You may have come across Dell Inspiron i5559-3347SLV and found out some good things about it. The price is not bad, and there are some decent components like Core i5 processor and 8GB system memory inside. Indeed, there’s a lot of good to be said about this laptop, but also some drawbacks I’d like to mention…
If you keep in mind the laptop isn’t very expensive, then the processor can be considered good. It is the low-voltage Intel Core i5-6200U with 2.3GHz base clock frequency and 2.8GHz turbo speed. Core amount is two, just like with other ULV models. In benchmarks the processor does rather well, CPU Mark giving it ~4000 points. That’s surely a score that many power users would appreciate.
There are eight gigabytes system memory installed in Dell Inspiron i5559-3347SLV, and the distribution is two 4GB sticks (I guess that’s to keep the costs down). As there are two SODIMM slots on the mainboard, maximum memory this laptop takes is the usual 16GB. Anyway, the default eight gigabytes is plenty, and you can do a lot of multitasking with that amount too.
The wireless adapter sports 802.11ac standard (dual-band 1×1) and it also supports Bluetooth 4.0.
You can easily replace the 4-cell 40Whr battery, however getting more than ca. four hours out of it is unlikely to happen.
I’m not going to say it’s outright bad, but the storage drive in Dell Inspiron i5559-3347SLV isn’t the best either. It’s a mechanical hard drive with 1TB storage, SATA 3 interface and 5400RPM spindle speed. So yeah, it’s pretty slow. According to the manual, there are no free slots in the notebook to add more drives, so what to do if you want to upgrade to SSD? You’ll need to take out the current HDD first and put the SSD in that place.
The computer also comes with a DVD burner. Not everybody needs that, and you can actually remove it and put an extra storage drive there.
The screen looks like an average one, or what do you think about 15.6″ diagonal and 1366×768 resolution? Touch is not supported.
Media card reader is available, you can slip in SD cards and upload data that way.
USB ports are the usual three, two of those being USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0. There’s just one video output (HDMI) however that should suffice for most.
There’s a webcam offering 1280×720 video resolution for medium-quality YouTube videos or Skype chatting.
The only big problem with Dell Inspiron i5559-3347SLV is, if it applies to you, the gaming performance. Graphics engine isn’t fancy at all, just the integrated Intel HD 520 (granted, it’s still better than the older & infamous Intel HD 4000). You can do some light gaming here, but many games will require low-medium settings to run with decent FPS. For example, on lowest and 1366×768 you’ll get around 30FPS on GTA V, on the other hand games like League of Legends will give much better frame rates on high settings.
It looks like this particular model doesn’t include a backlit keyboard.
Dell Inspiron i5559-3347SLV is a proper notebook for people who tend to run heavier software than a simple web browser and YouTube. The 6th generation Core i5 processor can take more than that, also the 8GB RAM helps with programs running smooth. The mechanical hard drive might hinder some operations, so performing the famous SSD swap might be a good idea if you want to enjoy this laptop to the fullest. Gaming performance isn’t ideal because of integrated graphics engine. If this all sounds interesting to you, choosing the Dell should be something to think about.