Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop Review

Dell has recently launched the 15.6-Inch Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition laptop. While the specs are expected, the thing that caught my eye to it is that for it’s affordable price it comes with a FullHD(1920 x 1080 Pixel) 15.6-Inch touchscreen. So let’s have a detailed look at it and see what’s what.

The Exterior

Dell has been on a roll in recent years launching laptop after laptop with very clean and elegant designs. This Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop is no exception.

The top cover is finished in a textured silver finish with the black Dell logo right in the middle. The same silver finish continues on the sides of the body.

The inside and underside of the laptop are finished in matte black plastic. Surprisingly for a touchscreen laptop, the 15.6-inch touchscreen isn’t completely covered by a single continuous peace of glass. It has the same black matte plastic border as non-touchscreen models with the built in 720p Webcam and stereo mics in the middle of the top border. The FullHD (1920 x 1080 Pixel) 15.6-inch screen of the Dell Inspiron 5558 is already a very desirable feature and it also is a 10 finger touchscreen display. With such a grate display they have had to save somewhere. The only other design detail is a small silver Dell logo on the bottom edge of the screen.

The palmrest is finished in a slightly lighter black than the full sized chicklet style keyboard. Another surprising feature on this laptop is the backlit keyboard. The power button is placed in the top right corner of the palmrest. The Dell Inspiron 5558 comes with a very generously sized touchpad. The touchpad shares the same simple and elegant design of the rest of laptop with no visible click buttons. The only giveaway is the small silver line in the middle of the bottom part of the touchpad.

Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Laptop top view detail

The status LEDs are placed on the left side of the front edge. The two built-in speakers are located right underneath the front silver edge. As with all laptops with this sub optimal placement, expect the speakers to easily get muffled due to covering during use.

The underside comes with some features that are becoming rarer by the day. The battery pack can be removed and replaced or upgraded if desired and it also features a large service cover that gives you access to the HDD, RAM and WiFi module.

The Connectivity

The available connectivity on the Dell Inspiron 5558 is pretty much what you would expect from a laptop. The left side of the body features the power port, the Ethernet port, HDMI-Port, 1 USB 3.0-Port and the built-in card reader. The other side of the body features the Kensington-lock port, the DVD-writer, 2 USB 2.0-Ports and the combo Headphones-Mic-Jack. On the inside it features the latest WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac technology and Bluetooth 4.0.

Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Laptop connectivity

The only thing missing from this package is a VGA-out, but this has become standard by now. Another surprising aspect is the USB-mix, with only 1 USB-3.0 port and 2 USB-2.0 ports. I would have expected to see this combination reversed.

The Performance

The performance of the Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop is average for its price range. It comes with a 4th generation low voltage Intel Core i5-4210U running at 1.70 GHz. It can speed up to 2.7GHz if required. I think this is the feature where Dell decided to save some costs. Intel has already launched the 6th generation of Intel Core processors. Nonetheless the Core i5 is usually more than enough for most users. This processor features the Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics card. This card is getting old in its years and it can only manage older games and 3D applications.

Other than the somewhat older processor this Dell Inspiron 5558 comes with 8GB of DDR3L RAM and a 1TB HDD. The built in battery pack is a 4-cell 40Wh unit. Based on the specifications of this laptop the battery life should be good for up to 4 hours of usage.

The very big bonus with this laptop is the generous service cover. This means you can very easily change the HDD in a couple of years with an SSD and extend the RAM and battery life as needed.

On the software side, this is a Signature Edition laptop. This means it comes with a very clean Microsoft Windows 10 install without bloatware and unwanted software than usually tends to come with new laptops. It will run like a freshly installed laptop out of the box so you won’t have to get down and dirty to clean it all up.

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Who is it for? discussing who would benefit most from this laptop...

  • Student
    As with most laptops suited for students I first and foremost focus on battery life and multimedia abilities. Well I'm happy to say that the Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop has these 2 parts covered very well. The grate screen and large storage capacity make it perfect for watching and storing a lot of videos.
    Thanks to the combination of low-voltage Intel Core i5 processor and DDR3L RAM it should be able to go for at least 4 hours without the need for a socket. The battery life is I would say is average but it more than makes up for it in the other aspects.


  • Casual User
    I think the Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop has the needs of casual users very well covered. It comes with a very large HDD that gives you more storage space than you will know what to do with, a large quantity of RAM to sustain you for many years to come and a fast enough processor for your needs.
    That FullHD screen is perfect for reading and watching videos and photos.
    Thanks to the service cover it is perfectly prepared for a long term buy as you can easily change or upgrade parts over the years.


  • Business User
    I rarely recommend a touchscreen enabled laptop for business use, because well....you want to get your work done not fiddle around with a screen full of finger prints. The thing that makes the Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop good for business use is the FullHD resolution of that screen. It will make reading text on it quite pleasurable. It also features a full sized keyboard with a numpad that more often than not is a god send. This combination alone makes it perfect for doing a lot of spreadsheet and office work.
    Another feature that is becoming rarer by the day is the DVD-RW. The battery life should be sufficient for the occasional business trip and the performance and serviceability makes it a perfect long term buy.


  • Power User
    Laptops with service covers make for good power user laptops. The Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop does cover this requirement quite well. I'm not sure about the rest though. Yes it does come with plenty of RAM and yes it can be easily upgraded if needed, but I think that 4th Gen. Processor is pulling it back and that's something you can't upgrade on it.
    If you only require a lot or RAM and a decent processor then this is the right laptop for you, but if you run processor intensive software I wouldn't recommend it.


PROs Vs. CONs

The biggest pro for the Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop is that amazing FullHD touchscreen display. It is really a very good combination.
Another big bonus is the fact that this is a Signature Edition laptop with a clean Windows 10 install and it'll be running at full speed out of the box.
Other than that it comes with plenty of RAM and HDD space that can easily be upgraded thanks to the generous service cover.

The biggest con of this Dell Inspiron 5558 is that it comes with an older 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor. I guess this is the price you have to pay to get that grate screen.
Another cost cutting solution was to not install a dedicated graphics card. The integrated Intel HD 4400 is/was decent but it is getting old and can barely keep up.
Although the body features 3 USB-ports, only one of them is a USB 3.0-port.



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Summary

Dell has managed to offer a very good multimedia laptop with the Dell Inspiron 5558 Signature Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop. Thanks to that grate FullHD 15.6-inch touchscreen display it is very well prepared to offer the complete Windows 10 experience. The performance is slightly below average, as it had to suffer a bit to get that display in the budget, but it's more than enough for most home and casual users. It still comes with plenty of RAM and HDD space.
Overall, I think this Dell Inspiron 5558 is a well balanced multimedia laptop that will offer many years of service.
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Technical Details

Processor Intel Core i5-4210U 1.70 GHz
Video Card Intel HD Graphics 4400
RAM Memory 8GB DDR3L
Audio built-in stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio
Operating System Windows 10
Display 15.6-inch touchscreen 1920 x 1080px
Storage Drive 1 TB 5400rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
USB 2.0 Ports 2
USB 3.0 Ports 1
Built-in Camera Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive DVD-RW
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out -
HDMI-out Yes
LAN-out Yes
Color Silver
Width 14.90 in.
Depth 10.25 in.
Height 0.95 in.
Weight 5.30 lbs.
Battery Life up to 4 hours
Warranty 1 Year Limited Warranty

Updated on April 2nd, 2017

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