Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 - Reasonably Stylish Laptop

10/3/2012 4:03:50 PM

The 15.6in Inspiron 15R is one of Dell's first laptops to feature an Ivy Bridge CPU. It’s neither the slimmest nor the lightest laptop here, but its rounded curves and dark-grey metal-effect finish are likeable.

Description: Dell Inspiron 15R 5520

The keyboard is of a reasonable size, while good spacing and a smooth action mean the keys are easy to type on. The two-button trackpad includes multi-touch capabilities for scrolling and zooming.

Given the Inspiron's $909 price, which makes it the cheapest in our Ivy Bridge laptop round-up, we weren’t surprised to find a plastic build. The chassis feels solid, but the screen is too bendy.

A dual-core i5-3210M chip powers the laptop, running at 2.5GHz under normal conditions or 3.1GHz with Turbo Boost. Combined with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard disk, the Dell was able to record a very good 150-point score in World Bench 6.

An advertised advantage of Ivy Bridge is improved integrated graphics, and in the Inspiron 15R we find the Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor. Its performance was disappointing in our lowly Fear gaming test, where we measured an average 20fps. Interestingly, the Dell fared much better in intensive game Crysis, where it scored a playable 53fps (Low detail, 1024x768, DirectX 9).

The Inspiron 15R is equipped with a 15.6in twisted-nematic screen with a 1366x768-pixel resolution. The detail level is average, but the screen's glossy finish results in too many reflections, and viewing angles are severely restricted, making it impossible to clearly view the Dell’s screen from the side.

Other hardware features include four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA video outputs, gigabit ethernet, an SD card reader, a 3.5mm line-in/out and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The Inspiron 15R also has a 1Mp webcam and tray-load DVD±RW optical drive.

A 48Wh battery located at the back of the laptop is easily removable, secured by two thumb catches. We squeezed out nearly 6.5 hours of runtime, with the Dell able to endure 384 mins of the Mobile Mark 2007 Productivity test.

Description: Dell Inspiron 15R 5520

Verdict: Dell’s Inspiron 15R doesn't have the wow factor, but it's a well-rounded, reasonably stylish laptop with impressive application speed. At $909, it offers excellent value.


Price: $909


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Build: 8/10

Features: 6/10

Performance: 8/10

Value: 8/10

Overall: 8/10


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