When the Dell Inspiron 15 5570 arrived, it certainly showed off a muted design. The device has a glossy surface of matte plastic that, while shiny, looks prone to scratches. I could immediately notice fingerprint marks left on the chassis, giving a dirty look if not wiped regularly. Overall, though, the build quality measures up to what is expected. It’s sturdy, with stable hinges and no noticeable bending from presses. As for the keyboard, the 15x15mm keys are spaced slightly from each other. I appreciate the inclusion of a numeric pad for work purposes, despite this being classified as a multimedia device. The backlit keyboard isn’t noisy when pressed, has rapid feedback, and can illuminate in dark areas.
For All Environments
The Inspiron 15 5570 uses a 15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare LED-Backlit display. Anti-glare displays lead to dull-looking screens. Indeed, if I were to open the notebook, my reflection would hardly be seen, which hampers the sleek look. Colours also appear faded as a result, and the screen has poor viewing angles from the sides. However, it’s important to note that this display does handle intense lights well, so this should be good if you find yourself under the sunlight often. In terms of speakers, the sound gets across well, but as with most notebooks, I couldn’t get the most clarity out of it. For that, the notebook comes with a combined headphone/microphone port, which tightly supports 3.5mm plugs.
The Dell Inspiron 15 5570 comes with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a discrete AMD Radeon 530 GPU. At the very least, this is an entry-level gaming device. The performance is often not sufficient to handle modern games in the native resolution, dangling below 30 fps for demanding games such as Rise of the Tomb Raider or Final Fantasy XV. Casual competitive games such as Dota 2 can manage 60fps just fine, though. Aside from that, video hobbyists can expect the notebook to handle video editing and effects decently. As a multimedia device, however, the small 128GB SSD is a little unfortunate as I blew through the quick storage perk in no time.
Another thing I want to highlight is the battery life. On the ‘Better Performance’ battery mode, the notebook manages to last a good five hours of continuous word processing and video watching. This amount of power consumption obviously spikes whilst gaming and will vary. The length under strain is serviceable, giving some two hours of use, give or take. In any case, I do not think this notebook suits well for portability under heavy load. Unfortunately, when the temperature of this device ramps up, heat gets distributed around central parts of the notebook. Hence, it should go without saying that I can’t place this on my lap for long periods, but as much as videos aren’t an issue.
Other Neat Things
Let’s talk briefly about a few other features. On the right, there is an SD card slot and a USB 2.0 port. The left side hosts ports for the power connector, USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, network, USB 3.1 Type-A, and headset/microphone. This is all standard fare, but it’s good to know that the notebook isn’t missing connectivity. The laptop also comes with an integrated webcam that one can use for conference calls. If you’re planning on using this for content creation, however, the quality is a mess of noise, shimmers, and grain. The touchpad I think is great, though. While it does detect up to the peripheral areas, it has a measure to ignore touch for slips along the edge.
A Tall Order
All-in-all, the Dell Inspiron 15 5570 is a reliable and functional notebook. It’s a good workstation, handles multimedia viewing well, and can cater to a small gaming itch. The device’s specs aren’t supreme, but the processor and SSD allow for a more seamless experience. That being said, the price of the Inspiron 15 5570 goes for a hefty RM3,999, which is roughly RM1,400 up from the older model. The new notebook includes upgrades to the processor, bigger RAM, slightly more memory for the Radeon 530, and a 128GB SSD. Still, I’m not feeling the solid jump in price for these few changes. In fact, I might prefer the cheaper configurations over the review unit provided to us value-wise.
Verdict: A pricey mid-range notebook that does the job well enough, but should be considered carefully.