Dell Laptop (Inspiron 15-3531) ~Pre-Owned~ "No Charger" - Science On Supply
Dell Laptop (Inspiron 15-3531) ~Pre-Owned~ "No Charger" - Science On Supply

Dell Laptop (Inspiron 15-3531) ~Pre-Owned~ "No Charger"

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Inspiron 15-3531
Item Details
  • PROS

    Very affordable. Good battery life. Thin chassis.

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  • CONS

    No LAN port. No optical drive.

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  • BOTTOM LINE

    The latest Dell Inspiron 15 is an incredibly affordable desktop-replacement laptop offering good battery life and a slim profile.

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Case & Connectivity

The case of our test model is made almost entirely of matte, black plastic. The only exceptions are the keyboard borders which are glossy synthetic material. The back of the display and the top of the base unit have a nice texture, which is made of small, interwoven hexagons. Sturdiness and workmanship are appropriate for the price class and similar quality can be found in other cheap models. The Inspiron has a maintenance flap which grants the user access to the hard drive and RAM. The laptop only has a single RAM slot and the battery is removable.

The operating system is the Bing version of Windows 8.1 (64-bit). A Recovery DVD is not provided, and it is possible to use Windows 7 as Dell provides the necessary drivers online.

Dell cuts every corner when it comes to connectivity: buyers will not have USB 3.0, Ethernet or Bluetooth. These are radical cuts which make little sense for consumers who have come to expect these features from any 15.6-inch laptop. For example, the competitors all offer these features. The Inspiron has a slot for an optical drive which is covered by a plastic flap. Sadly, we could not install the optical drive as we found no interface in this slot.

The Dell Inspiron 15-3531. (Image: Dell)
The Dell Inspiron 15-3531. (Image: Dell)
Dell uses a black case. (Image: Dell)
Dell uses a black case. (Image: Dell)
The display cover and the top of the base unit are covered by a nice texture. (Image: Dell)
The display cover and the top of the base unit are covered by a nice texture. (Image: Dell)
Left: power outlet, HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, audio combo (Image: Dell)
Left: power outlet, HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, audio combo (Image: Dell)
Right: slot for an optical drive (no connector) and a slot for a lock (Image: Dell)
Right: slot for an optical drive (no connector) and a slot for a lock (Image: Dell)
The front houses a memory-card reader. (Image: Dell)
The front houses a memory-card reader. (Image: Dell)

Input Devices

Input devices of the Dell Inspiron 15 (Image: Dell)
Input devices of the Dell Inspiron 15 (Image: Dell)

The chiclet keyboard of the test model has no backlight. The flat, slightly rough keys have a short stroke distance and a clear pressure point. The keyboard deforms slightly when typing, which does not negatively affect the experience. Overall, the keyboard is suited for typists. The multi-touch touchpad of the Inspiron measures 10.7 x 6 cm. The rough surface of the pad prevents the finger from sliding on its surface and the large measurements allow the user to comfortably use finger gestures. Dell does not employ a ClickPad in our test model, but rather uses a touchpad with two separate keys. The keys have a short stroke distance and clear pressure points.

Display

Dell provides a glossy 15.6-inch panel for our test model. The screen has a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Neither the brightness (195.1 cd/m²) nor the contrast (189:1), or the resulting black value (1.16 cd/m²), are even halfway decent. Such values are expected of outdated models.

206
cd/m²
186
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
186
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
178
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 219 cd/m² Average: 195.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 219 cd/m²
Contrast: 189:1 (Black: 1.16 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.27 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 11.85 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
34% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D) 
Gamma: 2.17

The average DeltaE 2000 deviation of our test model is 10.27. Such a high deviation is to be expected from models of this price class. It would be ideal if the deviation was less than 3. The display also has a clear blue tinge.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Gray levels
CalMAN - Gray levels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
Outdoors (clouded)
Outdoors (clouded)

It is possible to use the test model outdoors if the sky is clouded or the user sits in the shadows. Otherwise, the reflective panel will prevent comfortable reading. As typical of this price segment, the TN panel of our model has severely limited viewing angles.

Performance

The Inspiron is a simple, 15.6-inch office laptop suited for office and Internet use. Our test model is available for a mere 250 Euros (~$310) and Dell sells other models under the tag Inspiron 15 3XXX. However, Dell uses a different case for those models.

Processor

The Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core CPU (Bay Trail) operates at 2.16 GHz. Thanks to Turbo, the user can boost the speed of the processor up to 2.416 GHz. Full performance is available to the user whether the laptop is plugged in or running on battery. The CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks are run at 2.416 GHz. The results of the benchmarks show that the processor is at the lower end of the performance scale.

Hard Drive

The laptop comes from factory with factory image for fast reset and a 500 gig space with the image hidden for security purposes leaving more than 450 free gigs for your personal files and settings.


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