Dell Inspiron i3542-3335BK 15.6 inch Laptop Review

Dell Inspiron i3542-3335BK 15.6 inch Laptop Review

Dell Computer Inspiron i3542-3335BK
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Black Dell Inspiron i3542-3335BK is a 15.6 inch entry level laptop at a budget price with an Intel Pentium processor and standard size but adequate memory hard drive for your day-to-day computing needs. It is not the kind of laptop you’d run advanced multimedia or engineering software on or play the latest games at higher settings but it performs well for everything else (suitable for home office or entertainment use), particularly for how much you’re paying.

Dell Inspiron i3542 has a 1.7 GHz Intel Pentium 3558U processor (2M Cache) that is both reasonably a good performer for basic daily tasks and an energy efficient one, 4GB Single Channel DDR3L SDRAM (4GB x1) at 1600Mhz memory for multitasking, 500 GB Serial ATA Hard Drive at 5400rpm rotating speed as fair amount of storage space that would be enough for most people’s multimedia or common files and 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium as the operating system rather than the not so popular newer Windows 8. You can comfortably surf the internet, edit photos, listen to music, watch movies or play lighter games.

15.6 inch LED backlit HD display with Truelife, 1366 x 768 pixels max screen resolution and Intel HD Graphics 4400 offers sharp and clear images with vivid colours when you view your photos, videos or play games. Although the graphics card is still entry level, it is better than the Intel HD 4000 that is common in most budget to mid-range laptops, with its 20 execution units rather than 16 and 10-25% better overall performance, including smoother animation and higher frame rate in games. It is capable of handling many modern games at lower settings. You can use the HDMI connection to connect to your HDTV to do your stuff on a larger screen. Sound is quite all right for a laptop at this price level with the HD Audio quality of Waves MaxxAudio and stereo speakers. It comes with a standard HD quality webcam with an integrated microphone to let you chat comfortably on Skype.

Dell Inspiron i3542-3335BK 15.6 inch Laptop Review
Sleek Dell Inspiron i3542 has quite a slim design at 1 inch and weighs approximately 6 pounds- not light but still portable enough and its 40 WHr, 4-Cell Battery gives you around 6.5 hours battery life in normal use in single charge which is well above the average for computers of this caliber and great for when you are out and about, away from the power outlet. The English keyboard is not backlit but enables comfortable typing and has a 10-key numpad for fast data entry. It has an integrated DVD drive, 1 x USB 3.0 port for fast data transfers to external devices, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 802.11bgn wireless, Media Card Reader to transfer media from your camera Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI port, HD webcam with built-in microphone. Dell Inspiron supports the WiDi- Wireless Display and Quick Sync.

Conclusion: Dell Inspiron i3542-3335BK is an affordable entry level laptop that is versatile and functional with an ultra voltage dual core Haswell Pentium processor, good amounts of system memory and storage space, easier to use Windows 7 OS, very long battery life (for this price range), entry level but quite capable Intel HD 4400 graphics card and durable build (heat, battery, hinges, keys, lid, base.. pretty much everything is checked thousands of times for reliability). It comes with a good number of connectivity ports that will be useful with your daily tasks limited 1 year warranty by Dell and the world renowned customer service. This is not a powerhouse gaming or multimedia laptop but definitely adequate for usual stuff.

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Dell Inspiron i3542-3335BK 15.6 inch Laptop Review, 2.8 out of 5 based on 64 ratings

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