We’re taking a look today at kind of a run of the mill laptop, the Dell Inspiron 15 3567. This is not one of the machines that they heavily market to the masses, but it’s something that comes in at a very reasonable price and in the course of reviewing this laptop.
We’re going to look at why you might want to sometimes look for the boring stuff to get a good performance at a reasonable price. As you’ll see, it performs about the same as laptops that cost twice as much or more, and you can sometimes find yourself a pretty good deal by selecting something that isn’t all that interesting.
I want to let you know, though, before we get into the review and the interest of full disclosure, this came in free of charge through the Amazon Program. However, all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own, and nobody is paying for this review.
Dell Inspiron 15 3567: Quick Overview
Dell Inspiron 15 3567: Technical Specifications
The Dell Inspiron 15 3567 has a 15.6-inch display, but it’s only running at 720p, which means that things will be rather large on-screen, and the display isn’t going to look all that great. It’s certainly functional and usable, but you’ll certainly see nicer displays out there on more expensive laptops, but when you’re cutting costs, this is where you end up.
So the viewing angles on it aren’t great, so as you go off-center, the image change a bit and may not look as good to people sitting to the side of you, but again, if you’re looking for something basic, you’ll get it here.
System Specs & Upgradability
The Dell Inspiron 15 3567 has an I370130 processor built-in. It comes with 4 GB of RAM, but you can upgrade the memory to 16 gigabytes, and they have one stick of RAM installed already so that you can buy another four gig stick, bring it up to 8 or you could buy two 8 gigabyte sticks and bring it up to 16. So you do have some options to expand it.
It has 128GB of solid-state storage built-in, so it feels pretty responsive when switching between applications and that kind of thing. If you need more space, it is just a standard SATA hard drive, so you can go out and buy a relatively inexpensive 500 gigabyte SSD, for example, and pop it or go with a spinning hard drive and get a couple of terabytes for not that much money.
I did find it was a bit difficult to take the thing apart: you have to unscrew all the screws on the bottom and then take the keyboard out, remove more screws, so they really don’t want you poking around inside of the laptop, but if you’re not afraid of that you can easily upgrade it and get yourself a little bit more memory and storage if needed.
On the downside, no graphics processor on here, so it’s probably not going to be great for gaming, but you do have the Intel graphics built-in. If you add in another stick of RAM, the onboard graphics will perform better than what you’re about to see in this review because dual-channel memory actually makes the graphics side of these Intel chips run faster.
Let’s take a look at the ports on here and see what we got.
- So, we have Gigabit Ethernet along with an air vent for its fan. It isn’t that loud either; I was surprised by how quiet the fan was on this.
- You have an HDMI output for connecting an external display; even though this has just a 720p display, you could get a 4K or 1080p image out of that HDMI port (it’s a full size one), so you can plug it right into your television.
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports
- We’ve got an SD card slot so you can pop in your camera cards and whatnot
- Headphone, microphone combo jack
- 1x USB 2.0 port
An optical drive DVD and CD Reader and burner (something you don’t see on a lot of more expensive laptops)
On the bottom:
You’ve got Stereo Speakers; it doesn’t sound great, but you got them, and you get somewhat decent stereo separation on it, so that’s not such a bad thing.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The keyboard is kind of the standard Inspiron layout. They’re a little smaller than what you might see on the other computers, but the spacing on them is good enough that I’m able to type pretty comfortably on it.
It reminds me of many the more expensive Inspiron 15 and 13 keyboards, but it doesn’t have the backlighting or any other fancy accouterments. The power button doesn’t light up either, so you have to rely on the screen to know when the computer is operating.
You do get a number pad, though, so if you’re doing some number crouching, you can do that easily on Dell Inspiron 15 3567.
The trackpad isn’t bad either. It’s a little springy, a little plasticky, but it does get the job done, and it’s got multi-touch on it and whatnot and all in not a lousy trackpad. It doesn’t feel as high-quality as what you might get on the more expensive 15-inch devices, but for a cheap laptop, the trackpad here isn’t too bad at all.
One thing that you don’t get with a laptop at this price point is something thin and light. This thing is thick and heavy: 4.9 pounds or 2.2 kilograms.
It’s all plastic here, so no fancy magnesium or any kind of special casing here. It’s just plastic, and I’m not sure how well it’ll survive some falls, but it does have just a solid-state drive in it, so you don’t have to worry as much about data loss, perhaps if you do happen to drop it.
The battery is replaceable; you can just snap it out here and slap in another one, so that’s kind of a nice thing that you don’t see on those expensive thin ultrabooks. Very easy to carry an extra battery around and swap it out if you need to.
The battery life on this Dell Inspiron 15 15 3567 isn’t bad. I’m getting about six and a half to seven hours doing kind of basic stuff with it, which is very good. These intel chips have gotten a lot better with power management over the years, which certainly benefits this end of the market. I was surprised actually for the low price to get almost a full day of usage out of it, which is again kind of unusual at a low-end price tag.
It has AC Wireless built-in, in addition to that Gigabit Ethernet, so you should have decent performance while browsing the web and all in I think a pretty good value given what they’ve packed into it, even though it doesn’t have a very nice display look at.
All in, we’re seeing Dell Inspiron 15 3567 perform as expected and in many cases it performs the same or better than laptops that cost twice as much or more.
The big sacrifice here is that you get a pretty ugly casing that is big and heavy with a not-so-great display, but if all you need is performance, sometimes you can spend just a little bit of money and get the luxury level performance in a economy package, which this really is.
Most major manufacturers make laptops like this, that are big, ugly but perform well. So, definitely do some shopping and take a look at what might be out there before you drop money on that fancy Ultrabook because if you don’t need all those nice Ultrabook hardware features, I think you’re going to get by just fine with the Dell Inspiron 15 3567.