Dell Inspiron 15

$699
  • 15.6"
  • 1.6 GHz Quad core
  • 4 GB
  • 500 GB HDD
Released February, 2012
The lack of a webcam is also disappointing, especially because you’ll find this feature on most lower-cost netbooks; you can add one for $25 when configuring your system online.
by LaptopMag (Jul, 2009)

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Features Key features of the Dell Inspiron 15

Front view of Dell Inspiron 15
You can add Bluetooth for $20, and a 1.3-megapixel webcam for $25.
by LaptopMag (Jul, 2009)

screen size

15.6"
11.6"
12.1"
The display’s 1366 x 768 resolution is standard for this screen size.
Inspiron 15 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2009)
Although the 15.6-inch display will be large enough for many users, we wish the Inspiron 15 had an HDMI port.
Inspiron 15 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2009)

screen resolution

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HP Pavilion dv7-6c23cl
HP Compaq 2400
Like many consumer notebooks we’ve reviewed in the past 12 months, the Inspiron 15 has a wide, 16:9 display, whose extra pixels make it ideal for multitasking, as well as for watching movies (for the record: a 16:10 display would have been fine, too).
Inspiron 15 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2009)
When we upped the graphics setting to its highest level of detail, it dropped to just 8 fps.
Inspiron 15 by LaptopMag (Jun, 2011)

cpu speed

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3 GHz
Compared to other mainstream notebooks, the 2.3-GHz AMD Athlon II P360 processor inside the Inspiron 15 M5030 didn't blow us away, but it's fine for getting online and completing productivity chores.
Inspiron 15 by LaptopMag (Jun, 2011)
This gap suggests that while the Inspiron 15 can complete multimedia tasks at a reasonable rate, you’ll be better off upgrading to a Core 2 Duo processor if you need more multitasking muscle.
Inspiron 15 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2009)

processor

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HP Compaq 2400
HP Pavilion g6
Although our review unit had a Pentium Dual-Core processor, it’s also available with CPUs ranging from an Intel Celeron to Intel Core 2 Duo (the higher-end Core 2 Duo adds $200 to the starting price).
Inspiron 15 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2009)
The Inspiron 15’s integrated Intel GMA X4500HD scored just 767 on 3DMark06, a graphics benchmark; that’s 2,500 points below the mainstream category average.
Inspiron 15 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2009)

memory

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Even when you select the 64-bit OS, the maximum amount of RAM you can order is 4GB; the base configuration has 2GB, and upgrading to 3GB and 4GB costs $50 and $75, respectively.
Inspiron 15 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2009)
However, it has a generous 3GB of RAM, which booted Windows Vista in a speedy 47 seconds.
Inspiron 15 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2009)
 

Performance Real world tests of Dell Inspiron 15

 

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pros

  • 1.3 MP
  • Feb, 2012

cons

  • 1.6 GHz
  • can't read a camera or phone memory card
  • 1080p video will need to be scaled down to fit on the screen
  • 103.1 mm
  • 4 GB
  • 500 GB
  • 100 ppi
  • 1366 x 768
  • 15.6"
  • 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0)
  • 57 MB/s (USB 2.0)

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Editions Editions of the Dell Inspiron 15

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30 GB 0.5 GB Single core Inspiron 1150
 
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250 GB 1 GB Dual core i15N-2728BK
 
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$699
250 GB 2 GB Dual core i15N-2728BK
 
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$275
250 GB 6 GB Quad core i15N-2728BK
 
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320 GB 3 GB Single core I15R-1009MRB
 
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320 GB 3 GB Dual core i15N-1818BK
 
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320 GB 3 GB Dual core i15N-1294BK
 
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320 GB 4 GB Single core IM5030-1719)BK
 
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$600
320 GB 4 GB Single core Dell I15R-1197MRB
 
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$530
320 GB 6 GB Single core i15N-2728BK
 
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$699
500 GB 4 GB Quad core i15N-2728BK
 
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$699
500 GB 6 GB Dual core i15N-2728BK
 
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640 GB 6 GB Single core M501R
 
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