2017 Dell Inspiron 15.6 inch HD
Marked down office bargain.
Dell Inspiron introduces a new 15-inch office lineup in the medium price range and surprised us with a total discount of 30% during the test. Buyers who do not mind a low screen resolution and do not have high expectations from input devices should read this report and quickly grab one if interested.
“Essential business 15-inch laptop for small and growing businesses with best-in-class security and manageability in a stylish design.” – This is how Dell advertises its new laptops from the Latitude 15 5000 lineups, which should also make the target group clear.
Dell has opted for a completely matte-black, plastic casing. The surfaces of Dell Inspiron are not very susceptible to fingerprints. The bulge caused by the larger battery on the underside is the first thing that strikes us. It gives the laptop an ergonomic tilt, but it could also prevent transportation. A smaller battery that does not protrude is also available. The design is very plain. Apart from the rounded corners and the rear-sided logo, Dell does not implement any visual highlights.
The base unit can be warped to some degree with a bit of effort. It then produces unhealthy sounding creaking and cracking noises. Despite its thickness, the display is not particularly robust and not at all pressure resistant. The hinges are pulled tightly, making it impossible to open the lid with one hand. However, they do not prevent the screen from rocking a few seconds, and thus the corresponding sub-rating is poor. The impeccable build looks better: Protruding edges or irregular gaps are not found anywhere. Overall, considering the price, the casing made a decent and appropriate impression on the tester.
The matte TN screen of our Dell does not have any premium qualities. First, we criticize, the low resolution of just 1366×768 pixels that equates to an outdated pixel density of 101 PPI. This results in a somewhat pixelated reproduction at a normal distance of roughly half a meter (~19 in). The desktop icons and lettering are relatively large. The Full HD panels in the rivals do a better job here. Overall, the image sharpness is acceptable, although black letters look rather blurry on a white background.
Performance of the new Dell Inspiron
For the first time, Skylake offers support for the fast DDR4 memory that should also clearly benefit from it. Common office software is normally no challenge for the Intel Core i3 7100U processor, and even demanding programs like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom will not annoy the user with excessively prolonged breaks or sluggish handling. However, the dual-core is not as suitable for heavily parallelized software that benefits from four or more physical cores, such as many current games.