Dells 7000 series seems to be a strong candidate for the budget laptop section. Those who really aren’t the fan of the small 13-inch Inspirons can opt for this 15-inch version. Today we are gonna take a look at such a laptop, Dell Inspiron i7570-5787SLV-PUS. Let’s head forward.
- CPU – Intel Core i5 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.6 GHz
- GPiU – 4 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce 940 MX
- Memory – 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4
- Screen – 15.6-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage – 1 TB SATA
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor (it does have a variation that houses an i7, but we’re gonna stick to this one), 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard disk for mass storage. The machine performs efficiently enough for your daily needs as well as demanding tasks such as the photo or video editing. The 5400 rpm hard disk though is a serious party pooper with its really slow transfer rates. You better opt for an SSD if you want faster interaction. It comes with a discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940 MX with the onboard Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU. It’s the tricked out version of their older GTX 940M GPU. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be immensely powerful. The 940MX GPU is only that much powerful considering its limited capabilities. It could only produce a meagre 25 fps in The Witcher 3 in low settings. So one thing’s crystal clear- it might be able to handle some of the lesser demanding titles but you shouldn’t expect much from it anyway.
- Design – The build quality is great. The chassis is made of Aluminium. Due to the metal body, the laptop itself is pretty sturdy. Almost no sign of flex or warp can be seen neither in the display panel or the keyboard deck even upon applying enough pressure. While it’s by no means very light, weighing at 4.4 pounds (nearly 2 kg) the notebook is pretty slim though with the maximum thickness found at only 0.74 inches (18.8 mm).
- Display – The display didn’t seem anything special- just a run of the mill panel. The screen seems pretty dim with an average luminance of 240 nits. Many rival laptops come with a brighter display like Asus Vivobook S15 (275 nits) and Acer TravelMate P658-G2-MG7327 (276 nits). The sRGB coverage of the panel is very nominal as well at only 60%. As a result, the visuals look pretty dull and lifeless. The only redeeming factors about the display may be are its high contrast ratio of 1300:1 and the pretty low delta E value of 1.6 measuring the colour accuracy of the display. In short, it’s barely passable.
- Keyboard – I have some serious concerns about the keyboard of this model. You can see the example of an extremely poor space management from Dell. It comes with the typical Dell fashioned island-style keyboard with black buttons on grey deck. First of all, it’s a 15-inch laptop (duh!!). But for some mysterious reason, they decided to NOT include the distinct number pad. It shouldn’t be space issues either as there seems to be plenty of room to each side of the keyboard. On top of that, if that wasn’t enough, the arrow keys and the shift keys have been sized down. There seems to be no reasonable excuse really as to why they have to do such a thing when you have enough space to utilise.
- Battery – The battery backup wasn’t stellar by any means. While only surfing the internet in medium brightness via the Wi-Fi the laptop was able to stay awake for only as long as 4 hours. Well, it’s no wonder looking at the miniscule 42 Wh battery pack that it hides under its hood. The results went even further downhill when it was run under full load as the battery went dead in just one and a half hours. Pretty terrible result.
While it boasts its sturdy design and good configuration it certainly has got quite a bit of drawback including the lacklustre battery backup, dim screen and the weird keyboard choice. So is it good? Yeah, certainly. But is it great?? Hell no. I think I’ll pass on it until Dell decides to address the pitfalls and gets a remedy.