The Dell Inspiron 15” 5000 series is a laptop aimed at consumers and the SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) market. Intel Optane adds zoom, zoom, zoom to the hard disk performance.
The Dell Inspiron 15.6” 5000 comes in a range of sizes and processors with an Intel Optane option – the focus of this GadgetGuy’s article here.
Review: Dell Inspiron 15.6” 5000 with Intel Optane
Australian website here.
The base review unit specifications include:
|Model||Dell Inspiron 15.6” 5000 with Intel Optane (model 5570)|
|Screen||15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) low-glare LED-Backlit Display|
8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (up to 3.4GHz)|
Option i7-8550U up to 4.0 GHz
|Graphics||Intel UHD graphics 620 with shared graphics/system memory|
4GB DDR4 2000MHz|
8GB on i7
|Hard disk||1TB 5400rpm Hard Drive|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi AC, dual-band 1×1 (Intel 3165) and Bluetooth 4.1|
|Battery||42WHr and 19.5V/2.31A (45W) charger|
|Price||$998.99 inc delivery (i7 is $1103.99)|
But to describe the 5000 series in a table above is a bit constraining. The 5000 series includes 13” and 14” 2-in-1s, 15” and 17” Intel laptops, and 15” AMD laptops. All offer
The first impression
The Dell Inspiron 15.6” 5000 won’t win a beauty contest – a large platinum silver slab with a huge front palm rest and oversized touchpad. While the case looks like metal, it is injection moulded plastic to keep costs in check.
For the price, it is a whole lot of laptop at 380 x 258 x 22.7mm and 2.2kg.
It is a typical Windows 10 setup. You can read more about that in the Dell Inspiron 27” All-in-one review here.
Be prepared to download more than 4GB of updates (mainly Windows) and invest a couple of hours in getting it up to date. Dell provides a Support/Assist app that handles hardware updates and can run a series of tests to see if it is in peak condition.
It is a 15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) low-glare (matte) LED screen. We measured brightness at 150 nits and contrast ratio of 300:1. It’s a little darker than some competitors but fine for a well-lit office where you will run it at 100% brightness most of the time. It is not good under direct sunlight.
There was no annoying backlit bleed from the bottom bezel, but it suffers from poor off-angle horizontal viewing.
Colours are average at 55% sRGB or about 30% DCI-P3 (movie) gamut. Its fine for office use if you don’t expect movie quality.
Gaming response is slow – 33ms black to white and 43ms grey to grey.
Screen summary: Fit for purpose as an office style screen
Keyboard and trackpad
A full-sized keyboard with a numeric keypad. Keys are 16 x 16mm and well-spaced. The throw is 1.5mm and actuation is 50g. It is very good, and the slightly roughened keytops give a good tactile feedback. It is not backlit.