Dell Inspiron i15N-3091BK 15-Inch Laptop Review

Dell Inspiron i15N-3091BK 15-Inch Laptop

The Dell Inspiron i15N-3091BK 15-Inch Laptop is an entry-level machine designed to carry out day-to-day computing tasks at an affordable price.

As you would expect, such a machine is never going to match the capabilities of top of the range – or even mid-range – devices. On the other hand, the computing power available to those high-end machines is far greater than is needed for routine tasks, and there seems little benefit in paying premium prices for capabilities that you may never need.

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Powered by a 2.2GHz Intel Pentium DC B960 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive, the Inspiron i15N-3091BK should be easily capable of handling your everyday needs. Surfing the web, email, video chat via the built-in webcam, storing pictures, music and videos and sharing them on your favourite social networks – none of these tasks should pose a serious challenge to this machine.

The 15.6″ HD (720p, 1366×768) widescreen, LED backlit display is driven by Intel HD Graphics 3000 hardware, which, again, is pretty much in line with what you would expect from this class of machine. It will handle all of the above day-to-day tasks – and many more, including HD video and casual gaming – with ease.  It will, however, struggle with more demanding games.

Pros :

  • Affordable entry-level laptop for everyday tasks
  • Large Hard Disk
  • Plenty of RAM
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Underpowered for serious gaming

The machine is equipped with a fairly standard array of input / output ports. Network connections are handled by  a 10/100 Enternet port for wired networking and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi for wireless connections. Two USB 2.0 ports and one high speed USB 3.0 port allow for wired peripherals, while Bluetooth is available for connecting to wireless mice, headsets and other devices.

A 3-in-1 Media Card Reader makes it easy to transfer images onto the computer from cameras, a 8X DVD+/-RW Drive is great for installing software, backing up your data onto DVD and CD or watching movies. If you’d prefer to watch them on a bigger screen, this machine has an HDMI port for connected to HDTVs and modern monitors; for older monitors and projectors, there’s also a VGA port. Headphone and microphone jacks complete the list of usual input / output sockets.

This machine ships with Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. To make the most of the new touch-centric interface in Windows 8, the i15N-3091BK features a Multi-Touchpad with integrated scrolling & gestures.

Measuring 14.8″ (W) x 10.24″ (D) x 1.35″ (H), and weighing 5.2 lbs, this machine’s stylish Obsidian Black case takes up very little space on your desk, coffee table or sofa, and is light enough to carry around with you. If you’re looking for an affordable, portable, entry-level computer for routine tasks, the Dell Inspiron i15N-3091BK 15-Inch Laptop could well be the right machine for you.

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