Dell Inspiron i5578-2451GRY Full HD Notebook Review

November 14, 2016
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Many, many new laptops have come out of the Dell factories in the end of 2016. One particular notebook, the Dell Inspiron i5578-2451GRY, seems interesting – it has the newest Kaby Lake processor, DDR4 memory and 1080p display as main features. These things, at least to me, look sweet. And what is more, the computer doesn’t cost an arm and leg. Indeed, does it have any weak points? We will see…

The good

If we’re concentrating on the engine room, the best thing of Dell Inspiron i5578-2451GRY is its processor. You see, it’s one of the Intel’s latest Kaby Lake architecture (7th generation), the Core i5-7200U. It’s getting close to desktop-level processor with its ~4800 CPU Mark score. The interesting specs are dual-core configuration, 2.5GHz base clock speed and 3.1GHz turbo.

I think the display of this notebook can’t be criticized much. It’s a touchscreen of 15.6″ diagonal and 1920×1080 resolution, and the specialty is 2-in-1 functionality. The display flips over, turning this unit into a tablet. The specifications promise 160 degree viewing angles which I can believe, given it’s an IPS screen. There’s a webcam in the top bezel, it captures 720p video at 30 frames per second.

In case you’re into multitasking you’re happy to know the notebook has 8GB memory (DDR4 2400MHz). It’s just one stick and another slot on mainboard is free – you can put extra stick there with the total RAM of 16GB.

The neutral

Not really a brilliant thing, the storage of Dell Inspiron i5578-2451GRY is brought to you by the 1TB 5400RPM “blast from the past” hard drive. Don’t mistake it for a solid-state drive, the HDD is not nearly as fast. But the bright side is you may remove that drive and put SSD in place – if you know how to! Another option is to choose another version of this Dell which indeed has SSD included.

For a reason unknown optical drive isn’t installed here. But they sell external DVD burners cheap if you want to work with discs. You can also put the laptop’s SD card slot to good use.

There are two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port at your disposal. Of course, also HDMI-output is provided so you can connect a monitor if you don’t want to use the laptop’s screen. You can’t connect to Internet with cable unless you get USB to RJ-45 adapter, but 802.11ac dual-band WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0 card is included.

The notebook gets power from the integrated 3-cell 42Whr battery. It works for 5 hours on a single charge.

This model has a backlit keyboard.

The bad

Dell Inspiron i5578-2451GRY does not have good gaming performance, that is due to integrated graphics card. The i5-7200U processor holds a tiny chip called Intel HD 620 and that’s the engine responsible for graphics. Well, it beats many older integrated chips like Intel HD 4000, so you can try some newer games but keep settings at bay. As a real life example you could get around 30 frames per second on Grand Theft Auto 5, but you’d also need to use low settings and resolution for that. Also games such as Minecraft and Dota 2 are possible.

Summing it up

A couple of things you should remember about Dell Inspiron i5578-2451GRY. First, it’s quite a powerful notebook thanks to the i7 processor, so professionals, big companies or power users would most likely find it useful. Second, the screen doesn’t only feature 1080p resolution but it also folds into a tablet, so if you want that functionality, consider the Dell a suitable option. Gaming performance is minimal, but for everything software it can surely work. If these are the things that tickle your fancy, you can’t go wrong with this Dell.

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