Dell Inspiron 15 i7559-2512BLK Gaming Laptop Under 1000 Dollars
|Product Name:||Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming i7559-2512BLK (Core i7)|
|Processor:||Intel Core i7-6700HQ|
|CPU Base/Boost Speed:||2.6/3.5GHz|
|Graphics:||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5|
|Storage:||1TB HDD + 8GB SSD Cache|
|Screen Size/Resolution:||15 inch/1080p|
Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 8 GB SSD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
- 1 Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 8 GB SSD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
In our review of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Core i5 model, we said, “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.” And that’s true. However, that doesn’t mean that the Core i7 doesn’t have value. Quite the opposite, if you have need of the extra frequency and thread count that the Core i7 offers, then this particular configuration is also quite the value. However, we feel that there are a few changes that you’ll want to make in order to build this into a top-tier, high performance monster. We’ve got the Core i7 down, so let’s go through the rest of the configuration.
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 resolution, with most games being playable on high settings. It has a very solid 1080p IPS panel, with great color output.
Both 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 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.
Upgrading the Inspiron 15 7000 – Making It Great!
The system features 8GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, in a single stick configuration. Remember how we wanted to build a top-tier configuration using this system? Well, your first challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to upgrade the memory in this system. Luckily, Dell has made this easy! Adding a second stick of 8GB DDR3L-1600 will not only double your system memory to 16GB, but you’ll double the available bandwidth to the CPU. It’s easy, and it shouldn’t cost you more than about $30 and a quick trip to Amazon. We recommend this Kingston 8GB stick. All you need to do is turn your laptop over, unscrew the screws holding the bottom panel to the chassis, and you’ll have access to the second memory slot. Make sure your computer is powered down before you do any maintenance or upgrades, however!
The next killer upgrade, and one that you HAVE to do in order to unlock this system’s true potential, is upgrade your hard drive. The 1TB spinning disk with 8GB SSD cache is simply outclassed by a pure SSD. So to that end, we want to upgrade, for around $100, to a powerful 250GB Samsung M.2 SSD, AND we’ll keep the 1TB drive as a backup volume, perfect for storing photos, videos, and other files. Sounds daunting? Don’t worry, it’s much easier than you think, and it won’t take too much time. First, make sure that your system is off, and we’ll go through the same motions of accessing the underside of the system to install the M.2 SSD. It doesn’t look like a traditional 2.5″ SSD, it’s more like a long stick of memory. You’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver to secure the drive in its slot.
Next, after you’ve booted into Windows, Samsung’s handy Data Migration Software will allow you to move your OS installation from your factory-equipped 1TB mechanical drive onto your new Samsung EVO M.2 SSD. Upon restart, your system will automatically boot into Windows on its new, faster drive, and you will have already noticed the speed improvements. Then, you can right-click on the Start button, go into Disk Management, and format your 1TB drive, and continue to use it for storage. Boom, now you have a tricked-out Core i7 laptop with SSD, 16GB of RAM, 1TB mechanical storage, complete with a GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5; a fantasically configured gaming laptop UNDER 1000 dollars.
Dell Inspiron 15 i7559-2512BLK Recommended Gaming Settings
GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
Star Wars Battlefront
Call Of Duty: Back Ops 3
The Witcher 3
Comparison and Conclusion
We’ve said it before, within the Inspiron 15 7000 series, Dell gets a lot right. But they also have a good idea of what YOU want and need, which is even better. The Core i5 and SSD-equipped i7559-963BLK is perfect out of the box. It’s balanced for its price, and you’re ready to go. The i7-equipped 2512BLK is designed for someone who knows what they wants, and isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty making it happen. If you go into this with the idea of upgrading it right away to 16GB of RAM and an SSD, you’ll find that you’ve saved yourself some money and built your self a relatively cheap laptop for gaming under 1000 dollars, that’s maxed out in several different key features.
choose your plan
Intel Core i5-6700HQ 2.6/3.5GHz Quad Core w/ Hyperthreading
8GB DDR3L-1600 (1x8GB - max 16GB Total)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
1TB HDD with 8GB SSD Cache - available M.2 SSD Slot
802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0
3x USB 3.0
Waves MaxxAudioPro w/ Headphone/Mic Combo Jack
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
15.1 x 10.4 x 1 inches