Dell Inspiron 15r vs Dell XPS 15
Dell has upgraded both Inspiron 15r and XPS 15 for better performance. So, it is only fair to become confused. Therefore, let me compare both laptops.
After looking at the specifications below for both laptops, you would think that XPS 15 is better than Inspiron 15r in every sense and as a matter of fact, it is. However, before you head over to Dell to purchase XPS 15, you might want to slow down and think well before you make the purchase. So, let me guide you through them and then you will have a clear understanding on the correct laptop that you should purchase.
Dell Inspiron 15r
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3-2310M Processor (2.1GHz, Dual Core, 4T, 3MB L3)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Basic 64-Bit
3GB (1 X 1GB + 1 X 2GB) 2 DIMM DDR3 1333Mhz
Mobile Intel® 6 Series Express Chipset (HM67)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M - 1GB
15.6" (39.6cm) HD WLED True-Life (1366x768)
Audio and Speakers
SRS Premium Sound HD™ - 2 speakers @ 2W each
Up to 500GB hard drive (5400RPM)
Internal tray-load DVD+/-RW or optional internal Slot-load Blu-ray DiscTM Combo (Read BD, Burn CD/DVD) Drive or optional internal tray-load Blu-ray DiscTM Rewritable (Read BD, Burn BD/CD/DVD) Drive
6-cell 48WHr Li-Ion Battery
Dell XPS 15
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M processor 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
6GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 2GB + 1 x 4GB)
500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
15.6" (39.6cm) HD (1366x768) WLED display with TrueLife™
1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M graphics with Optimus
Tray Load 8X DVD+/-RW Drive with DVD+R double layer write capability
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030 with Bluetooth v3.0+HS
McAfee(R) Security Center - 30 Days Trial Version
6 Cell Primary Battery
1-year XPS Premier Service with 1-year Complete Cover
XPS 15 sports Core i5-2410M processor with 2.3 GHz of speed and Turbo Boost 2.0 that can over-clock your processor up to 2.9 GHz, while Inspiron 15r sports only Core i3-2310 with 2.1 GHz and no Turbo Boost 2.0 (not even version 1.0). So, clearly XPS 15 comes out as a winner however, Core i5 lacks Intel vPro technology which is present in only Core i7 series processors.
Now, if you upgrade XPS to that level, it will cost you a lot because XPS 15 is already very expensive and there is absolutely no point in upgrading Inspiron 15r for a better processor because for one thing, you can only upgrade it to Core i5 2410 and secondly, it won’t do you too well because other hardware of Inspiron 15r aren’t great enough to aid the upgraded processor well.
In both laptops, RAM is sufficient according to the customers they are targeting. XPS 15 has 6GB DDR3 RAM and Inspiron 15r has 3G DDR3 RAM in their stock build versions.3GB of RAM is sufficient for nearly everything. If you have a habit of playing two or three high-end games at the same time, then I am afraid 3GB of RAM would be a bad idea. However, if you do like to play hardcore games at the same time then even XPS 15 is not a good gaming laptop for you. I agree that 6 GB of RAM is sufficient, but we are talking about graphical memory now and it is not sufficient in both laptops.
Amusingly both laptops have the same graphics card and it is insane. Nvidia Geforce GT 525M graphics card is a Level 2 graphics card and can handle pretty much every game on medium settings. Currently I am working with ATI Mobility Radeon 5470 1GB and I am able to play every game on lowest settings.
Radeon 5470 is a level 3 graphics card and I can still enjoy every game and HD videos. So, in comparison to this card, GT 525M is way better. If you upgrade your system to GT 540M 2GB, you will earn a slight amount of increase in performance but you will never run out of graphical memory, even when you play2 3 games at a time (with one game playing and two games in the background).
500 GB of hard disk is not enough and you get the option of only 750 GB at most. So, it is better if you upgrade your laptop while purchasing it, else you will have to install a better HD in future.
Since these laptops are from series 15, both of them offer 15.6-inch WLED display. However, both are Semi-HD display and not Full HD. You will get only 1366 X 768 resolution and trust me, when you can connect your laptop to a Full HD LED television, you would regret the moment you skipped upgrading the screen.
I have seen my display look like crap when I forcefully increased the resolution all the way to 1920 X 1080. I agree that screen was large but I could not enjoy it because the laptop did not support it. Then, I went to my friend’s home and grabbed his Alienware MX 11. Though it was freakishly small, it had four times better configurations than my laptop. It also had full HD screen and supported the same on HD televisions. So, I hooked it up and the screen just made me drop my jaw.
We played couple of games on both of laptops and for the sake of equality, I asked him to lower his game settings. Even when we were testing both laptops on same settings, his laptop looked very fine and all because of his Full-HD screen.
The screen has to support Full-HD resolution in order to transfer it to another display. So, getting a Full-HD screen on your laptop would be the best choice that would ever make while purchasing it.
Both laptops feature fine amount of ports and after having a look at the specification sheet, I don’t think that you would want to read about them.
I am afraid but I will have to cut this article short, but in my opinion, new Inspiron 15r and XPS are great for medium gaming. Since both have great configurations and nearly equally performing hardwares, I would say that you can go for either of them without any trouble.
Personally, I would recommend you to go for dedicated system according to your work. If you want to play great games (even not on daily basis) then you should opt for a gaming machine. If you want to do your daily job work then Dell Inspiron 15r would not let you down and the price tag is very reasonable. So, rest is yours to decide. However, tell me your opinions, whether good or bad, in the comment section below.