Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK Laptop Review

November 10, 2015
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What are the essential things to know about the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK laptop? Well, it has a very strong processor, a certain Core i7 (6th generation) model. Also screen seems to be decent, offering Full HD display for additional screen estate. But I can also spot some disadvantages in this notebook which might not be so obvious at a glance…

General performance

It’s the processing performance that’s the strongest point of Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK. You won’t get Core i3, heck, not even i5, but i7 – and not just any i7 but the newest, 6th generation one. The i7-6700HQ runs on four cores and offers very appropriate 2.6GHz clock speed with turbo as high as 3.5GHz. These numbers are good indicators what level of performance can be expected, this is backed up by excellent score of 8000 in CPU Mark (for your reference, the mid-range i5-5200U receives ~3500 points).

The system is equipped with two RAM slots, just like most notebooks. One of those is occupied by 8GB stick. The another slot is indeed free, you can put extra stick there to upgrade the RAM all the way to 16GB.

Considering the price of this unit, storage drive is bit of a disappointment. True, it’s not the worst HDD-only setup, but a hybrid drive with 1TB 5400RPM hard drive section and a smaller 8GB SSD-like cache. This solution gives somewhat better transfer rates than a mere hard drive, but not as good rates as a real SSD. And remember, the system – not you – dictates what files will be stored on the solid-state drive part. You have no say in that.

Is it good for gaming?

Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK can be described as a light gaming laptop, in that it comes with a dedicated (yet not high-end) graphics card. The GeForce GTX960M uses its own 4GB GDDR5 memory, and as a result, you’ll find this system being able to keep smooth frame rates with most games, even if you have more eye candy on. For example, using high details and Full HD, you’ll reach around 50FPS with GTA 5 (~30 with The Witcher 3). For hardcore gamers this might not suffice, but a casual gamer would take those frame rates and settings any day.

Yes, the 15.6″ display supports 1920×1080 resolution, and because of the dedicated graphics engine you don’t necessarily have to drop it – the GeForce card is fast enough to realistically support Full HD no matter the activity. Of course, if things on the screen look too small for you, decreasing the resolution to 1366×768 is a good idea. The screen itself doesn’t support touch, you can only use this system with keyboard and trackpad (or mouse if you connect one).

What devices can be connected?

Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK offers the typical setup of connections for you to spice up this computer. Three USB 3.0 ports are at your disposal, you can plug in the said mouse or printer to them. Also a monitor, including HDTV, can be plugged in to the HDMI output.

Network connectivity should be good, after all you’ll get A/C standard WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card inside. 1000Mbps RJ-45 port can be used too if you prefer cable over wireless.

Leaving out the optical drive is a trend these days, you won’t find one here either. If you really need access to DVDs you’re free to connect external optical drive. It might also be a good idea to utilize the laptop’s SD/MMC card reader in case you have memory cards at hand.

A webcam (1280×720 video resolution) is included, you can say hi to your friends on Skype with that.

Some other things you should know?

Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK is not light for a 15-incher, it weighs 5.68 pounds according to official specifications. Also, I wouldn’t expect the 6-cell 74Whr battery to last too long considering there’s a power hungry processor and graphics engine inside. Three-four hours when web surfing is close to the reality.

Backlit feature on keyboard makes it easy to type in the dark.


I don’t think Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK is so bad computer. It’s definitely a bit pricey, but you’ll get a lot for the money: a very, very fast processor, plenty of RAM and especially for the gamers, a dedicated graphics engine. I would call this laptop a well-rounded power user rig, as it will run any program you throw at it without issues, and also all the games can be played with pretty high settings. There are smaller things you might find annoying, such as missing optical drive, but those are so insignificant I wouldn’t worry: the pros surely beat the cons here.

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