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The Dell Inspiron 15R was released in 2011 as an upgrade from the Inspiron 15R (2010) .

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Pros

supports the latest technologies - USB 3.0, 'Sandy Bridge' CPUs, optional AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics

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lots of customization options from the manufacturer

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compatible with interchangeable lids - allows for easy customization

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good webcam - supports 720p HD video chat

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budget friendly - configurable from a base $499 price point

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stays cool and quiet under normal use

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well-designed chiclet style keyboard and large multitouch trackpad with dedicated mouse buttons

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6 or 9-cell battery options - fairly decent battery life at over 7 hours with the 9-cell

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Cons

not Full HD compliant - only 720p capable, same 1366 x 768px resolution as 11.6" laptops

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the stock graphics by Intel don't provide a good multimedia experience

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standard Dell build - not the greatest, far from top tier manufacturers such as Lenovo, Sony and Apple

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comes loaded with trialware

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16:9 display aspect ratio

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large and heavy (5.84 lbs) - not ideal for use on the go

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The Dell Inspiron 15R was released in 2011 as an upgrade from the Inspiron 15R (2010). It changes by adding support for Sandy Bridge Processors, which are 2nd generation Intel Core CPUs with more processing and performance power. The Inspiron 15R also adds USB 3.0 interfaces for accessing USB 3.0 flash drives that are faster than their USB 2.0 predecessors, Bluetooth 3.0 for better Bluetooth connectivity with peripherals, and a high definition web camera that can more accurately capture video. The display is still 15” and with the same 720p resolution capability. However, users now have the option of adding along a third-party AMD or Nvidia graphics card so they can play 3D games with their laptop. The biggest change is that the lid has become removable. Users can remove it and replace it with one of 25 other separately purchased lids of various colors and designs.

Features
  • Windows 7
  • Sandy Bridge Processors
  • Intel Core i3-2310M (2.1GHz) | Option 1
  • Intel Core i5-2410M (2.3GHz) | Option 2
  • Intel Core i7-2630QM (2.0GHz) | Option 3
  • 15" 720p WLED Display
  • Removable Lid
  • 8GB Max DDR3 RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Optional AMD Radeon Card (512MB Max)
  • Optional Nvidia GeForce Card (1GB Max)
  • 6/9 Cell Battery
  • 5400/7200rpm SATA Drives (500/640GB)
  • DVD Player
  • Optional Blu-ray Player
  • Integrated Ethernet
  • Integrated Wireless
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • SRS Premium Audio
  • Stereo Speakers
  • 720p HD Camera
  • HDMI/VGA
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • eSATA
  • Card Reader
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