Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-8524BLK 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black Matte with Textured Finish)

Manage daily tasks with the affordable Inspiron 15 featuring a 15.6″ screen in a design that’s 21 percent thinner than previous generations, with up to 3rd Gen Intel Core processors and a 10-key number pad.

Inspiron 15 Laptop: Big on features, not on price.

Inspiron 15 (3521) (i15RV-8524BLK)
at a glance…
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3337U processor (3M Cache, up to 2.7 GHz)
  • Display: 15.6 HD (720p) WLED with Truelife (1366×768)
  • Operating system: Windows 8 Home, English
  • Memory (RAM): 6GB, DDR3, 2 DIMM, 1600MHz
  • Storage (hard drive): 500GB 5400rpm HDD
  • Optical drive: 8X CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD±R Drive)
  • Video graphics: Intel® HD Graphics
  • Media card reader: 8-in-1 Media Card Reader and USB 3.0
  • Bluetooth®: Bluetooth® tied to wireless card
  • Audio: Waves Maxx Audio 4.0
  • Preinstalled software: McAfee TPeaks Live Safe – 30 day, Microsoft® Office Trial (OHT13M), Additional SW, Cycle 3 INS w/Webcam (CY3INW8), Pocket Cloud Companion, McAfee® Live Safe™, Microsoft® Office Trial , No call out needed on label for addt’l software, Pocket Cloud Companion

Inspiron 15 Laptop: Datasheet

Inspiron 15 Laptop: Datasheet

Photo Gallery

Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Closed front view
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Close-up view of cover
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Left side view
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Right angled view
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Back cover view
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Full view of cover
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Full screen view
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Close-up of keyboard and touchpad
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Right side view
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Side view
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Side view
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Angled view
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Back cover view
Inspiron 15 (3521) - Inspiron 15: Overhead keyboard view

Product Features

  • Intel Core i5 3337U 1.8 GHz (3 MB Cache)
  • 6 GB DDR3
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Intel® HD Graphics 4000
  • Windows 8

3 thoughts on “Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-8524BLK 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black Matte with Textured Finish)

  1. Finn Riley

    Solid notebook for the price but Windows 8 is an ABOMINATION! OK so, my new Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-8524BLK arrived yesterday well packed in a double box. My old portie is a Dell Inspiron E1505 and it has been a decent portie thru the years so I thought I would give a new one a try. I knew I would be replacing Windows 8 when I bought it (I am a tech expert).PROS: The price is good for the hardware you get: 6GB RAM, i5 cpu, HD4000 graphics, HDMI, USB 3, etc. The build quality seems good, cover is a nice matte finish that doesn’t show finger prints, full numeric keypad, keyboard has a nice feel. Fast and quiet with good battery life from the 6-cell battery. It is thin and light.CONS: Hardware has improved so much over the years but the display on this new one is only 1366×768 compared to the 7 year old E1505 with 1280×800. Not a big deal to me but it seems like there should be better default displays by now. I miss the old media control buttons on the front edge of the E1505. Touchpad is very hard to use/get the hang of.The big knock on this machine is true of most portables today – they come with Windows 8. Microsoft has had lemons before but this is such an utter disaster. Why does Ballmer even have a job? I personally hold M$ responsible for the demise of the PC market by introducing this turd. Anything you want as long as it is W8. WTF!??My solution was to just to delete Windows 8. I now dual boot Linux Mint 15 XFCE and Windows 7 Pro. Non-experts should be careful when considering a new machine with Windows 8 on it.EDIT: The touchpad was just too unusable for me (it is my only pointing device). After trying different settings with no improvement I have returned this purchase.

  2. Paul J. Lynch
    Paul J. Lynch says:

    Great laptop right out of the box For a basic “off the shelf” laptop, this Inpiron is amazing. I did nothing to customize it. Bought it “as is.” So far so good. It is quick. Battery life is good.

  3. J. Cox

    Nice computer – touchpad gives me problems though Nice computer that does everything I want so no problem there. I don’t game, just use for internet and basic programs.My biggest complaint is with the touchpad. It is either too large or sits too far to the right or both. The palm of my hand touches it and sends the cursor somewhere else on the page (twice while typing this so far). Guess I can disable and use a mouse or use better posture.The keyboard is a minor problem and may just be me. I would suggest checking out a Dell at a store though to see if you may have the same problem. Looks like many models use the same layout.The other thing is Windows 8 (does anyone remember “New Coke” or “Pepsi Clear”). It is terrible but many have complained about it so I won’t go into detail. It is so bad I almost returned the computer.I have since downloaded a shell that gives the look of older versions of Windows and also have done some tweeks so I have been able to get by pretty well and only have minor issues with the OS now.- J

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