Dell Inspiron 15 3000 (w/SSD Upgrade) Review 4

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 (w/SSD Upgrade) Review

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Introduction


When it comes to laptops and computers in general, Dell needs no introduction. The company got their start back in 1984 when Michael Dell started PC's Limited. Fast forward to 1988, and the company changed its name to Dell Computer Corp, at which point it officially went public raising $30 million. It is after this that Dell released their first laptop, the 316LT, in 1989. That said, it has not always been smooth sailing for the company either with many bumps in the road between then and now. Even so, they remain the third-largest PC manufacturer today with a market share of 15%.


In today's review, I take a look at Dell's Inspiron 15 3000, specifically model 3576. This is a system I personally bought as a Christmas gift, and what self-respecting enthusiast gives a basic gift? Certainly not me, so a minor change was made: I installed an entry-level SSD to replace the slow 1 TB HDD the system comes with. Packing an Intel Core i3-8130U and 8 GB of DDR4 2400 MHz memory, it definitely qualifies as entry level. However, it is still a step up from Intel Celeron N and Pentium N series laptops, so for this review, I will take a deeper look at the performance a $320 laptop before taxes can provide with an SSD upgrade, which makes for a total of just under $400.

Specifications
Manufacturer:Dell
Model:Inspiron 15 3000 (3576)
Size:14.96 x 10.25 x 0.93 inches
38.0 x 26.3 x 2.36 cm
Weight:4.95 lbs
2.245 kg
Processor:2c/4t Intel i3-8130U
2.20 GHz (3.4 GHz Turbo)
Chipset:Sunrise Point-LP
Display:15.6" 1366x768 TN panel
Operating System:Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Integrated Graphics:Intel HD Graphics 620
Dedicated Graphics:Not available
Memory:1x 8 GB DDR4 @ 2400 MHz
Storage:1x 2.5" HDD bay
Pre-installed: 1 TB 5400 RPM
Upgraded to: 250 GB Silicon Power Ace A55 SSD
Optical Drive:Hitachi-LG Super Multi DVD RW
Model: GU90N
Connectivity:2x USB 3.1
1x USB 2.0
1x HDMI 1.4a
1x 3.5 mm headphone jack
1x SD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Communications:Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11a/ac/b/g/n wireless
Realtek RTL8139/810x 10/100 Ethernet
Bluetooth 4.1
Audio:Realtek ALC236
Kaby lake HDMI
1x 3.5 mm headphone jack
Input device:Touchpad with keyboard
Web camera:720p Webcam + single digital microphone
Power:45 W AC adapter
40 WHr (4 cell) Li-ion battery
Warranty:2 years
MSRP:$337.59 w/tax
$375.79 w/tax as tested
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