If you don’t want a high-end computer full of fancy, bleeding edge components, you’re lucky in a way. Because the computer you need, is quite an inexpensive one. Your system should be able to present web sites, videos and MS Office documents without slowing down, but not much more than that is required. So enter Dell Inspiron i5559-5347SLV which might be a good general use laptop for you…
Can it really run all the programs fine?
I know by experience that this kind of system is no stranger to programs like Chrome web browser, videos from YouTube and spreadsheets & documents of the MS Office family. The most essential thing, the processor, is Intel Core i5-6200U, a mainstream dual-core chip with 2.3GHz clockspeed (and 2.8GHz turbo). There are many uses for it, including all the aforementioned ones, and the CPU Mark score of ~3900 should be enough for some heavier activities (Photoshop) too.
The 12GB RAM will make Dell Inspiron i5559-5347SLV rather snappy, at least multitasking should not slow the computer down. The memory distribution is 8GB and 4GB chips; you can of course replace those – the limit for RAM here is 16GB.
One terabyte 5400RPM SATA 3 hard drive is found in the storage section. If you possess a lot of big files and want to store them on the laptop, then that drive is obviously good. But if you don’t need so huge storage, then a smaller but snappier SSD would benefit you more. Installing one is possible in this Dell, but you need to take the default drive out first.
Any gaming possible here?
Dell Inspiron i5559-5347SLV is hardly a player’s machine. The only thing speeding up your games is the integrated Intel HD 520. That is luckily faster than the older Intel HD 4000 if you remember that, but still far from what dedicated cards can offer. You’ll need to be careful with those settings, for example heavier games like Battlefield 4 run only at ~30FPS if you’re using medium details (and 1366×768 resolution). Still, lackluster games such as Minecraft are not a problem for this computer.
Can I plug many peripherals?
Dell Inspiron i5559-5347SLV has basic ports, just as you often find in notebooks of similar price. It offers three USB connectors, bear in mind only one of those is USB 3.0 and two other USB 2.0. HDMI-output is offered as the only video port, it accepts HDTV or similar display.
There seems to be an entry-level, dual-band 802.11ac Wireless card for networking. It also supports Bluetooth. There’s also RJ-45 port, although it has only 100Mbps transfer rate.
The computer comes with a tray-load DVD burner, not that it’s essential in the era of Internet streaming anymore. SD card slot is includes as well, you can put in the small memory card from your digital camera and upload photos.
You can enjoy the webcam too, it supports 1280×720 resolution for videos.
Miscellaneous (yet important!) features
Dell Inspiron i5559-5347SLV has a touchscreen, a 15.6″ one, and the resolution is 1920×1080 as expected. You may rotate the display up to 135 degrees, meaning it won’t go full 360 degrees so tablet mode found in 2-in-1 laptops isn’t available here.
The notebook has a removable 4-cell 40Whr battery, that’s a positive thing. You can easily take the battery out and replace it if the unit dies after some years. With a single charge it’s going to last around 4 hours.
Backlit keyboard is not found in this laptop.
You’ll find the operating system (Windows 10 Home 64-bit) pre-loaded on the hard drive.
Dell Inspiron i5559-5347SLV is, as some might put it, a power user proof laptop. That’s mainly because of the i5 processor that is also of the latest 6th generation. There’s nothing that such a processor, and rest of the system, couldn’t do for a home user wanting to surf some web or power user in need of some real performance, however avid gamers would obviously find this computer a little lacking. So, in case your requirements don’t include great gaming capability, you should be happy with this simple, rather affordable Dell laptop.