81
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Dell's 2013 revision of the 15R may be a budget laptop, but as PC Advisor points out, "the Inspiron 15R certainly doesn’t look like a budget laptop," and the "case is plastic, but solidly built." As the display only has a budget-friendly resolution of 1366x768, Notebook Check found it to be "middle class." Despite the mediocre display, PC Advisor was impressed with the 15R's performance, saying it "will take web browsing and office work in its stride" and that "battery life proved a pleasant surprise." With models running as low as $349, the Inspiron 15R is a budget friendly laptop that doesn't skimp on performance, just don't expect an HD display.

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Model
i15RM-4146SLV

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
2.7 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
6 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (3337U)
Processor speed
2.7 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
yes (Tray loading) (DVD, CD) (yes)

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)
RAID support
no

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
External / removable drive bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
6 GB

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
no
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD, MMC)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
i15RM-4634SLV

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
3.1 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7) (3537U)
Processor speed
3.1 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
yes (Tray loading) (DVD, CD) (yes)

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)
RAID support
no

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
External / removable drive bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
no
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD, MMC)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
I15RV-1428BLK

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Pentium)
Processor speed
1.8 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
yes (Tray loading) (DVD, CD) (yes)

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)
RAID support
no

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
External / removable drive bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
no
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD, MMC)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
I15RV-477BLK

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.5 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Celeron)
Processor speed
1.5 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
yes (Tray loading) (DVD, CD) (yes)

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
i15RV-4290BLK

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Celeron) (1017U)
Processor speed
1.6 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
yes (Tray loading) (DVD, CD) (yes)

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
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