Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook Review

I’ve been struggling with this review for a while now. I know it is a bit late but the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook is even in its base configuration a bit out of the price brackets I usually review here. I decided it needs a full review after doing some more research into it. It is proving to be a very affordable and very good gaming laptop.

The Exterior

When I first came across the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook I taught at first that this was another one quick paint-job on a regular laptop, then brand it as “gaming notebook”. It seems I was actually wrong. If you’ve read my guide on gaming laptops you would know that I give very big points for well designed cooling and the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK comes with a dual-fan setup. So let’s see what else Dell did to make this laptop a gaming laptop.

Dell went with very discrete design queues for the Inspiron i7559-2512BLK. The laptop body is finished in matte black with thin red accents here and there. The top cover gets the typical round Dell logo completely in red that I think contrasts nicely with the matte black finish. From the front it looks like any other Dell laptop sharing this design. The FullHD 1080p LED display is surrounded by a matte black border and surprisingly gets a white Dell logo on the bottom. The top border contained the built-in webcam right in the middle and the dual microphones on each side.

The palmrest continues with the very discreet and professional design. There is a fine red mesh above the keyboard that hides the built in speakers. The touchpad contour is highlighted with a thin red strip. The fan inlet port on the left side of the body also gets the red accent treatment. This Dell features a full sized keyboard with numpad and is backlit in white.

You know that wants this laptop to be seriously considered by gamers because they decided that you can open the back of it with only one screw. You get access to all the most important user upgradable components.

Overall the laptop is in keeping with Dell’s sober and professional designs in recent years. It features a few red accents here and there to let you know that it’s something special and you can see that they did spend some time on it to make everything work right.

The connectivity

The connectivity on the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-Inch gaming laptop is pretty standard. You get the power port, 2 USB 3.0-Ports and the Headset-jack on the left side of the body. The right side features the remaining SD Cardreader, another USB 3.0 Port, a HDMI-out, an Ethernet LAN port and the all important Kensington Lock-port.

On the inside you get dual band Wireless WiFi 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 4.0. TIt features the latest in connectivity standards.

The performance

We now come to the party peace of the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-inch gaming laptop. In this configuration it comes with a top of the line 6th Gen. Intel Core i7-6700HQ running at 2.6GHz, 8GB of easily upgradable DDR3L RAM and a nVidia GTX960M graphics card. Where you can see that Dell maintained a budget is on the storage side. It features a 1TB 5400rpm HDD assisted by a 8GB cache SSD. This storage solution hasn’t been in used in gaming laptops for some time now. The laptop also features a 6-cell 74WHr battery pack. Dell claim up to 10 hours of battery life. With some basic math I can say that it can’t do that. With a HDD I would say a far more achievable value is 5-hours. If you upgrade to a SSD that would probably go up some more.

With that said, the performance is still more than enough to run any of the latest titles. Here’s a video of GTA 5 sunning on this laptop:

Thankfully though Dell made it very easy for you to upgrade your HDD and RAM at a lated time. It also features an empty M.2 slot for fast SSDs. This is turning out to be a very good starting platform for later upgrades.

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

  • Gaming
    The main purpose of the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-Inch is to serve as a gaming laptop. And I can confidently say that it is indeed very well suited for this purpose. The performance is more than enough for anybody and you can easily upgrade it. You only need to remove just one screw. In my eyes this laptop is currently still one of the best value oriented gaming laptops you can gen.

  • Student
    The second type of person that could greatly benefit from the features of the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-Inch laptop are students. Even if it doesn't manage to achieve Dell's claimed battery life, it still comes with, by todays standards, a substantial battery. If you are careful it should last you a day of classes away from a socket. The best part is that when you get home you can use it to play your favorit game. It is a good allround laptop and is also a good base for lated upgrades that should last you through your entire student life.

  • Power User
    The only reason the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-Inch laptop gets a recommendation for power users is because of the amazing upgradability of the thing. With just one screw you can install a fast SSD and another 8GB of RAM to get an amazingly potent little laptop. The performance is good, it should handle everything you throw at it and I don't think you have many other alternatives in this price range.

PROs Vs. CONs

While at first I really wasn't sure about the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-Inch gaming laptop, after diving deeper into the review I quickly recognised it is amazing value for the price. It comes with a high performance version Intel Core i7 and while its base configuration isn't anything special you can always upgrade it in under 5 minutes by removing just one screw.

Most value oriented product do tend to suffer here and there and I would say the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-Inch is no exception. Dell took their basic matte black body and added some minor red accents to it. It is understandable that they couldn't spend time and money on building and entirely different body for this laptop. What they could have done though, would have been to offer a much better storage solution. For a laptop targeted at gaming, installing just a HDD is disappointing.



Summary

I have been conflicted about reviewing the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-Inch gaming laptop from the very beginning. I honestly didn't think it was more than a quick paint-job on Dells part, but I was wrong. It proves to be a very well designed gaming laptop, with plenty of headroom for upgrades. It truly is a very good laptop for its price and it definitely deserves to be here.
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Technical Details

Processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz
Video Card nVidia GeForce GTX 960M
RAM Memory 4GB GDDR5
Audio Stereo speakers and subwoofer with MaxxAudio
Operating System Windows 10
Display 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080px
Storage Drive 1 TB 5400rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
USB 2.0 Ports None
USB 3.0 Ports 3
Built-in Camera Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive -
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out -
HDMI-out Yes
LAN-out Yes
Color Black
Width 15,1 in.
Depth 10,4 in.
Height 1 in.
Weight 5,67 lbs.
Battery Life up to 5 hours
Warranty 1 year Limited Warranty

Updated on April 2nd, 2017

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