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Dell Inspiron 15R review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £449
inc VAT

This hefty laptop has a decent specification, but you can get better laptops for the same money


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.8kg, 24GHz Intel Core i3-2370M, 6.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The laptop’s built-in speakers, unusually located beneath its lower lip rather than in a bar in front of the screen, are loud enough and fine for spoken word content, but all but the most simple music sounds muddy.

Dell Inspiron 15R

It took a while before we were accurately touch-typing on its keyboard, but its flat, widely spaced keys provide a decent sense of tactile feedback as you type. There’s no numeric keypad, so the entire thing feels a lot less cramped than many other laptop keyboards. Needless to say, if you have a lot of numeric data entry work to do, this isn’t the laptop for you. A large trackpad is situated in the centre of the wrist rest, directly beneath the shortened space bar. It’s big enough to provide plenty of fine control over your pointer, but not so large that we were constantly hitting it by accident.

Dell Inspiron 15R

The 15R outclasses most similarly priced laptops when it comes to its range of ports, simply because it has four USB3 ports, but that’s it apart from 3.5mm MIC and headphone ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port. It also has a built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi adaptor and a DVD-RW drive. If USB3 connectivity is particularly important to you, then this laptop’s well worth a look, but for around £20 more, you can get our current Best Buy winner, the Acer Aspire V3-571, which has a better screen, a longer-lasting battery and a more powerful processor.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i3-2370M
Processor clock speed24GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory16GB
SoundIntel HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366×768
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics/video portsHDMI, VGA
Graphics Memory1,024MB


Total storage capacity500GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsSDXC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other ports4x USB3, 1x 3.5mm headphone output, 1x 3.5mm mic input


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Office 2010 Starter, Nero 10
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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