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Dell Inspiron 15R SE

Specifications

Dell Inspiron 15R SE
Dell Inspiron 15R SE (Inspiron 15R SE Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-3612QM 4 x 2.1 - 3.1 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 7730M - 2048 MB VRAM, Core: 575 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, Umschaltbar auf Intel HD Graphics 4000
Memory
8 GB 
, 2x 4 GB DDR3
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, AU Optronics B156HW2, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM77 (Panther Point)
Storage
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0, 1024 GB 
, 5400 rpm
Soundcard
Conexant
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone jack, microphone, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC(+), MS (PRO), xD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
PLDS DVDRW/BDROM DS-6E2SH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 36 x 379 x 255 ( = 1.42 x 14.92 x 10.04 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1 MP
Additional features
Keyboard Light: no
Weight
2.9 kg ( = 102.29 oz / 6.39 pounds), Power Supply: 470 g ( = 16.58 oz / 1.04 pounds)
Price
900 Euro

 

Price comparison

Average Score: 77.5% - good
Average of 8 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 83%, performance: 82%, features: 77%, display: 82% mobility: 62%, workmanship: 75%, ergonomy: 75%, emissions: 83%

Reviews for the Dell Inspiron 15R SE

82% Review Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Notebook | Notebookcheck
Oh so special. Dell introduces the new and completely redesigned Inspiron notebooks - including two SE (Special Edition) models - the Inspiron 15R SE and 17R SE. Aluminum accent panels for the chassis, a more powerful graphics card and a better display all help differentiate the SE models from the standard.
70% Dell Inspiron 15R SE
Source: Techreview Source English Archive.org version
Dell brings together a beautiful 1080p 15-inch display, a Blu-ray player and solid performance with the Inspiron 15R SE. It also features customizable lids to make it personalized to your liking but it does have below average battery life and is heavier than other similar laptops.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/04/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Dell 15R SE – Review
Source: Gadgetmix English Archive.org version
The 48W battery delivers an acceptable 3 hours of WiFi-surfing, which is a fair compromise for such a capable laptop. And that’s probably the only weak point for the Dell Inspiron 15R SE – otherwise it offers a fantastic display, first-rate input options, good port selection, impressive audio, and is well-suited for even moderate video-editing suites… priced at about $1000.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/03/2012
70% Dell Inspiron 15R SE Review
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
The $1,099 Dell Inspiron 15R SE has a lot of things to offer multimedia mavens, including an attractive design, a glare-free full HD screen and plenty of audio oomph. While this notebook doesn't offer best-in-class performance, its third-generation Intel Core i7 processor and AMD GPU can handle any workload along with the most popular games.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
83% Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition review
Source: PC Pro English Archive.org version
Aside from the looks, the battery life is the only area of concern, and even then 5hrs 27mins in our light-use test isn’t a complete disaster. This adds up to a laptop that, while not pretty, will certainly get the job done. However, for a little more elegance, better all-round build quality and a little less cash, you can buy the Asus N56VM - and that's why it's still our favourite.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/24/2012
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 67% ergonomy: 67%
80% Dell Inspiron 15R SE review
Source: Pocket Lint English Archive.org version
The Dell Inspiron 15R SE reminds us of the fat, ugly kid in the class. Y'know, the one that had all the brains too? We may not find the 15R SE the laptop that we're most drawn to, but boy does it deliver on the power front considering the price. Battery life is a letdown, but otherwise this affordable laptop could make an ideal desktop replacement or all-round family computer. It will handle almost anything you throw at it and, over time, you will even grow to love it thanks to what's on its inside. And that's what counts.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
65% Dell New! Inspiron 15R Special Edition Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English Archive.org version
The Dell New! Inspiron 15R Special Edition starts at a price tag of Rs.50,490, which is the cost of the model we reviewed. It feels a little bit expensive and perhaps a higher resolution screen would have balanced it out a bit. If you don’t care about the Skullcandy branded speakers then the standard version of the 15R is also a very good choice as you get a similar configuration (Core i5-3210M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, AMD HD 7670M) for just Rs.42,500. A more powerful 15-incher would be the Asus K55VM for a few grand more. If you’re looking for something more portable without sacrificing performance then we recommend you look at the Sony VAIO SVE series. The 15R Special Edition is well built notebook but the heavy weight and average battery life is a bit of a put off.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2012
Rating: Total score: 65%
80% Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition review
Source: CNet English Archive.org version
The Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition certainly isn't the slimmest or lightest 15-inch laptop you could buy. It is packed to the gills with powerful components though, making it well suited to a family with higher technological demands than basic web browsing. The Full HD screen and Blu-ray drive also make it ideal for movie lovers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Schwarzes Chamäleon – 15,6-Zöller mit Full-HD und wechselbarem Displaycover
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2012
Rating: performance: 70% features: 90% display: 70% mobility: 30% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50%
Dell Inspiron 15R SE - Gelungene Neuauflage
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/21/2012
90% Preisbewusste Special Edition
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2012
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 85%
Mit Wechsel-Cover und mattem Display: Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition im Test
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Very good price/performance ratio; broad port variety; good graphics performance Negative: deficient workmanship and keyboard; short battery runtime
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2012

Comment

AMD Radeon HD 7730M: Upcoming performance-class-GPU based on the GCN architecture and produced in 28nm.

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.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


3612QM: An Ivy Bridge-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.1 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.1 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4000 GPU running at 650-1100 MHz on a dual channel DDR3 memory controller. The speciality of the i7-3612QM is the low TDP of 35 Watt compared to 45 Watt of the other Ivy Bridge quad core CPUs (e.g. 3610QM).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15.60":

15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.

The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.

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


2.9 kg:

With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.


Dell: Dell is a U.S. manufacturer (based in Texas) of computer hardware founded in 1984 and is one of the largest international manufacturers in terms of both market share and notebook models. Its product line includes desktops, notebooks, storage systems, monitors, servers, printers, consumer electronics and peripherals. Dell offers laptops that are suitable for various applications, such as business laptops, gaming laptops, ultra portables and workstations. Dell's business laptops from the Latitude and Precision series are an option for professional users and businesses.

In 2023, Dell had an approximate 17% market share of global PC sales, ranking #3 after Lenovo and HP.

For gaming enthusiasts, Dell's Alienware brand is for gaming notebooks.


77.5%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.


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

 

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Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Asus N56DP-DH11
Radeon HD 7730M, A-Series A10-4600M
Dell Inspiron 15R SE-7520
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Current Prices
Stefan Hinum, 2012-07-23 (Update: 2012-07-23)