Wednesday , 22 November 2017

Dell Inspiron 3558 Notebook Review

Product Name: Dell Inspiron 3558 Notebook (INSP 3558)

Features & Specifications

  • 2GHz Intel 5th Gen Core i3 processor
  • 4GB DDR3L RAM (2 RAM slots)
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive, 6 Gbps
  • 15.6-inch screen (Intel HD Graphics 5500)
  • Ubuntu Linux operating system (preinstalled)
  • 0.9mp HD (720p) webcam
  • microphone, Headphones, 2 tuned speakers
  • Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Dimensions:26 x 38 x 2.2 cm
  • USB 2.0 Ports:2, USB 3.0 Ports:1
  • DVD Drive
  • Battery: 4 cell (up to 4 hrs back up)
  • Warranty: 1 year manufacturer

Review: I purchased this Dell Inspiron laptop 2 months before. The laptop is very not great with features, but it suited my budget and it was one of the best ones available in this price range. I bought it for Rs. 25,990 from Flipkart.

The laptop was delivered to me within 4 days of my order placement. The packaging was quite satisfactory and protected the laptop well. The box consisted of a laptop, a charger, charger cable, warranty card, user manual, a laptop security voucher from Absolute.com.

The laptop comes preinstalled with Ubuntu Linux OS. First, I wanted to install Windows OS and therefore needed to remove the preinstalled Linux OS. I did it using my Windows CD and installed the fresh Windows OS. If you are installing Windows 8 or higher, you can download compatible drivers for your Dell Inspiron 3558 laptop from Dell official website. But Dell no longer provides drivers for Windows 7 or lower OS versions and therefore, you won’t be able to find drivers on the Dell website. In this case, you will have to try other laptops’ drivers to see what works for you. I recommend installing Windows 8 or higher OS and supported drivers for maximum performance.

The laptop is made of plastic body and features decent attractive design.

The performance of Dell Inspiron 3558 notebook is just fine. The system comes with 4GB RAM that is good enough for handling basic computing and gaming works. The extra RAM slot can be used to expand memory up to 8GB. The Core i3 processor is not the best, but it can handle basic operations smoothly. The processing power is overall average. You may experience occasional lags and freezing issues. Keep your system clean for better performance. It comes with inbuilt Intel HD Graphics that handles basic graphic pretty nicely. Images and videos are played nicely, mostly in HD.

The device has a HD supported webcam that does the job just fine. It takes nice decent pictures and videos in good lighting conditions. The inbuilt speaker (Realtek ALC3234) performance is average. It works fine at limited volume, but can get distorted at high volumes. Laptop also has a headphone port for connecting headphones and external speakers.

This Dell laptop supports all general connectivity options, including Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB & LAN ports. It has two 2.0 and one 3.0 USB ports. Device’s 4 cell battery performs great under ideal conditions and can run continuously for as long as 4-8 hours.

Additionally, Dell inspiron 3558 laptop keyboard is spillproof and has separate numeric keypad.

Pros (+ve points)

  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
  • Good enough camera
  • Additional RAM slot
  • Attractive build & design
  • Large Hard drive space
  • Budget price range
  • Big enough keyboard with seperate numeric pad

Cons (-ve points)

  • Average speaker
  • Occasional performance issues
  • No Nvidia graphics card
  • No software or OS CD attached
  • Heavy
  • Integrated Graphics card doesn’t have any memory.

Our rating: 3.6/5

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