Dell Inspiron i5748-5001sLV Review

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February 9, 2015
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So you have some extra money and want to invest it in a proper laptop? You’ve come across Dell Inspiron i5748-5001sLV and wonder if it’s a good computer at all. Well, looking at the specs suggests there’s some serious performance in it. But is the rather hefty price tag really justified? Let’s try to find that out.

Performance

There’s a 4th generation Core i5 processor powering this Dell laptop. The i5-4210U model runs on two cores and at modest 1.7GHz base speed, although with turbo boost the clock frequency increases to 2.7GHz. The i5 series can be considered upper range CPUs, easily beating Celerons and Pentiums in processing power. As such, you can use the majority of applications (even advanced ones) without problems.

There’s one SODIMM slot on the motherboard. It’s occupied by a 8GB DDR3 chip. It’s an appropriate amount for a power laptop. Installing more is not possible since the mainboard doesn’t have extra slots.

The hard drive runs on the slow 5400RPM speed although has a huge size of 1024GB. You can, in theory, store hundreds of thousands of images on that drive. To my knowledge, there’s nothing stopping you from swapping the HDD for a solid-state drive if it’s quick speed you require.

Display and graphics

The most distinctive feature of Dell Inspiron i5748-5001sLV is the big screen. At 17.3″, it’s larger than the cookie cutter 15 incher. Generally, the bigger the screen the better it is for entertainment use. Conversely, it’s harder to travel with a bulky laptop. Another point worthy of mentioning is the 1600×900 resolution which works just fine for a 17.3″ display, but for this price one might very well expect a Full HD screen.

Like many Core i5s, also this model has an integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics engine. Playing many games on it is possible, given that you don’t put full eye candy and resolution on. That is especially true for new games – Battlefield 3 and 4 should reach well-playable 30 FPS on low settings. But lightweight games like Minecraft, League of Legends and World of Warcraft would run smoothly even with increased settings.

Connectivity

Dell Inspiron i5748-5001sLV has three USB ports (one is USB 3.0), and it would make the laptop more useful to have more, especially for this high price. For video connection, there’s a HDMI output. Thus, the notebook works with a HD television.

A DVD drive is included, so you can burn CDs and DVDs. An SD media card reader is also available.

You can reach Internet with 10/100Mbps RJ-45 port or single-band 802.11 b/g/ WiFi. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported which can be used with mobile phones.

There’s a 0.92MP webcamera installed that gives 1280×720 resolution for video chats.

What other things to keep in mind?

The laptop is quite heavy. At 6.61 pounds it’s not the most portable one, so I can’t really recommend it for road warriors.

Dell Inspiron i5748-5001sLV has Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) which is THE operating system for many.

The backlit keyboard has a 10-key pad on the right hand side, good for accessing number keys frequently without effort.

Summary

Dell Inspiron i5748-5001sLV is not really a budget machine. Rather, it’s a powerful and big laptop for people who appreciate performance. The 1600×900 resolution is perhaps a disadvantage, because Full HD would really be a good idea on a screen this big. Another peculiar thing is the price: the laptop costs ~750 bucks, and I don’t know if the large screen really justifies the price. Because you can get a smaller and bit faster notebook for much cheaper.


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