Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-953BLK 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

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

Inspiron 15 (3521) (i15RV-953BLK)
at a glance…
  • Processor: Intel® Pentium® processor 2127U (2M Cache, 1.9GHz)
  • Display: 15.6 HD 720p WLED w/ Truelife
  • Operating system: Windows 8 Home, English
  • Storage (hard drive): 500GB 5400rpm HDD
  • Optical drive: 8X CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD±R Drive)
  • 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: Pocket Cloud Companion, Additional SW, Cycle 5 INS w/Webcam (CY5INW8), CMS – Cyberlink Media Suite Essentials

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 Pentium Dual Core 2127U Processor (2M Cache, 1.90GHz)
  • 4 GB DDR3
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen

2 thoughts on “Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-953BLK 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

  1. TheUnboxingGeek-com "Bryan"
    TheUnboxingGeek-com "Bryan" says:

    Not bad at all, But… The Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-953BLK is a 15-inch notebook that provides great esthetics in addition to a strong build quality. It is designed for all users, novice and advanced, and is reasonably priced compared to other notebooks in its class.The Inspiron 15 is a quiet but powerful notebook with a sleek appearance and clean design. The screen is vibrant and large for viewing media, with speakers loud enough to fill a room. The Intel Pentium 2127U dual-core processor makes it speedy enough for standard usage and makes it a suitable replacement for a desktop. Its 4 GB of RAM help it keep up with the pricier competition.Build and DesignThe newer Inspiron model provides a sleeker more modern look than older models. It features a hinge design with the screen located in front of the chassis. This allows the user to move the screen closer to the keyboard making the action seem closer. The exterior of the 15R model is very elegant with its screen cover having a brushed metal appearance which gives the look of metal but the flair of a painted surface. The outer surface is actually easier to clean this way. This same design is displayed inside the notebook, on the hand rest and the trim around the keyboard.The shell is built with around a strong chassis with thick, durable plastic. The chassis resists bending and the hand rest and keyboard are supportive, remaining intact under strong pressure. Unlike previous models, the 15R is able to resist screen wiggling back-and-forth or side-to-side. This is largely due to the fact that hinges on each side keep the screen into a firmly locked position, only moving once lifted or closed.Upgrading the hardware is simpler than ever. To perform memory upgrades, there is only one panel on the bottom of the machine. The access panel can be lifted by removing the screw with a Phillips head screwdriver. Accessing the hard drive, however, still requires disassembly of the entire chassis.Display and SpeakersThe screen is 15.6 inches in size, with 1366×768 resolution. It should be noted that the screen’s surface is highly reflective for those who prefer matte finishes. The LED screen provides a strong backlight with vivid colors that are optimal if the screen remains in a position within 20 degrees vertically of its standard 90 degree position. Horizontally, the screen can be rotated close to 60 degrees before the reflective surface disrupts the image.The Inspiron’s speakers are situated along the edge of the hand rest and operate efficiently when placed on hard, non-porous surfaces. The speaker location could prove to be detrimental, however, if using the notebook on a soft surface such as a couch, bed or lap due to the fact that the speakers could easily be blocked.Ports and FeaturesThe Inspiron 15 offers many connection ports, providing the capability of hosting various media as a desktop replacement notebook. It features two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, standard audio jacks, an eSATA/USB connection, HDMI, and Ethernet port. It also features an SD card reader and the available Wi-Di adapter allows the user to stream media from the Internet to an outside device.Keyboard and TouchpadThe keyboard features keys that are standard on Dell laptops. They keys are mostly flat with the letters and number pad being slightly concave in the centers. The design is wide enough to feel spacious even with the number pad, yet compact enough to fit all keys in one distinct rectangular space.The notebook features a Synaptics touchpad with a smooth gliding surface that supports multiple sensations at once. The touchpad buttons click softly with little noise.PerformanceThe Intel Pentium 2127U processor with HD graphics can manage any basic activities needed from an inexpensive notebook. While more than suitable for everyday tasks such as web browsing or creating documents, the included graphics processor is not built for hardcore gaming. It is still acceptable for other types of media such as photos or videos.High-definition 720p and 1080p movies can be rendered without lagging or skipping. This benefit comes in handy when using the Intel Wi-Di adapter which is perfect for wirelessly streaming HD videos to an outside TV.Battery LifeThe notebook comes with a 48Wh 6-cell battery. The battery tests in at a 3 hour and 33 minute duration. To extend operating time an additional 9-cell 90WH battery is available.Heat and NoiseThe Inspiron 15 manages heat distribution fairly well, with its only hot spot exceeding 90 degrees under the bottom of the chassis. Temperatures above the chassis stay below 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The laptop’s fan steps in to reduce excess heat when needed. The notebook is quiet with minimal noise disturbance.What I like about it…

  2. Jennifer

    Great buy I love this computer. I only paid $349, plus an extra $10 for shipping and had it the next day at 10 a.m. after my other laptop’s motherboard died. It functions well and looks good. I’ve purchased other laptops for less than $400 and this one is my favorite. It has a CD player, USB, basically everything you need.

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