Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV Gaming Laptop Under 500 Dollars

Product Name:Dell Inspiron 15 Touch i5555-2866SLV (AMD A10-8700P)
Brand:Dell
Rating:
Processor:AMD A10-8700P
CPU Base/Boost Speed:1.8/3.2GHz
Memory:8GB DDR3L-1600
Graphics:AMD Radeon R6 DDR3
Storage:1TB HDD
Screen Size/Resolution:15.6 inch/768p
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Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV 15.6-inch Touchscreen Laptop PC, AMD A10-8700P 1.80 GHz, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD±RW, Radeon R6 Graphics, Windows 10 Review

Who would have thought you could buy a cheap 2016 laptop for gaming under 500 dollars? Well, it seems like Dell thinks you can. Combined with AMD’s strengths in 3D graphics, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV was designed to get you into 3D gaming on the go. Featuring a 15 inch, 1366×768 display, powered by a quad-core AMD APU (accelerated processing unit) that includes AMD’s powerful Radeon R6 graphics core, this laptop is about the cheapest gaming laptop that you can find. It’s not going to run high-end games at high resolutions and details, but it will get you playing games like DOTA 2 at frame rates that will keep you competitive

Performance and Upgrades

When you first start up the Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV, expect the normal Windows setup process to take a little longer if you’re used to a more expensive system with a solid state drive. This system comes with a tradition, rotating-platter HDD spinning at 5400rpm. The upside is that there’s plenty of space for application installation and media storage. It’s easy with Windows 10, or with Dell’s excellent included support utilities, to create a backup image of your system as soon as you set it up, and then you can install your own, faster, SSD drive. With blazing fast SSDs going for cheap these days, this may be something you’d want to consider. All laptops can benefit from being upgraded from a mechanical hard drive.

What Dell didn’t cut back on, and this goes back to what we mean when we say balancing a system for gaming, is the memory configuration. Because AMD’s APUs share the system memory between the CPU and the GPU, it was imperative that they configure TWO sticks of memory for dual-channel memory performance, which doubles the theoretical bandwidth available to the CPU and the GPU, increasing gaming performance. If you want to upgrade from 8GB, the two SO-DIMM slots are located underneath the system, so they’re easy to get to, but just be sure to get a matched pair of SO-DIMM sticks! The system also utilizes low-voltage DDR3, so look for memory that is marked as “DDR3L-1600.” The system supports up to 16GB total

You’ll find that the 15.6″ touchscreen is responsive, but is only 1366×768 pixels in resolution. That’s OK, the APU’s Radeon R6 graphics will be taxed keeping this resolution fed with 3D goodness, but keep in mind that you’re get a a great cheap laptop for gaming here!

The touchpad is responsive, but nothing to write home about, which is a good thing at this price point! We were pleasantly surprised to find a back-lit keyboard at this price, as well.

The MaxxAudio is fantastic, but realize that the system has a unified headphone/mic jack, so if you need mic functionality, either make sure to get the right headset, or be prepared to purchase a cheap adapter.

Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV Recommended Gaming Settings

1366x768

resolution

Diablo III

Counter-Strike: Go

DOTA 2

Battlefield 4

Sims 4

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Low


Medium


High


Ultra


Comparison

Within the Inspiron 15 5000 series, the i5555-2866SLV sits towards the top end of the AMD stack. You can get this system with the cheaper and less powerful AMD A8 processor, but we don’t recommend that, and it’s hard to find a better deal than what you’re getting with the A10 in this package. Dell also makes an Intel variant as well, but it’ll typically run a little bit more expensive, and the 3D performance will not be as good. Battery life and overall CPU performance should be better. If you’re looking to spend up to the next price band, we recommend the Dell Inspiron 7000 Series.

Conclusion

When you’re discussing a cheap laptop for gaming, especially good gaming laptops under 500 dollars, compromise is going to be the word of the day. You can only make a system as fast as the technologies that companies like Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA are delivering. What manufacturers like Dell do have control over, however, is the way they put these high tech Legos together in a way that delivers the price and performance that gamers are looking for. Not all of us can afford the top end hardware. Dell has done an admirable job here in providing the maximum APU performance by not sacrificing dual-channel memory performance in the name of profits. Utilizing two sticks of memory in this configuration will allow it to perform as high as the APU can, and as a consequence, we see that there are several well known games that we can run at the native resolution of the display, on either low or medium settings. That’s what we require of a cheap gaming laptop in this class, and that’s what we were delivered. We recommend the Inspiron 15 5000 series with its AMD A10 APU for mobile gamers on a budget.

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Detailed Specifications

Screen Size

Screen Resolution

Processor

Memory

Graphics

Storage

Wirless Connectivity

USB Ports

Audio

Wired Networking

Camera

Backlit Keyboard

Operating System

Dimensions

15.6 inches

1366x768

AMD A10-8700P

8GB DDR3L-1600 (2x4GB - max 16GB Total)

Radeon R6 M345X Up to 2GB DDR3 Shared

1TB 5400rpm SATA

802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0

2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0

Waves MaxxAudioPro w/ Headphone/Mic Combo Jack

10/100 Ethernet

Integrated

Yes

Windows 10 Home 64-bit

14.96 x 10.25 x 0.95 in (379.98 x 260.40 x 24.05 mm)

5.34 lbs (2.42 kg)

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