Have you had great experience with Dells before and now want a new model of theirs? That’s good logic I must say. One of their latest releases is Dell Inspiron 17 i5749-5889SLV, a 17 inches laptop of powerful elements like Core i7 processor. The notebook can’t be characterized as affordable, so we must carefully examine whether it’s something you should spend your money on…
The dual-core Intel Core i7-5500U powers the laptop. If you’re a geek, you can see it belongs to the 5th generation of Core processors. It runs on 2.4GHz and turbo increases the clock speed to 3.0GHz. It seems to beat the previous i7-4500U by ~10 percent according to professional benchmarks. All in all, i7s are usually seen as extremely powerful processors, and this one is no different. Using it for demanding software would be a walk in the park.
There is one SODIMM slot in Dell Inspiron 17 i5749-5889SLV. An 8GB DDR3L chip occupies it, giving you a nice memory to work with. A bit of a drawback for some, adding more isn’t possible, but I bet 99 out of 100 users are very happy with the eight gigabytes. It works wonders for multitasking and programs with higher system requirements.
A terabyte hard drive takes care of your storage needs. Such a big size is not unheard of in these pricier models, and a person who requires space over performance should enjoy it. But if it’s performance – faster transfer rates – you want, then a solid-state drive should work better for you. It is possible to take out the hard drive and put in an SSD. In fact, you can do this yourself if you’re somewhat tech-savvy.
Graphics and screen
While the average laptop has 15.6″ display, Dell Inspiron 17 i5749-5889SLV offers a 17.3″ screen. Geeks can’t complain about the resolution this time because it’s 1920×1080. So you’ll get a nice Full HD glossy screen, and it comes with a touch support. There’s a trend to use Windows 8.1 with touch displays, although I’ve found it work fine with a normal monitor, too.
A laptop with this high price usually has a dedicated graphics of some sort. The Dell is no different, sporting a GeForce 840M card. According to G3D Mark, a benchmarking software, the 840M is about two times faster than the (in)famous integrated Intel HD 4000. You should be able to fire up Battlefield 3, turn settings to medium or high and average acceptable 30 frames per second. The latest Assassin’s Creed should also get similar frames, although just on low settings. Titles like Minecraft, Steam games and Fifas are no issue at all.
Like somebody commented, Dell Inspiron 17 i5749-5889SLV contains only one USB 3.0 port. There are two more USBs but both are version 2.0. It’s a minor drawback considering the price. A HDMI out is also offered, which means connecting the laptop to HDTV is possible.
For networking, there’s a 10/100Mbps Ethernet controller and 802.11b/g/n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card available. DVD burner is included too, so is an SD card reader.
The laptop features a 1280×720 webcam, often found in Dells, so using Skype for video chatting works.
What other things to keep in mind?
As you might guess, Dell Inspiron 17 i5749-5889SLV is not too portable computer. The 17.3″ display and 7.3 pounds weight make it quite bulky. Travelers might want to choose something lighter, but for a home or office laptop the size doesn’t really matter. Battery life on these bigger models is never great, you can expect the 4-cell battery to work for 3-4 hours on a single charge.
A premium model, the Dell has a backlit keyboard. Product images also show a numeric keypad on the right hand side.
Dell Inspiron 17 i5749-5889SLV is these three things: large, powerful and good for gaming. The 17.3″ Full HD display should be pleasant to work with, and running your favorite applications is a piece of cake for the i7 processor. An added bonus is the dedicated GeForce 840M, not the greatest unit, but capable of running most games with decent FPS if you accept lower settings. One USB 3.0 port is a disadvantage, but other than that, I can’t complain. If it’s a high-performance laptop you’re after this Dell should be a smart choice.