Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Review: Dell Inspiron 15R 5521 – Perfect Blend of Performance & Style!

For: Build Quality & Design, Light Weight, Screen
Against: Marginally overpriced for the configuration it offers (Read: 500GB HDD, 4GB RAM).



The Dell Inspiron 15R 5521 is a power packed machine featuring 3rd gen Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with turbo boost up to 2.6GHz, 3MB cache memory, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6 inch HD LED Backlit Display with resolution of 1366 x 768 Pixels, Onboard Intel HD Graphics 4000, 2 GB AMD Radeon HD 8730M dedicated graphics and original Windows 8 Operating System. Dell Inspiron 15R 5521 is available for Rs. 44,000.

Design, Build Quality & Display

The Dell Inspiron 15R 5521 has fantastic build quality – it is any day better than the likes of Samsung, Lenovo et al. The design is simple yet elegant with Brushed-aluminum Finish which gives the laptop a premium look, the textured surface is not a finger print magnet. Inspiron 15R is light weight laptop weighing just 2.2KGs considering that it’s a 15.6” machine which results in travel pro handling. Overall feel is durable yet premium and light weight.




It sports a 15.6 inch LED backlit display with resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The Dell’s true life display offers excellent and crisp image & video quality. Watching movies/photos/videos and playing games on this machine will be visual treat. Inspiron 15R features a 1.0 megapixel HD webcam positioned on the top of screen for video conferencing purposes.

Speakers, Ports, Keyboard/Touch Pad & Drives

The Dell Inspiron 15R 5521 has stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 4 advanced audio enhancement technology which will put many aftermarket USB powered speakers to shame. The sound quality is crystal clear & clear. I tested the speakers in an open cafeteria and sound quality left me impressed.




It has all necessary ports including a two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a mic in & audio jack, LAN, HDMI, multi card slot and a DVD RW Drive with Dual Layer Support. It has full sized standard keyboard with separate num pad. The keyboard is spill resistant. Ergonomically it is perfect to use. Multi gesture touch pad is smooth and accurate to use.

Performance, OS, Storage & Battery life.

Performance wise this laptop is breeze to use. Powered by 3rd gen Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with turbo boost up to 2.6GHz, 3MB cache memory and 4GB DDR3 RAM, Inspiron 15R handles Windows 8 operating system very efficiently. All software applications like Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw works perfectly without any lag.





The Intel HD Graphics 4000 handles graphics applications when the laptop is on battery power and switches to 2 GB AMD Radeon HD 8730M graphics on AC power which lends you amazing gaming experience with its  384 shader cores. It play every latest game without any hiccup including NBA 2k14, FIFA, Formula1 and GTA.







Windows experience index rating is an impressive 5.9. It comes with pre-loaded Windows 8 operating system upgradable to Windows 8.1 Operating system via Windows Store. It has 500GB/5400RPM HDD and 4GB DDR3 RAM. It has a 4 cell battery which promises backup time of 4 hours. There is no overheating problem as well with this laptop. Dell offers 1 Year Complete Cover Warranty for Inspiron 15R.

Conclusion

Now considering the segment to which this laptop belongs and asking price, I believe it should have been equipped with at least 750GB HDD if not 1TB HDD along with 6GB DDR3 RAM. This could have made this laptop a tremendous value for money entertainment & gaming machine for Rs. 44,000.

Still with current configuration, Dell Inspiron 15R 5521 is a fantastic laptop with brilliant build quality and respectable performance. Think Digital recommends Dell Inspiron 15R 5521.


Ratings (out of 5 stars)

Build Quality ****
Screen ****
Performance ****
Value for Money ***
  
Overall ****

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