Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Laptop Review

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 a mid-range laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 laptop is a mid-range series offering by the company. The Dell Inspiron series is subdivided into three categories. Dell Inspiron 3000 series is a budget laptop series which has covers all the basics needs from a laptop. The Inspiron 5000 is a mid-range laptop series, and the top-end version in the Inspiron is the Inspiron 7000. Now we are looking at the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 that can be used for home users who need decent specs for daily usage for basics tasks such as browsing, emailing, general multitasking, making presentations for office work, watching videos and some basics uses. The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 offers a 15.60inches display screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It has a Core i5 processor, and it has 8 GB of RAM and packs 256GB of storage. Looking at the Graphics, the Dell Inspiron 15 5584 is powered by AMD Radeon 530 Graphics. The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 runs on Windows 10 operating system.

Build and Design

The Inspiron 5000 made of mostly plastic, and it somewhat resembles its predecessor. It looks decent and comes in a matte gray color, which helps in hiding the fingerprint smudges and grease. The design is not exciting or unusual as the Inspiron series laptops are not that attractive as their higher series laptops with premium looks. The Inspiron has all the necessary ports such as the Ethernet port, HDMI output, headphone jack, USB 3.0 port, it has the SD card reader as well and comes with the disk drive for those who use it.

 

The quality of the material is good, and there was no issue what so ever with the fit and finish of the unit. The chassis is rigid and is reasonably strong and can handle daily activities. It is built quite well, and it has no issue while typing and changing angles on the desk, there are no uneven gaps that can be noticed. Key feedback is quite better than the other mid-range units. The Enter key and the Space key are larger and firmer when pressed. The keyboard feels good to use, and word processing is smooth, for those who often work of spreadsheets or Excel might not be comfortable with the small and clustered arrow keys.

Display

The OU Optronics AUO22ED panel on the Inspiron is similar to what we find on the Envy series of laptops. The 1920x 1080 p IPS display comes with touch and non-touch options on the available variants. The brightness, color, and response time are average, and you cannot complain considering the pricing of the unit. The color contrast is great at 1000:1and the color reproduction is good during the video playback. Users who are prone to flickering on the monitor will not have to think about eyestrain on the Inspiron’s display.

 

Bleeding on the edges of our monitor is light-moderate, blurry backlight. It’s usually unnoticeable when browsing, but when watching black boundary videos, it becomes apparent. In comparison, the other competing laptops are able to reproduce nearly 90 percent of sRGB for deeper and more accurate colors. A few years ago, the small color space on our Inspiron budget would have been acceptable, but without increasing the cost, we believe Dell could do better.

 

Due to dim backlight, outdoor visibility is poor. In spite of the matte panel and wide IPS viewing angles, the laptop is clearly not designed to be frequently used outdoors. Screen response times indicate how easily the screen will shift from one color to the other.

 

Low response times will contribute to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurred. Gamers with quick-paced 3D games should pay particular attention to fast response times. Although colors or contrast do not significantly change when viewed from extreme angles, apparent brightness may decrease, further hampering outdoor visibility.

Here is the review video of the Laptop.



Performance

Throughout our time with the system, we did not encounter any hardware or software issues. Due to the tendency of the processor to throttle in the Inspiron, CPU performance is slightly slower than expected.

While performing CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, rating of 604 points falls to 509 points by the third iteration and represent a 16 percent performance shortfall because of the steeper throttling on our Inspiron, the competing Ryzen 7 2700U in the Latitude 14 can outperform our Intel processor by 15 to 27 percent.

For reality, when under high loads, the target multimedia client will not note the output of the CPU. The i7-8565U quad-core is still considerably faster than the i3-8145U lower-end core, dated i7-7500U dual-core, and any of the 4.5 W Intel Atom or Core Y series found on most netbooks.

In the Productivity and Essentials trials, PCMark benchmarks score our Dell pretty high. In real-world terms, the Inspiron 5584 is not unlike a pricier Ultrabook, excellent for daily browsing and web streaming. Compared to laptops with dedicated GPUs, it’s Digital Content Creation ability is still underperforming.

An M.2 2280 port and a 2.5-inch SATA III bay are available for two internal storage bays. In our test unit, the 512 GB Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS512 G NVMe SSD returns average sequential read and write speeds of approximately 1100 MB / s and 840 MB / s respectively to reflect a budget NVMe SSD.

The integrated UHD Graphics 620 is not suitable for gaming outside browser-based games that are not needed. Nevertheless, it does the job well for 1080p or 4 K video streaming.

Choose the Inspiron 17 with GeForce MX150 graphics or a Ryzen 7 SKU with the Vega 10 for users who want better graphics performance for games like Fortnite or Rocket League.

Prime95’s intense load will cause a temporary 36 dB(A) fan noise. Then it only will last a few seconds before the fan noise goes down to approximately 34 dB(A). Prime95’s intense load will cause a temporary 36 dB(A) fan noise.

This will only last a few seconds before the fan noise falls to approximately 34 dB(A). The Inspiron runs more softly than the smaller XPS 13 with the same Core i7 CPU.

By putting an ear near the keyboard in a silent room with no ambient noise, we can detect very low coil moaning on our test unit. Throughout everyday use, it is essentially unnoticeable.

Battery Performance

To be as power-efficient as other Whiskey Lake-U laptops, including Pavilion 15 and Aspire 5, Idling must draw between 3 W, and 9 W. Gaming load requires only about 38W as there is no discrete GPU.

 

When running Prime95, we can record a power draw of 47.9 W from the small 45 W AC adapter (~9.5 x 4.0 x 2.5 cm) to pressure the processor to its limits. Power consumption eventually drops and stabilizes at 29.6 W after a few seconds. During the above CineBench R15 loop test and stress test, this activity matches our observations.

Heating Temperature

The cooling solution consists of only one fan and a small water tube. For a quiet ride, the fan may idle during very low loads, such as streaming 1080p or word processing. At worst, when web surfing for long periods, users should anticipate a fan noise of just 28.9 dB(A). There are no excessive fan pulsing problems to be addressed.

Due to the position of the motherboard and processor, surface temperatures will always be warmer to the left half side of the laptop than the right half. When idling on the desktop, the temperature difference may be as high as 7 C between hot and cool spots.

At higher loads, the hot spots on both the top and bottom sides of the laptop can become as warm as 41 C compared to 50 C on the thinner Acer Swift 5 fitted with the same CPU and GPU. For comfortable palms and fingers, the palm rests remain cool relative to the WASD keys.

To test for any performance or stability issues, we run synthetic benchmarks. For the first few seconds, while operating Prime95, CPU clock speeds can be as high as 4.1 GHz until a core temperature of 92 C is reached. Instead, to retain a cooler core temperature of 61 C, the clock rate drops to a steady 2.3 GHz.

The unit will achieve a + 400 MHz Turbo Boost above the Core i7-8565U base 1.9 GHz clock speed. The processor will throttle down to 1.1 GHz while running both Prime95 and FurMark at the same time. When under very high stress, the core temperature tends to be stable at about 60 C.

Efficiency will not be affected by running on battery power. A 3DMark 11 run on batteries returns 6087 and 1772 points of Physics and Graphics compared to 6192 and 1817 points on paws, respectively.

Speakers Output

The quality of the audio is good for a laptop on a budget. Volume is quite high and has a relatively balanced range, while the roll-off is typical on most laptops at around 250 Hz.

 

A propensity to vibrate the palm rests is a drawback to the speakers even when the volume is set at 50%. This may be annoying during playback of music or video.

Conclusion

Apart from the optional USB Type-C port, due to its dim screen, spongy Clickpad, low to average battery life, and thicker profile than both Pavilion 15 and Aspire 5, the device is a bad traveler companion. This is more of an enclosed laptop that occasionally flies between destinations.

 

In the meantime, casual gamers will have to look elsewhere or find the AMD Ryzen SKUs as the system offers no discrete GPU options, unlike the HP or Acer alternatives. We hope that future updates will make USB Type-C standard for both data and loading, improving Clickpad input., and increase the size of the NumPad and Arrow keys without affecting the series ‘ attractive price.

 

Instead of the i7-8565U SKU, we recommend going for the Core i5-8265U SKU as the Core i7 performance advantage will be minimal at best for this model. Alternatively, the money saved can be used on additional RAM or processing.