The Dell Inspiron 15R isn’t drastically different looking in terms of design compared to the previous generation of Dell Inspiron 15R. The laptop sports a shiny black surface on its screen bezel, while the palm rest and the strip above the keyboard have slightly muted gloss. The Inspiron 15R’s build quality is fine, given that its Dell’s value-for-money laptop segment. The laptop’s screen is quite bright and evenly lit. Colours are washed out though, they don’t seem optimally saturated. The Dell Inspiron 15R’s viewing angles are ordinary, with noticeable colour shift. But watching movies and videos is a good experience due to the screen’s glossy layer-gaming too, for that matter – at native resolution.
The Chiclet key’s touch on the Inspiron 15R is different from that on the Sony VAIOS, it isn’t as great as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1’s keyboard, but good to use nonetheless. The dedicated number pad on the right is a life-saver if you’re used to entering number in a spreadsheet. The Dell Inspiron 15R’s touchpad is nice and wide – it sits slightly shallower than the rest of the palm rest. Its smooth surface feels good to touch and the touchpad is quite sensitive.
For day-to-day home use, the Inspiron 15R’s Core i3 processor will suffice for basic multitasking. Nvidia GeForce GT 525M bundled with the Inspiron 15R makes a good case for casual gaming on the laptop. Battery life lasted 2 hours 11 minutes in our test. As long as you’re not buying the Inspiron 15R primarily for video/graphics editing or 3D animation, you should be fine.
Screen size: 15.6-inch glossy screen, 1366×768;
Processor: Intel Core i3-2310M 2.1-GHz;
Connectivity: USB 3.0, HDMI, eSATA, DVD RW, 8-in-1 card reader;
Web site: www.dell.co.in
Price: Rs 41,000