BEST LAPTOPS UNDER $800
A laptop can be referred to as the advanced form of desktops. This is because it is portable! In earlier times, nobody ever imagined having a full-sized desktop, on the go. This makes the invention of a laptop quite significant. Initially, laptops were big and bulky, but now this problem has been resolved, thanks to the world’s biggest tech companies for their contribution to the future. Talking about the present, with literally thousands of options available in the market, it can always tough to decide which one to invest in, according to one’s requirements. Leading companies in the world of technology like Apple, Samsung, HP, Asus, and Lenovo etc. have made it possible to achieve what one could never think of at one time, with laptops as thin as a smartphone, powerful to the core with heavy performance and with the price tag which makes laptops affordable for every home.
Today, we will discuss the top six laptops available in the market according to the 2018 line-up which will help you to decide which one to go for and for what reasons. Let’s find out!
The best six laptops which dominate the laptop business in 2018 are:
- Asus Zenbook UX330UA – 13″ QHD
- Dell XPS 13 – 13″ HD
- Acer Aspire 7 – 15″ HD
- HP Envy 13 – 13″ HD
- Asus VivoBook S410 – 14″ HD
- Dell Inspiron 15 5000
Asus Zenbook UX330UA
Pros and cons
The Asus Zenbook UX330UA is an ultra-portable device at an ultra-affordable price. The company does not upgrade anything as such in this variant other than the processor, which pretty obviously takes away some of its battery life. It still is one of the best laptops at a price less than $800.
The laptop feels and looks very premium with aluminium alloy finish, circular design and also has the durability that compliments the price. The machine measures 12.7 x 8.7 x 0.7-inches and weighs about 2.7 pounds. These measurements make the laptop larger than the XPS 13 and smaller than the yoga 720 by Lenovo. This laptop is blessed with the ports of the past as well as future; this means it has got 2 USB 3.0 ports on each side, a USB type-C port on the right, next to the HDMI port and the power jack. Not forgetting the headphone jack and the memory card reader which sits on the left side.
The 13.3-inch display of the Zenbook UX330UA sets examples in the field of brightness and colour contrast. The crisp and vibrant display produces decent colours and brightness levels perfectly soothing one’s eyes. When compared to the previous generation of Zenbook, there is an increase of 1% in the sRGB spectrum, i.e. from 105% from the previous generation to 106% of the present variant. In terms of display, the XPS 13 and Yoga 720 still beats this one by being 112% and 127% respectively. More percentage leads to more colour! The brightness of the zenbook beats the average of Lenovo’s yoga 720 by emitting 302-nits, which is better than 280-nits in numbers.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD
When tested on the 10FastFingers.com typing test, I scored better than any other laptop, beating my best record of 80 words per minute with a new score of 84 words per minute. The keyboard on the Zenbook has always been better than the best, having 1.6mm of key travel and 81gms of actuation force. The keys on the keyboard are little too embedded inside, and it would be perfect if they were half an inch taller, as fingers might slip off sometimes.
The touchpad on the machine might not be as good as the others; I can say this because of the stiff touch on the glass touchpad, measuring 4.1 x 2.9-inch. It feels like touching a big piece of plastic with not so good responses and light clicks. Some users would be more than happy to use an external mouse with the laptop to make the experience more swift and smooth. The XPS 13 and Yoga 720 have a much superior feel when it comes to touchpads.
The performance on the Asus Zenbook UX330UA is very tough. The machine is packed with an 8th-Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor which is complemented by 8GB of RAM and 256GB SATA 3 M.2 SSD. The laptop offers great smoothness in multi-tasking, with a dozen chrome tabs open, music playing and a PubG game online it could do wonders. The performance of the laptop was also tested by the Geekbench 4 general performance test, in which the machine scored pretty 12,871 points which is higher than the previous generation Zenbook and also the Lenovo Yoga 720. Well, it is still behind the Dell XPS 13 with 14,158 points (it offers higher specs). Talking about the graphics, the laptop sports an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, which performs exceptionally well for not so demanding games just as the Dirt 3. Overall, the performance of the Zenbook is far superior to most of under $800 laptops.
The battery life on the previous generation Zenbook was 10 hours and 17 minutes, which is a few hours more than the latest Zenbook UX330UA. The 2018 variant of the Zenbook offers a lesser time of 8 hours and 59 minutes on the battery test. Battery performance is one of the most significant components for a laptop to be considered by the buyer. Nobody likes the clumsiness of wires every time they use their laptops.
The Zenbook UX330UA’s basic configuration with the 8th-Gen Intel Core i5-8250U Processor, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM and 1920 x 1080 display is priced at $735 on Amazon.com/US. If you feel the need to upgrade to a higher resolution of 3200 x 1800p, you are just 16 bucks away.
The Asus Zenbook UX330UA is a very impressive work of technology offering a solid, colourful, crisp display and a clear sound of music from the speakers. The keyboard is fast and responsive beating my own record of 80wpm with 84wpm. The productivity of the device is more than what other $800 devices are offering. Considering the battery life and the stiff touchpad keeps the laptop a little away from perfect. With gorgeous looks and decent performance, the Zenbook UX330UA deserves to be in your priority list. I would rate this laptop 6/10.
Dell XPS13 9350-1340SLV
Pros and Cons
The Dell XPS13 9350 is a very solid and well-made laptop. It has been around for approximately two years now and is still in the top five laptops under $800 list. This laptop has a beautiful design competing against the Apple MacBook line-up. It is a perfectly sound an portable laptop fit be in your cart lists. Let’s discuss the details.
The laptop feels very premium from the outside as well as inside because of the machine cut aluminium finish on the outside and a shiny Dell logo in the centre. The laptop has a metal finish chassis and the finishing of textured carbon fibre on the palm rest for a good grip. The XPS 13 offers stunning looks and a future-oriented design. The complete construction of the laptop is very solid with zero bending complaints and provides sturdy hinges as well. The machine weighs 1.2kg which makes it an ultraportable device to carry around at office or college or anywhere. Unlike other companies, Dell has managed to make the laptop attractive without making it look like an Apple MacBook, no copying at all, you see!
The 11 inch laptop offers a 13.3-inch display which is ‘almost’ bezel-less but not completely. The design of the screen looks as stunning as a piece of beauty on the table. Dell has proven to experiment adjustments which no other company could dare to, just like cramping a 13.3-inch display into an 11-inch body, but compromising on the bezels. As per critics, it is a smart move to the future. The maximum display resolution on the XPS 13 is 3200 x 1800p on a Quad HD LED Backlit UltraSharp Infinity Display with multi-touch as well. Along with Windows 10’s new scaling options, extra-pixels will do, no harm to the user, a great experience with high resolutions. There is approximately 94% coverage of the sRGB gamut on display; the screen is gorgeous and better than the previous generation of the Dell XPS.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD
The carbon fibre interior of the laptop gives a high colour contrast to the gunmetal-exterior of the laptop. The texture is heat resistant when we rest our palms for a long while typing on the keyboard. This is a huge plus point that adds to the value of the keyboard. The keys are placed in a somewhat comfortable spacing allowing fast and efficient typing. You know what gives you speed while typing? The answer is actuation pressure of the keys. On this particular keyboard, you can actually feel the key pressed, thus gives that clicky sound and faster speed. The keys are backlit which makes it easier to do your work in the late hours of the night.
The touch-pad is big enough when compared to the sleek laptop, responsive! The touch-pad on the XPS 13 is responsive and touch-friendly. The touch-pad dramatically compliments the windows 10 touch-pad gestures allowing shortcuts on the system. The display is touchscreen so you can touch the screen as well whenever suited. The touch-pad is impressive on this one.
Under the hood, the Dell XPS 13 is an above average performer. The machine is equipped with an Intel Dual Core i7-6500U Processor which is clocked at 2.5GHz and overclocks at 3.1GHz when boosted. 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB PCI-express SSD storage perfectly fits into the requirements of the processor. Concerning the gamer’s community; this laptop can play not so massive games with the support of Intel’s HD 520 integrated GPU. The basic frame rates on Dirt showdown are 31.9fps in 1,280 x 720 resolutions. For high-quality gaming, the gamer has to lower down the quality settings to obtain the required frame rate. The overall performance of the device is smooth and decent, with 100% customer reviews. These are the features that make this laptop all worked up and perfect for average users for the daily office or college purpose.
The battery life is essential for ultra-portable laptops. Having a laptop on the go, with the battery running out frequently is a big turn-off. That is why; this laptop deserves to be at the top five laptops under the $800 list. The battery life on the Dell XPS 13 lasts for 11hrs 30mins which is an improvement since the last version of the XPS. The charger is always very cumbersome to carry around; thus Dell provides us with the perfect on the go device.
The laptop features two USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and an SD card reader. For a laptop, this thin and in the year 2018, having so many old-school ports is a positive point, which adds value to the device. Not only this, there is a Thunderbolt 3.0 port and USB type-C connector which provides with insane transfer speeds of 40GB/s. There is also a battery indicator just like on the Apple MacBook which can come handy a lot of times.
The version of the XPS 13 with 8th-generation Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD along with 1,920 x 1,080p non-touch displays is priced at $789 on Amazon.com/US. For a remarkable laptop, this price is justified in my opinion.
The Dell XPS 13 is a trendy laptop because of many reasons as mentioned above. For anyone who wants perfect graphics, crisp and sharp display, almost bezel-less screen for that elegant, beautiful look on the laptop, it is an ideal device. The Performance of the laptop is more than decent, and as per the specifications and features, the price is justified. Although, I expected a little more out of battery, but with such a high-resolution display, compromising on the battery is debatable. Battery size is a component, the bigger, the better! I would rate this laptop 8/10.
ACER ASPIRE 7
Pros and Cons
Acer has topped their game with the brand new addition in the Aspire family, the Acer Aspire 7. Some hardware upgrades with complimenting looks. This article is all about the 15” model, i.e. the A715-71G. Let’s jump to the details.
Aspire E and F series inspire the design of the new Aspire 7 in some ways. The laptop is sleek and compact with black aluminium on the outside and black hard plastic on the inside. This all black look of the laptop makes it suitable for schools and offices where it is mandatory as a part of the instruction guidelines. The laptop looks very decent with no fancy LEDs and shiny logo, just a simple plain black laptop. The brushed aluminium makes it obvious to attract smudges and fingerprints, which is not a good thing, so better prepare yourselves to always keep a cloth around if you like your device cleaned and smudged free. The hinge mechanism of the laptop is impressive with the 180-degree bend capacity. The machine is well built with a durable chassis and negligible flex in the plastic, which makes it sturdy and reliable. Overall, the design of this machine is impressive and appeals to a lot of people.
The laptop sports a 15.6 inch full HD 1920×1080p matt IPS display, which looks stunning from the outside. The Pixel density of the screen is 142ppi with the pixel pitch of 0.18 x 0.18 mm. The picture quality on display is bright and sharp, but after tests, it is evident that it is a below average option for users working with high graphics and heavy video editing. The laptop has an excellent, crisp picture quality and uniformity with the ability to bend full 180 degrees. The display can also be considered as ‘Retina’ when viewed from a distance of minimum 60cm. Also, the PWM of the display with the brightness range from 0 to 99% may lead to eye strain on some users who have sensitive eyes.
KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD
The keyboard on the Aspire 7 is identical to the previous Aspire variants, decent and responsive. The keys layout on the keyboard is almost perfect at 15 x 15 mm. The keys on the keyboard as I said are very responsive; when tested, my typing speed had increased because of the short key travel. With my experience of short key-travel keyboards, there is a lack of resistance while pressing the keys, which made my error rate go way above than on any regular keyboard. The actuation force should have been a little more to have this problem solved. The keys are back-lit with a specific button to turn on; the illumination of the keyboard is evenly distributed throughout, which should be great for most users.
The track-pad is made from plastic with a different finish than the interior of the laptop which makes it easy to locate in the dark. It is responsive and also features a fingerprint reader embedded in it that comes in handy when logging into the device. The Elan track pad is big enough for regular users and is placed just below the keyboard. The right and left click on the track pad is not that great, but works fine for casual users.
Overall, the keyboard and the track-pad are nothing great when compared to other rivals in the market, but is fine for casual users to perform their regular tasks from school or office.
This model of the Aspire 7 is equipped with a powerful Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor with 8 GB of DDR4-RAM which makes it as good as an entry-level model. The processor is quad-core, based on the kaby lake architecture and is clocked at 2.5 GHz and increases up-to 3.5 GHz when overclocked. After running performance tests on the processor, we obtained that there is almost negligible performance drop during continuous load on the device. The PCMark 8 benchmark test resulted out that the inside may not be the all the latest tech, but the laptop is not in scrap; it is an excellent laptop for daily use. Talking about the storage of the device, it is equipped with both SSD and conventional hard drive. The Kingston SSD with storage of 128 GB has an average data transfer rate of 74.8 MB/sec. The SATA speed holds back the SSD when compared to other rivals under the same specs and value. The conventional hard-drive by Toshiba also remains behind other competitors with the data transfer speed of 90 MB/s. Overall, the performance of the Acer Aspire 7 on practical aspect is not an issue. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics positively handles games. The laptop is great for entry-level games but lags on resolutions and display ratio when playing heavy duty games like GTA 5.
The laptop is equipped with a 48 Wh battery, which is reasonably acceptable when measured along with other components of the device. The juice runs for approximately 7 hours with 50% brightness. The charging process runs for 2 hours that means that it takes about 2 hours for the full battery to charge. So, users should know what the battery is all about, not that great but not that bad too. Gaming for long hours can drain the battery very fast, keeping an average 2 hours spare shall charge your battery again.
The Acer Aspire 7 with basic specifications of 15.6″ Full HD display, 8th Generation Intel Quad Core i5-8250U processor, GeForce MX150,128GB SSD is priced reasonably at $789 on Amazon.com/US.
All in all, the Acer Aspire 7 with entry-level configurations is a well-built laptop for strict places like schools, colleges and offices. It has an above average keyboard and track-pad, which is responsive and fast, colourful and crisp display with full HD 1920 × 1080p resolutions, does the trick to attract users. The only major problem with the device is that it runs very hot while performing tasks like gaming and video playback. The more load the processor takes, the hotter the machine runs, which is not a good sign. The key actuation force on the keyboard lacks resistance to which the typing error rate increases. The Acer Aspire 7 is affordable and fits perfectly and deserves to be in the top 5 laptops under $800 list. I would rate this laptop 6/10.
HP ENVY 13T
Pros and Cons
The HP Envy 13t is a powerful device with 8th Gen Intel core processors. It is packed with style, performance and battery life. It is perfect for an above average user for his daily routine at the office or college. With one of the best keyboards and smooth touchpad, it cracks the deal. We have an ultra-portable sleek and slim laptop for under the price range of $800.
Well, in the design of the HP Envy 13, there are no curves, the laptop sports sharp edges which make it look elegant. There are decidedly fewer laptops in the market which look gorgeous in silver, and the Envy 13t is one of them. The shiny HP logo in the centre catches the eye. The entire metal silver chassis of the laptop looks premium and worthy to go for. The bottom part of the laptop is made from magnesium alloy which makes it sturdy. Unlike the MacBook line-up, the Envy 13t’s keys are all silver, that means the colour scheme is not broken; making it attractive in its own skin. Not only Silver, but HP also offers its Envy 13t in a ‘Silk Gold’ colour as well. On comparing, we found out that the Apple MacBook Air is almost the same weight as this, and the expensive HP Spectre 13 is nearly as close as half a pound less than the Envy 13t. The Design on this laptop is a significant marketing point, and it becomes a pretty convincing reason for users to buy this machine.
The picture quality on this laptop is very decent. The 13.3 inches Full HD display is also Touch sensitive. HP also offers this laptop with a 4K display option by paying some bucks more. This display produces about 106% colour of sRGB colour gamut, which is more than most of its ultra-portable competitors. Sadly, the Apple MacBook Air is no competition for this display as it hits only 71% of the sRGB Colour Gamut. There is one thing about the display that has to be noted, and that is the brightness; it is less than average when compared to other ultra-portable rivals. The 248nits of brightness is 15% below the ultraportable average.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD
The keyboard on the HP Envy 13t is beyond class; it has an excellent keyboard, even better than the MacBook Series. The keyboard itself can be a convincing factor to buy this machine for users with higher productivity work or primarily for college going students. The key-travel of 1.2mm is decent and is exceptionally responsive. The keys have such unique click sound that on testing I could achieve the score of 112 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com test.
The touchpad measures 4.3 x 2.1-inch, which is ideally placed in the centre below the keyboard. The touchpad is very smooth and equally responsive to the multi-touch gestures. It has a complete jaw-dropping performance. I would rate 10/10 to both the keyboard and the touchpad for their amazing responses.
The plethora of performance on the Envy 13t is offered with the powerful Intel 8th Generation Core i7-8550U processor, accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of PCIe SSD storage. On the Geekbench 4 test, the Envy 13t scored more than the ultraportable average, i.e. 12,225 points. The data transfer speed of the 256 GB PCle SSD is insane; it could copy 5GB of data in just 22 seconds. But still, it is no match for the Dell XPS 13 which was more than twice as fast. Moving on to the graphics, the laptop is equipped with Intel UHD 620 GPU which is integrated with the motherboard. The performance does not lag while playing continuous videos or playing entry level games like the Dirt 3; it is just next to flawless. The average frame rate while gaming is 48fps, which is more than most of the other competitors out there. There are absolutely zero customer complaints about the HP Envy 13t, which makes it nearly next to perfect.
The laptop lasts for 9 hours and 50 minutes on a single charge, which makes it ultra-portable in more than one sense. The 52.3Wh battery serves a great purpose on the 13-inch device. The battery life is more than sufficient, and it makes it perfect for college students who have to work on the go making their presentations and word files; they have to watch their favorite Netflix shows and also have to play the latest games. The 9-hour battery life does it all, with a single charge.
The HP Envy 13t with the basic configurations of Intel Core i5-8250U processor, Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GPU and 8GB of RAM is priced at $709 on Amzon.com/US. This price is worthy of what the machine delivers with the looks and performance.
The HP Envy 13t is an excellent choice especially for college students and productive consumers, with its unique typing speed and long battery life, it fits perfectly in the hands of the buyer. The sleek and premium design has a great feel to the whole experience. This laptop has a classic business look, and compelling performance adds to the list of plus points. The Bang & Olufsen speakers have a solid upper base sound to soothe your day with good music. Also, the vast array of connection possibilities cannot be ignored, and that cute ‘drop jaw’ mechanism is out of the box. Overall, the laptop is a 9/10, and anyone who wants a good-looking, sleek laptop with monster power and productivity should go for it.
Asus VivoBook S410
Pros and Cons
The Asus VivoBook S410 is one of the important laptops that justifies with the words ‘ultraportable’, ‘lightweight’, and ‘sleek’. The 14inch narrowed bezel screen is beautiful and colorful; it even has the power of the Intel Core i7 processor. The VivoBook S410 serves as one of the most student-friendly laptops, works perfectly for office goers and everyone else between them, meaning; it is a suitable device for most consumers. Let’s find out why!
The VivoBook measures 1.43kg in weight and is 2cm thick at its broadest point. It is an ultra-portable machine that one can carry around all the time and say, he can bring his office everywhere he goes! It has a great sleek design, with silver chassis to complement its looks. This laptop can fit perfectly inside a regular sized bag pack, so no more struggles matching in the big thick laptops. The laptop’s lid is finished by brushed metal which gives it a somewhat premium look. Unfortunately, this premium finish ends after you open the cover of the laptop; the inside of the laptop is dull and very monotonic. It is a complete turn-off for what we expected it to be from the inside. The whole laptop is solid construction, but there is always a ‘BUT!’ the palm rest on the laptop is ‘flex-able’, with all that solid construction, the palm feels plastic which is not a good thing. The design includes connection ports; two USB 2.0; one USB 3.0; and one USB Type-C 3.1 for fast speedy data transfers, also it includes one HDMI port for display output and an SD card reader too. Overall, the only metal part in the design of the VivoBook is the lid and the shiny metal logo which is placed in the centre.
The display on the laptop is called the ’Nano-edge display’. It is a Full HD 14inch display, which makes the images and videos sharp and crisp. The anti-glare coating on the display performs its job pretty well while working in the shining sun. The panel tops 250 nits of brightness, which indeed is strong, and watching movies with night scenes in broad daylight is a sweetener. The display covers 63% of the sRGB Gamut range, which is less than expected. The picture quality looks sharp and crisp, and while watching videos or movies, the picture quality is just fine, does not match the results at all. The display modes on this one are sick, the ‘vivid mode’ makes the saturation levels a notch up, and the best one is the ‘Eye comfort mode’, which fills the screen with warm colours, putting less strain on eyes; an excellent mode for late night sessions. Hence, the overall display quality on this one is above average and satisfactory, zero complaints.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD
The keys on this keyboard are exceptionally well spaces and isolated. I have used the previous generations of the VivoBook, and the typing experience never fails to impress me. The keys are very responsive and a little squishy in the middle section, although it does not affect my typing speed, and I can type for hours without a stop. The keyboard also features backlit keys, which comes with three levels of brightness, and it comes in very handy when you have to work late night, and your sleep mate does not allow for the lights to be on. The keyboard on this laptop is fantastic.
The touchpad is placed just below the keyboard, in the centre. The touch feels smooth on this one, and it is very responsive, even to harsh taps. The multi-touch gestures work perfectly fine, and there are no complaints of any lag with the touchpad. It feels as if the fingers are gliding through creating commands which are followed as smoothly as my fingers. The right and left click on this one are very clicky and useful as well.
The Asus VivoBook S410 comes with many different SKUs to suit your requirements. I have the ideal variant with powerful Intel Core i7-8550U processor which is clocked at 1.8 GHz accompanied by 8GB DDR4 SDRAM. The laptop works efficiently without any lag even towards heavy demanding applications and games. It is perfect for multi-tasking and switching between various chrome tabs, Netflix, games etc. It does not make you feel slow at all. One drawback of the hardware is that there is no dedicated graphics card to boost the performance. The laptop runs on Intel’s integrated GPUs. The integrated GPU does not hold you back while playing less demanding or entry-level games, or watching videos or movies. If anyone wants to perform any photo or video editing or play heavy-duty games, only then you might consider exploring other expensive options. The data transfer speeds are just as fast as lightning. The 256GB SATA3 SSD reads with 526MB/sec in the benchmark results, which is three times faster than any regular laptop of this range. The overall performance of this laptop is flawless, and it has no complaints till date.
The battery on the Asus VivoBook S410 runs for about 8 hours on an average. The machine is equipped with a 3-celled 42 Wh Lithium-Ion battery, which runs decently with one smaller battery inserted. The battery life is lesser than its competitors with the same price range, and this could be a problem for users who like to work on the go.
The entry-level variant of the ASUS S410 with a 14Inch FHD display, Intel Quad Core i7-8550U processor, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD is priced at $789 on Amazon.com/US. This laptop is worthy of what it is priced at.
The VivoBook S14 S410UQ-NH74 highlights a Full HD 14-inch show in a 13.3-inch case. Lamentably, the presentation isn’t specific brilliant and experiences poor shading precision and besides the merely standard inclusion of the expert shading spaces. Regardless: the IPS show is in actuality a commendable update over the HD TN show the VivoBook S14 S406UA is furnished with. While the scratch pad positively looks like it with its smooth metal and plastic plan, the console deck flexes excessively for solace while applying merely reasonable measures of weight. Subsequently, the composing knowledge isn’t as charming as it could be. The framework execution is better than average, yet we experienced overwhelming throttling under most extreme load, as the single warmth pipe/single fan configuration can’t stay aware of the produced warmth. We additionally question Asus’ choice to match up an eighth era i7 CPU with an old section level designs card. Many contending outlines effectively consolidate the significantly more ground-breaking GeForce MX150.
The scratch pad stays subtle with lighter outstanding burdens, and the battery can last throughout the day with watchful battery administration. We likewise welcome the thin-and-light and engaging outline and the way that the S14 accompanies a void 2.5-inch hard drive sound and comparing SATA 3 connector. Clients requiring more space can subsequently effortlessly and efficiently extend the capacity without depending on external drives.
Dell Inspiron 15 5000
Pros and Cons
The Inspiron 15 5000 is a gaming laptop by Dell, and it is an excellent choice for gamers. The laptop looks very attractive and also packs some hard-core performance components. It includes the power and capabilities of an Intel Core i5 processor in combination with NVidia Graphics; you can imagine the beast these specifications must have created. Although it serves some issues like battery life and dull display, overall this laptop is a must-have, and it turns out to be one of the most popular gaming laptops in 2018. Let’s check out the details.
One can easily mistake this laptop for a mainstream business laptop because of the rubberised look on the outside. The soft rubberised material used in the lid gives the laptop a busty feel which is okay and not okay at the same time. The good thing about this rubberised material is that it is smudge proof and fingerprint proof. On opening the lid, the laptop from inside is marked with red ink in several areas, like the underside of the keys are red, the speaker grills, and markings alongside the ports, everything red and blissful. The palm rest on the laptop is very comfortable making it easier to type for long hours, and it is also covered in red outline. The touchpad is placed right in the centre of the laptop under the keyboard which is general, and that’s how most people like it. The power button rests on the top right corner of the dock near the red and black speaker grille. The Dell laptop is smart and trendy, and it also contains the standard set of ports which includes a USB 3.0, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, a Kensington lock, a two-in-one card reader. Similarly on the right side of the laptop are two USB 3.0 ports and the usual charging slot. The laptop measures 15.1 x 10.4 x 1-inch in size and weighs 5.3 pounds, which is heavy but not so heavy when you keep in consideration the purpose of this laptop.
The display on the Inspiron 15 5000 is not as good as it was expected to be. The 15.6-inch panel contains an HD resolution of 1920 x 1080p. The colours on display are not even close to being average; the picture quality is dull and faded, the brightness contrast ratio is not good, all the basics are haywire. On the colourimeter test, the display could cover only 69.1% of the sRGB colour Gamut which is less when compared to other laptops under the same category. The gaming laptop average is 94%, and you can compare the rest! Talking about the brightness which is dull, it covered 219 nits on the brightness test which is close to the gaming laptop average of 276 nits. Well, clearly Dell has to make up for this problem real soon with its upcoming versions.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD
The keyboard on the laptop features Island Styled keys which make them well-spaced on the dock for better typing. The keyboard is very comfortable, and the user can type for hours without any glitch. The only issue I could find was that the keys were not as smooth as they should have been. Typing felt a little stiff because of the rubberised material used on them; otherwise, everything was great! The key-travel of 1.4mm with an actuation force of 70 grams was also perfect and clicky. The keyboard not being too perfect experienced some flex in the centre which even noticeable. On the 10fastfingers.com benchmark typing test, I scored 65 words per minute which are better than my usual. Not just this, the keyboard has red backlighting which illuminates the whole keyboard, and it has a great feature as well; it is spill-proof, that means,” no more crying over spilt milk!”
Moving on to the touchpad, the touchpad is equally as good as the keyboard measuring 4 x 3.1-inches. The touchpad is button-less with a springy click on the bottom left and right corners. It is smooth and responsive to multi-touch gestures as well. Overall, both the touchpad and the keyboard are very well organised and are snappy and responsive to the commands of the user as well.
Under the hood, the laptop is equipped with the Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor clocked at 2.5GHz, powered by 8 GB of DDR4 RAM which makes it sturdy enough for heavy gaming and other purposes. There are absolutely no lags and unresponsiveness from the system; it works efficiently and smoothly. This laptop is speedy for its cost; it can transfer 5GB of mixed media files in literally 40 seconds, isn’t that amazing? The 256GB SSD does a pretty good job alongside the processor and 8GB RAM. Coming to the testing parts, the laptop scored 10,392 points on the Geekbench 4 Synthetic benchmark test which is more than mainstream gaming laptops already performing well in the market. Performance is the main plus point of buying this laptop, the looks can be kept aside for a while, but performance should always be at the top of your preference list.
Talking about the heart of gaming, the Graphics! The Inspiron 15 sports a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics chip along with 4GB of VRAM which gives you the experience of your life while gaming. The only condition being that you have to keep the settings to medium, I wish I could express my feelings through an emoji, but never mind. This graphic performance can run any game you name on the device, without any sign of lag. For lighter activities which do not load the system, the laptop automatically switches to the integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 to save battery life and overheating. The laptop is clearly more than just an average performer and can be the only captivating point for customers to consider buying it.
The battery life on the laptop is not that good. The juice only lasted for about 3 hours and 5 minutes on continuous gaming and surfing internet. Dell should have done something about the battery life, but the laptop is perfect for users who do not wish to carry the beast around. Remember, the Lion loves his den!
The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 gaming laptop with an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor clocked at 2.5GHz along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics chip with 4GB of Video RAM and the integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 GPU is priced at $749 on Amazon.com/US.
Dell has become one of the most popular laptop brands in recent years. The Inspiron 15 5000 is a wonderful laptop with good looking muscular textured chassis and powerful performance. There is absolutely no compromise in the performance aspect of the laptop. The only disadvantages of this laptop are the display and battery life, other than this the laptop is an 8/10.
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