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Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357 (8250U, SSD, HDD, FHD) Laptop Review

Sebastian Bade, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Sabrina Hartmann), 02/22/2018

A multimedia device with flaws. The Inspiron 17 is based on Intel's most recent generation of processors. However, customers should pay attention to the configuration because the versatility of a multimedia device is very limited without a dedicated graphics card.

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The Dell Inspiron 17-5770 is a midrange multimedia device. With an up-to-date 8th generation Intel Core processor, it delivers a solid performance, even though the lowest-priced device (618 Euros/~$760) is equipped with a no longer recommendable Intel Core i3-6006U. Our test version of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770 is available for 749 Euros (~$922). With the Intel Core i5-8250U, it has a cutting-edge SoC with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and two storage devices (a 128-GB SSD and a 1-TB HDD). However, in the two lower-priced configurations, Dell has refrained from installing a dedicated graphics card, which is only available in combination with the slightly faster Intel Core i7-8550U, in the form of an AMD Radeon 530 with 4 GB of VRAM. In this configuration with the same memory setup, the purchase price rises to 950 Euros ($1170). Users who would like to double the amount of memory (RAM, SSD and HDD) have to expect a price of about 1100 Euros (~$1355) for the high-end configuration.

We have used recent multimedia devices as comparison devices. Please see our table below for a list including the most important technical details.

Dell Inspiron 17-7773 Acer Aspire 5 A517 HP Pavilion 17z HP Omen 17 Acer Aspire F17 F5 Acer Swift 3 SF315
CPU Intel Core i7-8550U Intel Core i7-8550U AMD A12-9720P Intel Core i7-7700HQ Intel Core i5-7200U Ryzen 5 2500U
GPU Nvidia GeForce MX150 Nvidia GeForce MX150 AMD Radeon R7 M340 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
Display 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 (IPS) 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 (IPS) 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 (IPS) 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 (IPS) 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 (TN) 15.6 inch 1920 x 1080 (IPS)
RAM 16 GB 8 GB 8 GB 16 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Storage 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD
Rating 84% 85% 76% 81% 80% 82%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357 (Inspiron 17 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 22.20.16.4749
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, single-channel, 1 of 2 slots occupied, max. 16 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AUO109D (AU Optronics), IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
SK hynix SC311 M.2, 128 GB 
, M.2 SSD + Seagate ST1000LM035, 1 TB HDD, 5400 RPM, 1010 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: stereo, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller 10/100 (10MBit), Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU90N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 415.4 x 279.2 ( = 0.98 x 16.35 x 10.99 in)
Battery
42 Wh, 3500 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, power supply, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.712 kg ( = 95.66 oz / 5.98 pounds), Power Supply: 271 g ( = 9.56 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
749 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The case is convincing in its simplicity and the matte silver surfaces give a high-quality impression. Users who prefer a black display lid can choose this option during the ordering process for a surcharge of 4 Euros (~$5). There are no other configuration options available for the case of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770. The base is robust and cannot be twisted much despite its size, even though the display lid could have been a bit more solid. Nevertheless, it performed very well in our pressure test, as there were no visible ripples on the panel. The base, however, revealed its weak point in the middle where it yielded slightly during our pressure test. The case cannot be opened with one hand because the hinges are simply too stiff for that. They prevent any bouncing with vibrations, though. The manufacturer advertizes the device's long-lasting functionality with a series of stress tests. Overall, the case and the flawless build quality were very convincing.

Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357

Size Comparison

The Dell Inspiron 17-5770 has a size of 415 x 279 millimeters (~16.3 x 11 in), which places it in the midfield of comparison devices. Its thickness of 25 millimeters (~1 in) does not stand out negatively either. The Inspiron 17-5770 can score with its weight of just 2.7 kilograms (~6 lb). Only the HP Pavilion 17z can keep up, having the same weight of 2.7 kilograms (~6 lb). All of the other competitors are heavier in comparison. The small 45-watt power adapter is rather lightweight at 271 grams (~9.6 oz) as well.

Connectivity

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The Dell Inspiron 17-5770 did not convince us in terms of its connectivity. It is simply no longer up-to-date to offer only three USB ports, of which only one supports the 2.0 standard. A fourth USB port should be a given. Unfortunately, our test device also does not offer a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, even though it was listed on the manufacturer's website at first glance. A closer look at the descriptions of the different configurations revealed that this port is optional. Only the configuration variant with dedicated graphics card offers the up-to-date port. Other than the aforementioned ports, there is also an HDMI output, a memory card reader as well as an RJ45 connector and an optical drive, which is not necessarily standard any longer. The positioning of the ports is good and leaves enough space in between.

Left: power-in, HDMI, RJ45, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, audio port
Left: power-in, HDMI, RJ45, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, audio port
Right: 3-in-1 SD card reader, USB 2.0, optical drive, Noble lock
Right: 3-in-1 SD card reader, USB 2.0, optical drive, Noble lock
Front: no ports
Front: no ports
Back: no ports
Back: no ports

SD Card Reader

The positioning already shows that the installed memory card reader works at only the USB 2.0 speed. Our measurement results confirm this, as our test device sadly ranks last with 24.1 and 16.9 MB/s. For this test, we used our reference card Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II. We recommend an adapter for the USB 3 port for users who want to transfer large amounts of data via the memory card reader frequently. Inserted data storage devices protrude clearly from the slot, which is not good either.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Omen 17-w206ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼100% +215%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.9 MB/s ∼99% +211%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
60.5 MB/s ∼80% +151%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
 
32.4 MB/s ∼43% +34%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.94 MB/s ∼35% +12%
Dell Inspiron 17-7773-0043
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.2 MB/s ∼34% +9%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.1 MB/s ∼32%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼100% +415%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼100% +415%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84 MB/s ∼97% +397%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
36.92 MB/s ∼42% +118%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
 
35 MB/s ∼40% +107%
Dell Inspiron 17-7773-0043
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28.5 MB/s ∼33% +69%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
16.9 MB/s ∼19%

Communication

Wi-Fi module
Wi-Fi module

For external communication, the Dell Inspiron 17-5570 utilizes a 1x1 dual band AC Wi-Fi module by Qualcomm, which also offers Bluetooth in the version 4.1. During our measurements, the Dell Inspiron 17-5570 achieved a transfer rate of 308 MBit/s for data transmission and 338 MBit/s for data reception. Our test device had to acknowledge defeat against most competitors in this area, even though the HP Pavilion 17z comes in last by a large margin. Users might now speculate about being able to transfer more data via the Ethernet port, but sadly this is not possible because Dell has installed just a 10/100 NIC. Only a USB 3 to RJ45 adapter can provide a remedy to be able to reach transfer speeds in the GBit range.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
687 MBit/s ∼100% +103%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
579 MBit/s ∼84% +71%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
347 MBit/s ∼51% +3%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
344 MBit/s ∼50% +2%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
338 MBit/s ∼49%
Dell Inspiron 17-7773-0043
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
302 MBit/s ∼44% -11%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Realtek RTL8188E Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
44.7 MBit/s ∼7% -87%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
542 MBit/s ∼100% +76%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
484 MBit/s ∼89% +57%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
342 MBit/s ∼63% +11%
Dell Inspiron 17-7773-0043
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
341 MBit/s ∼63% +11%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
310 MBit/s ∼57% +1%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
308 MBit/s ∼57%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Realtek RTL8188E Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
47 MBit/s ∼9% -85%

Security

Fingerprint sensor
Fingerprint sensor

Even though the Dell Inspiron 17-5770 is a multimedia laptop, it still offers some security features. There is a Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) and a mechanism to secure the laptop with a Noble lock. We liked the fingerprint sensor that is integrated into the power-on button. After a quick adjustment of the settings, the user can conveniently sign in to Windows with the touch of a finger (Windows Hello). MacAfee LiveSafe is the device's software solution for security and is already pre-installed. A 12-month subscription for private users is included in the purchase price and the subscription can be renewed for up to 36 months for a one-time surcharge of 29 Euros (~$36). This information stems from the Dell Shop.

Accessories

When purchasing a Dell Inspiron 17-5770, the included accessories are a power adapter as well as a quick-start guide and the mandatory safety instructions. Optional accessories can be selected on the manufacturer's website during the ordering process. For example, a laptop backpack, a separate mouse, or a powerful USB headset can be ordered with the device.

Maintenance

The Inspiron 17-5770 compensates for the lack of a maintenance hatch with a relatively easy to remove base plate, which can be carefully extracted with the right tool after taking out the optical drive and the numerous screws. This makes it possible to exchange the storage or expand the RAM without any problems. The cooler can also be cleaned easily.

The Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357 without base plate
The Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357 without base plate

Warranty

Warranty options (source: www.dell.com/de)
Warranty options (source: www.dell.com/de)

Users who purchase this laptop directly from the manufacturer (Dell Online Shop) receive the so-called Basic Package, which includes a one-year pick-up-and-repair hardware support. Optionally, this warranty can be extended for up to four years. However, the Premium Support Plus warranty would require a one-time surcharge of 311 Euros (~$383; for 48 months).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
The keyboard of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357

The chiclet keyboard of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770 has been integrated directly into the surface of the base unit so that the wrist rest and keys are at the same height. At 16 x 16 millimeters (~0.63 x 0.63 in), the keys have a sufficient size and a good grip thanks to the roughened surfaces. The layout requires the arrow keys to be smaller, which takes some time to get used to at the beginning. The white labeling makes the keys easy to see, even though Dell has refrained from installing any backlighting for this keyboard. The pressure point is clear and distinct and in combination with the short travel and the crisp keystroke, the keyboard makes for a good typing experience. Even in the long run, the keyboard should keep working reliably, as Dell has performed an endurance test with it and advertizes its durability.

Touchpad

The touchpad of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
The touchpad of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357

At 10.5 x 8 centimeters (~4.1 x 3.1 in), the ClickPad has exactly the same size as that of the Dell Inspiron 17-7773. Matching the color of its surroundings, the input surface is almost at the same height as the two wrist rests. The roughened input surface lets the mouse cursor glide over the screen fast. However, the input device has small areas at the edges and especially in the corners where it reacts less accurately. This hardly matters in everyday use, though, because of the rather generous input surface. The two integrated buttons at the lower edge feature a short travel and produce a quiet clicking noise when used.

Display

Subpixels
Subpixels
Clearly visible clouding
Clearly visible clouding

The display installed in our test device is a panel with 1920x1080 pixels by AU Optronics. This means that the 17.3-inch display has a pixel density of 127 PPI. There is no 4K display offered as an alternative. At only 262 cd/m², the Dell Inspiron 17-5770's matte IPS panel has the lowest average brightness of all comparison devices. Despite the average brightness, the very low black value of 0.18 is still able to provide a good contrast (1538:1). The brightness distribution of 85% is still acceptable, even though the HP Pavilion had the best result at 91%. The screen bleeding was quite noticeable and impossible to ignore, especially at the two upper corners. There was clearly visible clouding at the edges and in the corners as well. Our test device did not utilize PWM to regulate the display brightness, which is a clear advantage for the Dell Inspiron 17-5770.

285
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 285 cd/m² Average: 262.1 cd/m² Minimum: 16.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 279 cd/m²
Contrast: 1550:1 (Black: 0.18 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.58 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.75 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
88% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 58% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.57
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
AUO109D (AU Optronics), 1920x1080, 17.3
Dell Inspiron 17-7773-0043
Chi Mei CMN1738, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
LG Display, LP173WF4-SPF5, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
ID: AUO109D, Name: AU Optronics B173HW01 V0, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Chi Mei CMN1738, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
AU Optronics B173HTN01.1, 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
-9%
-16%
-7%
-2%
2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 (20, 18)
40 (22, 18)
-5%
41 (19, 22)
-8%
40.8 (22, 18.8)
-7%
38 (20, 18)
-0%
43 (23, 20)
-13%
Response Time Black / White *
25 (14, 11)
28 (17, 11)
-12%
31 (17, 4)
-24%
26.4 (14, 12.4)
-6%
26 (15.6, 10.4)
-4%
21 (16, 5)
16%
PWM Frequency
1000 (90)
122000 (90)
200 (95)
1000 (100)
Screen
-20%
-6%
-15%
-19%
-77%
Brightness middle
279
323
16%
397
42%
333.5
20%
318
14%
339
22%
Brightness
262
290
11%
364
39%
323
23%
295
13%
315
20%
Brightness Distribution
85
77
-9%
84
-1%
91
7%
79
-7%
84
-1%
Black Level *
0.18
0.21
-17%
0.29
-61%
0.32
-78%
0.25
-39%
0.35
-94%
Contrast
1550
1538
-1%
1369
-12%
1042
-33%
1272
-18%
969
-37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.58
4.88
-36%
3.88
-8%
4
-12%
4.7
-31%
10.4
-191%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.98
8.86
-48%
8.22
-37%
6.9
-15%
8.8
-47%
15.96
-167%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.75
6.21
-126%
3.1
-13%
4.5
-64%
5
-82%
11.67
-324%
Gamma
2.57 86%
2.36 93%
2.59 85%
2.19 100%
2.28 96%
2.32 95%
CCT
6836 95%
6620 98%
6570 99%
6386 102%
7374 88%
13081 50%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
58
60
3%
55
-5%
57.5
-1%
61
5%
60
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88
92
5%
84
-5%
88.1
0%
93
6%
91
3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-15% / -18%
-11% / -8%
-11% / -14%
-11% / -16%
-38% / -64%

* ... smaller is better

Dell Inspiron 17-5770 vs. sRGB (88%)
Dell Inspiron 17-5770 vs. sRGB (88%)
Dell Inspiron 17-5770 vs. AdobeRGB (58%)
Dell Inspiron 17-5770 vs. AdobeRGB (58%)

The image quality is good, but the visible clouding repeatedly had a negative influence on dark scenes. The measured DeltaE deviations are relatively low and not far from the ideal value of 3. Out-of-the-box, we did not notice a blue cast, but we still conducted a calibration to have the ICC profile available for download (see the box above the comparison table). The color-space coverage is decent at 88% (sRGB) and 58% (AdobeRGB), but insufficient for professional use.

CalMAN: grayscales
CalMAN: grayscales
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: color saturation
CalMAN: color saturation

The matte display surface should provide the device with a good outdoor usability. However, the low display brightness (262 cd/m²) undermines this. Users who absolutely want to or have to work outdoors will be forced to find a place in the shade.

The Dell Inspiron 17-5770 in bright sunshine
The Dell Inspiron 17-5770 in bright sunshine
The Dell Inspiron 17-5770 in the shade
The Dell Inspiron 17-5770 in the shade

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 39 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 34 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9164 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The viewing-angle test shows a typical IPS panel with minimal problems in the corner images. We have seen this effect frequently with other devices. However, this does not limit the everyday use in any way because the phenomenon is only visible at a very flat and slanted angle.

Performance

The performance of our test device is sufficient for most daily tasks since Dell has utilized the most recent generation of Intel processors in the form of an Intel Core i5-8250U. We cannot, however, recommend the entry-level device based on a significantly older Intel Core i3-6006U. Users who do not want to do without a dedicated graphics card will have to choose a device based on an Intel Core i7-8550U. Unfortunately, only users buying the high-end variant will be able to enjoy a dedicated AMD Radeon 530, which comes with a separate 4 GB of VRAM.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC latencies
Intel Extreme Utility
Intel Extreme Utility (Benchmark)

Processor

Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel Core i5-8250U

The Intel Core i5-8250U is a very energy-efficient quad-core processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture. The TDP is 15 watts, but the SoC still offers four physical cores which can process up to eight threads at once. The processor clocks at 1.6 GHz (base clock speed) and can reach up to 3.4 GHz dynamically, depending on the load. The benchmark results show that the Intel Core i5-8250U can reach its full potential in our test device. Even the Acer Aspire 5 with a supposedly faster i7 processor was left behind by our test device in the multi-thread benchmark. Power Target and Temperature Target play an important role in combination with a good cooling system. It seems that Dell did their homework here. For comparative purposes, we have also included the most recent AMD model in our test. In direct comparison, the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U and the Intel Core i5-8250U from our test device were nearly equal.

You can find additional benchmarks for the Intel Core i5-8250U here.

We used the Cinebench R15 Multi loop to measure the processor's performance under constant load. The diagram reveals that the high multi-thread performance is achieved only in the first run. The result fell to 597 points during the second iteration and then stabilized with very few exceptions.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
171 Points ∼100% +20%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼93% +11%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼84%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
140 Points ∼82% -2%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼75% -10%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
69 Points ∼40% -52%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
729 Points ∼100% +15%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Intel Core i5-8250U
636 Points ∼87%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
589 (min: 499, max: 552) Points ∼81% -7%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
585 Points ∼80% -8%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
327 (min: 320, max: 340) Points ∼45% -49%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
229 Points ∼31% -64%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.95 Points ∼100% +19%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼93% +10%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.64 Points ∼84%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
1.6 Points ∼82% -2%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.48 Points ∼76% -10%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
0.94 Points ∼48% -43%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.09 Points ∼100% +16%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Intel Core i5-8250U
6.96 Points ∼86%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.44 Points ∼80% -7%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
5.71 Points ∼71% -18%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.68 Points ∼45% -47%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
2.7 Points ∼33% -61%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
281.82 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
253.52 Points ∼90%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
209 Points ∼74%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
203.89 Points ∼72%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
115.86 Points ∼41%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
41706 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
31417 Points ∼75%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
29587 Points ∼71%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
19138 Points ∼46%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
1188.5 ms * ∼100%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
943.7 ms * ∼79%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6773
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
19908
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5534
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6887 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
27048 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7069 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
39.8 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.64 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
636 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
143 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
43.89 fps
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System Performance

The interaction between the installed components is good, which is reflected in the good benchmark results. The SSD plays an important role in this, contributing to the system running smoothly. There is some potential for an even higher performance after upgrading the system with a second RAM module, as the memory is currently working in single-channel mode. The integrated graphics unit Intel UHD Graphics 620 could benefit from this upgrade as well.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
5193 Points ∼100% +8%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
4804 Points ∼93%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4205 Points ∼81% -12%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Vega 8, 2500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3797 Points ∼73% -21%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
3518 Points ∼68% -27%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4216 Points ∼100% +13%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3910 Points ∼93% +5%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
3722 Points ∼88%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Vega 8, 2500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3450 Points ∼82% -7%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3372 Points ∼80% -9%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
2783 Points ∼66% -25%
PCMark 10
Productivity
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
6961 Points ∼100% +18%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
5917 Points ∼85%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
3840 Points ∼55% -35%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Vega 8, 2500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3113 Points ∼45% -47%
Score
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3916 Points ∼100% +59%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Vega 8, 2500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
2501 Points ∼64% +1%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
2465 Points ∼63%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
2235 Points ∼57% -9%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3722 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4760 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4804 points
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Storage Devices

128-GB SSD
128-GB SSD

The installed storage solution in our test device is a combination of an SSD, which includes the operating system, and a regular hard drive. The SSD by SK Hynix comes in the M.2 2280 format and is only just sufficient with 128 GB of storage space. In our opinion, it should never be any less than that. However, the SSD is no miracle of performance, as the measurement results of the benchmarks show. In comparison to a regular hard drive, the SSD can take a clear lead, though. We were pleased with the 4K read values which never slipped below the 20 MB/s mark. There is an additional storage device in the form of a Seagate hard drive with 1 TB of storage space. With an average transfer rate of 108.5 MB/s, the HDD can hold its own, especially with the platters spinning at 5400 RPM.

SSD in the M.2 2280 format
SSD in the M.2 2280 format
2.5-inch hard drive (built-in)
2.5-inch hard drive (built-in)
2.5-inch hard drive (removed)
2.5-inch hard drive (removed)
AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 3 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (SSD)
CrystalDiskInfo (SSD)
CrystalDiskInfo (SSD)
HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark 3 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 3 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (HDD)
CrystalDiskInfo (HDD)
CrystalDiskInfo (HDD)
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
SK hynix SC311 M.2
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
43%
-85%
270%
-86%
111%
Write 4k QD32
144.9
237.7
64%
1.076
-99%
504.7
248%
0.828
-99%
155
7%
Read 4k QD32
170.1
247.4
45%
1.021
-99%
587.9
246%
0.666
-100%
235.5
38%
Write 4k
76.45
81.44
7%
0.3997
-99%
155.6
104%
0.831
-99%
81.65
7%
Read 4k
27.33
27.58
1%
0.31
-99%
59.93
119%
0.331
-99%
20.46
-25%
Write 512
139.3
302.5
117%
47.07
-66%
805
478%
27.34
-80%
605.6
335%
Read 512
349.1
295.6
-15%
28.47
-92%
846.3
142%
28.89
-92%
836.5
140%
Write Seq
170.3
385.6
126%
90.25
-47%
1176
591%
103.1
-39%
601.1
253%
Read Seq
481.4
480.1
0%
89.96
-81%
1606
234%
107.1
-78%
1130
135%
SK hynix SC311 M.2
Transfer Rate Minimum: 64.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 139.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 108.5 MB/s
Access Time: 18.9 ms
Burst Rate: 114.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.7 %

Graphics Performance

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 takes care of video output. It does not receive any support in the form of a dedicated graphics card in our test device. Hence, the graphics performance does not suffice to beat the competitors, all of which use a dedicated graphics card. A second RAM module could improve the performance of the Intel UHD Graphics 620 slightly. However, users should not expect too much from the dual-channel mode. The AMD Radeon 530, which can be found in the high-end hardware of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770, should be slightly better than the AMD Radeon R7 M340 performance-wise.

Additional benchmarks for the Intel UHD Graphics 620 can be found here.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3542 Points ∼100% +281%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
3511 Points ∼99% +278%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
2109 Points ∼60% +127%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon R7 M340, AMD A12-9720P
1926 Points ∼54% +107%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
930 Points ∼26%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
21659 Points ∼100% +171%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
18188 Points ∼84% +128%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
14338 Points ∼66% +80%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon R7 M340, AMD A12-9720P
10116 Points ∼47% +27%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
7983 Points ∼37%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Omen 17-w206ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9482 Points ∼100% +485%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
4519 Points ∼48% +179%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
4231 Points ∼45% +161%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon R7 M340, AMD A12-9720P
3597 Points ∼38% +122%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
3457 Points ∼36% +113%
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1622 Points ∼17%
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark 11 Performance
1768 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
56493 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7647 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
878 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
419 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
376 points
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Gaming Performance

Because of the low 3D performance, the Dell Inspiron 17-5770 in our test configuration is not suitable for gaming. However, simple browser games at least should be possible with the Inspiron 17.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 52.627.622.87.6fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 15.69.9fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 17.111.86.8fps

Emissions

System Noise

System noise
System noise

It is not possible for the Dell Inspiron 17-5770 to run the system entirely without noise. Even in idle mode, there is a minimal base noise coming from the case. Furthermore, the hard drive causes some background noise, but it can barely be classified as annoying. There was no excessive clattering noise caused by the hard drive of our test sample. However, the small cooler speeds up under load and calls attention to itself at 44.4 dB(A). In comparison, this puts the Inspiron on the next to last place of our ranking. Only the HP Omen 17 is even louder.

The Dell Inspiron 17-5770's cooling unit
The Dell Inspiron 17-5770's cooling unit
A cooling fan can be found inside.
A cooling fan can be found inside.

Noise Level

Idle
31.1 / 31.1 / 31.1 dB(A)
HDD
31.8 dB(A)
DVD
34.7 / dB(A)
Load
44.4 / 41.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.1 dB(A)
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Vega 8, 2500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Noise
9%
1%
-12%
7%
5%
off / environment *
30.1
29.4
2%
28
7%
30
-0%
30
-0%
31.8
-6%
Idle Minimum *
31.1
30.1
3%
30.4
2%
34
-9%
31.5
-1%
31.8
-2%
Idle Average *
31.1
30.1
3%
30.5
2%
35
-13%
31.5
-1%
32.1
-3%
Idle Maximum *
31.1
29.7
5%
30.5
2%
36
-16%
31.6
-2%
32.1
-3%
Load Average *
44.4
34.4
23%
41.5
7%
47
-6%
31.7
29%
33
26%
Load Maximum *
41.7
34.4
18%
48.2
-16%
52
-25%
34.5
17%
34.8
17%
Witcher 3 ultra *
41.8
48
31.4

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.243.141.841.242.22541.639.941.939.941.63131.232.632.631.831.24031.630.832.331.731.65030.431.430.22930.46329.933.531.531.129.98028.528.427.328.728.51002828.429.930281252726.925.825.52716028.328.327.125.428.320024.927.324.124.424.92502626.724.623.22631525.827.623.122.425.840024.925.822.821.524.950023.82521.620.223.863024.826.62119.924.880026.528.821.11926.5100030.332.52118.530.3125029.731.718.817.929.7160030.933.118.617.230.9200032.734.717.61732.7250033.335.417.516.833.3315031.635.717.416.831.640003134.617.116.731500027.431.216.816.627.4630023.12716.816.723.1800021.324.816.916.821.31000019.321.916.916.719.31250018.220.316.816.718.21600017.819.316.916.817.8SPL41.744.431.130.141.7N3.64.51.61.43.6median 26.5median 27.6median 18.8median 17.9median 26.5Delta2.93.23.13.22.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseDell Inspiron 17-5770-0357

Temperature

3DMark 11 after the stress test
3DMark 11 after the stress test

The case of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770 does not heat up particularly under load. The warmest spot we measured was 37 °C (~99 °F) on the bottom of the base unit. A very good result, considering all of the competitors' devices became significantly warmer. To be fair, it should be mentioned that all of those are equipped with a dedicated graphics card, though. This additional source of heat was not present in our test sample. However, the stress test revealed that the cooling unit reaches its limits rather quickly. Even after only one iteration of the Cinebench R15 Multi loop, we measured a clear drop in performance. Only a few seconds after the start of the stress test with Prime95, temperatures shot up into a critical range. During our one-hour stress test, temperatures settled at about 79 to 84 °C (~174 to 183 °F). Despite the high temperatures, the Intel Core i5-8250U was able to keep its clock speed of 2.7 GHz. The 3D performance was not throttled much. The subsequent 3DMark 11 score of 1692 points is only slightly worse than after a cold boot.

Stress test: Prime95 solo
Stress test: Prime95 solo
Stress test: FurMark solo
Stress test: FurMark solo
Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
Max. Load
 25.5 °C
78 F
31.7 °C
89 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 25.6 °C
78 F
28.7 °C
84 F
32.1 °C
90 F
 
 24.7 °C
76 F
24.6 °C
76 F
25.1 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 32.6 °C = 91 F
Average: 27.8 °C = 82 F
36.6 °C
98 F
37 °C
99 F
27.5 °C
82 F
34 °C
93 F
35 °C
95 F
26.5 °C
80 F
27.1 °C
81 F
25.4 °C
78 F
24.9 °C
77 F
Maximum: 37 °C = 99 F
Average: 30.4 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  57.5 °C = 136 F | Room Temperature 22.6 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 27.8 °C / 82 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.6 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.8 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.5 °C / 79.7 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (+2.6 °C / 4.7 F).
Heat development top (idle)
Heat development top (idle)
Heat development bottom (idle)
Heat development bottom (idle)
Heat development top (load)
Heat development top (load)
Heat development bottom (load)
Heat development bottom (load)
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Vega 8, 2500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Heat
-2%
-17%
-36%
-23%
-15%
Maximum Upper Side *
32.6
40.4
-24%
40.8
-25%
55.6
-71%
41.9
-29%
41
-26%
Maximum Bottom *
37
37
-0%
41.6
-12%
57.7
-56%
55.8
-51%
41.1
-11%
Idle Upper Side *
28
25.3
10%
26.4
6%
32.2
-15%
33.4
-19%
29.9
-7%
Idle Bottom *
26.9
24.7
8%
37
-38%
27.2
-1%
25.1
7%
30.9
-15%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

Both speakers are located at the front, below the wrist rest. The openings face downwards so that the sound can get reflected by the table top and then passed on to the user. On soft surfaces in particular, this can cause trouble, muffling the sound. The sound quality is average. The maximum volume of 66 dB(A) is sufficient and the sound is clear even at full volume. The mids and highs are prevalent, basses are vaguely perceptible with some imagination. Voices are clear and easy to understand, allowing for video-chatting without technical restraints. For a considerably better sound experience, we recommend an external sound system, which can be connected via the 3.5-mm audio jack (headphone/mic).

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.841.242.82539.739.939.73134.231.834.2403731.7375037.12937.16337.631.137.6803928.73910039303912540.425.540.416042.325.442.320047.324.447.325049.723.249.731553.122.453.140053.121.553.150056.720.256.763062.419.962.480066.31966.3100064.818.564.8125060.417.960.4160063.717.263.7200062.81762.8250064.216.864.2315062.316.862.3400063.616.763.6500061.316.661.3630055.716.755.7800061.416.861.41000063.516.763.51250062.216.762.21600057.616.857.6SPL74.630.174.6N351.435median 61.3median 17.9median 61.3Delta5.83.25.838.439.238.434.73834.729.936.829.930.540.930.532.338.932.333.141.333.128.541.328.527.241.827.225.343.525.324.645.724.624.448.724.422.751.422.722.655.422.621.157.921.119.864.219.819.468.519.418.464.118.417.662.517.617.162.417.116.369.316.316.171.416.115.871.915.815.869.915.815.663.815.615.760.215.715.763.515.715.768.115.715.665.815.615.764.715.71657.61629.479.629.41.344.81.3median 17.1median 63.5median 17.13.35.63.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseDell Inspiron 17-5770-0357Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (66.29 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 22% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 74% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 13% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 22% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 14% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Unsurprisingly, our Dell Inspiron 17-5770 was very energy-efficient in comparison to the competitors. It should be noted again here that our test sample was not equipped with a dedicated GPU. The 17-inch device makes do with 4 to 9.6 watts in idle mode. Under load, the power consumption rises to an average of 40.2 watts and we measured peaks of 41.4 watts. Therefore, the included power supply offers enough power at 45 watts. The battery did not discharge under full load.

The power supply of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770
The power supply of the Dell Inspiron 17-5770
45 watts maximum power output
45 watts maximum power output
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.14 / 0.48 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.08 / 8.45 / 9.6 Watt
Load midlight 40.2 / 41.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix SC311 M.2, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
8550U, GeForce MX150, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN, aSi TFT, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
A12-9720P, Radeon R7 M340, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w206ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100, TN, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
2500U, Vega 8, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-26%
-57%
-159%
-53%
-26%
Idle Minimum *
4.08
4.1
-0%
7.8
-91%
11
-170%
6.9
-69%
7.3
-79%
Idle Average *
8.45
9.3
-10%
11.7
-38%
18
-113%
13.6
-61%
9.7
-15%
Idle Maximum *
9.6
9.8
-2%
15.7
-64%
24
-150%
14.8
-54%
13
-35%
Load Average *
40.2
64
-59%
57.4
-43%
84
-109%
41
-2%
40.4
-0%
Load Maximum *
41.4
66.4
-60%
62.3
-50%
146
-253%
75
-81%
42.2
-2%
Witcher 3 ultra *
53.3
101
33

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

3DMark 11 in battery mode
3DMark 11 in battery mode
42-Wh battery
42-Wh battery

Given the low power consumption, it is not surprising that the battery runtimes are quite good as well. At 42 Wh, the battery capacity of our test device is not particularly large. By implication, this means that our test device reached a runtime of about 6 hours in our Wi-Fi test. To meet the required parameters for this test, we had to reduce the display's brightness level by five, which corresponds to a display brightness of 150 cd/m². About 3 hours should be calculated for the subsequent charging process. We did not notice a drop in 3D performance in battery mode.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 42min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 41.16299.15.0)
6h 08min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 17min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 30min
Maximum battery runtime
Maximum battery runtime
Minimum battery runtime
Minimum battery runtime
Wi-Fi battery runtime
Wi-Fi battery runtime
H.264 battery runtime
H.264 battery runtime
Charging time
Charging time
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
8550U, GeForce MX150, 48 Wh
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
A12-9720P, Radeon R7 M340, 41.6 Wh
HP Omen 17-w206ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 62 Wh
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 40 Wh
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
2500U, Vega 8, 48 Wh
Battery Runtime
-5%
-34%
8%
-23%
-7%
Reader / Idle
702
560
-20%
410
-42%
795
13%
429
-39%
730
4%
H.264
317
321
1%
WiFi v1.3
368
377
2%
233
-37%
380
3%
268
-27%
310
-16%
Load
90
89
-1%
70
-22%
96
7%
87
-3%
81
-10%

Verdict

Pros

+ elegant case of a high build quality
+ good CPU performance
+ low energy demand
+ fingerprint sensor (Windows Hello)
+ robust, comfortable keyboard
+ SSD + HDD
+ matte IPS display
+ no PWM
+ acceptable battery runtimes
+ low case temperatures

Cons

- USB Type-C only for the Core i7 variant
- no LAN in GBit range
- clearly visible clouding
- low display brightness
- high CPU temperatures under load
- slow memory card reader
The Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357, courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
The Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357, courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

The Dell Inspiron 17-5770 is a 17-inch multimedia device with an up-to-date quad-core CPU. The Intel Core i5-8250U offers a solid base for daily tasks. With 8 GB of RAM, the laptop is equipped with a sufficient amount of RAM and the two storage devices work well together. At a purchase price of 749 Euros (~$922), customers get an elegant and stable device. Good input devices and a fingerprint sensor are additional assets.

The Dell Inspiron 17-5770 is a multimedia device with minor flaws in terms of its 3D performance. User who do not place high importance on that fact cannot go wrong much by buying the 17-inch device in our test configuration.

The terrible memory card performance is a clear point of criticism for the Dell Inspiron 17-5770. We were also unable to comprehend how an ethernet port could work at only 100 MBit/s. Devices equipped with an RJ45 connector should offer speeds in the GBit range. Opinions differ on the question of the IPS display, which can score with a high viewing-angle stability and a good contrast. However, the average display brightness does not inspire much enthusiasm and the strong clouding effect is really annoying during video playback. It puzzled us that the USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port has been axed. Only the high-end variants with a dedicated GPU are equipped with this up-to-date port, but the reason as to why this port was withheld from i5 users remains a mystery. It might make sense from a marketing point of view to motivate more customers to choose the more expensive i7 variant, but this approach is certainly not customer-friendly.

Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357 - 02/19/2018 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
43 / 81 → 53%
Weight
58 / 20-67 → 82%
Battery
85%
Display
88%
Games Performance
54 / 85 → 63%
Application Performance
87 / 92 → 95%
Temperature
95%
Noise
84 / 95 → 89%
Audio
50%
Camera
42 / 85 → 50%
Average
72%
80%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357 (8250U, SSD, HDD, FHD) Laptop Review
Sebastian Bade, 2018-02-22 (Update: 2018-02-23)