Dell Inspiron 15 i7548-4271SLV is a powerful laptop, at least a quick look at the specs would make one think so. There’s a beefy i7-5500U processor installed along with 8GB RAM and a 1920×1080 IPS display. But the unit price is not low, costing more than a typical budget laptop. So let’s see if we such a pricey notebook should be a good choice for you.
If you’re keen on having lag-free programs, you’ll be glad to know there’s a Core i7-5500U CPU running the laptop. It’s a 5th generation Intel processor, boasting a dual-core configuration and 2.4 – 3.0GHz clock speed (with turbo). It’s an ULV model, meaning power efficient design, although performance isn’t quite on par with regular i7 processors. However, the CPU has adequate power for most uses, including programming, video streaming and Photoshop.
Like all the notebooks of similar price, also Dell Inspiron 15 i7548-4271SLV features 8GB RAM. It comes installed on two 4GB chips. In order to upgrade it to 16GB, you’d have to order two 8GB modules and remove the installed ones. Anyway, benefits of going to 16GB from 8GB are negligible for most users. There’s no need to do the RAM upgrade unless you absolutely know you have to.
A lot of storage is provided, the 1TB hard drive guarantees that. Being a mechanical one, it offers a paltry 5400RPM speed which might not satisfy those used to solid-state drives. I don’t think there is more than one storage drive bay, but you can always remove the hard drive and insert an SSD in place.
Graphics and screen
A poor display is often evident in budget laptops. However, Dell Inspiron 15 i7548-4271SLV is not one. It’s a premium notebook with premium screen. Measuring at 15.6 inches, it offers a Full HD resolution which is excellent news for many. It’s also a touch display with IPS panel, translating to full viewing angles and most likely very accurate colors. Indeed, people who bought this product said the screen is great, so you shouldn’t have any issues with it.
This laptop has no dedicated graphics. Instead, it comes with the integrated Intel HD 5500 engine. It’s a new unit, slowly replacing the older HD 4xxx series. You should be able to play some heavyweight titles, although not on high settings. Battlefield 4 might reach ~30FPS if you keep the eye candy low. The demanding Assassin’s Creed Unity would get less than 10 frames per second which means not playable. Many MMOs, including World of Warcraft and League of Legends will run even with some settings and resolution turned higher.
Dell Inspiron 15 i7548-4271SLV has three USB ports. Two of those are USB 3.0. All could’ve been version 3.0, but whether it matters depends on your number of peripherals. There’s also an HDMI output which can be used with HDTV or desktop display.
Wireless networking is strong with A/C WiFi and Bluetooth enabled. There doesn’t seem to be an RJ-45 port though, so you’d have to get USB dongle if you wanted a wired Internet. That is pretty strange for a notebook of this size and price.
Take a look at the product images and you’ll see the laptop has no optical drive. This is something manufacturers are doing these days. For most people, it’s not a concern because Internet has all the files you need. Or then you can use the built-in media card slot if you have data on those small cards.
A basic 1280×720 webcam is included. It works with Skype video.
Are there some other things to keep in mind?
At 4.85 pounds, Dell Inspiron 15 i7548-4271SLV shouldn’t be too heavy to carry around. That’s about the average 15″ laptops weigh anyway. The removable 3-cell battery gives more than 5 hours of use which is very good. Somebody said that he’s even getting closer to 10 hours, but I don’t know if that’s legitimate.
There’s a backlit keyboard on this model. A numeric keypad is NOT included. That is very, very rare for a 15.6″ notebook. But this can very well be one of the laptop’s strengths. Not many people actually need the 10-key pad, only finding it be in the way.
The best things about Dell Inspiron 15 i7548-4271SLV seem to be performance, screen and battery life. The trio of i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 1024GB hard drive should suffice for most purposes. And if you decide to upgrade to SSD you’ll get even better boot up and program loading times. The touchscreen is convenient and a high quality one, thanks to Full HD resolution and IPS panel. Battery life, although I didn’t first believe it, seems to be well over 5 hours, an excellent thing for a 15 incher. The price of this unit is of course much more than a starter laptop’s, but you will definitely get what you pay for here!