Pros

  • Excellent full HD screen
  • Good overall performance
  • Not very stylish

Cons

  • Heavy

At A Glance

It may not be an Ultrabook, but it packs a wallop under the hood.

Manufacturer’s Description

With a 15.6" display (full HD optional), 2GB performance graphics and 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ processors, the Inspiron™ 15R Special Edition is built to give you the best in entertainment.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15r-se-7520/pd?refid=inspiron-15r-se-7520&baynote_bnrank=1&baynote_irrank=0&~ck=baynoteSearch&isredir=true

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 2100.0 MHz
Cache size 6.0 KB
Processor count 4
Display
Display size 15.6 inches
Display type Matte LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 1000.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0 RPM
Other storage
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
Ports and Connections
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Video Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • VGA
Slots
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Memory
Memory size 8000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Memory max 8.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 14.9 inches
Depth 10.0 inches
Height 1.4 inches
Weight 6.4 pounds
Weight with Accessories 7.4 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Included Software Adobe Photoshop \\& Premiere Elements 9; CyberLink PowerDVD 9.6;
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard (backlit)
  • Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 137.0
Worldbench Version 7
Battery
Battery Life 3:43   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 22.3   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 4218.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Web Performance 13.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Storage Performance
File Compression 451.1   seconds (lower is better)
Hard Drive File Operations 473.2   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 196.5   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 163.7   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 132.2   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Gaming Score 81.0
Crysis 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 12.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 16.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768 28.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600 48.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 21.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768 36.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600 63.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 17.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1920x1080 35.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768 50.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600 67.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1920x1080 63.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768 84.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600 86.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
WorldBench Green Score 73.0
Working power usage 5.0   Watt hours
Idle power usage 12.3   Watts