Are you in the market for a decent standard-size laptop without breaking the $400 mark? The 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron I15RV-3812BLK is one of them, merging good everyday performance, an admirable feature set, and thin chassis in a $380 package.
Dell’s I15RV-3812BLK comes equipped with the Intel Core i3-3227U dual-core 1.9GHz processor, designed for use in thin laptops and ultrabooks. It compromises on performance a little bit in order to provide better power efficiency and generate less heat, but it is still capable to complete all tasks an average user might throw at it, like web browsing, office, and multimedia consumption. But for 3D gaming, it isn’t suitable, while for video editing it’s usable.
RAM and hard drive space amounts are conventional – 4GB and 500GB. A built-in optical drive which is missing on many thin laptops, and the I15RV-3812BLK is only 1″ thin, is included. It’s also important to mention its 4-cell battery (battery life unspecified by the manufacturer), built-in 1MP camera, and stereo speakers.
The Windows 8-based notebook has pretty much everything most users need when it comes to connectivity options. There are four USB ports to support your peripherals, including USB 3.0 speed on two of them, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. You can hook the system up to some hi-def television via HDMI or use the VGA port for displays with the old video connector. For reading your multimedia cards, there’s a card reader supporting eight different formats. To get you online, the notebook provides an embedded 802.11n module for wireless connection and a classic wired LAN port.
In the middle of the plastic matte textured casing, located is the chiclet keyboard with numeric pad and beneath it there’s a nicely sized trackpad with physical click buttons. Keyboard backlight is unfotunately missing, which is a kind of normal for sub-$400 notebooks.
The whole package weighs a shade over 5 pounds.
Dell Inspiron I15RV-3812BLK Specifications
- Display: 15.6″, 1,366×768 resolution, glossy coating
- Processor: 3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz dual-core, 3MB cache
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000 integrated
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 1,600MHz, up to 8GB
- Storage: 500GB 5,400rpm hard drive
- Optical drive: DVD burner
- Webcam: 1-megapixel
- Audio: stereo speakers, Waves MaxxAudio 4.0 technology
- Network: Wireless-N 802.11n, Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth 4.0
- Input: Chiclet-style keyboard with numeric pad, multitouch trackpad
- Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 8-in-1 multimedia card reader
- Battery: 4-cell lithium-ion
- Dimensions: 1.0″ x 14.8″ x 10.2″
- Weight: 5.1 pounds
- OS: Windows 8 OS
- Warranty: 1-year