Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK Review

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October 12, 2015
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A couple of things look promising about Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK: it’s quite cheap, it’s advertised as a gaming laptop and there are actually some components worthy of the “gaming” label. The most important is GeForce GTX 960M, a dedicated (yet at most, mid-range) graphics card and a modern, 256GB-capacity solid-state drive with improved performance compared to hard drives. Other things on the paper also seem to be decent – for example Full HD display – which makes one wonder if there’s actually anything bad about this notebook? You never know without examining the item further…

General performance

It’s a brand new processor you’ll find in Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK: Intel has released a host of new Skylake architecture based processors (6th Generation) in the Summer and September 2015. One of them, Intel Core i5-6300HQ, is installed in this notebook. The unit in question contains four cores, a 2.3GHz clock speed and up to 3.2GHz turbo boost mode. There doesn’t seem to be benchmarks online just yet, but it’s expected to reach similar performance to some “regular” (not power efficient!) i7s such as the i7-4712HQ. That processor gets around 7500 CPU Mark points which is excellent, and since i5-6300HQ should get more or less the same you can pretty much do anything on this computer and if there’s a bottleneck, it won’t be this processor for sure.

As expected from a gaming machine, the Dell comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory. Also a good thing, it’s installed on one chip, leaving the other memory slot on mainboard unoccupied for memory upgrade (maximum 16GB). A 256GB solid-state drive will provide fast, if limited storage, however an easy solution to get more storage capacity is to put your files on various online cloud services. And don’t forget the SSD seems to be installed on M.2 slot, there should also be free space and connector for a regular 2.5″ SATA drive.

What games am I able to play?

The graphics card is GeFocce GTX 960M (4GB GDDR5), in general you’re able to play most games at high settings and 1080p and receive 30 frames per second. To be honest, Grand Theft Auto 5 will give even more than that, closer to 50FPS. Indeed in the case of The Wicher 3 you’d end up with around 30 frames per second using the said settings. My estimate is that this system is good for one or two years until you need a new gaming laptop.

Anything special about the display?

The 15.6″ screen of Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK comes with all the bells and whistles: IPS display (superior to cheap TN panels in terms of colors and viewing angles), anti-glare coating and 1920×1080 resolution. Touch is not supported, but for gaming purposes such a display should be very decent at least.

Ports and connections

Ports include three USB 3.0 connectors, all of them supporting USB 3.0. HDMI-out is also provided, although DisplayPort is not which might upset some hardcore gamers. Optical drive isn’t something you find here either; if you need to install games from discs you’d better get an external DVD drive.

Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK unit connects to Internet via 802.11 A/C + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter. There’s also integrated 1000Mbps controller with RJ-45 port in case you want to connect using wire.

You’ll be able to transfer data to this computer locally using the built-in SD card slot. One practical use is to upload photos from digital cameras with that.

A 1280×720 webcam is available on Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, you’re good to film videos or chat with your friends on Skype.

Other essential stuff

The battery is non-replaceable, as in you can’t just pop it out – you’d need to remove the bottom cover to get to the battery. Its specs are 74Whr and 6 cells, rather beefy one, but I don’t think you’re getting more than 1-2 hours if you’re gaming. If surfing the web etc. you should end up with more than 4 hours, though.

Backlit keyboard should be included, but I predict not everybody likes that the touchpad is positioned left.

The weight is bit on the heavy side, a 5.68 pounds.

Summing it up

I don’t think Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is over-priced at all. Sure, it costs much more than your general use notebook would, but look what you’re getting here: a powerful machine equipped with 6th Generation Core i5 processor, dedicated video card and a solid-state drive. You can play all the games released in 2015 with this rig, and truth be told, most (if not all) of those in high settings. Utilizing the Full HD resolution will also be possible thanks to the GeForce card. The system doesn’t seem to be have any obvious drawbacks, for this reason I recommend it for all the budget gamers out there.


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88 thoughts on “Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK Review

  1. Bracciodiferro

    What about materiale? Do you know if it is made of alluminium le plastic?

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  2. Bracciodiferro

    and do you know if is possible to upgrade the DDR3 RAM in DDR4 aftermarket?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Well, the Skylake architecture (also in this computer) for Intel processors supports DDR4, but according to Dell the RAM slots in this laptop are not compatible with DDR4-type memory. And since the RAM slots ultimately decide what type of memory can be installed, the answer to your question is no, it’s not possible to upgrade to DDR4 in this model.

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    2. skoote138

      i just want to know, i am upgrading my computer and i noticed my rams from my old computer is compatibly with Dell, but it is a ddr3 4gb, not a ddr3l 8GB, can i ad this to the empty slot?

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      1. Tech For Pennies Post author

        So you have one DDR3 (normal type, not low voltage “L” in the end) stick that you’d like to install in this Dell laptop? That’s not going to work since the current memory stick is DDR3L (notice the L in the end) and mixing them up is asking for trouble. You need to get DDR3L memory for this laptop.

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi Uz. The laptop has one free memory slot, you can upgrade the memory to maximum 16GB. Can you clarify your question about cooling?

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    2. Danny

      the cooling cant be upgraded if thats what you’re asking. and the fan runs at about 28 Db in idle while it runs high 30’s and low 40’s under load

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi MJ, asked this from Dell support and they didn’t have any idea.

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  3. Jake

    I think the main/million-dollar question is, when is this laptop getting release? Will we never know? I hope sometime by the end of October. And do you know how long has the laptop been posted up on Amazon?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Indeed, that’s the most important question around this laptop right now. Sadly, even Dell support doesn’t know the release date yet. The computer was posted to Amazon on October 1 if I recall correctly.

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  4. Marky

    Isn’t the keyboard too cramped?
    Curious if you had personal hands-on with this?
    Do you know the release date by any chance?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      I don’t see why the keyboard would be too cramped, but many people have noted the touchpad is positioned too far left. Unfortunately, I haven’t used the computer in real life – I don’t think many have because it’s not in the stores yet. Release date is not known, asked this from Dell support and they were clueless.

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  5. Mohammed A. Gomaa

    Man , if this laptop be at the Level that I think it would be I will definitely buy it .. But it is not released yet and there’s no reviews .. There’s no such a thing making me really buy it for now ..
    Also this is the first time see dell making something so cheap :D .. I am confused .,
    Waiting for reviews 💃..

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Yeah this notebook should certainly offer excellent bang for your buck :) Once you get it, that is, as far as I know there’s no information about release date yet.

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  6. Dex

    I pre ordered this laptop on the 23rd of October, yesterday I received an email from amazon stating that it will be arriving on the 30th of this month.

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  7. Philip

    I have just recieved my i7559. In case anyone was wondering, the SSD is a SanDisk Z400s M.2 2280 256GB. If I understand that right, that means the SSD is in the mSATA slot and there in still room to install a standard laptop SATA drive.

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Thanks for the information Philip. That’s exactly what it means, updated the review to reflect this.

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      1. Vino

        How do you install the SATA HDD? should you format it first? or just insert it? would it recognize the HDD automatically or would you have to first change settings in the bios? Thanks.

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        1. Tech For Pennies Post author

          Put the drive in, connect cables and check in BIOS if the drive is recognized, for example from the boot order menu. If the drive is found there, you should also see it in Windows. Formatting the drive depends on whether it’s new or old drive; does it have files or is it brand new from a shop? If it’s old and there are Windows-compatible files (but no Windows OS installed itself) I don’t think formatting would be needed – the files should be accessible after inserting the drive and connecting cables.

          Also this article might help you.

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  8. John

    Do any of you know what the speakers are like? Are they good/ decent, loud enough?? I have horrible speakers on the laptop we currently have

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi John. That’s hard to say – but probably for this price they’re decent enough.

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Asked this from Dell support, and they said yes, international warranty is included.

      EDIT 11 November: Asked again, and you need to buy the premium support for international warranty separately.

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      1. Sandeep

        I was on a live chat with dell support and they said that for international support we will have to upgrade the basic warranty to premium support for 69$ extra valid for a year. Could u plz confirm if it’s included or needs to be bought seperately.

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi Sandeep. The laptop has one M.2 slot, and it’s already in use by the 256GB Sandisk SSD that comes with this laptop. You can remove the Sandisk SSD and put in SATA supporting SSD – I believe Samsung 950 Pro is not that.

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      1. Sandeep

        Ya but my doubt is jus that does the M.2 slot in the laptop support PCIe or is it just SATA. COZ M.2 can be either one right(correct me if m wrong)

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        1. Tech For Pennies Post author

          It seems M.2 supports just SATA here. Unfortunately PCIe isn’t supported.

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  9. Kushagra

    Which is better, dell i7559-763BLK or Asus ROG GL552VW DH71 for gaming? Which has better benchmarks and which has better hardware quality?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Those two models have the same graphics card GTX960M (Dell has 4GB GDDR5 version while ASUS has 2GB GDDR5 but you won’t see any difference, believe me). ASUS has more and faster RAM (8GB DDR3 vs. 16GB DDR4) and faster CPU (~6000 vs. ~8000 CPU Mark grade) so the ASUS is likely to reach better frame rates on CPU dependent games. However, since graphics card is the most important thing for gaming performance, and it’s the same in both machine, the difference is not going to be huge. And Dell is around 250 dollars cheaper. From those two options, I’d definitely go for the Dell.

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        1. Kushagra

          Any laptop that you personally recommend for a budget of upto $1100?
          P.S.- The cheaper the better.

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          1. Tech For Pennies Post author

            About your former question: Hard to say, don’t have hands-on experience on them. The Dell has plastic cover while the ASUS has metallic finish, so might be the ASUS has better build quality.

            About recommendations, it really depends on what you’re going to use the laptop for. Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK should be a great choice for power users on budget. If only those two notebooks were the options, I’d definitely choose the Dell.

      1. Kushagra

        Which is better for cooling? I am going well use them for hardcore gaming. Also 1 option is MSI GE 62 w/ 960m 2 gb but 5th gen i7 processors. Out of these 3 which is better?

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        1. Tech For Pennies Post author

          So it’s this MSI you mean? Hard to say an objective opinion about cooling; people have left reviews about all three laptops saying the system runs cool.

          Out of those 3, I’d still say Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is the best for gaming if you’re on budget. Its 200-250 bucks cheaper than the other two models while the graphics card is same in all three – or even a bit better in Dell because it’s 4GB version vs. 2GB in the other laptops.

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  10. Kuzma

    Hey friends!
    What is your suggestion – should i wait for Black Friday? Or rather buy it now?

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    1. Kuzma

      Btw, thank very much for the article.
      If you could also clarify about international warranty – would be 500% thankful more :D

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      1. Erik

        I live in the Netherlands and bought this throught Amazon.com and had it delivered to family in the U.S. I contacted Dell and they gave me the following link to transfer the warranty to Dell Netherlands. http://del.ly/6185Br9Jt

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    2. Tech For Pennies Post author

      It depends on how badly you want it :) There is no guarantee it will be discounted for Black Friday, so if you want it now, you’d just be wasting your time for waiting. On the other hand, if there will be a discount and especially if you can wait a couple of weeks, then buy it on 27 November. The price isn’t likely to increase in any case.

      Answered to your question about the international warranty above.

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  11. histor

    Greetings to all. Can I install a 9mm Hdd in the SATA bay? Or does it have to be 7mm?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      It looks like only 7mm and 9.5mm drives fit into the bay.

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      1. manu

        is it a guess or have you checked ? I´m asking to know what additional disk I can buy
        thanks

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        1. Tech For Pennies Post author

          People over Amazon.com, in the Q&A section, have said that they’ve installed both 7mm and 9.5mm drives in this model. However, there’s more talk about 7mm drives – if you want to be on the safe side, choose a 7mm model.

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  12. alvaro

    I see many questions about the warranty here, i contacted dells support today and they told me there is 1 year international hardware warranty for everyone that buys the laptop. There are also 2 other types of warranty if you pay, but for free you get 1 year of hardware warranty.

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  13. VinceP

    Nice and well written review! I’v been on the fence about whether or not to get this Dell or the Asus k501ux simply based on some negative reviews IV seem on the Dell, but.I have decided on purchasing this Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, it seem to be the best option in terms of hardware and price.. I am very tempted to purchase it right NOW, but I will be waiting until Black Friday just in case there’s are nice discount. :) Cheers Mate!

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  14. Francisco

    Nice article, ordered it on amazon and should be receiving it tomorrow. Is the seagate 1TB laptop gaming SSHD sata (st1000lm014) compatible with this laptop?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Sure thing, 9.5mm 2.5″ SATA drives like the Seagate you mentioned fit inside.

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      1. Francisco

        Thanks! I was worried when I read in one of your earlier replies that it
        would only fit a 7mm drive, not a 9.5mm.

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        1. Tech For Pennies Post author

          Sorry, that was my bad. Indeed somebody commented on Amazon.com that he installed 9.5mm drive no problem.

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  15. Davey

    I’m interesting in both this laptop and the Alienware 15 R2. What would you reccomend for a great gaming laptop? Is the GTX 965M and the better cooling system worth it?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      So you mean this Alienware model? The Dell is around 340 bucks cheaper, its GTX960M will play all the games at high 1080p, although some (like Witcher 3) will result in ~27FPS, while many games will be in the 50+ range. On the other hand, the Alienware with GTX965M is, at least on paper, a lot faster for gaming. Using the same example, Witcher 3, the GTX965M gives tad over 30FPS on very high and 1080p. So yes, Alienware – especially with great cooling capabilities – is more suited for heavyweight gaming. So the question is, how often will you play, what games, do you need top FPS all the time no matter the settings? If you’re happy with decent gaming machine the Dell will surely do, but Alienware will go that extra mile, although it will cost you over 300 bucks more.

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  16. John

    I am curious about the comment: “this system is good for one or two years until you need a new gaming laptop.”
    I know that laptops have a limited useful life, but what makes this one’s so short? Or is it just that if you want to keep up with the most up-to-date graphics and video cards, then you’d need to replace?
    Thank you

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi, this laptop – like all laptops – will work much longer than 1-2 years. The comment about gaming meant, that every year, new graphics-heavy games are being released, and if you want to play those enjoying ultra high settings, this particular Dell won’t handle that with heavy 2017 games. But if you are good with less eye candy, I’m sure that even after 2 years you can play most games with this machine.

      Of course, the comment goes for any laptop. I just wanted to mention it to emphasize this Dell is not a full-blown gaming machine – if you bought a 1500 bucks gaming notebook, it would surely do much better after two years than the Dell. Hope this helps.

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  17. Tom

    Wow, this has been the most informative thing on this laptop any were thanks TFP! I was wondering, right now Newegg has the i7 version for $800 with a hybrid drive. I was curious about upgrading the HD, is it fairly simple? Should I get the i7 since it is the same price?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi, can you link to the i7 version at Newegg, I’ll take a look.

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      1. Krishna

        Can you please provide the link for the i7 version of this laptop ?
        And Btw … I want a sure shot answer for whether to buy the Asus ROG GL552VW-DH71 or this laptop … 1000$ is the budget limit.
        I would be using this for the extreme hardcore gaming !!
        Do i also need to buy any external cooling systems if u use this laptop for the gaming ??
        Thanks in advance

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        1. Tech For Pennies Post author

          Hey, some discussion about this here. However, I believe that discussion revolved around “regular gaming” aspect. You need a laptop for very hardcore gaming, in that case the ASUS is superior if you can afford it. It seems to have better cooling than the Dell so you don’t need a separate cooling system for the ASUS. For the Dell, you might need, if you really use the processor and graphics card close to their limits.

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      1. Bill From Customer Service

        DDR3L is a dual voltage capable memory SoDIMM, which supports operation at both 1.5V and 1.35V. DDR3L is also pin-compatible with DDR3. DDR3 is a single voltage capable memory SoDIMM, which supports 1.5V operation only. So in the case of this laptop it is a big deal, because it uses DDR3L (L stands for Low) which means that it runs at 1.35V and cannot use DDR3.

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  18. Fdk

    I purchased a Dell i7559 in December 2015(Pre-installed Windows 10 pro), it’s pretty much new and I’ve been noticing there’s been a fatal issue going on with this laptop.

    Every time I log in to my account after few minutes it auto logs off(Not restart). It cut’s off the ssh connections and any other similar to that. Sometimes it do very frequently like every 4-5 seconds or sometimes 3-4 minutes.

    I ran all the possible test like H/W test and dell diagnostics but no issue is found. I also checked screensaver is off, power settings are checked to never go to sleep.

    I’m wondering what’s wrong going on here.

    Please help me out to fix this issue.

    Thanks

    Sushant Tyagi([email protected])

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  19. Jay

    Great article. I don’t normally comment on things I read, but I felt compelled to say thank you. Not just for the informative article (I just purchased the laptop you recommended!) but for the thoughtful and considerate way you took the time to answer the questions posed in the comments section. It’s rare to find someone with that much concern for his or her readers. It’s much appreciated!

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Thanks for the positive comment & hope you like your new Dell!

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  20. Anish

    After a long research, I found this article and its really helpful to choose a budget gaming laptop.
    Now I am little bit confused in selecting the final one. I found the below 2 models in Amazon. Can you please help me in choosing best one?
    1. Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6″ Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M) with Windows 10
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015PYYDMQ/?tag=techforpennies2-20
    2. 2016 Newest Dell Inspiron 7559 15.6″ FHD Gaming Laptop, 6th Gen Intel Quad Core i5-6300HQ up to 3.2GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 VRAM, 8GB Memory, 1TB HDD+8GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Win 10
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B6IHKQ6?psc=1

    If there is a version with i7, whether there will be big difference in the performance when compared to i5.
    Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 8 GB SSD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi Anish. Let me first ask you, what are you going to do with the laptop? :) Gaming, you said, anything else? What are your expectations about gaming performance?

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      1. Anish

        Primary usage will be for studies which includes installing virtual box(with multiple OS), VMware players, Free DB’s, reporting tools and my secondary usage is for gaming, though I am not addicted to games. But want to play games like Battlefield, Fallout, NFS….

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        1. Tech For Pennies Post author

          I’d recommend Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, especially if you want to enjoy high settings and resolution on games. It has the high(ish)-end graphics card GTX960M which lets you use pretty much any settings you like.

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          1. Anish

            Thank you so much for your valuable replies and suggestions. I bought Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK and so happy about the product…. The first thing which I got surprised is the booting time, within 8 sec every time.

          2. Tech For Pennies Post author

            Glad you like the computer :) Yes, solid-state drive does wonders for boot-up times!

  21. Tamer G Ziady

    It appears from all notes that I’ve seen that an M2 Samsung 950 will not work in this laptop because it is ePCI and not SATA. I believe from everything that I’ve read that is laptop call my support SATA. Can you recommend a laptop in the same range of performance that can use the Samsung 950 SSD drive? Or are possibly the newer models of this laptop actually support that?

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  22. P Sherman, 42 wallaby way, Sydney

    How many HDD bays in i want more than 256gb storage.

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      There is one free HDD bay for SATA hard drive. You can install one unit there.

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  23. Skagawa

    I want to buy this laptop, but can i remove the battery while playing games and charge the laptop instead? I know that the battery is inside, but can i remove it?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      To remove the battery, you need to take out the bottom cover. So the battery can be replaced but it takes effort.

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