To get a powerful laptop for cheap, that’s the dilemma. Either you get a cheap one that’s slow, or a fast notebook that costs the big bucks. But what’s the case with Dell Inspiron i3158-3275SLV, after all it’s quite an affordable one yet there is 6th Generation Core i3 processor and solid-state drive inside? That’s sweet for sure, but let’s not judge this notebook too hastily…
Processor is pretty good in Dell Inspiron i3158-3275SLV, for the money. It’s a new Intel Core i3-6100U (6th Generation Skylake), offering a 2.3GHz clock speed on its dual-core configuration – no turbo is available. The CPU Mark score this i3-6100U gets is ca. 3500, meaning smooth operations in case you’re a casual or multimedia user. For very heavy applications you might look for an i5 or even i7, but most people should find this i3 a good chip to live with.
There’s a solid-state drive (128GB SATA 3) in the laptop. That’s a good thing, the drive is very fast, easily beating old hard drives. Storage size itself isn’t that good but in the era of Internet streaming that shouldn’t bother anybody too much. And it’s possible to plug in an external drive to this computer.
For a small unit, the selection of ports is alright. In total three USB connectors are at your disposal, one is USB 2.0 and two are USB 3.0. You may also connect a bigger display here, the HDMI-out allows for that.
Dell Inspiron i3158-3275SLV has nothing special for memory, one 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz chip. You can upgrade it to 8GB since only one memory slot is available on the machine. Four gigabytes is not excellent, but then again for 99% of people it should work.
Remember that the only way to reach network is through the single band AC WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card. If you want to use cables, prepare to get USB to RJ-45 adapter.
The laptop is small, that’s one obvious feature. The display size is 11.6″, resolution being 1366×768. There are good sides to this: for one, the screen rotates 360 degrees so this computer works as a laptop and tablet. However, due to the small size some components had to be left out, for example there is no built-in optical drive (but SD card slot is included)
Keyboard is not backlit, for an inexpensive notebook I guess that is understandable.
It should be noted the 3-cell 43Whr battery lasts a nice 7-8 hours, on the other hand it’s integrated so to change the battery you need to remove the whole laptop bottom.
To disappoint gamers, Dell Inspiron i3158-3275SLV doesn’t have a dedicated graphics card of any sort. Instead, there’s the bulk Intel HD 520 integrated chip (inside the processor unit). It’s some improvement from the older slower-than-snail models like Intel HD 4000 but still not very good one for gaming. For example, you’d get ~30 FPS on GTA 5 if you played on lowest settings and resolution up to 1366×768. Easier titles like League of Legends work thousand times better, that would give well over 60FPS with very high settings.
Dell Inspiron i3158-3275SLV is like a normal home laptop with a small size. You can easily go to travel with it, and also there is no need to purchase tablet separately since the touchscreen turns a full 360 degrees here. Most software this notebook can run, however with games be careful: you need to use low settings with newer ones. If it’s portability and pretty good value you’re after, this Dell should do the trick for you.