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Dell Inspiron 17-5758 Notebook Review

Florian Wimmer (translated by Martina Osztovits), 09/09/2015

No more Aluminum! The predecessor had an aluminum lid, while the new Dell Inspiron 17-5758 is now mainly made of plastic. On the other hand, it features up-to-date Broadwell CPUs and a dedicated graphics card. Is this sufficient to make up for the poor connectivity?

For the original German review, see here.

About one year ago, we had the Dell Inspiron 17-5748 in our test lab. Now, we have the successor under review. Not only the second last number in the name is different, but the Dell Inspiron 17-5758 also comes a revised case, the new generation Intel processor and an optional matte display.

Our test model of the Inspiron 17-5000 series is about 100 Euros (~$111) more expensive than the comparable model from last year without a dedicated graphics card. The cheapest model with an Intel Pentium processor starts from 449 Euros (~$500).

Other large Broadwell notebooks in this price range are the HP Pavilion 17 or the Asus F751LB. For a comparison to the Haswell generation, we have added the Acer TravelMate P276. Like our test model, all notebooks in the comparison group feature a dedicated graphics card.

Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 920M - 4096 MB, Core: 954 MHz, Memory: 1800 MHz, GameReady 9.18.13.4726, + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, 2x 4 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, IPS, AU Optronics AUO119D, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 880 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC280 @ Intel Broadwell PCH-LP High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset jack, Card Reader: SD up to 64 GB
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8101/2/3 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10/100MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
PLDS DVD+/-RW DU-8A5LH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24 x 416 x 276 ( = 0.94 x 16.38 x 10.87 in)
Battery
40 Wh Lithium-Ion, Panasonic Dell FJCY553I531, 14.8 Volt, 2.63 Ah, removable
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1.0 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers beneath the front edge, Keyboard: Chiclet keyboard with number block, Keyboard Light: no, Power adapter, Dropbox 20 GB Dell Backup and Recovery, CyberLink Media Suite Essential, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.8 kg ( = 98.77 oz / 6.17 pounds), Power Supply: 275 g ( = 9.7 oz / 0.61 pounds)
Price
879 Euro

 

Case

If you compare the recently reviewed Dell Inspiron 15-5558 with our test model, the case is almost identical apart from the size. The lid of the predecessor was made from metal, but the new Inspiron 17-5000 has a plastic lid with discreet diamond pattern. The liquid crystals become visible when direct pressure is applied to the display. In addition, the large display twists easily.

Now, the Dell Inspiron 17-5758 has a rubberized surface around the keyboard, which feels nice to the touch, but is a magnet for fingerprints. The base unit of the notebook bends quite easily and creaks quietly with side-to-side twisting. The corners can give way slightly when pressure is applied. The keyboard stands out with its contrasting color against the surrounding areas and is slightly lower than the case.

With a maximum height of only 24 mm (~0.94 in), the Dell Inspiron 17-5758 is slightly slimmer than its predecessor. Note: Currently, the size specifications on Dell's German web site are not correct.

Overall, the impression is a mixed bag: We like the used materials, but the stability of the device should be better.

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Connectivity

We had criticized the previous Dell Inspiron 17-5000 series because it provided only a few interfaces for a 17.3-inch notebook and this has not changed this year: There are still only two USB 3.0 ports and a USB 2.0 port on the left side. With LAN, HDMI, and card reader, it has the same poor connectivity as its predecessor.

At least, the ports are slightly better spread on the left and right side and plugs no longer get in the way that easily. However, it is annoying that the Dell Inspiron 17-5748 has all of its USB ports towards the front of the sides. Thus, the mouse cable often interferes with the mouse pad when an external mouse is connected. The rear and the front do not house any ports.

Left side: power adapter, LAN, fan, HDMI, USB 2.0, SD card reader
Left side: power adapter, LAN, fan, HDMI, USB 2.0, SD card reader
Right side: Audio combo port, 2x USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington Lock
Right side: Audio combo port, 2x USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington Lock
Rear side: no interfaces
Rear side: no interfaces
Front side: no interfaces
Front side: no interfaces

Communication

The Dell Insprion 17-5758 lacks a Gigabit LAN module: The maximum transfer rate is 100 MBit. On the other hand, the 17.3-incher of the Inspiron 5000 series supports Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac and you can use the 2.4 GHz as well as the 5 GHz band.

The Wi-Fi reception is still good at a distance of 10 meters (~33 ft) to the router and through three walls. The signal is fully available and web sites open relatively fast.

Accessories

Apart from the laptop, the box contains only a battery, and the power adapter with cable. Many accessories are offered on Dell's web site, however, almost none is specifically for the Inspiron 5000 series. A compatible replacement power adapter costs 75 Euros (~$84) and a suitable knapsack is available for 70 Euros (~$78). A portable energy storage unit for charging on the move is priced at 140 Euros (~$156).

Maintenance

Like the predecessor, the 4-cell battery of our current test model is removable and can be replaced anytime. In order to prolong the lifespan of the battery, you can also run the device without battery. On the underside towards the front, there is a big maintenance hatch, which can be taken off after removing only two screws. Then, you can access the most important components such as the hard drive and RAM.

Warranty

Your PC is protected against damage for 12 months. If this is not sufficient for you, you can extend the warranty: on-site service and premium telephone support are available for a surcharge of just under 70 Euros (~$78). 3 years cost 159 Euros (~$177). If you also want to protect your device against accidental damage for one year, you will have to add an extra 20 Euros (~$22).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The look of the keyboard and the size of its Chiclet keys have remained the same as the predecessor's. The small enter key and the indistinct stroke are still a point of critique.

The typing experience is not as high-end as desired because of a medium key travel and a slightly clattery typing noise. Overall, you can work well with the keyboard.

One further note: Our test model used an English keyboard. Naturally, you will get a German layout by default if you order in a German shop.

Touchpad

The ClickPad is also inherited from the predecessor. It is still minimalist, yet elegantly designed. It can be easily distinguished from the palm rests due to a different material and distinct edges.

The precision of the touch-sensitive surface is impressive, particularly when using multi-touch gestures like "zoom". The keys are integrated in the surface work precisely, and the user receives accurate feedback for every click.

Keyboard
Keyboard
ClickPad
ClickPad

Display

Dell has improved the display: Our test model features a panel from AU Optronics with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a matte surface. In addition, it uses the IPS technology for wide viewing angles. The predecessor and several of the comparison devices come with TN LED panels, which only allow small deviations from the ideal viewing angle without color distortions.

With 257.5 cd/m², the display is not particularly bright. Thanks to the rather constant brightness distribution of 87%, hardly any brightness difference is visible in large areas. The matte coating is slightly grainy, which is particularly noticeable with white areas.

By the way, the Dell Inspiron 17 is also available with a display resolution of 1600x900 pixels or a glossy Full HD touchscreen.

261
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
245
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 276 cd/m² Average: 257.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 328 cd/m²
Contrast: 726:1 (Black: 0.38 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.38 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 11.81 | - Ø
94% sRGB (Argyll) 61% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.03
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Asus F751LB-T4030H
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Screen
25%
26%
-6%
Brightness258308
19%
336
30%
317
23%
Brightness Distribution8789
2%
85
-2%
79
-9%
Black Level *0.380.32
16%
0.29
24%
0.55
-45%
Contrast7261003
38%
1217
68%
627
-14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *9.383.79
60%
7.03
25%
10.05
-7%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *11.814.75
60%
6.08
49%
10.18
14%
Gamma *2.032.372.152.72
CCT8966 72%7130 91%7457 87%12180 53%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)6162
2%
65
7%
60
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)9497
3%
99
5%

* ... smaller is better

The black value of the Dell Inspiron 17-5758's display is decent, but the Asus F571 and the HP Pavilion 17 are ahead. Together with the low brightness, our test model achieves a contrast ratio of only 726:1. This is not bad, but not as good as the comparison devices.

Our analysis with the CalMAN software and a spectrophotometer shows bluish gray levels. Most colors are over saturated, especially flesh colors look unnaturally red to the naked eye. Overall, the colors depend strongly on the reference color space, although the display can largely cover the smaller sRGB color space.

CalMAN Color fidelity
CalMAN Color fidelity
CalMAN Gray levels
CalMAN Gray levels
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Contrast
CalMAN Contrast
Color coverage: Adobe RGB
Color coverage: Adobe RGB
Color coverage: sRGB
Color coverage: sRGB

Since the Dell Inspiron 17-5758 is large and heavy, it is not ideal for outdoor use. You may want to use your laptop on the balcony or on a journey, anyway and the display is acceptably suited for this: The matte display is a big advantage, since it reduces reflection. However, it is difficult to read from the screen in very bright environments due to the relatively low brightness.

Thanks to the IPS technology, the viewing angles are good in all directions. However, the brightness changes slightly along the vertical axis.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Dell has now equipped the Inspiron series with the latest generation of Intel processors, Broadwell. Compared to the Haswell predecessors, they are processed in 14 nm and thus more energy efficient and compact.

We checked the latencies (time delays) of the system with the LatencyMon system. If these are too high, audio and video applications and games can stutter. There are actual red spikes, which appear to be caused by the Dell driver "DDDriver.sys", which may be used for system diagnosis. Several forums also suspect that this driver might cause the delays. You can deactivate the driver when you do not need the system diagnoses from Dell and everything should run smoother afterwards.

 

Processor

Core i7-5550U dual core processor clocked at 2.4 to 3.0 GHz works in our test model. The "U" in the name hints to an especially frugal model, which can also be used in smaller and more compact notebooks, but works slower than standard volt Core i7 processors.

Depending on the Cinebench version, the differences between our test model and the predecessor with Intel Core i7-4510U vary, but apparently, a real performance gain is only possible in multi core scenarios. The HP Pavilion 17 and the Asus F751 with the same CPU deliver significantly higher performance since their CPU does not throttle that much.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4799 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9506 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3435 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
33.96 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.55 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.96 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
43.67 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
210 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
77 Points
Help
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
3435 Points ∼38%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
3611 Points ∼40% +5%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
9506 Points ∼26%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
5474 Points ∼15% -42%
Shading 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
4799 Points ∼22%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
4663 Points ∼22% -3%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
0.96 Points ∼0%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
1.41 Points ∼0% +47%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
1.39 Points ∼0% +45%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
1.16 Points ∼0% +21%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
0.96 Points ∼0% 0%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
2.55 Points ∼0%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
3.18 Points ∼0% +25%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
3.2 Points ∼0% +25%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
2.39 Points ∼0% -6%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
2.59 Points ∼0% +2%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
33.96 fps ∼1%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
48.51 fps ∼2% +43%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
40.1 fps ∼2% +18%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
42.88 fps ∼2% +26%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
13.35 fps ∼1% -61%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
77 Points ∼42%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
122 Points ∼67% +58%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
120 Points ∼66% +56%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
99 Points ∼54% +29%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
101 Points ∼55% +31%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
210 Points ∼14%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
290 Points ∼19% +38%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
295 Points ∼19% +40%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
222 Points ∼14% +6%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
233 Points ∼15% +11%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
43.67 fps ∼26%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
61.88 fps ∼37% +42%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
50.47 fps ∼30% +16%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
57.55 fps ∼35% +32%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
20.63 fps ∼12% -53%

Legend

 
Dell Inspiron 17-5758 Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
 
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
 
Asus F751LB-T4030H Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
 
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU Intel Core i5-4210U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
 
Dell Inspiron 17-5748 Intel Core i7-4510U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB

System Performance

Our current Dell Inspiron 17-5758 test model delivers a better system performance than its predecessor, which is probably due to the dedicated graphics card. Once again, the HP Pavilion 17 and the Asus F751 are ahead.

PCMark 7 Score
2846 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3058 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3399 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3912 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
2846 Points ∼36%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
3104 Points ∼39% +9%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
2269 Points ∼29% -20%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
2477 Points ∼31% -13%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
3912 Points ∼64%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
4251 Points ∼69% +9%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
4079 Points ∼67% +4%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
3604 Points ∼59% -8%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
3306 Points ∼54% -15%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
3399 Points ∼42%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
4009 Points ∼49% +18%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
3656 Points ∼45% +8%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
2813 Points ∼34% -17%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
2455 Points ∼30% -28%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
3058 Points ∼54%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
3359 Points ∼59% +10%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
3215 Points ∼57% +5%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
2658 Points ∼47% -13%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
2361 Points ∼42% -23%

Storage Device

In terms of the performance of the storage device, a 1 TB hard drive from Western Digital with 5400 rpm is not one of the strengths of the Dell Inspiron 17-5758. The HD Tune benchmark shows that the transfer rate fluctuates greatly, which is confirmed by CrystalDiskMark.

WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 0.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 117.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 63.2 MB/s
Access Time: 19.3 ms
Burst Rate: 217.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.7 %
HD Tune Transfer Rate Minimum - --- (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
0.9 MB/s ∼0%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
53.6 MB/s ∼3% +5856%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
24.3 MB/s ∼1% +2600%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
53 MB/s ∼3% +5789%
HD Tune Transfer Rate Maximum - --- (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
117.7 MB/s ∼5%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
118.6 MB/s ∼5% +1%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
115.8 MB/s ∼5% -2%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
111.5 MB/s ∼4% -5%
HD Tune Transfer Rate Average - --- (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
63.2 MB/s ∼3%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
90.5 MB/s ∼4% +43%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
82.6 MB/s ∼3% +31%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
85.7 MB/s ∼4% +36%
HD Tune CPU Utilization - --- (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
6.7 % ∼7%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
6 % ∼6% -10%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
3.8 % ∼4% -43%
HD Tune Burst Rate - --- (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
217.6 MB/s ∼6%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
158.9 MB/s ∼5% -27%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
270.1 MB/s ∼8% +24%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
235.3 MB/s ∼7% +8%
HD Tune Access Time - --- (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
19.3 ms * ∼8%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
19.2 ms * ∼8% +1%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
17.5 ms * ∼7% +9%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
16.4 ms * ∼7% +15%
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Write 4k QD32 (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
1.007 MB/s ∼0%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
0.745 MB/s ∼0%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
1.187 MB/s ∼0%
Read 4k QD32 (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
1.228 MB/s ∼0%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
0.625 MB/s ∼0%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
1.078 MB/s ∼0%
Write 4k (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
0.806 MB/s ∼0%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
0.718 MB/s ∼0%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
1.075 MB/s ∼0%
Read 4k (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
0.544 MB/s ∼1%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
0.336 MB/s ∼1%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
0.427 MB/s ∼1%
Write 512 (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
73.23 MB/s ∼3%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
37.86 MB/s ∼2%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
46.63 MB/s ∼2%
Read 512 (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
40.55 MB/s ∼2%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
30.12 MB/s ∼2%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
35.51 MB/s ∼2%
Write Seq (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
93.74 MB/s ∼4%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
119.9 MB/s ∼5% +28%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
101.2 MB/s ∼4% +8%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
107.4 MB/s ∼4% +15%
Read Seq (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
85.27 MB/s ∼3%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
115.8 MB/s ∼4% +36%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
104.3 MB/s ∼3% +22%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
108.1 MB/s ∼3% +27%

* ... smaller is better

Discussion

Graphics Card

The dedicated GeForce 920M is an entry-level graphics card. Although it brings a significant performance gain compared to the processor graphics, it is hardly suitable for gaming with high resolutions. Both, the HP Pavilion 17 and the Asus F751 come with a GeForce 940M, which works even faster.

3DMark 11 Performance
1899 points
3DMark (2013) Ice Storm Standard Score
41316 points
3DMark (2013) Cloud Gate Standard Score
5288 points
3DMark (2013) Fire Strike Standard Score
1028 points
Help
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
1800 Points ∼15%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
1808 Points ∼16%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
1799 Points ∼15%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
671 Points ∼6%
1280x720 Performance Physics (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
3992 Points ∼30%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
4226 Points ∼32%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
3336 Points ∼25%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
2969 Points ∼22%
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
2366 Points ∼8%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
2410 Points ∼8%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
2395 Points ∼8%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
670 Points ∼2%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
1899 Points ∼9%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
2438 Points ∼12% +28%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
2487 Points ∼12% +31%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
2417 Points ∼11% +27%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
758 Points ∼4% -60%
3DMark (2013)
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Physics (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
3913 Points ∼24%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
2303 Points ∼14% -41%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
4934 Points ∼30% +26%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
3531 Points ∼21% -10%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
3275 Points ∼20% -16%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
1132 Points ∼5%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
1601 Points ∼7% +41%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
1617 Points ∼7% +43%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
1515 Points ∼6% +34%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
528 Points ∼2% -53%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
1028 Points ∼4%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
1333 Points ∼6% +30%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
1409 Points ∼6% +37%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
1321 Points ∼6% +29%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
466 Points ∼2% -55%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
2798 Points ∼7%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
3453 Points ∼9% +23%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
3461 Points ∼9% +24%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
2529 Points ∼6% -10%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
2149 Points ∼5% -23%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
7092 Points ∼5%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
8764 Points ∼6% +24%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
8776 Points ∼6% +24%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
8750 Points ∼6% +23%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
4333 Points ∼3% -39%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
5288 Points ∼16%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
6531 Points ∼20% +24%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
6543 Points ∼20% +24%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
5657 Points ∼17% +7%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
3534 Points ∼11% -33%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
32303 Points ∼21%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
38788 Points ∼25% +20%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
39720 Points ∼26% +23%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
27360 Points ∼18% -15%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
22343 Points ∼14% -31%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
44895 Points ∼6%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
45581 Points ∼6% +2%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
44702 Points ∼6% 0%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
39342 Points ∼5% -12%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
28425 Points ∼4% -37%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
41316 Points ∼22%
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
43873 Points ∼24% +6%
Asus F751LB-T4030H
43489 Points ∼24% +5%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
35852 Points ∼19% -13%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
26803 Points ∼15% -35%

Gaming Performance

In principle, gaming is possible with the GeForce 920M. However: Only games that are several years old and less demanding like "Diablo III” can run relatively smoothly in native resolution. Even the four years old "Skyrim" only achieves fairly smooth 34 frames per second with medium settings.

Those who only want to play simple games from the Windows app store or browser games should not have any problems. But, even strategy games like "StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm" bring the graphics card to its limits. Newer and more demanding 3D games are hardly fun and some of these do not even run smoothly with the lowest settings.

low med. high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 5534.219.814fps
Diablo III (2012) 110.369.255.436.1fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 15572.832.812.5fps
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014) 37.131.114.2fps
Sims 4 (2014) 175.87329.822.7fps
Fifa 15 (2014) 68.352.433.2fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 29.318.79.85.3fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 4428.112.37.1fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 33.1207.25fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 31.62713.58.9fps
The Crew (2014) 27.121.112.37.2fps
Evolve (2015) 24.317.98.97.2fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 42.23011.47fps
GTA V (2015) 55.937.28.72.3fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 134.231.115.912fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 19.211.16.53.6fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 141176fps

Emissions

System Noise

The Dell Inspiron 17-5758 test model is louder than its predecessor and most of the comparison devices. This is partly due to the hard drive, which is very audible with 33.1 dB(A), when you come closer to the device. However, if the load is not too high, the fans remain off. Thus, the system noise is quite comfortable while idling. The DVD drive also works relatively quietly.

Under load the notebook generates up to 45.6 dB(A), which is very audible and clearly louder than the comparison devices. Only, the HP Pavilion 17 can get even louder. At least, the fan noise is still comfortable, but the frequency of the noise should definitely not be higher.

Noise Level

Idle
31.6 / 31.6 / 32.9 dB(A)
HDD
33.1 dB(A)
DVD
36.2 / dB(A)
Load
45.4 / 45.6 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Under load, we measured a very high temperature of up to 54.1 °C (~129 °F) in the upper left area of the keyboard, i.e. around the Escape key! This is definitely too high, even though it is limited to a small spot. Fortunately, the underside remains cooler and the palm rest is always comfortably cool.

While idling, the case gets only slightly warm, particularly in the right front area, which is exactly opposite to the hot spot under load. However, the heating is significantly less noticeable.

During our stress test, graphics card and processor are stressed for a longer time. After a while, the processor just reaches clock rates of 2 GHz. However, the clock rate is also not higher without active graphics card. Thus, throttling is not caused by simultaneous use of GPU and CPU in this case. The reason is more likely to be that the CPU already reaches temperatures of about 100 °C (~212 °F) after a short time, which is too hot for permanent use and could decrease the lifespan. The GeForce 920M can work at its maximum clock for the whole time and with 75 °C (~167 °F), does also not get too hot.

Max. Load
 54.1 °C38 °C27.5 °C 
 38.5 °C37.5 °C27.6 °C 
 31 °C30 °C30 °C 
Maximum: 54.1 °C
Average: 34.9 °C
27.1 °C33 °C43 °C
26.8 °C33.4 °C38.6 °C
29.2 °C31.7 °C33.8 °C
Maximum: 43 °C
Average: 33 °C
Power Supply (max.)  55.1 °C | Room Temperature 24.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The speakers sit below the front edge and deliver an acceptable sound. Even bass is noticeable. The maximum volume is good, but the sound is rather crackled and distorted at maximum volume, especially low tones. The sound is slightly dull in general, but the speakers can be used for occasional videos or songs. You will get clear sound without distortions via headphones and 3.5 mm jack.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The energy consumption is slightly higher than the predecessor's while idling. Nevertheless, the Dell Inspiron 17-5758 performs well in this respect. You should consider that unlike the predecessor, our test model has a dedicated graphics card and that the Inspiron 17-5758's energy demand is very low compared to other devices.

The maximum of 40.8 watts is by far the lowest among the comparison devices. For example, the HP Pavilion 17 requires above 61 watts. However, you should remember that our test model cannot use its full CPU potential due to throttling. The idle consumption is significantly lower than those of the HP Pavilion 17, the Acer TravelMate P276 or the Asus F571LB.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 9.2 / 9.4 Watt
Load midlight 40.4 / 40.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Asus F751LB-T4030H
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
Power Consumption
-27%
-18%
-35%
6%
Idle Minimum *45.3
-33%
3.9
2%
6.7
-68%
3.8
5%
Idle Average *9.210
-9%
11.6
-26%
11.8
-28%
8.6
7%
Idle Maximum *9.410.8
-15%
12.2
-30%
12.3
-31%
9.8
-4%
Load Average *40.451.7
-28%
41.3
-2%
46.8
-16%
28.2
30%
Load Maximum *40.861.6
-51%
55.6
-36%
53.5
-31%
44.1
-8%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The battery life of the Dell Inspiron 17-5758 is roughly on par with the predecessor's. The slightly shorter Wi-Fi runtime is due to our new Wi-Fi test, which uses modern Internet technology and is, thus, more demanding.

The idle runtime of the HP Pavilion 17 or the Acer TravelMate P276 is significantly longer: Our test model shuts down after 7:28 hours.

Overall, the Dell Inspiron 17-5758 achieves quite passable battery runtimes with its 40 Wh battery, even more so, in view of the fact that 17-inch notebooks are mostly used in a fixed place.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 28min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
4h 03min
DVD
4h 11min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 47min
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
HP Pavilion 17-g013ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Asus F751LB-T4030H
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
Battery Runtime
5%
-4%
12%
-2%
Reader / Idle448615
37%
583
30%
461
3%
Load10776
-29%
101
-6%
101
-6%
WiFi v1.3243261
7%
234
-4%
WiFi277302

Pro

+ simple, elegant design
+ good WiFi reception
+ replaceable battery
+ good maintainability
+ precise touchpad
+ matte Full HD display
+ decent speakers

Cons

- case twists
- few interfaces
- no Gigabit LAN
- only 12 months warranty
- keyboard clatters
- dark display
- unnatural colors
- CPU throttles
- gets too hot
- loud hard drive

Verdict

In review: Dell Inspiron 17-5758. Test model provided by Dell Germany.
In review: Dell Inspiron 17-5758. Test model provided by Dell Germany.

The predecessor was good. The Dell Inspiron 17-5758 is only a small update, and many of our points of critique remained unchanged: There are still only a few interfaces, which are unfavorably placed, but at least they are no longer too close to each other. Gigabit LAN is missing and the warranty ends after 12 months. We miss the metal lid of the predecessor, since it was elegant and ensured a slightly better stability of the case. Thus, the chassis of the Dell Inspiron 17-5758 appears only modest.

The device is too loud under load and the dedicated graphics card is hardly suitable for current games. Under full load, the device gets too hot on the upper side. Thus, the processor throttles under full load.

However, we liked the matte IPS display, which should be brighter and have more accurate colors. The ClickPad impresses with its high precision, and the power consumption is pleasingly low. In addition, the Wi-Fi reception is flawless this time and is now supporting  the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The GeForce 920M even offers basic gaming capabilities.

Thus, the Dell Inspiron 17-5758 is a mixed bag. Although the predecessor had drawbacks, it appeared more balanced. Other multimedia notebooks offer significantly more for the same price.

Dell Inspiron 17-5758 - 08/28/2015 v4(old)
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
78%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
58 / 81 → 72%
Weight
58 / 67 → 81%
Battery
84%
Display
82%
Games Performance
76 / 85 → 89%
Application Performance
73 / 92 → 79%
Temperature
84%
Noise
79 / 95 → 83%
Audio
73%
Camera
49 / 85 → 58%
Add Points
-1%
Average
69%
78%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2015-09- 9 (Update: 2015-09-10)