Not everybody needs a full-blown power laptop with fancy components; many are fine with a basic notebook of general-use components such as Core i3 processor. Well, Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV is this kind of a computer, meant for lighter use in homes or offices. Let me tell you what I think about it.
It’s useful for…?
Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV has a processor of the Intel Core i3 series. In case you don’t know, those i3s are the mainstream processors of Intel, mainly used for home and small office laptops requiring some, but not huge performance. The unit in question, the Intel Core i3-6100U, is a 6th generation (a.k.a. the latest) model, meaning it generally beats all the previous i3s in performance. Indeed, this 2.3GHz unit gets a decent 3500 CPU Mark grade, whereas older models were in the 2700-3000 range.
A basic memory is included as well, 4GB on one stick. It allows for common stuff such as web browsing and videos, even some multitasking works. There’s a free slot for memory too, meaning you can put in more RAM in case you want to. As usually, the maximum memory this system supports is 16GB.
The storage section doesn’t earn any extra points, however again it should be sufficient for a general-use notebook. There’s a 500GB (5400RPM SATA 3) hard drive there which can take up to 100 DVD’s worth of data. It’s not a very fast drive; if you want your Windows and other programs load quicker you need to swap it for an SSD.
Does it work for gaming as well?
Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV is not good if by gaming you mean Fallout 4, GTA 5 or Metal Gear Solid 5 played with a lot of eye candy on. The integrated Intel HD 520 graphics chip is simply too slow for that, although you should get somewhat playable frame rates if you used the lowest possible settings on those. Games such as Sims 4 and Counter-Strike: Go would run much better, even on medium to high settings.
What peripherals can be plugged in?
These entry-level notebooks don’t boast a great connectivity but should get a home user going. Indeed, Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV has three USB ports (one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0) to plug in some peripherals. There is also HDMI-out for hooking up an external monitor of some sort.
A DVD burner is included in this laptop, it reads and writes to CD and DVD. You might also find the SD card reader useful, it works with those small memory cards found in your digital camera and other similar devices.
It shouldn’t be a problem to get this notebook connected to Internet, it features a simple dual-band 802.11 AC-standard WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.0 support. Also 100Mbps RJ-45 port is included.
The laptop contains a webcam, it supports 1280×720 resolution for video, so you can chat with your buddies on Skype.
Other important things
There are not many exciting things to be said about the screen of Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV. It’s a basic 15.6″ touch display with a maximum resolution of 1366×768. I don’t see why it wouldn’t suffice for a casual user, though. Just keep in mind that it won’t rotate much past 135 degrees, so using it in tablet mode is not possible.
You can easily replace the 4-cell 40Whr battery on this computer. But chances are you don’t need to do that for some years. With a single charge you can expect 4 hours running time if web surfing.
The keyboard doesn’t feature backlight.
Operating system is the best you can get today, the Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
One can not call Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV a powerful package, but on the other hand, its price is very affordable too. Throw a web browser, paper editing or videos at it, and all those will be handled without problems and slow-downs. On the other hand, throw a new graphics-heavy game, it will bring the system on its knees. So in case you’re happy with basic performance – most home and office users should be – then choosing this Dell is a good idea for you.