It is true manufacturers and advertisers like to make us think their products are flawless. Everybody knows this and should take this into account when buying a computer, but for some reason bad laptops nonetheless find their way into people’s homes and offices. Today, we’ll concentrate on one Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV notebook and see if it’s as great as they say…
Beautiful display – For a 500 dollars laptop Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV has a nice display. The 15.6″ screen boasts 1920×1080 maximum resolution and 10-finger multi touch support. I could imagine even a digital artist would find such a display sufficient. Just keep in mind it’s not a 2-in-1 model, the display only has the laptop viewing mode.
Plenty of RAM – The times of having 2-4GB system memory are far behind. This Dell features 8GB RAM, the two slots on mainboard are taken by 4GB modules. If you want more, remove those modules and put 8GB ones in place which will give you the maximum 16GB memory.
Removable battery – Just snap the battery out if you want to change it. By default, the 4-cell battery will give you 4-5 hours when web surfing.
Backlit keyboard – Many people like it, makes working in the dark easy. Works in high, low and off modes.
Decent but old processor – Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV has Intel Core i5-4210U as the processor, it’s a 4th generation Haswell-based model from 2014. Core amount is two, clock speed 1.7GHz and turbo 2.7GHz. CPU Mark score is around 3400. It’s alright but indeed a bit old model, and one of the reasons why this laptop is so cheap.
Aluminum body – Looks professional but easier to scratch than a plastic laptop.
The usual set of ports – Two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 for hooking up a peripheral or three. One HDMI-out for connecting an external monitor, HDTV works too. 10/100Mbps LAN RJ-45 port is included for wired Internet, for wireless there’s 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.0 adapter.
Local data transfer – DVD burner is included, it works with CDs and DVDs but BluRays are not supported. SD card slot is featured as well.
Average weight – The unit weighs 5.3 pounds, about the same than other 15.6″ models of ~5 pounds.
Just a hard drive for storage – Often people prefer a solid-state drive, however with Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV you’re getting only a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive. There is no empty 2.5″ bay for an extra drive, so you either need to take out the hard drive or the DVD drive if you want to install SSD.
Not good for gaming – The older Haswell processor includes Intel HD 4400 Graphics engine. That’s an integrated unit, not a dedicated graphics card with its own memory. Unfortunate for hardcore gamers, you’ll need to use conservative settings with many games to make them playable. For example, with GTA 5 you will need 1366×768 and normal settings and the FPS will be only around 20. Counter-Strike: Go will however work fine using high settings and even Full HD. Bear in mind you can’t install a dedicated graphics card in this unit.
Summing it up
In short, Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV is a decent computer for people with lower performance requirements, in that the 2014 processor model and 5400RPM hard drive aren’t going to satisfy a power user. However, a home/small office user should be happy with this unit, there are many good things in this laptop including Full HD display, backlit keyboard and removable battery – not something you often find in a notebook so cheap!