and for those users who want to have, say, two browser windows next to each other. The 10-finger touch support can also be useful, although people say Windows 10 works fine with keyboard and touchpad, too.
What things are too much for it?
Gamers wouldn’t enjoy Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5716SLV a lot. The graphics engine is called Intel HD 5500, and you might already know it’s a processor-integrated unit, in another words quite a weak one. That being said, all hope is not lost, if you don’t mind keeping eye candy at bay you can still play many games. For example, GTA 5 played on lower settings and 720p would give around 25 frames per second, and Counter-Strike: Go over 60FPS. Minecraft is also an example of game that would work without issues here.
What peripherals does it accept?
The set of ports in Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5716SLV is pretty basic, three USBs are present but unfortunately just one is USB 3.0. The video output is limited to HDMI port, however it supports most external monitors and HDTVs so home users should be fine with that.
DVD-burner is installed, some people love it while some think it’s unnecessary in this era of downloading everything from Internet. SD card slot is featured as well, it should come handy if you ever need to upload multimedia from, for example, digital cameras.
Wireless adapter is the “better” A/C-type one with Bluetooth 4.0 and Miracast enabled. If you want to use wire, you’re also pleased to know there’s a regular 10/100Mbps RJ-45 port available.
Want to shoot a funny YouTube video or talk with your friends using Skype? No problem, the notebook has a front-facing 720p webcam for that.
Some other things I should know about?
The weight is listed at 5.73 pounds, if that’s true the unit is indeed heavier than other 15-inch models (that are 5 pounds).
There’s a 4-cell 40Whr battery that lasts up to 7 hours, chances are you’ll end up with around 5 hours.
The chassis material is plastic. Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit). Keyboard has both backlight and 10-key pad on the right.
The highlights of Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5716SLV include Full HD screen, i5 (albeit a low-voltage one) processor and the fact it’s a signature edition. The 1080p display means you’ll have all the screen estate you need, and the processor is fast enough to run everyday programs smooth, even some multitasking is not unheard of with this kind of machine. Also keep in mind the signature edition means there’s no bloatware installed which further increases the system performance. No major drawbacks I can spot, and because the price is rather affordable, I see no reason to complain about this mid-range Dell notebook.