Is it so that you don’t want to pay too much for your notebook, but on the other hand want some performance to handle everything smooth, even some heavier stuff? Well, Dell Inspiron i5758-428BLK might be an answer – it’s a (rather!) low-cost laptop with Core i3 processor and large 17 inches screen. I can already see the advantages of owning this system; although there are also some drawbacks you should know about…
What is it good for?
Got a web browser you want to use or a paper to write? Well, most people do, and for that kind of stuff Dell Inspiron i5758-428BLK is excellent. Starting with the processor, the Intel Core i3-5010U offers you budget dual-core performance on 2.1GHz clock speed (no turbo). The trusted benchmark, called CPU Mark, gives this unit ~3200 points – that’s rather good for a laptop i3. The 4GB RAM isn’t really a spectacular amount, but for the aforementioned uses it suffices well. The most RAM you can put here is 16GB on two 8GB sticks.
Plugging in some peripherals should be effortless, there are three USB ports (two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0) at your disposal. To connect external monitor please use the HDMI-out port on the machine.
DVD burner and SD card slot are installed in the laptop, so moving data to and from the system is easy.
What is it bad for?
Gaming is not the strong point of Dell Inspiron i5758-428BLK. As there is no dedicated graphics card installed (it would be a miracle if there was for this price!) you are to manage with the processor’s integrated Intel HD 5500. That’s an old school chip and won’t bring great FPS to many games. To play new ones such as GTA 5 you would need low settings and resolution to get 20-25FPS. Many older ones however run better, those including Counter-Strike: Go and Minecraft.
Miscellaneous & other benefits
The hard drive is not excellent, it’s actually sort of “blast from the past”: 500GB 5400RPM SATA 3 drive. An easy way to upgrade the system’s performance would be to replace that with a solid-state drive.
So it’s a large 17.3″ non-touch screen on Dell Inspiron i5758-428BLK, however you’re only getting the 1600×900 resolution. It’s probably suitable if you’re not a power user. On top of the display there’s a 1280×720 webcam for Skype chatting & the like.
It’s sad that the 4-cell 40Whr battery can not be replaced without disassembling the laptop, however it’s going to last fairly long, around 6 hours under lightweight use.
To connect this thing to Internet you can use the internal 802.11 AC-standard dual-band WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card or the 100Mbps RJ-45 port with cable.
Keyboard isn’t backlit.
Dell Inspiron i5758-428BLK is a decent computer for general use, including office work (MS Office, printing etc). There is nothing the Core i3 processor couldn’t do for a non-demanding person; and running programs like Photoshop now and then isn’t unheard of, either. The limitations of this laptop are clearly seen in gaming aspect; you are getting only bad to mediocre FPS with many games. If that doesn’t bother you, this Dell seems to be a respectable laptop unit for home and small business users, so check it out!