Many trust the American manufacturer Dell. Also TechForPennies.com likes them – Dell tends to produce decent notebooks with competitive pricing without forgetting the needs of more demanding users. A tough task indeed, but Dell Inspiron i5548-4167SLV looks like all that: not too expensive but full of powerful components. But what does a closer examination tell us? Let’s see…
Will it run X program?
Specifications suggest that Dell Inspiron i5548-4167SLV runs most programs fine. The system is powered by Intel Core i5-5200U, a 2015 dual core processor offering 2.2GHz clock speed with 2.7GHz turbo. It also features power efficient design, hence the U suffix. All but very complex applications are piece of cake for i5-5200U, for example streaming video from Internet works without lag.
The laptop has 12GB (dual channel DDR3L 1600MHz) RAM installed. It looks like the distribution is one 4GB stick and one 8GB stick. If you feel the need you can take out the smaller one and replace it with 8GB to get the maximum 16GB memory.
Dell Inspiron i5548-4167SLV has one terabyte 5400RPM hard drive. While the storage itself is great I can see many are disappointed with the speed. You can of course remove the current drive and put in an SSD. Any 2.5″ SATA 6Gbps drive will work.
Does it have a good quality display?
The touch screen should be decent at least. Its 15.6″ diagonal and 1920×1080 resolution offer a lot of screen estate, surely keeping power users happy. The panel type is IPS and refresh rate is 60hz.
Keep in mind that while it’s a touch display, operating angle of the screen is still the usual 0-135 degrees. Simply put, the notebook won’t work like a tablet, it’s not a 2-in-1 model.
Can I play my favorite game on it?
Well, there’s no dedicated graphics card in this laptop. Instead, you’ll have to do with the processor-integrated Intel HD 5500. In practice, most games will be at least somewhat playable, but require low details and resolution. For example, people’s favorite (yet heavyweight) GTA 5 gives ~20FPS on low settings. Bunch of lighter titles, such as Sims 4, Steam powered ones and browser games will however run smoothly.
What connections does it have?
Dell Inspiron i5548-4167SLV contains three USB ports. Two of those are USB 3.0, one is USB 2.0. A dedicated HDMI output is also there, an useful thing for connecting an external monitor or TV to this notebook.
Networking consists of a 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card. The 100Mbps RJ-45 port allows you to connect with a cable.
The laptop has no internal DVD drive. To deal with this problem you might want to get an external optical drive.
Other features you probably find handy are the SD/MMC card slot and 1080p Full HD webcam.
Are there other things to keep in mind?
Dell Inspiron i5548-4167SLV weighs 5.4 pounds, not a lot considering most laptops of this size are ~5 pounds. The unit includes a 3-cell 43WHr battery that lasts up to 6 hours. You can replace the battery although some screws need to be removed first.
Keyboard is backlit and there’s a 10-key pad for effortless number key access (although trackpad is pushed left because of that).
As said in the beginning, there are many good things about Dell Inspiron i5548-4167SLV. Starting with the performance, you’re greeted by a 5th generation Core i5 processor, a plenty 12GB memory and huge hard drive. It is a nice trio, although by replacing the hard drive with a quicker SSD you can up the performance a big time. The IPS touch screen with 1920×1080 resolution is great news if your work involves photo editing or you’re otherwise picky about displays. The laptop costs bit more than a starter one, although the current price is good considering what you’ll get in return. Also, you’ll receive a rig you don’t need to upgrade for a couple of years. If these things tickle your fancy why not take a further look at this Dell.