Dell Inspiron 15R N5110


A step forward for Dell with Inspiron 15R

Even the Inspiron 15R N5110 is the entry level model of Dell, the quality of the model is good and you can use it for your every day work. This model seems to have just a single cons: it heats a little too much, comparing with other notebooks from the same class.

The expectations before test

The Inspiron class of notebooks launched by Dell seems to reborn in this moment. Even the model presented in this review is an entry level one, the American producer still offer a good quality of its notebooks. The finishes of the laptops is generally good and Dell is decided to change the entire range of his entry level notebooks. This spring comes with some design changes of the entire Inspiron class. But let’s see the review of the 15R / N5110 model.

The reality

dell-inspiron-15r-n5110The Inspiron 15R N5110 is very closed at the design lines with the Dell XPS notebooks family. Even the finishes are not really identical, the ergonomics of 15R is very similar to that of XPS class. For example, the external connectors (two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 connectors, VGA and the HDMI connector) are located on the same sides and rear of the notebook. Another similar point is the entire design of the product, very similar with the XPS series, which is more fine in the front and thick behind of the machine.

Good quality of the materials

Inspiron 15R come s with a superior finish and a classic design. The notebook is made from black shiny plastic and with a great 15.6-inch display (able to offer 1366 x 768 pixels resolution). At the interior, the notebook is made from the same black plastic, but more stronger, able to protects better against the prints of the fingers and dust, for example.
The keypad has a shiny silver line on it, which change the perception of the design. The keyboard offers no backlight, comparing with what the XPS 17 3D offers. Even this keyboard doesn’t offer backlight technology, the typing is easy to perform, because the buttons are very well placed and the typing is more comfortable.

Not enough power for gamers

Our testing configuration was well equipped if you think at its price of 599 euros on the online stores (without any shipping taxes). This version uses the Sandy Bridge technology of Intel and Nvidia graphics. The processor is an Intel Core i3-2310M running at 2.1 GHz on each of its two cores, a good performance processor. This feature is associated with 4 GB DDR3 memory. These features are able to provide you enough performance to run perfectly in the office tasks, surfing and some multimedia tasks. The notebook is able to provide medium performance because of the GeForce GT 525m graphics card. Anyway, if you want to play games at the default resolution of the display, you will see that is not a very comfortable task. The 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and 50Hz frequency seems to be enough to play the less recent games. For these games, the 15R is a good option if you need a decent performance notebook.

At the audio chapter, Dell implements two stereo speakers in the notebook configuration. The quality of the sound is good and the notebook is compatible with the SRS Premium Sound technology. The storage capacity is about 500 GB, with a good quality and fast hard drive, able to keep safe your data.

Battery life and autonomy

The Inspiron 15R uses the Optimus Nvidia technology. This is a good point and the notebook will use just the Intel integrated graphics of the processor if the task is not very complex. This is the reason because the notebook consumes just 20.9 watts if you are not using is for difficult tasks. The autonomy in out tests is good, with a medium value of about 3 h 40 min. The notebook was used to play videos on the entire time.

Review conclusions

After our tests we can said that the Inspiron 15R (N5110) tested here is a good product, able to offer good performance if you don’t need a dedicated gamer notebook. The price of this laptop is good and the model is sold with 599 euros in the online stores. The only problem can be the weight and the high temperatures in a normal using.

Technical specifications

Remote ControlNo
Display Size15.6
Video CaptureNo
Number of Core (s)2
Clock Speed in MHz2260
Hard Drive Size640
TV outputYes
Model Graphics ProcessorHD
Brand of Graphic ChipIntel
Fingerprint readerNo
TV Tuner CardNo
Processor BrandIntel
Number of USB Ports4
Intel CentrinoNo
Storage MediumHard Drive
Chipset BrandIntel
Windows Media Center EditionNo
Chipset TypeHM57
Processor Number350M
Weight in kg2.6
Depth in cm26.2
Height in cm3.3
Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Integrated webcamYes
Video memory in MB0
Card Reader0
Battery Life in Hours0
Processor ModelCore i3
LED technologyEdge LED
Operating SystemNo