Dell Inspiron 3000 Series i3542-3267BK 15.6″ Laptop Review

Dell Inspiron 3000 Series i3542-3267BK 15.6 inch Laptop Review

Dell Inspiron 3000 Series i3542-3267BK
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Dell Inspiron 15 i3542-3267BK is a 3000 series compact 15.6 inch laptop with a large 1024GB hard drive that you can save all your files on, a fast and powerful quarter 2 of 2014 release 4th generation i3-4030U processor that is more than capable for daily tasks of office and multimedia, a long battery life of up to 6.5 hour battery life, DVD drive, a total of 5 USB ports and other modern day connectivity options.

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series has the dual core Intel Core i3-4030U processor (3MB of L3 cache) at 1.90GHz speed with adequate power to cope with demanding apps and programs, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz that can be expanded up to 8GB, 1TB Serial ATA hard drive at 5400 rpm rotating speed- ample space for all your multimedia and common files and 64-bit Windows 8.1 operating system as a decent platform for whatever you want to do on the computer.

15.6 inch LED backlight TrueLife display with a 1366x768 pixel resolution offers sharp picture with vibrant colours and the integrated graphics card is the Intel HD 4400. It has a built-in HD webcam for Skype chats and sound is adequate for a laptop at this level with its built-in speakers and you can connect external speakers as well. Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics compares well to the performance of the discrete Radeon HD 7550M and is up to 30% faster than the standard Intel HD 4000 so you can play older games fluently but with new titles you will need to choose lower settings and resolutions. And this is not designed to be a full-on gaming PC anyway.

Dell Inspiron 3000 Series i3542-3267BK 15.6 inch Laptop Review
Black Dell Inspiron weighs 5.3 pounds with measurements of 15 x 10 x 1 inches and the lithium ion battery offers up to 6 hours and 33 minutes battery life. Connectivity options include 802.11bgn wireless, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 3 x USB 3.0 ports, optical tray load DVD drive that reads and writes to CDs and DVDs in several formats, built-in 3-in-1 memory card reader, 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connectivity, 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port, a Headphone/ microphone jack, a security lock slot, a fast access Facial Recognition and of course a comfy keyboard with quiet keys, a 10-key numpad as well as a multi-touch touchpad.

Conclusion: Dell Inspiron i3542-3267BK is a great little laptop at a very reasonable price, designed for people on-the-go. Screen is non-touch, keyboard is not backlit and the newer Windows 8 can be a bit of a challenge at first- for a few days but its pros outweigh its small cons. The powerful ultra low voltage Intel i3-4030U processor comes with a fixed 1.9GHz speed with no Turbo Boost but hyperthreading for two cores to handle four threads in parallel and is good for multimedia, office and more complex tasks, offers quite long battery life, 4GB system memory that can be upgraded to a max of 8GB, a decent range of connectivity options including an optical drive and Bluetooth. It is easy to set-up, offers great value for money and the 30 day trial versions of Microsoft Office and McAfee TPeaks LiveSafe are included and has a 12 month limited warranty for hardware as well as 24/7 technical customer support toll-free or online.

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Dell Inspiron 3000 Series i3542-3267BK 15.6" Laptop Review, 2.9 out of 5 based on 16 ratings

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