Dell Inspiron i5578-7451GRY Full HD Laptop Review

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November 15, 2016
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Paying a lot for notebook might not tickle your fancy, but what if you require solid performance, beautiful screen and 2-in-1 functionality? Then you must shell out some cash. Dell Inspiron i5578-7451GRY might be a good candidate, after all it should boast all the things listed above. But is there any catch why you should buy something completely different..?

The good

The processor is super in Dell Inspiron i5578-7451GRY. It’s not some old school CPU from discount, sales but the real-deal Intel Core i5-7200U. Yep, the new 7th generation (Kaby Lake architecture) dual-core processor giving all of its 2.5GHz clock speed and 3.1GHz turbo to your use. If you’re interested about benchmarks, the most reliable CPU Mark gives it closer to 4800 points – keep in mind many desktop processor are in the same range. So powerful is this Core i5.

You can use the Dell in laptop and tablet modes. The display has 360 degree hinge so it flips over to tablet. Diagonal is 15.6 inches so it will be a big tablet indeed, but a powerful one at the same time! Resolution is the professional-grade 1920×1080 and the screen has IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel. The viewing angles are 160 degrees, the specifications confirm that. A webcam that records 720p at 30FPS video is installed in the top bezel.

The notebook features a backlit keyboard.

The neutral

You will 4GB memory (DDR4 2400MHz) which is probably fine if you’re a home or small office user, however for heavier software you want more. One slot is free on the mainboard so at least upgrading will be easy. The maximum RAM is 16GB.

The battery life on Dell Inspiron i5578-7451GRY isn’t that great, most likely 6 hours on a slightly dimmed screen. Indeed the battery unit is 3-cell 42Whr integrated, not the beefiest one around.

The selection of ports could be greater, on the other hand the basics are well covered. The one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports offer connectivity for your peripherals, while the one HDMI-output can be used with a PC monitor or HDTV. You will find no RJ-45 here, however a sweet dual-band AC WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0 adapter is included.

Sadly the notebook doesn’t come with a DVD burner. But maybe you can do with its media card reader supporting SD format.

The bad

Most, should I say every, notebook in this price range “suffers” from an integrated graphics card. That said, it doesn’t affect video watching, but gamers should be aware. In Dell Inspiron i5578-7451GRY the graphics engine is called Intel HD 620 and you won’t be playing games with full settings, not at all. Keeping settings and resolution at minimum is required for games like Grand Theft Auto 5 (~30FPS), Battlefield 4 (~50FPS) and Crysis 3 (~40FPS).

Considering it’s indeed a 2-in-1 unit which you probably carry around a lot, it would be great to have SSD. But no, it’s a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive you get. Like you did with laptops 5 years ago. Well, you can still upgrade to SSD yourself, or choose another version of this Dell – the one that comes with 256GB SSD!

Verdict

I would point a person in the direction of Dell Inspiron i5578-7451GRY if he wants laptop and tablet in one package and enjoy a quality 1080p display. Surely the 500GB hard drive isn’t great, but the newest Core i5 processor will take a lot of beating. Also the necessary ports, including USB 3.0 and HDMI, are present. Just remember the limited gaming performance and you should be good to go with this Dell!


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