Amazon Review by Brandon
334 people found the following review helpful
Great value mobile workstation/gaming laptop, but has some setbacks
I purchased the I7559-7512GRY model with the 4k UHD screen, Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 128GB SDD + 1TB HDD combo and I like it so far, but can't say I absolutely love it. I purchased mine specifically to be a desktop replacement/mobile workstation. I do not do much gaming, but rather, I run a lot of CPU intensive VMs and networking programs, with occasional Photoshop work. So far, it's been incredible value for money. Performance with this laptop is great, the SSD is fast enough for the kind of work that I do and having the 1TB secondary storage is nice, but I think eventually I will swap both drives out in favor of a single SSD. The graphics card on this laptop is a beast and handles Photoshop exceptionally well, and the 4k screen has great color and depth to it, but IMO is too contrast-y.
Things to like about the laptop:
- The combination of i7 quad core, SSD, 16GB RAM, and 4GB discrete graphics makes this laptop blazing fast for the money. It’s definitely up there with other laptops that would cost easily twice as much.
- 4k touchscreen is gorgeous for everyday use. Not exactly the brightest screen, but it will do. I have compared it side-to-side with the matte 1080p version, and the 4k simply blows the 1080p version out the water in terms of overall image quality and color reproduction. Touchscreen feature is nice and responsive for the most part. It handles touches very accurately, which surprised me to say the least. Although I hardly use the touchscreen since the glossy texture shows fingerprints very easily.
- Keyboard is nice and quiet, perfect for typing, not so sure about gaming. The keys are decently sized, nicely spaced apart, but the key actuation is very low. There is little to no feedback with each press of the key. Backlit feature is a very nice touch, but there is a lot of light bleed out the sides of the keys and the space bar + the trackpad are not lit. Numberpad is also nice to have as well. Saves me a lot of time in my line of work.
- Speakers are great for a laptop. Subwoofer (if you want to call it that) adds a bit more depth to the sound, but not so much detail. Don’t expect too much from it as it is weak at best. I listen to a lot of music and it still sounds very flat on the bottom end. Still very hard to distinguish a lot of different bass notes, but at least the sound isn’t as flat or tinny. They do get very loud very easily.
- All 3 USB ports are USB 3.0, 1 of them (the one on the right side) also doubles as a USB charging port as well. This means that any device you plug in gets more than the typical 0.5A of regular USB ports. I’m not sure exactly how much output it has, but it’s enough to charge my phone just like my normal wall charger would. It also works when the computer is off, which is pretty sweet.
- Overall construction is fairly nice. The laptop is very sleek looking in all black with the grey accents. Very professional look IMO. The hinges are nice and stiff for the screen. It closes with a nice soft thud. The construction is all plastic, but it still manages to feel very sturdy. Bottom cover to access all internals comes off with just 1 screw, making upgrading the laptop extremely easy and user-friendly.
- Laptop doesn’t get extremely hot with all the power it has packed into it. With the two fans and all of the ventilation, the laptop stays fairly nice and cool, as well as quiet. The fans only got loud on me during my Win8.1 downgrade, and boy were they loud. Other than that, working for 3hrs of Photoshop did not even kick the fans up. The underside of the laptop does get slightly warm, but not to the point where it gets uncomfortable.
Things not to like:
- Trackpad is a little disappointing. The size is nice and scrolling is fine, but it gives a very hollow thud with each click and just feels cheap overall. After downgrading to Win8.1 from the stock Win10 OS, I lost a lot of functionality with the trackpad as Dell does not have any trackpad drivers available for this laptop. I had to install Dell ELAN drivers from a different model in order to regain the trackpad functions. Took me a long time searching for the right driver, but I eventually found one that works.
- Battery life is average, definitely not winning any points here though. I can usually get about 5ish hours with normal everyday tasks like web browsing, a bit of music listening, and using Microsoft Office products. Anything intensive such as Photoshop or VMWare will bring down battery life to 3.5-4hrs. Given the size of this laptop, you would think they could stuff a much beefier battery, but oh well.
- Soft-touch plastic construction is an absolute fingerprint magnet. No matter how clean your hands are, this laptop attracts all sorts of greasy fingerprints on it. They’re not as obvious due to the matte look, but given the right angle you can see all the fingerprints.
- Although the grey model has grey accents around the Dell logo on the lid and on the trackpad, it still has red accents on the speaker grilles, heatsink fins, and the rubber feet. IMO I think the red looks very tacky and just doesn’t flow very well with the overall design. Not something serious, but still bugs me a bit.
- The laptop weighs quite a bit. It isn’t advertised as being an ultralight laptop, but at 6lbs for the laptop alone, it is on the heavier side. Throw in the huge brick of a charger and you’re looking at around 8lbs. Not exactly the most mobile workstation, but again, it isn’t advertised as being an ultralight laptop.
- Does not utilize DDR4 RAM or PCIe x3.0 SSD technology, which is understandable given how new the technology is, but would still be nice to have for future upgrades. At this moment, Dell reserves this technology for their higher end models such as the XPS 15.
These setbacks are minor at most. Don’t let them sway you from choosing this laptop because it is still a great laptop overall. It does everything I need it to do without a hitch and it looks awesome. Personally for me though, price is a big deciding factor for this laptop. I paid just under $1200 with tax and shipping for mine because of a discount I received. If I was purchasing this at full price, I think I would have been a bit more biased towards the higher priced XPS 15 model with the sames specs because of the DDR4 and PCIe SSD. If those two factors don’t matter to you, then definitely go with this laptop.