Dell categorised all their notebooks in the Inspiron series in 3 broad sequences: the wallet-friendly 3000 series, the mid-range 5000 series and the rather generously equipped 7000 series. Today we are going to review, Dell Inspiron i5770-5463SLV-PUS, one of the relatively larger 17-inch models from this 5000 series. Let’s check it out then.
- CPU – Intel Core i5 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.6 GHz
- GPU – Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Memory – 8 GB DDR4, extendable upto 16 GB
- Screen – 17.3-inch HD+ IPS (1,600 x 900)
- Storage – 1 TB SATA HDD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It features an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigs of RAM which can be extended up to 16 gigs and a one TB of slow 5400 rpm hard disk. In almost all the tests (both synthetic and real life) Inspiron i5770 surpassed both the Lenovo IdeaPad 500 and Toshiba Satellite L55 and fell far behind the relatively more powerful Lenovo Flex 2 15 and HP Envy 17. The 5400 rpm hard disk though is a pure party pooper. It’s the slowest among the slowest dragging the whole performance of the machine down. While the average sequential transfer rate of an NVMe SSD and a SATA SSD is 1.5 GBps and 500 MBps respectively the transfer rate for this one is even less than 100 MBps.
- Input – Inspiron i5770 comes with a black keyboard on the grey chassis. The overall typing experience was quite nice. The keys felt a bit shallow though due to the low key travel of 1.2 mm (1.5 mm is ideal). The keypress felt rather squishy than clicky. But on the positive side, it includes a separate numeric keypad. While it may not be a big deal for many it certainly matters a lot for me. The trackpad is pretty large at nearly 4 inches by 3 inches; in fact, it’s one of the most spacious trackpads around the market at this price range (unlike many others where you’d find your fingers at the edge of the trackpad whenever you try to drag your fingers across). It tracked almost all the taps and gestures supported by Windows correctly.
- Display – The display is really a mixed bag of results if you ask me. It features a 17.3 inch HD+ IPS screen. One bad thing about the display is that the native resolution is HD+ (1600 x 900) rather than FHD (1920 x 1080). The panel covers nearly 98% area of the sRGB colour gamut. That’s a pretty good result for a budget laptop like i5770. Although competing notebooks like Envy (110%) and Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (112%) showed even wider colour coverage than this one. The colour accuracy of the display is excellent as well with the delta E value lying around 0.3 (no kidding!!). But the colour vibrant panel gets a significant blow by the relatively low brightness level of 220 nits. That’s way lower than not only the average brightness of budget notebooks of 280 nits but also from the competing panels of Envy (255 nits) and Inspiron 2-in-1 (246 nits). In short, it could have turned out to be a pretty good display only if it were brighter.
- Battery – The battery life is once again just average. It uses a 3-cell 42 Wh battery pack. It could stay awake for only as long as just a hair over 5 hours while doing some surfing stuff over the Wi-Fi. Now that may be enough battery backup for most of the general users as this 17 incher is not really made to be carried around on your back every now and then. But again 17 inches or not, the average battery backup for a general purpose notebook like this is around 7 hours or longer. And this one certainly falls way behind the average.
A relatively vibrant but dim display, mediocre battery backup, average keyboard and a strong performance- that’s what you get with Inspiron i5770. But honestly, if you’re after a big screen you should go for a 17 inch model from the relatively costlier 7000 series. But if you’re on a tight budget and don’t necessarily need a large 17 inches display then you can opt for a smaller model from this 5000 series. This one turned out to be just average.