Dell Inspiron 15R-5521


Dell Inspiron 15R-5521Notebook: Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 (Inspiron 15R Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon HD 8730M 2048 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.36kg
Price: 688 euro
Average Score: 78.55% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 13 reviews)
price: 65%, performance: 75%, features: 76%, display: 77% mobility: 87%, workmanship: 77%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: 75%

Reviews for the Dell Inspiron 15R-5521

82% Review Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 Notebook | Notebookcheck
The golden mean. With its Inspiron 15R-5521, Dell shows a rather unusual combination of energy-saving ULV processor and dedicated middle class GPU. The efficient components do not only indicate a moderate energy demand, but also a long battery life. We have tested the top-class model with AMD's brand new Radeon HD 8730M.
60% Dell Inspiron 15R
Source: Digital Versus English
The Dell Inspiron 15R is back in this somewhat inconsistent 2013 edition. This year's Dell Inspiron 15R is an inconsistent product. It has great processor performance, a very nice body and good battery life, but the screen and sound quality are so bad it would be hard for us to recommend it full-heartedly.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
67% Dell Inspiron 15R (2013) review
Source: PC Pro English
There’s no doubt the Dell Inspiron 15R is a classy-looking machine, and there’s much to like about it, not least the responsive touchscreen, superb keyboard and slick design. However, there’s plenty of competition at this price point, not least Sony’s VAIO Fit 15E, and with that poor display blotting its copybook, it isn't the budget all-rounder we might have hoped for.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/18/2013
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 50% performance: 67% features: 67% workmanship: 67%
70% Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 touchscreen notebook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Dell's Inspiron 15R-5521 runs an ultra-low voltage CPU that can supply excellent battery life, though it's a big model that's not easy to travel with. It has a touchscreen and a solid configuration, but it could use much better networking facilities.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/23/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 review
Source: PC Advisor English
Dell hardly puts a foot wrong with the Inspiron 15R, providing a well-built laptop with good performance and an attractive screen for just under £500. Battery life is a particular strength too, and ensures that the Inspiron 15R will earn its keep for both work and play.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%

Foreign Reviews

91% Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 (i3-3227U, Radeon HD 8730M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD)
Source: PC Go - Heft 1/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 91%
86% Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
Source: PC Magazin - Heft 12/2013 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 86%
81% Dell Inspiron 15R (5521) im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/03/2013
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 70% features: 87% display: 79% mobility: 91% ergonomy: 94% emissions: 67%
88% Einer für Alles
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/13/2013
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 85% display: 75% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 90%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 - Preisattraktiv mit Radeon HD 8730M
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Positive: timeless design; good CPU; high-class body
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/18/2013
80% Prise en main Dell Inspiron 15R Premium (5521)
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
79% Dell Inspiron 15R 5521
Source: Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/12/2013
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 60%
Dell Inspiron 15R 5521
Source: Itsvet HR→EN
Positive: USB 3.0; quality development; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/29/2013
デル New Inspiron 15Rの実機レビュー(2013年春発売モデル)
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Positive: Configurable with matte display; numeric keypad; ultra-low-voltage CPU.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/05/2013



Dell's Inspiron laptops were aimed at entry level and budget mobile computing for some time, but now Dell appears to focus on mid-range computing and stay modest at pricing. The Dell Inspiron 15R comes with a 15.6-inch WLED screen and a standard resolution of 1366 x 768. It’s definitely a better multimedia experience and it is also available with touchscreen. Four choices of color – red, pink, blue and silver,  give it some personalized touch. Powered by an Intel i5 processor and Windows 8, it is a good offer for every application requirements. The bigger screen improve the multimedia experience. In addition, the battery is estimated to about 6 hours, which could provide enough time to sit thru your transit time with ease.

The high-gloss finishing of the LED screen proved to be distracting, as the reflection is too heavy to be ignored. With 2.3 kg, a backpack is required for carrying it. Nevertheless, the Dell Inspiron has been reliable and continues to be. So, the 15R is a safe choice for newbies in mobile computing. It is indeed great bundle with wider than normal screen and a worry-free 1 year warranty for an affordable price.


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.

AMD Radeon HD 8730M: Mid-range graphics card based on the GCN architecture.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

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

3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.36 kg:

Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.

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

78.55%: 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, 2013-02-19 (Update: 2013-02-19)