Dell Inspiron 15.6” 5000 with Intel Optane
4.1Overall Score
Name: Dell Inspiron 15.6" 5000 series Price (RRP): $998.99 Manufacturer: Dell

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
Processor 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
RAM 4GB DDR4 2000MHz
8GB on i7
Intel Optane 16GB
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
OS Windows 10
Price $998.99 inc delivery (i7 is $1103.99)
Product website here

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 great value.

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.

Dell Inspiron 15.6” 5000

For the price, it is a whole lot of laptop at 380 x 258 x 22.7mm and 2.2kg.

Setup

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.

The Screen

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.

Dell Inspiron 15.6” 5000

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.