Dell Inspiron i15R-1632sLV 15-Inch Laptop (Silver) Review

Dell Inspiron i15R-1632sLV 15-Inch Laptop (Silver)

The Dell Inspiron i15R-1632sLV 15-Inch Laptop is a reasonably well specified machine, suitable for carrying out day-to-day computing tasks on a budget.

It is driven by a second generation Intel Core i3-2370M processor running at 2.4GHz. This is an older, dual core processor that supports Intel’s Hyperthreading technology (which allows each core to handle up to two threads simultaneously, thereby improving performance) but not the more recent Turbo Boost technology, found in third generation processors.

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In reality, this is unlikely to be a significant issue for the majority of everyday tasks. Even without Turbo Boost, the machine should still be able to easily handle email, web surfing, document editing, video chat via the built-in HD webcam and the hundreds of other, relatively undemanding, tasks that most people use their computers for on a daily basis. After all, it is no less capable of carrying out those tasks now than it was before newer, third generation, processors became available.

The machine is supplied with 6GB of DDR3 RAM – more than is found in many more modern machines, and more then adequate to allow the pre-installed copy of Windows 7 Home Premium to perform well on this machine. Windows 7 is not the most recent version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system – that honour currently goes to Windows 8 –  but, again, this shouldn’t pose any problems in everyday use.

Indeed,Windows 8 features a redesigned user interface that has proven unpopular with many users, prompting them to revert to Windows 7. Of course, many others are happy with Windows 8, and, should you wish to try it out for yourself, this machine should be easily able to cope with it. But, if you are familiar with Windows 7, and see no reason to change for the sake of it, you will be happy to know that Microsoft has guaranteed support for Windows 7 until January 2015, at least.

The machine’s 15.6″, LED backlit, HD (720p), Truelife display is driven by integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 technology. It should be easily able to cope with the demands of day-to-day computing, HD video and even casual gaming, but more demanding games are simply beyond its capabilities. Then again, this machine isn’t, and doesn’t claim to be, a gaming laptop – it is a solid, affordable workhorse, best suited to everyday tasks.

Pros :

  • Intel Core i3-2370M processor running at 2.4GHz
  • Large 750GB Hard Disk
  • 6GB RAM
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Battery Life Up To 6 Hours

Cons :

  • Underpowered For Serious Gaming

One of those tasks is almost certain to be watching movies, and, sooner or later, you will probably want to watch them on a screen somewhat bigger than the laptop’s own 15.6″ inch display. Fortunately, the machine features an HDMI port for connecting to a modern monitor or HDTV, and a VGA port for connecting to older monitors and projectors.

Permanent storage for your documents, music, movies and software is provided by a 750GB hard drive, which should be more than enough for most people’s needs. But, if you do need more storage, it’s an easy matter to connect an external hard drive via the machine’s four high speed USB 3.0 ports, one of which provides Powershare capabilities.

Access to the internet is essential in today’s connected world, and this machine makes it easy to get online. With the choice of using an Ethernet port for wired network connections, or the built-in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi for wireless networking, there should be no difficulty in connecting this machine to home or office networks and, of course, to the internet.

The built-in 8-in-1 card reader makes it just as easy to transfer images on to the laptop from your camera or cellphone, while the internal 8x DVD-RW has a similar effect on software installation, data backup and, of course, the ability to play movies directly from DVD. Optical drives are becoming less essential than they used to be, and some machines – notably, lightweight Ultrabook-class devices – are doing away with them entirely, but the convenience of having one available for those times when you really need it is difficult to beat.

Overall, the Dell Inspiron i15R-1632sLV 15-Inch Laptop should be an excellent choice for everyday work – email, updating social status, video chat and producing / editing term papers, for example – without breaking the bank. The fact that it is driven by a slightly older model of processor should pose no problems for these purposes, and the choice of Windows 7 as the supplied Operating System in place of the substantially redesigned Windows 8 could be considered a benefit, depending on your point of view. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly workhorse machine for routine tasks, the Dell Inspiron i15R-1632sLV 15-Inch Laptop could well be the machine for you.

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