It is not every day that we find a laptop that strikes balance between the price and performance. The Dell Inspiron 15 7559 gaming laptop comes into the market to prove that it is indeed possible to get value for your money with a laptop that offers solid performance at a pocket friendly price. The laptop yields enough power to handle games smoothly at the highest settings thanks to its discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card, Intel core i5 processor, 8GB of SDRAM and a speedy 256GB SSD. The laptop features a full HD display and comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home which offers a number of exciting applications such as Cortana and Microsoft Edge. Apart from handling demanding games, the Inspiron is up to the task in performing tasks such as web browsing, checking emails, streaming videos and editing images and videos using applications such as Photoshop. The laptop is Our Editor’s Choice for entry-level gaming laptops which is a great choice for someone who is after a laptop that comfortably handles day-to-day tasks and can use to play games in their off-time.
The Inspiron sports a black plastic finish on the exterior with some red blossoming from the fan vents, dell logo, around the touchpad and the speaker. It measures 15.1 x 10.4 x 1 inches and weighs 5.9 pounds which is much heavier compared to the Aorus x3 Plus v3 which measures 13 x 10.4 x 0.9 inches and weighs 4 pounds. The HP omen is also lighter at 4.8 pounds and measuring 15.1 x 9.7 x 0.78-inches. As such, the laptop is designed to be a desktop-replacement so we don’t expect one to be carrying it around.
The Dell Inspiron is powered by the 6th generation Intel core i5 6300HQ quad core processor which runs at 2.3 GHz that can go up to 3.2GHz with Turbo Boost Technology. It comes with 8GB of DDR3L SDRAM running at 1600MHz and discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 graphics card. The combination makes the system handle all tasks without stuttering. In terms of storage, there is 256 GB SSD storage space available and the SSD makes the laptop run faster with quick boot times. The laptop gives room for an additional drive, either an HDD or an SSD if you find the 256 GB provided inadequate to keep all your files, documents, photos, music, movies and videos.
The Game enthusiasts can breathe easy with this powerful gaming laptop that handles any graphic demanding game thrown at it. The system is kept cool with the dual fans, save for some whooshing noise that you can hear from an arms distance when using the web browser, editing images with Photoshop or playing games.
In terms of connectivity, there are three USB 3.0 ports for connecting to other devices and peripherals and offers faster transfer speeds, an HDMI port to enable you to enlarge the display by extending to larger screens such as TV screens, Projectors or Monitors. There is also a 2-in-1 SD reader, Kensington lock slot and an integrated 1000Mbps controller with RJ-45 port for wired connections. Wireless connectivity comes by way of a 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi which is faster and Bluetooth 4.0. The 720p front-facing webcam above the display with dual microphones is ideal for online HD video calls using programs like Skype and video conferencing. The optical drive is not included so you may have to budget for an external one if you have games and data in DVDs and CDs that you may want to copy to the laptop.
The 15.6-inch display has a 1920x1080p resolution with an anti-glare coating that minimizes reflections. The resolution is considered to be a minimum for most of the gaming systems in the market and it is similar to what we saw in the Acer V 15 Nitro. Additionally, even some of the expensive laptops use the same resolution (1080p) such as the MSI PE70 2QD-062US and the MSI GE62 Apache. The inclusion of IPS display offers wide viewing angles and accurate colors.
The sound system of the Inspiron is well built with a Waves MaxxAudio Pro processing software driving a pair of stereo speakers above the keyboard and a built-in subwoofer located under the laptop. The speakers produce a clear audio with a wide range of tones which get distorted at the maximum volume setting.
The laptop features a backlit keyboard that is responsive despite the fact that it’s a little shallow with less key travel. It has a large track pad positioned towards the left that has a rough texture. Right handed users might feel disadvantaged when using the track pad and the texture could have been better if it was smoother. However, the track pad is not a bother if you are into gaming since you will be using a controller or a mouse most of the time. The 74 WHr 6-Cell Battery will give you around 5hours and 30 minutes and if you are into gaming then expect around 2.5 hours of usage.
The Dell Inspiron is more than what you can bargain for when it comes to a gaming laptop with its top of the range features. The system sports a solid built in quality with a full HD display and manages to include some other niceties such as decent port options, a backlit keyboard, Bluetooth, Ethernet and a dual-band wireless. As such, when you are tired with gaming it can get you to the internet faster and provide you with ample entertainment. The balance it strikes between performance and price earns the Dell Inspiron our Editors’ choice for entry-level gaming laptops.