Dell Inspiron 15 i7559-763BLK Gaming Laptop Under 800 Dollars

Product Name:Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Series i7559-763BLK (Core i5)
Brand:Dell
Rating:
Processor:Intel Core i5-6300HQ
CPU Base/Boost Speed:2.3/3.2GHz
Memory:8GB DDR3L-1600
Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
Storage:256GB M.2 SSD
Screen Size/Resolution:15 inch/1080p
Dell Inspiron 15 i7559-763BLK Gaming Laptop Under 800 Dollars (hover to zoom) (tap once to zoom, tap left, right, top, bottom to move image, tap outside of image to cancel)
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Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10) Review

Dell’s hit the ball out of the park with this particular cheap laptop for gaming. It’s one thing to deliver ho-hum entry-level 3D performance, but a solid mid to upper-range configuration will start to increase the price and stretch your budget. On top of that, many manufacturers load up higher performing configurations with features that a budget gamer doesn’t need or want, like 4K screens. The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 strips away all of the superfluous extras and instead delivers the core hardware necessary for a killer gaming laptop under 800 dollars.

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Overview

At the core of this balanced configuration are two well-picked components. The CPU is Intel’s latest, 6th Generation Skylake Core i5 processor, that features four cores, four threads of processing power, and a boost clock of 3.2GHz. Most games don’t take advantage of the HyperThreading feature found on the more more expensive Core i7 processors, and the cost increase wouldn’t be justified for a cheap gaming laptop.

The other hero of this laptop is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, coupled with 4GB of fast GDDR5 memory. This 28nm GPU is based on NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture, and it performs brilliantly at 1080p resolutions, with most games being playable on high settings. It has a very solid 1080p IPS panel, with great color output.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 CoolingBoth of these heat-generating components are cooled by a very robust dual-blower and heatpipe configuration that was definitely designed and built with gaming in mind. The components stay cool and don’t throttle during use.

The system features 8GB of DDR3L-1600MHz memory, in a single stick configuration. Dell built this with upgrades in mind, and you have the option of adding a second 8GB stick of memory to unlock the full bandwidth potential in dual-channel mode. We don’t think you’ll need to upgrade out of the box, but it’s good to know the option is there.

Furthermore, and the choice that just wraps this up into a nice little package of gaming goodness, this configuration features a 256GB SSD drive in an M.2 slot. That’s right, get several times the performance of a mechanical hard drive, all without breaking the bank. If 256GB is too little storage for you, the system has an open 2.5″ bay for you to add any manner of storage you’d like. See, we told you Dell thought about you guys, here!

The black and red color scheme works well, and we’re always happy to see a backlit keyboard. On top of it all, you still get a number pad, which is not always something you’ll find on a 15 inch notebook.

Connectivity is what you’d expect, with fast Intel 802.11AC and Bluetooth Wireless, 3x USB 3.0 ports, a media card reader, HDMI out, Ethernet Jack, and headphone/mic combo jack. The audio is robust, featuring stereo speakers and a “subwoofer.”

The system feature set rounds out with a 6-cell battery, and the whole package weighs in at about 5.7 pounds. You should expect to get about 4.5 hours of mixed-usage out of this system, more if you keep the brightness down on the display.

Dell Inspiron 15 i7559-763BLK Recommended Gaming Settings

GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5


Overwatch

Doom (2016)

The Division

Star Wars Battlefront

Call Of Duty: Back Ops 3

The Witcher 3

Low

1280x720

Medium

1366x720


High

1920x1080


Ultra

1920x1080


Comparison and Conclusion

Within the Inspiron 15 7000 series, Dell gets a lot right. This particular system is a real chart-topper, and may be the finest gaming laptop under 800 dollars. While there are several different configurations of the Inspiron 15 series, including the i7559-2512BLK, we feel that, in the spirit of cheap laptops for gaming, this configuration with its more balanced Core i5 processor, and inclusion of the 256GB SSD really sets it apart. If you wanted one step up on the performance scale, grab the i7 configuration and upgrade it with an additional 8GB or RAM and an inexpensive M.2 SSD, as we mention in our review. Otherwise, if the 7000 series is just outside your budget, take a look at the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series, but be forewarned, that system may be almost half as expensive, but you’re also giving up a lot of performance in the process. That’s why we think that this system is just right for someone looking for an affordable computer that can also game on the go.

The Dell Inspiron 15 i7559-763BLK is a laptop we like, and if you recognize the games in our testing are of the type you want to play, you’re not going to get a much better overall experience for the money. Coupled with Dell’s good customer service and the upgradeability of the design, we think that the Inspiron 15 7000 series a fantastic gaming laptop.

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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

1920x1080 Non-Touch

Intel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3/3.2GHz Quad Core

8GB DDR3L-1600 (1x8GB - max 16GB Total)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5

256GB M.2 SSD with available 2.5" Bay

802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0

3x USB 3.0

Waves MaxxAudioPro w/ Headphone/Mic Combo Jack

10/100/1000 Ethernet

Integrated

Yes

Windows 10 Home 64-bit

15.1 x 10.4 x 1 inches

5.7 pounds

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