Dell DELL INS 5547-i5/4210U/4GB
DELL INSPIRON 15 5547 LAPTOP (CORE I5 4TH GEN/4 GB/500 GB/WINDOWS 7
Dell Inspiron 15 5547 Laptop (Core i5 4th Gen/4 GB/500 GB/Windows 8 1/2 GB) laptop has a 15.6 Inches (39.62 cm) display for your daily needs. This laptop is powered by Intel Core i5-4210U processor, coupled with 4 GB of RAM and has 500 GB HDD storage at this price point.
It runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. As far as the graphics card is concerned this notebook has a 2 GB AMD Radeon HD R7 M265 graphics card to manage the graphical functions. To keep it alive, it has a 3 Cell Li-Ion battery and weighs 2.6 Kg.
DELL INSPIRON 15 5547 LAPTOP (CORE I5 4TH GEN/4 GB/500 GB/WINDOWS 7
- Storage500 GB HDD
- Processor Intel Core i5 4th Gen Processor
- Display15.6″ (39.62 cm)
- display, 1366 x 768 px
- Ram4 GB DDR3 RAM
|Microphone Type||Array Microphones|
|Sound Technologies||Waves MaxxAudio 4|
|Webcam Resolution||1.0 MP|
|Graphic Processor||AMD Radeon HD R7 M265|
|Chipset||Intel QM87 Express|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-4210U|
|Graphics Memory||2 GB|
|Dimensions||24.8 × 35.7 × 2.8 cm|
DELL INSPIRON 15 5547
As already mentioned, the 5000 series marks the new middle-class when it comes to the Inspiron series, with a premium plastic chassis and even a lid made from brushed aluminum. Dell tends to change the design of its laptops from generation to generation, and the same holds true with the Inspiron 15-5547: The chassis has been revamped completely. While the de-facto predecessor, the Inspiron 15R, already used a combination of aluminum and plastic for its case, it felt a lot bulkier and less elegant than the Inspiron 15-5547.
There's not much choice in terms of colors: A combination of black and silver, that's it. We do, however, like this choice a lot, and also the new, much slimmer shape when compared to the Inspiron 15R. The new Inspiron 15-5547 never exceeds 22 millimeters in height, and due to its slightly wedged shape and its non-vertical edges, it appears to be even thinner. The Inspiron 15R, however, measured 31.3 millimeters, although it shipped with an optical drive which our test device omits. Then again, the new model weighs 200 grams less, with just 2230 grams left. This is better than the entire competition - but all of these devices do ship with an optical drive.
Build quality is decent given its price, but there are some weaknesses. Although the case does ship with even clearances, the surface around the palm rest can actually be pulled up a bit, leading to a clearance between it and the rest of the base unit. Another gap can be felt between the metal lid and the display frame, and again, both parts can be pried apart. In addition, there is not enough torsion resistance, especially when pressure is applied at the edges. The same holds true for the display lid (despite being made from aluminum), with image distortions becoming visible once pressure is applied.
Our overall impression: Great design - the Inspiron 15-5547 looks both minimalistic and sleek, especially when considering its price point - but mediocre build quality.
All ports are located at the rear halves of both sides - which is great, as they don't stand much risk of becoming a nuisance there (e.g. when connecting a mouse). Since the display actually extends beyond the rear edge of the device once the laptop is opened, no ports can be found there.
The slim chassis makes it necessary to reduce the number of available ports: Two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI out, Ethernet, a card reader and a combined Line In/Out port - not much for a 15-inch device, especially since there is no optical drive (which all of its competitors have), and even more so since e.g. the HP Pavilion 15 manages to integrate a DVD burner without being noticeably thicker than our test device (22.6 millimeters instead of 22 millimeters).
The 1 TB HDD is no unique feature either - most other laptops ship with a similarly sized one.
An Ethernet port can be found on the right-hand side of the chassis but is not capable of more than 100 Mbit/s (no Gigabit Ethernet). In terms of Wi-Fi, however, Dell has (by using a Wireless-AC 3160 modem) included all standards, both the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz bands and even 802.11 ac.
Wireless reception quality is great - even at a distance of 10 meters (with two walls in between), four or even five out of five bars could be measured, and even though two additional meters (and an additional wall) decrease this value to two bars, webpages still load rather quickly.
In terms of maintenance, Dell attempts to make it as easy as possible for its customers to access their devices. Many laptops even ship with guides telling the user how to swap different components. In the case of the Dell Inspiron 15-5547, it takes just two screws to open the maintenance hatch and gain access to the battery, the HDD and the RAM modules. In addition, the Wi-Fi module could be swapped and the fan could be cleaned, too. The only weakness: The battery is now placed inside so that it cannot be swapped as easily as with earlier models.
12 months of pickup and repair service are included. It costs a rather proud sum of 59 Euros (~$78) to upgrade to an on-site service with premium phone support, while 12 additional months can be had for 89 Euros, ~$118 (three or four years in total: 139 Euros (~$185) and 199 Euros (~$266), respectively).
The chiclet-style keyboard comes with a separate numpad and large keys (14x14 millimeters) set 4 millimeters apart - great for a fast typing experience (with the exception of the smallish arrow keys and the numpad keys, which measure only 12 millimeters in terms of width). The function keys fulfill two roles at once, with the special keys (such as volume up/down or screen brightness) being the standard choice. Still, although the F1 to F12 keys can only be accessed by simultaneously pressing the Fn key, this priority setting can be reversed when opening the Dell control panel. Even better: Important key combinations such as Alt+F4 for quickly closing apps always work, even without pressing the Fn key.
The keyboard bed barely flexes during typing (only when a lot of pressure is applied). The keys are easy to press, offering soft (and thus often insufficient) feedback. Key travel is decent, and overall the keyboard is fun to use although it is not terribly precise.
The touchpad is actually a ClickPad, meaning that the mouse buttons have been integrated directly into the touch-sensitive area. They are rather loud, but their pressure point is easily discernible. Those who are used to keeping one finger on the left or right mouse button might want to reconsider since the second finger is well capable of irritating the touchpad. Overall, the ClickPad is rather large (diameter: 12.5 centimeters), its gliding properties are nice and it doesn't get smudgy.
Those who are not bitterly opposed to ClickPads in general will not find too much to criticize about the one used by the Dell Inspiron 15-5547.