Want a very low budget and compact laptop PC on which to do everyday office automation? The Dell Inspiron 15 3502 has a few strengths going for it. First, its fast SSD storage (128 GB) and then its recent Pentium N5030 Quad Core processor quite capable of coping with everyday work, all enclosed in a 1.7 kg case for 19 mm thickness and dominated by a Full HD screen. Of course, entry level requires, the screen is basic (TN), the keyboard not backlit and the connection is mostly done.
Specifications Dell Inspiron 15 3502
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD LED WVA (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Pentium Silver N5030 Gemini Lake Refresh (1.1 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||4 GB (1 x 4 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz, 2 slots (1 free)|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD Graphics 605|
|Storage||128 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Connectivity||1 USB 2.0 2 USB 3.2, HDMI 1.4, SD / SDHC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)|
|Audio system||2 Waves MaxxAudio Pro 2W speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit S mode|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||7 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 42Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.7 Kg / 364 x 249 x 19.9|
Chassis, connectors, Dell Inspiron 15 3502 screen
For an entry-level Inspiron, the Dell Inspiron 15 5502 inherits a beautiful silhouette with well-optimized measurements. Indeed, with its thickness of 19 mm and its weight of 1.7 kg , it enters the family of ultrabooks. The assembly is neat but the design remains very sober, preferring a gray / black tint, smooth and matt surfaces and no aesthetic details. Needless to say, this ultrabook will go everywhere, in a professional and fun environment.
The keyboard is not backlit but includes a numeric keypad .
One should not expect any revolution at the level of the screen. We are still dealing with a 15.6-inch panel surrounded by large black plastic borders. On the other hand, we still benefit from a dense Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) allowing you to view High Definition content in the best conditions and to modulate the display while the anti-reflective treatment limits the repercussion of light. room for greater comfort. All placed on a WVA panel, which can be likened to TN with wide viewing angles.
The connectivity that equips this Inspiron 15 3502 forgets the modern USB Type-C port but otherwise brings together everything you need with a 2.0 port, two USB 3.2 ports, an HDMI 1.4 output as well as an SD card reader and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The wireless modules are entrusted to Wifi AC and Bluetooth 5.0. No Wifi 6 therefore.
Dell Inspiron 15 3502 performance, autonomy
The Inspiron is equipped with a Pentium Silver Quad Core N5030 Gemini Lake Refresh whose performance is similar to that of a small Core i3. In other words, the processor largely supports office use built around web browsing, office work, or video playback and won’t be against some light photo editing. On the other hand, there is only 4 GB of RAM in support, which could constitute a brake in multitasking. These days, 6-8 GB of RAM is recommended for smooth browsing in Windows 10S.
Fortunately, SSD storage gives pride of place to responsiveness. Indeed, a dedicated 128 GB SSD (NVMe PCIe) is in the game, allowing to bring its share of fluidity to Windows 10 (S) and to the overall execution of the programs while not sacrificing too much capacity. However, the storage capacity allocated by the SSD is very limited. Despite the “lightness” of Windows 10S, there isn’t a huge amount of space left for your personal files. This PC is therefore recommended for those who mainly store online (cloud, Dropbox, etc.) or on an external disk.
A word about Windows 10S, installed by default on this reference. It is a lightweight version of Windows designed for education that only supports apps from the Windows Store. It is therefore more secure but also more limited in actions. You can upgrade to a full version of Windows 10 at any time, but the reverse is not possible.
The Inspiron 15 3502 is definitely not intended for gamers. And it’s not the recent Intel UHD 605 graphics chipset integrated into the processor that will make the difference. Only a few less greedy titles will be able to shoot in HD (1366 x 768px) with reduced details, at a pinch.
Let’s finish with a characteristic that is important in mobility, autonomy. With its 42Whr battery, the Inspiron 15 3502 can be happy if it exceeds 7 hours of Internet browsing , and more.