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Itechguides' Take on Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv Signature Edition Laptop
The Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv is an entry-level notebook that looks more than that. It features an entry-level CPU and GPU that perform well in executing light office and graphics tasks. However, it does not have an In-plane switching display panel for good viewing angles.
- Good Build
- Touch screen
- Backlit keys
- No thunderbolt
- No IPS panel
In this review, you will get to know about the design and specifications of this laptop. Specifically, this review will cover the storage, CPU, RAM, and battery life performance of the laptop.
In addition to that, I will also rate the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv on a scale of one to ten in each section of the review. Furthermore, I will make comparisons of this laptop’s performance with similar laptops in its category.
In the end, you will have enough information about Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv to make an informed buying decision.
My Initial Thoughts
Dell Inspiron series is one of Dell’s successful brands. Historically, the Inspiron lineup is not flashy-looking, it is only there to get the job done.
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Moreover, Dell’s Inspiron range aims typically at students, reporters, or researchers. It is also meant for anyone who needs a reliable and solid computer to work on while on the move.
In this article, I will be reviewing one of Dell’s durable and reliable Inspiron laptops – Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv Signature Edition.
To discover if the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv fits your requirements, read on to find out.
Dell Inspiron 15 I5559 4682slv Signature Edition Laptop Design, Dimension, and Weight Review
At first glance, the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv strikes an impression which means “business”. Proceeding to the build material, this laptop has a plastic build.
At another “first glance”, you might want to frown at the plastic build of this laptop’s lid. However, it has a rough texture that feels nice to touch and seems durable.
In addition to that, the lid also does well at repelling fingerprints and smudges.
Thankfully, the elegant but simple look of this laptop remains intact even when the lid is opened. Opening the lid will expose the 15.6-inch display that is surrounded by thin matte plastic bezels.
The thin bezels surrounding the display also add to its nice design. Despite its thinness, the top bezel has a front-facing 720 HD webcam that is very useful for video calls.
As for screen resolution, the notebook’s screen has an FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution. While this is not an exceptional screen resolution, it is still better than the HD resolution we have seen on other affordable laptops.
Another display feature we will talk about in this section is the laptop’s display technology. In this regard, the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv uses a TN panel display.
Unfortunately, a TN display does not have good viewing angles like the more expensive IPS displays. Hence, when you view the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv’s display from acute angles, you might notice some reduction in brightness.
On a positive note, the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv’s display is touch-enabled. Hence, it allows you to touch and swipe at the screen.
Before proceeding to the keyboard area of this laptop, let us discuss the hinges. As a non-convertible laptop, the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv has hinges that allow it to open and close without struggle.
Proceeding to the laptop’s deck, you will find the island-style keyboard. In order to have a NumPad block, Dell has sacrificed some of the keys sizes making them narrower.
However, despite the narrow keys, the keyboard is pretty comfortable to type on. Another sweet spot for this keyboard is that the keys are backlit, so, typing in dark environments is still a delight.
Moving on, there is a dedicated trackpad below the keyboard. The trackpad takes up a relatively generous area of 105 x 80 mm.
Thus, you have sufficient space to use the trackpad for multi-touch gestures.
Moving to the audio quality and speakers, this notebook features stereo speakers on its front side. Thankfully, these speakers have excellent sound quality.
Hence, watching movies on the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv will be enjoyable. However, you can still use a headphone for a better sound performance.
Having said a lot about the other aspects, it is time to analyze the ports and connectivity options on the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv. As a laptop for official purposes, ports are very much needed for data transfer and other functions.
In regards to that, the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv has two 2.0 USB ports and one USB 3.0 port.
Furthermore, there is an HDMI port, which you can use to attach your laptop to a projector or television.
Additionally, there is an RJ-45 port as well. Sadly, the laptop does not have a Thunderbolt port, but that’s usually the case with most budget laptops.
Now let’s consider the weight and portability of the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv. This notebook weighs 2449.4 g and its dimension is 378.4 x 261.6 x 22.8 mm (W x D x H).
While you can effortlessly pick up the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv, it is still not as light as the Acer Swift 5. The Acer Switch 5 weighs 2320 g and has a dimension of 344.5 x 260. 1x 20.9mm (W x D x H).
In conclusion, despite the plastic build of the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv, it is solid and tough. Hence, I rate it a seven.
Dell Inspiron 15 I5559 4682slv Signature Edition Laptop Review Processor (CPU) Performance Review
When it comes to processors, Dell equips the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv with a dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U processor. This processor has a 2.20 GHz base frequency and 2.80 GHz boost frequency.
Additionally, it has 3 MB cache memory.
To assess the laptop’s performance with the Intel Core i5-6200U processor, let’s look at its result in a Cinebench R15 test. By the way, the Cinebench R15 benchmark test measures the performance of a laptop under an intense workload.
The Cinebench R15 benchmark tool accomplishes this by assessing the laptop’s processor cores. As a result, the Cinebench R15 presents two results – single and multi-core test results.
First off, the single-core test indicates the processing power of one processor core. The multi-core test, on the other hand, indicates the processing ability of all the processor cores.
Unfortunately, we do not have the Cinebench R15 scores for Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv with an Intel Core i5-6200U processor.
However, the typical average score of an Intel Core i5-6200U processor on the Cinebench R15 single-core test is 112 points. Meanwhile, the typical average score for the multi-core test is 283 points.
So, it is safe to assume that the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv will achieve the above-mentioned average test scores in this benchmark test.
Comparatively, the HP ProBook 440 G3 which uses the same Core i5-6200U processor had 144 points in the single-core test. Also, it scored 294 points in the multi-core test.
Overall, although the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv’s processor is not the most powerful processor, however, it still handles basic tasks nicely. Hence, I will rate it seven.
Dell Inspiron 15 I5559 4682slv Signature Edition Laptop Memory (RAM) Performance Review
The Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv is equipped with DDR3 1600 MHz memory. However, there is only one memory slot, and this laptop ships with a standard memory size of 8 GB.
Sadly, this laptop limits you to only 8 GB of RAM. For that reason, upgrading or expanding the memory is impossible on the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv.
For a performance perspective, let us evaluate the multitasking ability of the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv with its 8 RAM. With 8 GB RAM, the laptop should comfortably load up to a dozen Chrome browser tabs.
For more information about the performance of the laptop’s memory, let us consider its PCMark 8 test result. This benchmark test tool estimates the memory performance of a computer system.
Just like the benchmark test mentioned in the CPU review section above, a high score in the PCMark 8 test also indicates better performance.
From the test, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv scored 2663 points. Comparatively, this score is lower than the score achieved by the HP ProBook 440 G3 which scored 2,871 points.
You should be aware that the HP ProBook 440 G3 uses the same type of memory as the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv. However, from the benchmark test results, the HP ProBook 440 G3 happens to be a better performer than the Inspiron 15 i5559.
All things considered, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv scores seven for its memory performance.
Dell Inspiron 15 I5559 4682slv Signature Edition Laptop Storage Options and Performance Review
When it comes to storage, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv offers 1 TB SATA 5400 RPM HDD storage. Although 1 TB of storage is enough to save files and documents for most people but for others, this might be less than they need.
Thankfully, for people that might want more storage space, there is an SD card slot to increase the storage.
Having said that, let’s consider the speed of the storage drive on this laptop via the Crystaldiskmark benchmark test. For better understanding, a Crystaldiskmark test is used to assess the storage drive’s read and write speeds.
For further insight, in computing terminology, opening a file means “read” while saving a file is described as “write”. Thus, read and write speed, therefore, means the speed at which a storage drive can either open or save files.
Once again, similar to the other benchmarks used in this article, higher read and write speeds in MB/s indicate better performance.
In terms of storage performance in this benchmark test, the sequential read speed for a typical SATA 5400 RPM HDD like that of the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv is 148.48 MB/s. Meanwhile, a typical SATA 5400 RPM HDD has a write speed and 141.55 MB/s.
Therefore, for the purposes of this review, it is okay to assume the above scores for Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv.
In comparison, the HP Laptop -17t-cn000 which also uses a SATA 5400 RPM HDD had a sequential read speed of 142.12 MB/s. On the other hand, it had a sequential write speed of 140.83 MB/s.
This implies that the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv has faster read and write speeds than the HP Laptop -17t-cn000. Hence, it will open and save files faster.
Overall, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv offers large storage space and an option for storage expansion. Therefore, I rate it eight.
Dell Inspiron 15 I5559 4682slv Signature Edition Laptop Graphics Card Performance Review
Dell equipped the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv with Intel HD Graphics 520 graphics. The graphics card has a 300 MHz base frequency and a 1000 MHz boost frequency.
However, the Intel HD Graphics 520 graphics GPU is an integrated GPU which implies that it has no dedicated VRAM.
Hence, it shares the 8 GB RAM of this laptop with the processor to perform graphics-based tasks. Consequently, the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv is not suitable for high-end gaming or graphics tasks.
Nonetheless, the laptop can still manage to run low graphics demanding games at low settings. For instance, it is capable of getting a playable frame rate of above 30 fps in Tomb Raider at low settings.
In addition to the information already provided about the GPU of this laptop, let’s verify this GPU’s performance in a 3D Mark 11 test.
First of all, a 3DMark test estimates the graphics-performing strength of a computer in both 2D and 3D. In the 3DMark test, a high score signifies better performance too.
Thus, from the 3DMark 11 test, the typical average score for an Intel HD Graphics 520 graphics like that of the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv is 3784 points. However, the HP ProBook 440 G3 which uses the same Intel HD Graphics 520 graphics performed below that score.
Specifically, the HP ProBook 440 G3 scored 1238 points in the same 3DMark 11 test.
In conclusion, the GPU in the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv is an integrated type and not suitable for complex graphics tasks. Hence, I rate the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv six in this section.
Dell Inspiron 15 I5559 4682slv Signature Edition Laptop Battery Life and Performance Review
A 4 cell Li-Ion battery powers the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv. However, Dell did not disclose the battery life of this battery.
Meanwhile, some battery rundown tests performed by laptopmedia.com revealed the battery life of the laptop. Two types of tests were done to verify the battery life of the laptop.
The first test is a web surfing test which involved putting the laptop in a power-saving mode with the Wi-Fi turned on. Then the laptop is used to load many popular pages till the battery dies.
From the WiFi test, the laptop offered a battery life of 5 hours 22 minutes. Comparatively, the HP Envy x360 lasted for 12 hours in the same web surfing test.
In addition to the WiFi test, another test was carried out where an HD movie was looped continuously till the laptop dies. From the test, the laptop offered 4 hours 44 minutes of battery life.
From the test results above, the battery life depends on the kind of tasks the laptop handles. However, even with the simplest tasks, the laptop still does not hit the category average of seven hours.
Hence, you will have to carry your charger along to get yourself through a day’s work with the Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv.
Hence, I rate the laptop’s battery seven out of ten.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it does. The laptop comes with a 720 HD resolution webcam in the middle of its top bezel.
This camera delivers a quality that is decent for conference video chats with friends and family.
For connectivity, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv uses Bluetooth version 4.0.
Yes, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv provides a port for connecting a headphone for a more exciting audio sound.
The Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv features a full-sized island-style keyboard that has backlit keys. This makes it easy to type with this keyboard in dark environments.
No, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv is built of plastic. This is because it is a low-budget laptop.
Hence, Dell had decided to cut costs with its build material.
My Final Thoughts
The Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv is an entry-level laptop and Dell made some compromises just to bring the price to a really competitive level. However, despite these compromises, Dell did not sacrifice the notebook’s reliability.
Speaking of the compromises, the Dell Inspiron 5559 does not have very reliable battery life. However, it can still be your faithful companion on a business trip if not used for long hours on end.
The display performance is also not so impressive. However, the CPU and GPU in this laptop make it suitable for handling office tasks and low-graphics gaming.
Moreover, you will be using this laptop with pleasure because it is quite good-looking and doesn’t register fingerprints. Therefore, if you’re looking for an affordable laptop that does not scream “cheap” from afar, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 4682slv is a good consideration.
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References and Further Reading
- laptopmedia.com- Dell Inspiron 5559 review – reliable machine for your business tasks
- laptoping.com – dell-inspiron-15-i5559-4682slv-signature-edition-laptop
- gadgetfame.com – dell-inspiron-15-i5559-4682slv-review
- laptopcomputerreviews.net – Dell Inspiron Review
- notebookcheck.net – Dell-Inspiron-15-5559-7080SLV