You might’ve been eyeing the Dell Inspiron i5559-7080SLV laptop, and I don’t blame you for that. After all, it has some impressive performance mainly thanks to the Core i7 processor. Also Full HD screen is featured to make power users happy. But let’s not judge the notebook too fast, we must first examine it further to draw conclusions…
Under the hood
Intel Core i7-6500U is a very popular processor in these more powerful notebooks. The chip features two cores, a clock speed of 2.5GHz and turbo feature up to 3.1GHz. At the same time, it’s a low voltage model, so over-the-top performance can’t be expected. The popular CPU Mark benchmark gives the i7-6500U around 4400 points, there are normal (high?) voltage i7s that get around two times of that, although the current processor works very fine for heavier programs and multitasking too.
Dell Inspiron i5559-7080SLV has alright memory, 8GB DDR3L installed on two 4GB sticks. As there are two memory slots on the system board, 16 gigabytes would be the maximum RAM you can install here.
The hard drive won’t satisfy everybody, there’s a 1TB 5400RPM SATA 3 HDD installed by default. It, of course, gives a huge storage space, but performance isn’t on par with solid-state drives. Indeed, some people have been asking if this laptop takes SSD, and I can tell you it does. But the thing is, no extra drive slots or M.2 connectors are available, so you need to remove the current HDD first and put the solid-state drive in that slot.
Works for gaming?
Dell Inspiron i5559-7080SLV has a graphics engine with fancy name, AMD Radeon R5 M335 (4GB DDR3). In reality, though, it’s just tad faster than newer integrated chips from the Intel side like the Intel HD 520. So in case you want to play some games with a lot of graphics, such as GTA 5, be prepared to use low-medium settings and 720p resolution to get around 30 frames per second. But if you only play older ones, like Diablo 3 or League of Legends, you can use higher settings and get smooth frame rates.
Connections and ports
Dell Inspiron i5559-7080SLV has a dual-band 1×1 802.11ac WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0 card to get you connected the wireless way. Also 100Mbps RJ-45 port is available for cable.
USB ports are three, just one of those is USB 3.0 and the rest are USB 2.0. The video output is HDMI, you can hook up a television or PC monitor to that.
There is a tray-load DVD burner available, it’s good for CDs and DVDs, but for BluRays you need another drive. A media card reader is included too, it works at least with SD format.
You might find the webcam (1280×720 video resolution) useful if you chat with your buddies or shoot short flicks to YouTube.
Miscellaneous (yet important) things
Dell Inspiron i5559-7080SLV contains a beautiful display, it has 15.6″ diagonal and supports up to 1920×1080 resolution. In another words, a lot of screen estate is guaranteed. Touch is supported too, although the good old trackpad+keyboard combo works fine with Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
The notebook includes a removable 40Wh 4-cell battery. You will be able to run the laptop for ca. 4 hours (web browsing) before the battery needs a recharge.
The keyboard has a backlight feature.
Dell Inspiron i5559-7080SLV is not very expensive when you consider what’s inside. Processor is quite fast (although a low voltage one) so CPU performance is not going to be an issue. Memory is good too, hard drive big but slow – that you can fix with the famous SSD upgrade. Gaming capability is not impressive, so hardcore players should pick something else. However, for a decent all-around, power user oriented laptop this Dell is a noteworthy choice.