Pros

  • Excellent speakers
  • Comfortable keyboard, touchpad

Cons

  • Kind of ugly; doesn't look very high-end
  • No discrete graphics card

At A Glance

Truthfully, unless you're looking for something very specific--such as an attractive exterior or serious processing power--the 15R is a great choice for budget-conscious shoppers.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.dell.com

The Specs

Processor
Processor count 2
Display
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0 RPM
Ports and Connections
Ethernet Type 10/100 Mbps
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Slots
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Dimensions
Weight with Accessories 6.8 pounds
Included Software
Included Software Adobe Photoshop \& Premiere Elements 9; Microsoft Office 2010; Nero 10
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 82.0
Worldbench Version 7
Battery
Battery Life 5:02   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 43.1   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 1592.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Web Performance 13.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Storage Performance
File Compression 487.9   seconds (lower is better)
Hard Drive File Operations 555.6   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 200.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 196.7   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 133.3   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Gaming Score 67.0
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768 13.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600 22.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768 20.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600 32.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768 20.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600 30.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768 44.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600 47.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
WorldBench Green Score 78.0
Working power usage 4.2   Watt hours
Idle power usage 9.6   Watts