Stylish versatile silver ultrabook, the Dell Inspiron 15 5501 with 15-inch Full HD anti-glare display takes advantage of a good amount of RAM and a Quad Core i7 Ice Lake processor for good overall performance. Thanks to the dedicated NVIDIA card, you can run games that are not too greedy on this PC which benefits from enhanced responsiveness thanks to its fast SSD storage. In its thin and light chassis, it also houses a backlit chiclet keyboard as well as a USB 3.1 Type-C connection
Specifications Dell Inspiron 15 5501
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake (1.3 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|RAM installed (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce MX330 2 GB GDDR5 dedicated, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 1.4, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (2×2), Bluetooth|
|Audio system||2 Waves MaxxAudio Pro speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||6 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 53Whr (integrated)|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.714 Kg / 356.1 x 234.5 x 13.67-17.9|
Chassis, connectors, Dell Inspiron 15 5501 screen
It sports an elegant and discreet design with its light silver frame which is nevertheless original because when it is open, it is slightly raised towards the front.
This versatile Ultrabook has a good connectivity including 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, wireless Bluetooth and Wi-Fi ac modules to communicate and connect remotely, a practical HDMI video output for easy connection to a TV or a monitor for example, an audio port as well as 2 USB 3.0 (compatible USB 2.0) guaranteeing transfers carried out up to 10 times faster than in USB 2.0 if one connects USB 3.0 peripherals above.
Good point, the chiclet keyboard has a backlighting system for the keys to distinguish them in a dimly lit environment. In addition, it has a numeric keypad. So admittedly, it is a standard in 15 inches but some Dell 15 inch PCs do not.
The screen lends itself well to displaying High Definition content and especially videos thanks to its precise Full HD definition and its 16: 9 format. As it is anti-reflective, the screen also offers better visibility than a shiny panel in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a shiny panel. Its viewing angles are also important thanks to its IPS technology.
Dell Inspiron 15 5501 performance, autonomy
This Dell Inspiron 15 5501 is for those looking for a lightweight and responsive 15-inch High Definition laptop for everyday general-purpose use.
It benefits from a good amount of 16 GB RAM above average which allows to see well ahead, especially in multitasking, especially as it accompanies a low-power Quad Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake processor that we tested. .
This duo is able to satisfy many users in terms of general performance. However, for those who wish to regularly carry out heavy processing in processor resources, it is better to turn to a PC based on a non-low consumption processor.
Whether with the Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 graphics solution (significantly more efficient than the classic Intel UHD 620 and inferior to the dedicated GeForce MX250 card) and the GeForce MX330, it is of course possible to watch photos and videos on this Ultrabook equipped with NVIDIA Optimus technology.
Optimus switches in practice automatically and in real time between the Intel UHD 620 and the GeForce MX330, and this according to the needs. The Intel UHD 620 is favored as much as possible by Optimus despite its modest performance because it consumes little power which favors autonomy compared to the GeForce MX330.
Thanks to the GeForce MX330, which is more efficient and greedy than the Intel UHD 620, this thin and light computer is able to run a lot of games as long as we agree to adaptations under the titles greedy in graphics resources for get good playability.
On the storage side, Dell makes the wise choice of an SSD because it provides much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis than a hard drive. In practice, thanks to the SSD, we get starts / stops, games / software launches and processing much faster, and we arrive faster on the cards of online games.
An SSD is indeed much faster than a hard drive while being more robust, more energy efficient and silent. With its 512 GB, the onboard SSD rivals the standard of hard drives in terms of capacity.
And if that turns out to be too fair, we always have the possibility of using an external storage unit. Opting for a USB 3.0 device then represents an interesting solution to obtain fast transfers.
As for autonomy, bet on about 6 hours of battery operation in light use for this Ultrabook whose thinness and weight content facilitate transport.