Dell Inspiron 15R review: Dell Inspiron 15R

Annual power consumption cost
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
$4.75
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
$5.23
Dell Inspiron 15R
$5.75

With its larger nine-cell battery (six-cell versions are also available), the Dell Inspiron 15R ran for an impressive 5 hours and 36 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. That's especially good for a midsize laptop, but the trade-off is that the larger battery sticks out from the rear of the system by a little more than an inch.

Dell includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, which includes onsite service. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $119, with additional fees for extras such as accidental damage protection. Support is accessible through Dell's 24-7 toll-free phone line, and a well-maintained support Web site with an online knowledge base, FAQs, and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
680
Dell Inspiron 15R
786
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
834

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
126
Dell Inspiron 15R
130
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
139

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
140
Dell Inspiron 15R
171
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
185

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron 15R
336
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
261
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
197

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System configurations:

Dell Inspiron 15R
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

Dell Inspiron 14R
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Gateway NV59C09u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core i3 M330; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Dedicated) Intel Media Accelerator HD; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dm4-1003
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1695MB (Total) Intel MHD; 320GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core i3 M330; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Dedicated) Intel Media Accelerator HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Lenovo Ideapad Y460
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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Dell Inspiron 15R - 15.6" - Core i5 3210M - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 8 GB RAM - 1 TB HDD

Part Number: I15R-2105SLV Released: Jun 15, 2010
MSRP: $699.99 Low Price: $949.95 See all prices

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  • Release date Jun 15, 2010
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Installed Size 8 GB
  • Color silver moon
  • Weight 6 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) - tray
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • CPU Intel Core i5 (3rd Gen) 3210M / 2.5 GHz