If you are looking for a super computer that can reshape time and space this is not the machine for you, however if you are looking for a standard laptop that can complete all of the basic activities at a sufficient rate.
This is a pencil pushing, blue collar, hard days work machine that you might enjoy. With a low mid range processor it won’t astound you with its speed and some operations will be down right slow.
It still has enough redeeming qualities that in the $500 dollar price range it stacks up well. Dell’s can be annoying because they are often loaded with bloatware and sometimes don’t match up well with their price. This happens to be a bit of the case here, though the specs are not that bad and it could still be a good casual laptop for a certain type of customer.
I hope you like the color black because that is about all you are going to get here. The monotone look does have a bit of flavor with the textured exterior.
It does not catch your eye at a distance but has a nice overall feel in your hands. With a weight around 5 pounds it fits right around the average for most laptops.
Most of the design is pretty standard without any ports or plugins in weird awkward positions.
A native resolution of 1366 by 768 limits you to 720p HD. To match that we have a 15.6 inch led lit screen which also fits right in with the monotony. All joking aside the look that have its own sort of simplistic appeal and doesn’t get anything wrong.
For the heart of any computer we have a decent processor that should also in turn give you decent performance. With a seventh generation intel core i5 7200-U processor overclocking at 3.1 ghz you have a workmanlike core that will work well with solitary programs as long as they are not too intensive.
As you start to load it up however you will notice the slow down which is a bit of a red flag as the hardest part of any laptop to upgrade. The U series is more tooled for power conservation over performance which puts a harsh bar on the types of programs you will be able to run effectively.
It is not all gloom and doom however as it is fast enough for the majority of uses the average computer user needs. It just is not going to cut it for gamers or intensive professional work.
At this sort of price range you do not expect to find a world beating graphics card. You are much more likely to find one that is barely serviceable for gaming. Thankfully that is not the case here as we move up from that to serviceable.
The built in intel HD 620 graphic card is that spot just under what you might call a gaming graphics card. That means it can pretty decent with older titles but will quickly hit a brick wall when put to the premium test.
It is still better than the majority of graphics cards you will find in a non gaming computer so it should work for casual gamers.
Your RAM is your processors best friend and the life blood of any computer. The processor and graphics card get all of the love, but without sufficient RAM everything comes to a halt.
With that in mind this laptop is outfitted with 8 gigabytes of DDR4 2400Mhz RAM which is a nice just enough approach for most activities. Anything less than 8 gigs won’t do so they also used DDR4 RAM to give that bar a little boost.
If you need to do a lot of multitasking you will probably want to upgrade to the max of 16 gigs, so that is definitely something to keep in mind.
Keeping up with the trend the cool thing these days is to have a solid state drive which gives any computer a lot more speed. This is a mid ranged Dell however so instead we have a 1 terabyte 5400 RPM Hard Drive that brings a lot of space but not much else.
Hard Drives that actually improve your performance are a relatively new development for computers but it is definitely nice to have. Anyway as far as storing files go 1 terabyte is enough to store thousands of pictures, and hundreds of hours of video.
You may top out early though if you are storing complex programs, though this laptop is not made for those anyway.
When it comes to special features and peripherals this laptop is appropriately tame as you would expect. It does have a tray loading disk drive but those are being phased out and it is a bit disappointing that it doesn’t bring anything special as far as burning capabilities.
The connectivity is pretty good though as we have two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port. Coupled along with the mini SD card reader, and a webcam Dell does a good job checking all of the basic boxes. The best unique aspect of this laptop comes in its nice battery life which should be able to hit 8 hours depending on the stress its under.
Dell i3567-5185BLK-PUS Inspiron Review Conclusion
From the exterior design to the interior components Dell sticks to a strict formulaic game plan for this model.
The speed is adequate as well as the RAM but most people will want a bit more here so they don’t have to deal with as much slow down as this computer could bring. As far as basic activities like web surfing word processing and watching movies this hardware should perform these tasks admirably.
Only when you start to mess with the type of programs that came out more recently the issues will begin to rear their ugly head. This model will just be ok no matter how you spin it though so don’t expect to be impressed and you just might be.