Dell Inspiron 5000 Series (i5577) Gaming Laptop Review

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April 17, 2017
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There are always newcomers to the gaming notebook market. This demographics is hungry to get the latest rig for latest games. And manufacturers are ready to deliver. This time, a budget laptop has been delivered, the Dell Inspiron 5000 Series (i5577) Gaming Laptop. It has a very reasonable price which means you’ll be savings hundreds of dollars compared to really expensive gaming systems. But how much loss of performance are we also talking about with this reduced price? Is the Dell good for players at all?

Gaming performance

Dell Inspiron 5000 Series (i5577) is compatible with most modern games. It is not hindered by the slowness of integrated graphics card, there is a dedicated GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5) installed in it. You are going to get very decent frame rates, even using higher presets on many games. For example, you will be looking at +60FPS on games such as GTA 5 and Battlefield 4 on high details and 1080p resolution. With similar configuration, Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3 would get ~40FPS.

The graphics card does not support virtual reality, unfortunately. Only the faster versions of GeForce are VR ready.

General performance

Yep, it’s not the Intel’s flagship i7 you’re getting on Dell Inspiron i5577. But don’t worry, the latest 7th generation i5-7300HQ is still a decent CPU. At 2.5GHz base clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo boost, this quad-core processor’s performance should not be disregarded. The chip plows through games and software you throw at it. These claims are backed up by a CPU Mark score of ~6500 which is high, putting the i5-7300HQ to a power user friendly category.

Like most faster laptops of 2017, also the Dell is equipped with 8GB memory (DDR4 2400MHz). All of it is installed on one chip, meaning you have easy upgrade options. One slot is entirely free, and the maximum configuration will be 32 gigabytes of DDR4 memory.

The Dell is shipped with a 256GB 2.5″ SATA3 SSD. It might be all you need storage and performance-wise. But if you require more, you once again have options for upgrading. The notebook has a free M.2 slot which accepts SATA, PCIe and NVMe drives. Install one if you are in need of more space for your files, as upgrading this notebook seems to be a breeze.

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What ports and connections does it have?

Dell Inspiron i5577 contains Intel 3165 WiFi card, which in turn supports 802.11ac 1×1 dual-band standard and Bluetooth 4.2 for local data transfers. Granted, there is also 1000Mbps RJ-45 (Ethernet) port on the side if Internet connection with cable is more your thing.

The notebook features three USB ports. All of them are USB 3.0, the unit does not have any legacy USB 2.0 makes. That being said, there are no newer USB Type-C ports, either. It has one HDMI output in case you want to connect an extra monitor to this laptop.

An important thing to know, the notebook does not have a DVD burner. In fact, most modern laptops don’t as software and games can be downloaded off Internet. But there is always the option to get external optical drive and use it with this laptop. The unit also contains a media card reader, good for SD and MMC type cards.

Miscellaneous features and benefits

The 15.6″ display on Dell Inspiron i5577 supports Full HD resolution, a good choice for gaming. However, I’ve read that it’s TN panel, so the image quality itself might not be the best. The brightness is average 220 nits with NTSC 45% colors. It’s an anti-glare screen and there is no support for touch. The webcam on top screen bezel captures 720p video at 30FPS.

The system comes with a 6-cell, 74Whr Li-ion battery. As of writing this review, there are no long-term user reports about the battery life. But usually on gaming machines the running time is not good, with 1-2 hours being the most common battery life under gameplay. You might get 4 hours for web surfing, though.

Backlit keyboard is available on this model.

Summary

Dell Inspiron i5577 Gaming Laptop is one kind of addition to cheaper end of gaming notebooks. A lot it can do for a player, for there is GeForce GTX 1050 running under its shell. More precisely, if you don’t demand ultra high settings on all games, you should not be afraid of this “low end” graphics card. Further helping you are a 7th generation Core i5 processor and a quarter terabyte solid-state drive. The Dell has generated a lot of buzz even though it’s a very new release – it seems to have hit the sweet spot of being a budget, but not too budget, gaming notebook!

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