Ah, a cheap laptop, who could resist? Dell Inspiron i5555-1428BLK doesn’t cost a lot, and at the same time offers a quad-core processor and a huge hard drive to store all the files on. Oh, and the screen is touch sensitive. This all sounds good, but is there a reason why the notebook is so inexpensive? Probably…
The laptop has sufficient performance for home users. Its processor, the AMD A8-7410, is a quad-core 2.2GHz (2.5GHz with turbo) unit. The chip can be compared to Intel Core i3 processors of the 4th generation; this AMD receiving around 2600 points in CPU Mark just like those Core i3s. Furthermore, there is 6GB memory (4GB and 2GB sticks) installed, certainly enough to keep everyday programs running without lag. Maximum memory would be 16GB with two 8GB chips.
The notebook is equipped with a tray load DVD burner with easy access to discs (CDs and DVDs, that is). Also the SD card slot can be used to transfer files.
The display of Dell Inspiron i5555-1428BLK seems to be good enough, a 15.6″ touchscreen supporting a maximum 1366×768 resolution. No Full HD resolution is available, for that you’d need to pay more. On top of the screen, there is a webcam offering 1280×720 resolution at 30fps for video.
An annoyance for power users, there is no modern solid-state drive in this notebook. The storage is handled by 1TB 5400RPM (SATA 3) hard drive, surely offering a lot of space – equivalent to 200 DVDs – but lacking in performance. Luckily, a tech-savvy person can always replace the installed drive with SSD if he wants. As it is, there are no extra slots for 2.5″ or M.2 drives.
Ports and connections are basic: one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports for devices such as printers, one HDMI-out for extra monitor, one 100Mbps RJ-45 for wired networking and headphone/microphone port for audio.
This certain model doesn’t have a backlit keyboard, but who would expect it for such a low price?
Battery is bulk stuff, a 4-cell 40Whr integrated one (= can’t be easily replaced). It’s going to last the usual 4 hours under web surfing before you need to recharge it.
The only really bad thing in Dell Inspiron i5555-1428BLK would be the gaming performance. See, the graphics engine is integrated AMD Radeon R5, its performance close to the infamous Intel HD 4000. You’re not going to get beautiful graphics with this one; games such as GTA 5 and Battlefield 4 are close to unplayable due to lag. A good thing, though, you can play lesser-demanding titles like CS: Go, Diablo III and World of Warcraft without issues on this machine.
Dell Inspiron i5555-1428BLK is not a bad laptop, in fact it should be everything a casual user needs: a web browser like Google Chrome, YouTube and Skype all are programs that pose no problem to this machine. However, very heavy programs (Photoshop, programming environments etc.) are best left for advanced laptops – the same goes for gaming. That’s why the unit is so affordable: it’s good for home and office use but not for professionals. If you’re OK with that, do take a closer look at this Dell!