Dell Inspiron 15R-5520


Dell Inspiron 15R-5520Notebook: Dell Inspiron 15R-5520 (Inspiron 15R Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 3210M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.7kg
Price: 800 euro
Average Score: 76.56% - good
Average of 9 scores (from 13 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 82%, features: 74%, display: 69% mobility: 85%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 87%, emissions: 78%

Reviews for the Dell Inspiron 15R-5520

60% Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 review: Solidly budget-friendly
Source: PC World English
It's hard to say great things about a laptop that is solidly mediocre. It's not the thinnest, prettiest, or most powerful 15.6-inch notebook around, but it still has a place in the market. The Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 performs well for its price, features an impressive four USB 3.0 ports, and has a large, if not very high-resolution, screen. It's built with solid components, and has excellent speakers for its size.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Dell Inspiron 15R-5520
Source: PC Mag English
The Dell Inspiron 15R-5520 is a capable desktop replacement laptop that delivers solid third-generation Core i5 power at a wallet-friendly price. It keeps pace with the competition performance-wise and is equipped with a generous selection of wireless options, but its shiny display and narrow viewing angles hold it back. If you require more storage and an extra 2GB of system memory, consider our Editors' Choice for budget laptops, the Sony VAIO E15 (SVE15116FXS). You'll have to part with an extra $150 though.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/26/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The $599 Dell Inspiron 15R is an attractive notebook that delivers a solid computing experience and appealing suite of applications at a great price. The third-generation Core i5 CPU provides plenty of pep, and we appreciate the multiple color and lid options. At this price, we prefer the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 for its lighter weight and longer battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Dell 2012 Inspiron 15R-5520 15.6-inch Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Dell's most recent revision of the Inspiron 15R brings with it Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors. For under $600, this gives the laptop an advantage thanks to the Core i5 processor and 6GB of memory that outperforms much of the competition. In addition, it features a surprising four USB 3.0 ports that is twice as many as most budget laptops have.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 Ivy Bridge notebook review (2012 model)
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Dell's Inspiron 15R 5520 (2012 model) is an inexpensive Core i7 powerhouse that features a Full HD screen and discrete graphics. It can be used for gaming in addition to office tasks and it's comfortable to use. It has some shortcomings though, such as 10/100 Ethernet instead of Gigabit, short battery life and a somewhat tacky design, but it's still a solid, sub-$1000 performer.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 review
Source: PC Advisor English
Dell's Inspiron 15R 5520 doesn't major in its wow factor. However, it is a well-rounded and stylish laptop with an attractive price tag. For less than £600 you get a powerful processor, and plenty of storage and connectivity, albeit not in an especially lightweight package.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/05/2012
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 60% ergonomy: 70%

Foreign Reviews

79% Standard-Notebook
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/08/2012
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 80% features: 88% display: 71% mobility: 75% ergonomy: 87% emissions: 85%
86% Preiswerter Multimedia-Wechselbalg
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2012
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 85% display: 75% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 90%
Dell Inspiron 5520 média teszt
Source: Laptopkalauz HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/29/2012
Dell Inspiron 5520 és Dell Inspiron 7520 teszt
Source: Laptopkalauz HU→EN
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 09/23/2012
Rating: display: 60% mobility: 100% workmanship: 80% emissions: 60%
94% Teszt: Dell Inspiron 5520 – csini csajszi
Source: Wikitech HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 94% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 100%
Inspiron 15R(5520)レビュー!15.6インチ・エントリーノート
Source: Pasonisan JA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/03/2012
デル New Inspiron 15R の実機レビュー
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Positive: Card reader is compatible with Memory Stick and xD cards. Negative: High cost performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/19/2012



The Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 was built to be cost and energy efficient. Dell offers this model in a few different configurations, ranging from a Core i3-3217U to Core i5-3317U for better performance. In terms of graphics, models are equipped with Intel's integrated graphics up to the powerful AMD Radeon HD 8730M. Regardless of your configuration, it is a cheap laptop. The sturdy case is mainly made from plastics and the 1366X768 display is satisfactory. With 2.2 kg, the laptop is surprisingly light for a 15 inch laptop and its size seems compact and space saving. A fun feature is that the laptop is optionally available in pink, red, silver or blue.

Battery life is a strength, which is improved by energy-saving ULV processors. It can easily last for 6 hours during web browsing and light tasks. With Wi-Fi off, it could run a full day of light use on a single charge. The ports are little clustered around the edges, which can lead to unwanted disconnections during use – but this should not be an issue for those who are on the go. Although the Dell is not designed as desktop replacement, it can be comfortably used as such. To summarize, Dell's Inspiron 15R-5521 delivers a great, customizalbe performance and a sturdy build for an affordable price.

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

3210M: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based dual-core, includes HD 4000 GPU, core clock 2.5 - 3.1 GHz» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.6": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.7 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Dell reviews

76.56%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-07-12 (Update: 2012-07-12)