Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY, now that is a good-looking notebook! It has the latest generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and for the delight of hardcore gamers, a GeForce GTX960M graphics card. And the best thing is, the price is very tolerable considering that you’re getting top-class components here. But is the laptop really as good as it looks or are there also big drawbacks present…?
You can expect smooth operations from a notebook that features Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor. The chip is a quad-core unit with 2.3GHz clock speed and much higher turbo, a 3.2GHz. It’s in entirely different category than mainstream Core i3s, with this i5 getting around 5800 points in CPU Mark – those Core i3s are in the range of ~3000 these days. So suitability for heavier applications is guaranteed.
One 8GB low voltage DDR3 RAM chip is installed on the mainboard’s memory socket. There is also one free socket, so the maximum memory of Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY is logically 16 gigabytes. But starting with 8GB is definitely a good idea, it’s enough for about 99% of users.
This exact model features a so-so storage drive. It’s a 1TB SATA 3 hard drive with 5400RPM spindle speed – not too fast indeed. But luckily the drive has a 8GB SSD-like cache speeding things up a bit. Just keep in mind that you can’t decide what files will be stored on the SSD part, the drive will be shown as one unit in My computer. However, there is single M.2 slot on the mainboard if you want to install a real solid-state drive.
Would gamers enjoy it?
I’m sure gamers would find a lot of joy in Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY. The graphics are commanded by GeForce GTX960M which is a high-end dedicated graphics engine. Here are some examples you can expect:
– Grand Theft Auto V, high and 1920×1080: ~50FPS
– The Witcher 3, high and 1920×1080: ~30FPS
– Battlefield 4, very high and 1920×1080: ~40FPS
So yes, pretty solid gaming performance!
Ports and connectivity
Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY has a collection of ports so you’ll be able to hook up peripherals. There are three USB 3.0 connectors available for printers et cetera, and for an external monitor you can use the laptop’s HDMI output.
You can reach Internet with the 1000Mbps RJ-45 port or the dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.0 card.
This notebook has no optical drive, hence you need to get an external one if it’s discs you want to work with. The SD/MMC media card slot might be helpful, too.
There’s also a webcam included, it promises 1280×720 resolution for video.
Other important things
Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY seems to have a quality screen, featuring 15.6″ diagonal and 3840×2160 (a.k.a Ultra HD) resolution. It also responds to touch. Just remember that with the included Windows 10 Home (64-bit) keyboard and trackpad are enough, touch is not a requirement.
On paper, the battery looks good – it’s a 6-cell 74Whr one – although in real life it lasts for 5 hours web surfing which is just average. It’s listed as an integrated battery, but as far as I know it can be upgraded quite easily since the unit is behind just one screw.
The keyboard has a backlight feature.
In my opinion, Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY is one of the best laptops there currently are. With the 6th Generation Core i5 processor, UHD screen and a real gaming graphics card it offers excellent value, better than many other notebooks of 2016. Simply put, all software would run without issues on it, and for games, you can keep a lot of eye candy on and retain very playable frame rates. If you’re interested in this kind of a package, do take a closer look at this Dell!