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Dell Vostro 15 3558 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 06/23/2015

Enduring. The Dell Vostro 3558 is a low-cost office notebook that is primarily designed as a working device. This claim is supported by good battery runtimes and decent input devices. It is unfortunate that Dell did not equip the device with a digital-video output.

For the original German review, see here.

The Dell Vostro-series is primarily interesting for business users and companies looking for inexpensive notebooks. The generally low pricing of the series might also be interesting for private users. Our current review device Vostro 3558 is a 15.6-inch notebook and all Vostro devices are powered by Broadwell processors.

There are plenty of competitors for the Vostro, including the devices from HP’s 350 and 355-series. Lenovo’s inexpensive business/office-series has the designation B50-70. Devices from Acer’s Extensa 2510-series are rivals as well. Because of the low price, the list also includes the HP ProBook 455 and the Acer TravelMate P256-M-series.

good (77%) Dell Vostro 3558 Intel Core i5-5200UIntel HD Graphics 5500 Office - 06/15/2015 - v4
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Dell Vostro 3558 (Vostro 3558 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 5500, Core: 300-900 MHz, Single-Channel, 10.18.14.4029
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3-1600, Single-Channel, two memory slots (one occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, BOE NT156WH, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, , 420 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Broadwell PCH-LP High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined stereo jack, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: Brightness sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
PLDS DVD+/-RW DU-8A5LH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.6 x 381.4 x 267.5 ( = 1.01 x 15.02 x 10.53 in)
Battery
40 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V, 2660 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD-Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, DVD with Cyberlink MediaSuite Essentials, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), Cyberlink MediaSuite Essentials, MS Office (trial)
Weight
2.38 kg ( = 83.95 oz / 5.25 pounds), Power Supply: 278 g ( = 9.81 oz / 0.61 pounds)
Price
499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

You can notice the low pricing of the Vostro when you look at the case: Dell uses a black plastic chassis, which is primarily made of matte plastic; there are only some glossy parts at the front as well as the left and right sides. The palm rest and the display cover have a grooved texture. On the bottom of the device is a maintenance hatch that grants access to the memory and the hard drive. The battery of the Vostro is not fixed inside the chassis and can therefore easily be removed.

We cannot really criticize the build quality of the notebook, despite the low price. The gaps are okay and there are no sharp edges. You can, however, feel slightly protruding material at some spots, but this is not a big problem. The stability of the base unit does not reveal any problems, either, but the torsion resistance could be a bit better for our taste. This also applies for the display cover since pressure on the back of the lid will result in picture distortions at some spots. The hinges keep the display well in position but cannot prevent some bouncing. It is possible to open the lid with one hand.

Connectivity

The lack of a digital-video output shows that Dell designed the Vostro for business users and not private users, which means it is not easy to connect the device to your TV at home. Dell’s notebook only offers a VGA port. We would have expected at least a DisplayPort if there is no HDMI port because the notebook is supposed to attract companies. Otherwise, there are no surprises in respect of the connectivity and the basics are covered.

Left side: AC power, Gigabit-Ethernet, VGA, USB 3.0, card reader
Left side: AC power, Gigabit-Ethernet, VGA, USB 3.0, card reader
Right side: combined-stereo jack, 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner, slot for a Kensington lock
Right side: combined-stereo jack, 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner, slot for a Kensington lock

Communication

Inside the Vostro is a WLAN module from Intel (3160). Besides the WLAN standards 802.11 a/b/g/n, it also supports the fast ac standard as well as Bluetooth 4.0. The connection between notebook and router was always stable in our review period. We could not determine a performance drop with a distance of 15 meters to the router. Wired networks are handled by a Gigabit-Ethernet chip from Realtek’s RTL8168/8111 family. It is an established module that works without problems. We can find a chip from this family in almost every second notebook.

Security 

Despite the business orientation, the Vostro does not have any security features like TPM or biometric access protection.

Accessories

Besides a quick-start poster and security information, you also get a DVD with the software Cyberlink Media Suite Essentials.

Operating System

Our review unit uses the operating system Windows 8.1 Professional. A recovery DVD is not provided. It is also possible to install Windows 7; Dell provides all the necessary drivers. 

Maintenance

On the bottom of the device is a maintenance hatch that grants access to the hard drive, the memory slots as well as the WLAN module. It would be no problem to replace the hard drive; you can use all 2.5-inch drives with a height of 7 millimeters. The device has two memory slots and only one of them is occupied.

Warranty

The standard warranty period of the Vostro 3558 is one year. As usual for Dell, you can purchase additional warranty extensions. A three-year basic support, for example, is available for around 120 Euros (~$133).

Input Devices

Keyboard

Dell equipped the Vostro 3558 with a non-illuminated chiclet keyboard. The flat and roughened keys have a short travel and a well-defined pressure point. You can notice some bouncing during typing, but it is not annoying. All in all, the keyboard provides a very decent typing experience.

Touchpad

The mouse replacement is a ClickPad with multi-touch support and the dimensions 10.5 x 8 cm. This means you get a lot of space for gestures, which can be activated and deactivated individually in the ClickPad driver. The smooth surface of the pad does not affect the gliding capabilities of the fingers. The pad itself has a short travel and a clear pressure point.

The keyboard is not illuminated.
The keyboard is not illuminated.
The ClickPad supports multi-touch gestures.
The ClickPad supports multi-touch gestures.

Display

The Vostro is equipped with a matte 15.6-inch display that has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Dell does not offer other display options. The brightness of the panel is – considering the price of the notebook – decent at 253.1 cd/m². Contrast (342:1) and black value (0.78 cd/m²) should be a bit better.

252
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE NT156WH
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 267 cd/m² Average: 253.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 267 cd/m²
Contrast: 342:1 (Black: 0.78 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 14.62 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 16.03 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
61% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.36
Vostro vs. sRGB
Vostro vs. sRGB
Vostro vs. AdobeRGB
Vostro vs. AdobeRGB

The color spaces AdobeRGB and sRGB are not covered by the display of the Vostro, but that should not be a surprise when you consider the price of the notebook. We can determine 39% AdobeRGB and 61% sRGB, respectively. The color accuracy is not very convincing. The average DeltaE-2000 deviation is 14.62 with the factory settings (target value smaller 3). The display also suffers from a strong blue cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Dell equipped the Vostro with a TN panel, so the viewing angles are pretty limited and the display content is not visible from every position. The possible angles are pretty wide with horizontal shifts, which means multiple people can look at the display simultaneously. Vertical shifts, however, quickly result in color distortions. The device can actually be used outdoors, but the sun should not shine too bright.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles Vostro
Viewing angles Vostro
Dell Vostro 3558
1366x768
HP 350 G1
1366x768
HP 355 G2
1366x768
Lenovo B50-70
1920x1080
Lenovo B50-45
1366x768
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
1366x768
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
1920x1080
HP ProBook 455 G2
1366x768
Screen
-28%
-18%
-3%
14%
-1%
8%
8%
Brightness middle
267
245
-8%
211
-21%
205
-23%
192
-28%
190
-29%
232
-13%
245
-8%
Brightness
253
243
-4%
213
-16%
190
-25%
191
-25%
183
-28%
230
-9%
222
-12%
Brightness Distribution
91
89
-2%
78
-14%
83
-9%
86
-5%
89
-2%
82
-10%
85
-7%
Black Level *
0.78
1.9
-144%
1.21
-55%
0.77
1%
0.37
53%
0.7
10%
0.66
15%
0.57
27%
Contrast
342
129
-62%
174
-49%
266
-22%
519
52%
271
-21%
352
3%
430
26%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
14.62
14.38
2%
13.28
9%
10.91
25%
11.03
25%
10.18
30%
12
18%
11.47
22%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
24.75
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
16.03
14.43
10%
13.28
17%
11.1
31%
11.59
28%
10.62
34%
12.65
21%
11.58
28%
Gamma
2.36 93%
2.55 86%
2.52 87%
2.47 89%
2.3 96%
2.31 95%
3.09 71%
2.15 102%
CCT
23192 28%
20651 31%
17759 37%
13887 47%
13897 47%
12766 51%
14904 44%
13213 49%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39
33
-15%
34
-13%
38
-3%
38
-3%
53
36%
35.4
-9%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
61

* ... smaller is better

Performance

The Dell Vostro 3558 is primarily designed for business users and companies, but the low pricing makes it also interesting for private users. The performance of the notebook is more than sufficient for daily tasks. Our review unit is not available in Germany; instead you get a model with a 1 TB hard drive. The price is around 480 Euros (~$535), but Dell also offers other configurations.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

Our review unit is equipped with the Core i5-5200U (Broadwell) dual-core processor. This chip is a mainstream CPU, and Dell currently does not offer more powerful processors for the Vostro 3558-series. You can, however, get slower processors. The Core i5 runs at a base clock of 2.2 GHz, which can be raised to 2.5 GHz (two cores) and 2.7 GHz (one core) via Turbo Boost. It is possible to use the full performance of the processor on mains as well as battery power.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4519
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8383
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4156
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.27 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
16.85 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.81 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
259 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
108 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
21.94 fps
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
108 Points ∼50%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
67 Points ∼31% -38%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
88 Points ∼40% -19%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
49 Points ∼22% -55%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
100 Points ∼46% -7%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
47 Points ∼22% -56%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
70 Points ∼32% -35%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
68 Points ∼31% -37%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
49 Points ∼22% -55%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
106 Points ∼49% -2%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
259 Points ∼6%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
129 Points ∼3% -50%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
237 Points ∼5% -8%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
164 Points ∼4% -37%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
236 Points ∼5% -9%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
148 Points ∼3% -43%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
187 Points ∼4% -28%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
172 Points ∼4% -34%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
82 Points ∼2% -68%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
259 Points ∼6% 0%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.27 Points ∼52%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.74 Points ∼30% -42%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1.14 Points ∼46% -10%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.6 Points ∼24% -53%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.11 Points ∼45% -13%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.55 Points ∼22% -57%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.79 Points ∼32% -38%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.76 Points ∼31% -40%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.56 Points ∼23% -56%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.2 Points ∼49% -6%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.81 Points ∼6%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.45 Points ∼3% -48%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2.57 Points ∼6% -9%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.04 Points ∼5% -27%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.5 Points ∼6% -11%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.82 Points ∼4% -35%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.01 Points ∼5% -28%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.85 Points ∼4% -34%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.99 Points ∼2% -65%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.81 Points ∼6% 0%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4156 Points ∼38%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2510 Points ∼23% -40%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3809 Points ∼35% -8%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1850 Points ∼17% -55%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3750 Points ∼35% -10%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2514 Points ∼23% -40%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1850 Points ∼17% -55%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4153 Points ∼38% 0%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
8383 Points ∼13%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4852 Points ∼7% -42%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
7799 Points ∼12% -7%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5785 Points ∼9% -31%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
7330 Points ∼11% -13%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
5685 Points ∼9% -32%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3075 Points ∼5% -63%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
8676 Points ∼13% +3%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4975 Points ∼6%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2592 Points ∼3% -48%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4641 Points ∼6% -7%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3792 Points ∼5% -24%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4595 Points ∼6% -8%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3183 Points ∼4% -36%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3441 Points ∼4% -31%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1902 Points ∼2% -62%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4935 Points ∼6% -1%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2468 Points ∼51%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1468 Points ∼30% -41%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2362 Points ∼48% -4%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1287 Points ∼26% -48%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2379 Points ∼49% -4%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1175 Points ∼24% -52%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1673 Points ∼34% -32%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1255 Points ∼26% -49%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2448 Points ∼50% -1%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
121.2 ms * ∼1%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
181.5 ms * ∼2% -50%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
116 ms * ∼1% +4%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
253 ms * ∼3% -109%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
122 ms * ∼1% -1%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
199 ms * ∼2% -64%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
243.9 ms * ∼3% -101%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
109.8 ms * ∼1% +9%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2572.5 ms * ∼4%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4079.5 ms * ∼7% -59%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6200.1 ms * ∼10% -141%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3960.4 ms * ∼7% -54%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5810 ms * ∼10% -126%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2553.3 ms * ∼4% +1%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
12509 Points ∼24%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
7963 Points ∼15% -36%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6074 Points ∼12% -51%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
8010 Points ∼15% -36%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
6167 Points ∼12% -51%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
12763 Points ∼24% +2%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2394 Points ∼39%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1793 Points ∼29% -25%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1136 Points ∼18% -53%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1223 Points ∼20% -49%
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2636 Points ∼43% +10%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly without hiccups and we could not notice any problems during our review. The results in the PCMarks are good. A look at our comparison chart shows that the Vostro falls behind devices like the HP 350 G1 or the Lenovo B50-70. Both notebooks have slightly weaker processors, but they have dedicated AMD graphics chips. PCMark 8 in particular benefits from AMD GPUs. The system performance of the Vostro can be improved when you replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive. The system would then be snappier and the boot times would be shorter. You can improve the graphics performance with a second memory module (dual-channel mode).

PCMark 7 Score
2541 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2758 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2896 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3800 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2758 Points ∼45%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2151 Points ∼35% -22%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3088 Points ∼51% +12%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2451 Points ∼40% -11%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2797 Points ∼46% +1%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1914 Points ∼31% -31%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2092 Points ∼34% -24%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1869 Points ∼31% -32%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2026 Points ∼33% -27%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2541 Points ∼28%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2113 Points ∼23% -17%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2098 Points ∼23% -17%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1488 Points ∼16% -41%

Storage Solution

The storage solution of the Vostro is a hard drive from Western Digital. It runs at 5400 rpm and has a capacity of 500 GB. Users can use around 420 GB; the rest is occupied by the Windows installation and the recovery partition. CrystalDiskMark determines a reading performance of 107.6 MB/s, while HD Tune shows an average transfer rate of 85.9 MB/s. These results are normal for a 5400 rpm drive.

It would be no problem to replace the hard drive.
It would be no problem to replace the hard drive.
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Transfer Rate Minimum: 33.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 116 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85.9 MB/s
Access Time: 18 ms
Burst Rate: 241.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.8 %

GPU Performance

The GPU of the Vostro has the designation HD Graphics 5500 and is provided by Intel. The core supports DirectX 11.2 and runs at a core clock of up to 900 MHz. The 3DMark results are not surprising and meet the expectations for this particular GPU. We already mentioned that it is possible to increase the graphics performance with a second memory module (dual-channel mode). This will improve the performance of the integrated GPU; the 3DMark 11 benchmark shows an increase of 13% to 1,030 points. Users that want more GPU performance can also select a Vostro with a dedicated GeForce 820M GPU. A Vostro model with a similar CPU and this dedicated Nvidia GPU is roughly 40% faster.

The graphics performance can be slightly increased with a second memory module.
The graphics performance can be slightly increased with a second memory module.
3DMark 11 Performance
913 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
42296 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4389 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
552 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
913 Points ∼3%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
574 Points ∼2% -37%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1536 Points ∼4% +68%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1640 Points ∼5% +80%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1265 Points ∼4% +39%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
753 Points ∼2% -18%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
784 Points ∼2% -14%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
802 Points ∼2% -12%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
658 Points ∼2% -28%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1302 Points ∼4% +43%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
552 Points ∼2%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
316 Points ∼1% -43%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
785 Points ∼3% +42%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
843 Points ∼3% +53%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
686 Points ∼2% +24%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
442 Points ∼2% -20%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
479 Points ∼2% -13%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
375 Points ∼1% -32%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
763 Points ∼3% +38%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2357 Points ∼4%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1493 Points ∼2% -37%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2359 Points ∼4% 0%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1780 Points ∼3% -24%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2692 Points ∼4% +14%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1698 Points ∼3% -28%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2244 Points ∼3% -5%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4389 Points ∼7%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2426 Points ∼4% -45%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4322 Points ∼6% -2%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4032 Points ∼6% -8%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3871 Points ∼6% -12%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2747 Points ∼4% -37%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3581 Points ∼5% -18%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3366 Points ∼5% -23%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1976 Points ∼3% -55%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4225 Points ∼6% -4%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
42296 Points ∼4%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
27941 Points ∼3% -34%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
42536 Points ∼4% +1%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
39458 Points ∼4% -7%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
37809 Points ∼3% -11%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
30225 Points ∼3% -29%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
33875 Points ∼3% -20%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
29560 Points ∼3% -30%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
21081 Points ∼2% -50%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
50055 Points ∼5% +18%

Gaming Performance

The Vostro is mainly a working device, which means the gaming capabilities are not very important. This does not mean that gaming would be impossible, and the hardware of the notebook actually manages smooth gameplay in some titles when you reduce the resolution and the details (medium details are sometimes possible). The performance is sufficient to play a current title like Dirt Rally, for example, which is not very demanding. Very complex games like The Witcher 3, however, never reach playable frame rates.

Dirt Rally can be played; the integrated benchmark determines 58 fps for the Vostro in the native resolution (1366x768) and the lowest settings.
Dirt Rally can be played; the integrated benchmark determines 58 fps for the Vostro in the native resolution (1366x768) and the lowest settings.
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 39.2 20.8 13.1 6.8 fps
Thief (2014) 11.9 5.7 3.9 2.4 fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 58.1 16.3 12.5 12.5 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The Vostro is a working device, so it should not annoy its owners with a loud operating noise. We can confirm that the notebook is usually very quiet and the fan is often deactivated while idling. You will only hear the murmur of the hard drive in this case. A completely silent device could be achieved with a Solid State Drive instead of the hard drive. The fan will only get really loud under maximum load, but the resulting noise is still acceptable.

Noise Level

Idle
31.8 / 31.8 / 31.8 dB(A)
HDD
33.2 dB(A)
DVD
36.7 / dB(A)
Load
32.2 / 39.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
Dell Vostro 3558
5500/5200U
HP 350 G1
HD 8670M/4210U
HP 355 G2
R5 M240/A8-6410
Lenovo B50-70
R5 M230/4210U
Lenovo B50-45
R4 (Beema)/A6-6310
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
4400/4030U
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
4400/4005U
HP ProBook 455 G2
R4 (Kaveri)/A6 Pro-7050B
Noise
-19%
-12%
-10%
0%
6%
-1%
4%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
31.8
34.3
-8%
33.2
-4%
33.9
-7%
32.3
-2%
29.7
7%
33
-4%
30.1
5%
Idle Average *
31.8
35.3
-11%
33.2
-4%
33.9
-7%
32.3
-2%
29.7
7%
33
-4%
30.1
5%
Idle Maximum *
31.8
35.4
-11%
33.8
-6%
33.9
-7%
32.3
-2%
30.4
4%
33.1
-4%
31.2
2%
Load Average *
32.2
47.3
-47%
42
-30%
39.8
-24%
32.6
-1%
33.2
-3%
33.8
-5%
33.8
-5%
Load Maximum *
39.7
47.7
-20%
46.5
-17%
41.5
-5%
36.2
9%
33.2
16%
34.9
12%
35.4
11%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Stress test Vostro
Stress test Vostro

The behavior of the Vostro in the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark for at least one hour) is basically identical on mains and battery power. The clock of the GPU varies between 750-800 MHz in both cases. The CPU runs at 1.2-1.3 GHz (battery) and 1.5-1.6 GHz (mains), respectively. The processor only manages its nominal clock of 2.2 GHz in the first two minutes. It is not surprising that the notebook does not get very warm when you consider the pretty low clocks of the CPU and GPU. The temperature clearly stays below 40 °C at all measuring spots.

 36.9 °C
98 F
26.5 °C
80 F
26 °C
79 F
 
 30.7 °C
87 F
29.7 °C
85 F
26 °C
79 F
 
 28.7 °C
84 F
28.5 °C
83 F
26.2 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 36.9 °C = 98 F
Average: 28.8 °C = 84 F
25.6 °C
78 F
29.8 °C
86 F
29.5 °C
85 F
25.9 °C
79 F
27.5 °C
82 F
31.9 °C
89 F
29.8 °C
86 F
28.8 °C
84 F
29.3 °C
85 F
Maximum: 31.9 °C = 89 F
Average: 28.7 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  35.5 °C = 96 F | Room Temperature 24.1 °C = 75 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.1 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.2 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.3 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.8 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.7 °C / 87.3 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (-2.6 °C / -4.7 F).
Dell Vostro 3558
5500/5200U
HP 350 G1
HD 8670M/4210U
HP 355 G2
R5 M240/A8-6410
Lenovo B50-70
R5 M230/4210U
Lenovo B50-45
R4 (Beema)/A6-6310
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
4400/4030U
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
4400/4005U
HP ProBook 455 G2
R4 (Kaveri)/A6 Pro-7050B
Heat
6%
9%
8%
10%
7%
9%
2%
Maximum Upper Side *
33.2
33
1%
37.2
-12%
38.8
-17%
35.7
-8%
35.5
-7%
34.2
-3%
39.4
-19%
Maximum Bottom *
38.3
33.5
13%
36
6%
39.6
-3%
34.1
11%
37.4
2%
36.8
4%
36.9
4%
Idle Upper Side *
36.9
30.6
17%
26.5
28%
26.2
29%
28.6
22%
28
24%
26.6
28%
29.9
19%
Idle Bottom *
31.9
33.7
-6%
28
12%
25
22%
27.2
15%
29.3
8%
29.3
8%
31
3%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the Vostro are located at the front edge of the bottom. They produce a rich sound and you can also listen to them for longer periods. The bass could be stronger, but this is a common issue. You can hear a slight tendency towards a tinny sound, but we are still positively surprised by the speakers. We would have expected a much weaker performance from a notebook like the Vostro.

The speakers of the Vostro
The speakers of the Vostro

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Vostro is very frugal while idling: We measure a maximum consumption of 6 Watts, so it is much more frugal than the competition. There are numerous reasons for that: Some rivals are equipped with dedicated GPUs, others have displays with a higher resolution. Dell also designed a very frugal device. The consumption is not overly increased under load, and both the CPU and GPU are throttled in the stress test. The power consumption is therefore just 25.5 Watts; the value would be higher if the CPU and GPU ran at their maximum clocks. The provided power adaptor has a rated output of 45 Watts.

The rated output of the power adaptor is 45 Watts.
The rated output of the power adaptor is 45 Watts.
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.01 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2 / 5.1 / 6 Watt
Load midlight 23.4 / 25.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
Dell Vostro 3558
5500/5200U
HP 350 G1
HD 8670M/4210U
HP 355 G2
R5 M240/A8-6410
Lenovo B50-70
R5 M230/4210U
Lenovo B50-45
R4 (Beema)/A6-6310
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
4400/4030U
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
4400/4005U
HP ProBook 455 G2
R4 (Kaveri)/A6 Pro-7050B
Power Consumption
-83%
-57%
-41%
-41%
-29%
-76%
-110%
Idle Minimum *
2
5.8
-190%
3.9
-95%
4.1
-105%
4.5
-125%
4.2
-110%
5
-150%
8
-300%
Idle Average *
5.1
8.1
-59%
6.6
-29%
6.6
-29%
7.8
-53%
6.3
-24%
10.8
-112%
10.9
-114%
Idle Maximum *
6
9
-50%
7.6
-27%
6.6
-10%
8.4
-40%
8.6
-43%
10.9
-82%
12.6
-110%
Load Average *
23.4
31.8
-36%
35.7
-53%
24.2
-3%
21.4
9%
16.8
28%
28.3
-21%
26.1
-12%
Load Maximum *
25.5
46.1
-81%
46.2
-81%
39.8
-56%
24.8
3%
24.6
4%
29.5
-16%
28.7
-13%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The Vostro manages an idle runtime of 12:16 hours. The rival Acer TravelMate P256-M (12:01) is on par. We check the idle runtime with the Battery Eater Reader’s Test: The display brightness is set to minimum, the energy-saving profile is active and the wireless modules are turned off. Load will drain the battery in 1:24 hours. The TravelMate (2:25 hours) manages a much longer runtime. The runtime under load is simulated with the Battery Eater Classic Test, which uses the maximum display brightness, the high-performance power profile and activated wireless modules.

Our more realistic Wi-Fi test determines a runtime of 6:29 hours for the Dell Vostro. The TravelMate (6:08 hours) has to be charged a couple of minutes sooner. This test simulates web browsing with the "Balanced" power profile and an adjusted display brightness of around 150 cd/m². We check the video playback runtime with a loop of the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264, 1920x1080 pixels). The wireless modules are deactivated and the display brightness is once again adjusted to around 150 cd/m². The Vostro manages a runtime of 6:14 hours; we did not perform this test with the TravelMate.

The battery is not integrated and has a capacity of 40 Wh.
The battery is not integrated and has a capacity of 40 Wh.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 16min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
6h 29min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 14min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 24min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
389 min ∼159%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
290 min ∼119%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
244 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
301 min ∼82%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
283 min ∼77%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
195 min ∼53%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
202 min ∼55%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
391 min ∼106%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
368 min ∼100%

Pros

+ matte display
+ usually very quiet
+ limited warming
+ good battery runtimes
+ maintenance hatch

Cons

- 12 months warranty
- no digital video output

Verdict

In review: Dell Vostro 15 3558. Test model courtesy of Dell Germany.
In review: Dell Vostro 15 3558. Test model courtesy of Dell Germany.

The Dell Vostro 3558 primarily wants to be an inexpensive working device for companies and business users. It is powerful enough for common tasks; the device is usually very quiet and gets hardly warm. You also get decent input devices and good battery runtimes. Typical business features like TPM, a biometric access protection and a docking port, however, are missing. This is not really surprising when you consider the low price. A bigger surprise is the lack of a digital-video output (HDMI/DisplayPort), which means you can only use the VGA port to attach external monitors. This should not be a huge issue in many companies, but it can be tricky if you want to use the notebook at home as well. The display of the Vostro will not win any awards, but it is okay for the price.

The Vostro 3558 meets all the expectations for an inexpensive business device.

Dell Vostro 3558 - 06/15/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
59 / 80 → 74%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
86%
Display
73%
Games Performance
51 / 68 → 75%
Application Performance
74 / 92 → 80%
Temperature
91%
Noise
90%
Audio
50%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
70%
77%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-06-23 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.