The latest workhorse laptop to come out of the Dell foundry is the Inspiron i3567-5185BLK-PUS. It is a laptop that was designed to get the job done for the most basic of activities. If, however, you are looking for a laptop that can play a few AAA titles on the side, then this is not the laptop for you.
To put it briefly, the Dell Inspiron i3567-5185BLK-PUS has enough compensatory qualities for a workhorse laptop in the price range vicinity of $500. Although, it does come with a few proprietary Dell attributes such as being loaded with bloatware and having rather dull and monotonous looks.
Dell Inspiron i3567-5185BLK-PUS: Quick Overview
- Good graphics
- You can’t beat the price
- Included keyboard and kickstand
- Basic design
Dell Inspiron i3567-5185BLK-PUS: Technical Specifications
Let’s go through the Dell Inspiron i3567-5185BLK-PUS laptop’s specifications at a glance:
- Screen: True-Life LED-backlit anti-glare display screen of 15.6 inches
- Processor: 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor that comes with 3MB Cache and 3.10GHz TurboBoost. The U series processors are geared towards power conservation and, consequently, longer periods of operation. On the other hand, this also, unfortunately, means that it is not a processor designed for power-hungry applications and will significantly slow down the laptop.
- RAM: 8 GB DDR4-2400, which is the absolute minimum RAM required to run today’s applications.
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620. For this price range, this is the best non-discrete graphics card on the market for a laptop with a 7th gen Core i5 processor.
- Storage: 1 TB HDD. This is quite good storage for a laptop at this price range.
- Optical Drive: DVD+RW. Even though we have become accustomed to USB drives and software or movie or game downloads from the internet, having a functional DVD drive can be a boon for people who have to frequently travel to geographical locations where the networking facilities are poor.
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home. Even with all its quirks and fallibilities, the latest Windows OS is quite good, all things considered.
- Ports and Connectivity: 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45, 1x Combo audio jack, 1x SD Card Reader, 1x 802.11 A/C (these are all the connectivity ports that you will need in a laptop and for its price range they are excellent.)
- Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.93 x 14.9
- Weight: 2.2 kg or 4.85 lbs. At this weight range, this laptop is no longer viable for people looking for mobility; however, as a desktop replacement laptop, it is not bad.
Dell Inspiron i3567-5185BLK-PUS: Hardware Overview
The exterior shell of the laptop is a monotonous black plastic which, while is not eye-catching in any way, but still has a textured surface that gives an otherwise cheap laptop a premium feel in your hands. Weighing just 5 lbs, the laptop does not fit well with anyone looking for anything but a desktop replacement on a budget.
The screen is a good 15.6 inches off the anti-glare non-glossy surface, however, with only a 1366×768 720p HD resolution, which falls short of other laptops in the same price range offering FHD or 1080p resolution screens.
The 7th generation Intel Core i5 7200-U processor clocked at 3.1 GHZ is a good enough processor for daily mundane tasks such as light internet browsing and word processing software.
However, the boot time on this laptop is relatively slow, and any attempt to load up a resource-intensive program such as Cinebench will most likely result in a blue screen of death or BSOD. This is because of the fact that this processor is from Intel’s U series that favors power conservation over performance.
The Intel HD 620 onboard graphics built into the processor are just enough for your multimedia needs minus any gaming considerations. If you are into laptop gaming, you can forget about any gaming pleasures from this laptop. The plus point for this onboard graphics card is that it can utilize memory from the laptop’s system memory in case its own onboard VRAM or video RAM falls short of expectations!
The RAM is the proverbial glue that holds together the performance of your laptop. Although the processor and the graphics card are two of the components that get all the attention, the RAM facilitates these two to reach their potential—as such, having a good quantity of fast-paced RAM is essential for any computer.
8 GB is the bare minimum you need to run today’s applications satisfactorily, and DDR4 is the latest and fastest RAM available on the market. There is an extra RAM slot so that, if required, you can add another RAM and take the total RAM to 16 GB, which is a handsome amount for running pretty much all software.
Hard Disk Drive
For a laptop at this price range that has the potential to moonlight as a desktop replacement platform, there must be a sizeable storage drive. Now, the popular trend is to have a SSD or solid-state drive, which offers up tremendous read-write speeds by sacrificing storage space.
However, at this price range, including a SSD would mean to scrape the bottom of the SSD lineup and that would simply not make the cut for a potential desktop replacement laptop. Hence, that is why Dell opted for a much slower 1 TB rotational mechanical HDD.
Additional features that stand out include an RJ-45 LAN port for broadband internet, 1 HDMI 1.4a port for connecting the laptop to a high definition TV or monitor for enjoying a movie for example, an audio combo jack for connecting your favorite headphones or speakers, 2 hi-speed USB 3.0 ports, a mini SD card reader, a VGA webcam, and of course, a battery that can hit 8 hours of operation under the right performance conditions!
Overall, this laptop should fare well for most people shopping at this price range since they already have a pretty good idea about what they want and what they need. Anticipating this, Dell has churned out a laptop with the most basic features designed to offer a consolidated performance for budget-conscious buyers.