Dell Inspiron i7559-251BLK Gaming Laptop Review

The Dell Inspiron i7559-251BLK is an entry level gaming laptop that strikes a balance between performance and affordability. The laptop makes it possible for game enthusiasts to own a system capable of running most game titles without running deep into the pockets. The laptop features the 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 8GB of RAM and a hybrid 1-Terabyte hard drive with 8GB solid state storage. It comes with a full HD display resolution and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M with a dedicated 4GB of GDDR5 of video memory. The system the rivals the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, a budget entry level gaming laptop, by offering a few noticeable upgrades in terms of performance and stability. The laptop packs enough power to handle demanding games, heavy programs and offer a smooth performance without any problem. As such, photo and video editors are safe with this machine as well as gaming enthusiasts, home and office users alike for their day to day computing needs.

Design

The notebook comes in a black shade and looks elegant with a well built and sturdy design. The black plastic chassis sports some red elements around the trackpad and the logo that make the whole system more appealing. The red accents are further seen on the rubber feet, heatsink fins and on the speaker grilles. The palm rest has a soft-touch finish with the bezel around the screen almost non-existent. The laptop measures 15.08 x 15.08 x 10.43 inches and feels heavy despite the absence of metal weighing in at 5.68 pounds. This is a bit bulky but you can still make a trip with it.

Performance

The Dell Inspiron i7559-251BLK is powered by the 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor that is based on Intel’s Skylake generation. The processor runs on for cores providing excellent speeds clocked at 2.6 GHz that can run up to 3.1GHz through Turbo boost technology and supports hyper threading technology. The processor is quite similar to the Intel core i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHZ seen on the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK but the hyper threading feature and clock speeds of the Core i7 sets it apart. Equally, the raw performance of the Core i7 is far much better than of the Core i5 but the chips offer similar performance when it comes to gaming. As such, the core i7 model is ideal for those who will venture into running intensive applications such as video editing or graphic design apart from gaming. However, if gaming is your primary focus, then sticking around with the Core i5 will be good for your pocket.

The gaming laptop comes with 8GB DDR3L RAM  which can be expanded to 16GB thanks to an extra memory slot thus improving the multi-tasking capability of the laptop. However, most users will find the 8GB installed sufficient to handle their day to day tasks. The system comes with a hybrid storage of 1TB and 8 GB solid state drive that offers quick boot times and loading of programs. The hybrid drive is a welcome feature in this system as the SSD makes it easier and quicker to access your data and load programs quickly. It is however not as efficient as a standalone SSD but then it has an edge over most standard mechanical hard drives.

Gaming is the center of focus in this Dell Inspiron i7559-251BLK and it appears prepared for the same. The notebook features a budget friendly NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 which is a mid-range graphics card that can get to run most titles. However you will have to reduce some resolution settings and graphics detail to get a smooth rendering in most games. With witcher 3, you can be sure to get 30FPS and a cool 50FPS with GTA5, frame rates that are rare to find in this category of budget gaming devices. It plays some games at high settings flawlessly such as fall out 4, Half-life 2, Just Cause 3, Counter-Strike: Go, StarCraft, Dota 2, and Dark souls 3. The GPU is capable of handling current games with high to maximum settings smoothly only if you keep the resolution below Full HD.

The gaming performance in this sytem is not the best, but it is still perfectly playable. Hardcore gamers will think of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M that can spice up things, as seen in the Asus ROG G751JT-WH71 but is above the budget priced cap.

Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity and ports, the Inspiron 15 7559 has a fairly traditional complement with a couple of perks. It features three USB 3.0 ports for faster transfer speeds and connecting with other peripherals. There is an HDMI port for extending the display to larger screens such as monitors and HDTVs that as well supports 4K display. So you got to enjoy watching your movies and playing games on larger screens. There is a Mic/headset jack, an SD card reader slot and a Kensington lock for securing the laptop by locking it to a stand or desk. The laptop does not come with the traditional optical drive, but if you may need it on the way then purchasing it an external optical drive will be a better option for you. Internet connectivity comes by way of an Ethernet port or 802.11 ac Wi-Fi for latest wireless networks and Bluetooth 4.0.

Display

The 15.6-inch non-touchscreen comes with a 1920×1080 resolution with an anti-glare IPS wide glossy display that is ideal for playing games. The display appears bright, crisp and clear making it suitable to handle all indoor situations save for the Acer V17 (NV7-791G-792A) which appears to be brighter on this category. The poor color gamut and low brightness of the display is not suitable for professional color accurate work such as photo editing and graphic designing. The laptop also features a 720p web camera that comes in handy for video chats with family and friends and taking of selfies.

Other Features

The Inspiron 7559 comes with a full sized keyboard with good positioning of the keys and moderately sized arrow keys. The keyboard is backlit with three adjustment light levels; low, medium and high and the illumination of the keys is uniform thus giving it a great appearance. The key travel of the keys is good but they feel a bit stiff but if you are into gaming, you won’t feel the problem as opposed to when typing. The trackpad on the other hand comes with a nice texture save for the average buttons.

The laptop has its speakers located above the keyboard, which are loud and clear but the clarity breaks with maximum volume. There is also a sub-woofer on the bottom that sounds good when listening to music or playing games. It also includes a capacious 6-cell 74WHr battery that will provide around 5 hours of usage for surfing the internet and handling basic computing tasks. The battery offers less juice when it comes to playing intensive games, something that we expect on such budget laptops.

Conclusion

The Dell Inspiron i7559-251BLK is a decent entry level gaming laptop for those on a tight budget. The device offers enough processing power to handle basic computing tasks and demanding tasks such as 3D rendering. The use of a hybrid hard drive for its main storage gives it an upper hand over the competition since it a bit faster. The inclusion of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M and a full HD display gives it the oomph needed to handle most of the latest titles. It suffices as a good bet for casual with its ability to produce up to 50 fps with specific games. The Dell Inspiron i7559-251BLK is a good entry-level laptop to start your casual gaming at a budget before breaking the bank with gaming monsters.

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