|Max Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Processor||Intel Celeron N3060, Dual-Core, 1.6GHz, 2M Cache|
|Ports||2 x USB2.0 Ports, 1 x USB3.0 Port, 1 x HDMI Port, 3 in 1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC & SDXC), Integrated 10/100 Ethernet Port, x Headphone/Mic Combo Jack|
|Wireless||Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Dual Band 2.4&5Ghz Wi-Fi|
|Preinstalled OS||Windows 10|
What’s In the Box?
The laptop is shipped in a standard box that contains the notebook itself, an Ac charger, a charging cable and the user manual.
2018 Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Features
1. Processor and Performance
The performance of the Dell Inspiron 15 3552 is powered by Intel’s Celeron N3060 processor. This 64-bit processor is synonymous with entry-level notebooks and Chromebooks. It has two cores that tick at 1.6GHz and can go up to 2.48GHz thanks to the burst frequency technology used. The two cores share 2MB of cache as well as a graphics memory.
In case you are wondering, the processor can support virtually all Linux distros. The few that you probably won’t be able to install or those that will be sluggish are resource-intensive gaming distros. Otherwise it’s more than sufficient for your daily activities. And the processor’s dual-core nature means it can multi-thread and increase performance efficiency.
By default the notebook comes with Windows 10 Home. But you can remove it and install any Linux distribution of your choice. Alternatively, you can run a dual boot of Windows and Linux if your heart is torn between the two. Most Linux distros won’t take more than 20GB of storage space. Windows 10, on its part, requires at least 20GB (the 64-bit version).
2. Memory and Storage
This notebook comes with a system memory (RAM) of 4GB. It’s a DDR3L type of RAM. The ‘L’ means that the RAM requires less power than its predecessor – the DDR3 – and that, in turn, means that the Dell Inspiron 15 3552 is not a power-hungry notebook.
Besides that, DDR3L RAMs generally perform better than the traditional DDR3s. They also generate less heat, so you won’t have to worry about your notebook’s RAM getting damaged due to self-generated heat.
The Inspiron 15 3552 also comes with a 500GB HDD hard drive that is rated at 5400 revolutions per minute (RPM). While that’s not the fastest RPM for a hard disk, it’s still fast enough and guarantees high performance.
3. Display and Sound
The Inspiron 15 3552 uses Intel HD Graphics to process graphics. It supports most of the casual Linux games as well as a few popular titles like Counter Strike and League of Legends. But you will need to rely on either Steam, Lutris, Pay on Linux or any other such repository that has the games.
Just make sure that the game you want to play doesn’t require a resolution that is higher than HD. While the notebook’s screen is built with a nice TN panel, it has a maximum resolution of (1366×768), which is just HD. So demanding games that require anything more than HD won’t play.
The built-in stereo loudspeakers deliver excellent clarity, especially in high frequencies. You, however, might not like the quality of sound in mid and low frequencies. Luckily there’s a way around that if you have an external stereo, home theater system or speaker. The laptop has an audio output option, and that means you can connect any audio device that uses the standard audio jack.
4. Design and Construction
One of the reasons why the Dell Inspiron 3552 is popular is because it’s relatively light and thin. It weighs just 5.07 pounds and has a total thickness of under 1 inch.
The black exterior is entirely built out of a glossy plastic material. The lid is textured and has the Dell logo in the middle. As one of the slimmest notebooks from the Inspiron 15 3000 series, this laptop offers the bare minimum of ports on the sides.
On the left side you will find the main exhaust vent, a charging slot, an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port and an SD card reader. The right side has two USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The 40WHr battery is removable and can go up 6 hours when fully charged. If you are doing something that’s resource-demanding (like gaming) you can get up to 3 hours of use, which is quite impressive for an entry-level laptop.
For typing and navigation the Inspiron 3552 features a full-size keyboard alongside a numeric pad and touchpad with integrated click buttons. The keyboard is not backlit, but that’s not a big bummer unless you are a sucker for using your laptop in dark places.
In addition to all the above, this notebook still has space for a tray load DVD Drive that can read and burn DVDs and CDs. It also features a 0.9MP web camera that records footage in 720P.
Both the RAM and HDD are user-upgradable. At the bottom of the notebook is a service lid that’s held in place by two screws. Opening the lid gives you access to the Wi-Fi module, the single RAM slot and the HDD.
The default 4GB 1600MHz DDR3L RAM can be expanded to 8GB while the HDD can go up to 1TB. If you prefer an SSD then you can install a maximum of 128GB SSD. Of course you will get a smaller storage space but you’ll be guaranteed of a smoother computing experience.
Are There Cons of 2018 Dell Inspiron 3552?
Overall, the Dell Inspiron 3552 is an excellent buy when you are on a tight budget. It fully supports Linux and Linux-compatible applications. But of course it’s not flawless.
The one common complaint about this notebook is that the Ethernet port is entirely omitted. If you rely on wired internet more than Wi-Fi then you will have a harder time with this laptop.
Besides that, its hinges are tighter than those of most other notebooks. Opening it with one hand is near impossible. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is subjective, but most users would rather be able to open it with one hand.
The Final Word
The Inspiron 3552 is not the fastest notebook around but it’s still usable for daily home or office activities nonetheless. You may want to know that Dell offers this notebook in two somewhat different versions.
The other option is a quad-core that comes with a Pentium N3700 processor. It’s still an entry-level laptop but it offers a noticeably better and smoother experience because of the 4 cores.
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