Dell Inspiron 15 3000 3541 AMD-Based Cheap Laptop
Dell’s 3541 is AMD-powered version of the Inspiron 15 3000 notebook. It forms the 15 3000 entry-level 15.6-inch series together with the Intel-based 3542.
Both the 3541 and 3542 have the same simplistic design. It looks like Dell has tried to totally reduce all ornamentation and unnecessary bits. The result is an elegant look, which resembles appearance of business-use notebooks. The laptops are 1″ thin and both start at 5.3 pounds of weight. They have isle-style spill-resistant keyboards with optional backlight and fairly spacious trackpads with buttons integrated in the surface. Another way of interaction with Windows and programs is via the touchscreen. That feature is however optional.
While we are at the screen, it’s important to note that the resolution is 1366×768 pixels. That’s an expected pixel count for a budget laptop. If you want to go 1920×1080 Full HD you’ll have to go for some other notebook series than the Inspiron 3000. And obviously have to shell out more cash. One of the examples is the Inspiron 7000.
Processor choices are the AMD E and A4 / A6 series from the latest Beema CPU family. These are power-efficient chips for thin laptop and tablet designs. Performance is a bit watered down in order to fit in thermal constraints of thin notebook cases. Intel does the same with their popular Pentium and Core “U” series CPUs. However, both have sufficient speed for all the tasks of the average user. You can expect Beema processors to run a bit faster and cooler than the 2013 AMD Kabini precursors and slower than the Intel Core-series. Benchmarks of the new AMD CPUs are not available yet. Generally, the E-series AMD are the very basic CPUs similar to the Intel Atom, while the E4 and E6 perform similar to the Intel Pentium. As aside note, AMD laptop processors are usually cheaper than their Intel counterparts, so overall prices of AMD-based laptops tend to be cheaper.
The updated chips also bring new integrated graphics with them. These are not 3D gaming solutions. They’re rather designed just to manage the display and some light 2D games. For those in need for more graphics muscle, Dell will add the AMD Radeon HD R5 M230 dedicated video card option at a later date. That’s however just an entry level video card.
Hard drive and RAM sizes in the available configurations is 500GB and 4GB respectively. Both can be upgraded by the user pretty much easily, since Dell has provided upgrade doors on the bottom of the chassis. The system also contains a 4-cell 40Wh battery that is user-replaceable. Keep in mind that the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 3541 has only one RAM slot.
The rest of the feature set is admirable. It includes a DVD burner, stereo speakers, webcam, HDMI video connector, a total of three USB ports, and combo audio jack. For networking, the 3541 provides Wi-Fi, while Ethernet LAN is available on select configurations. Bluetooth interface is also present.
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|Other Display Specs||
TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)
AMD A4-6210 “Beema” Quad-Core 1.8GHz 2MB Cache, AMD A6-6310 “Beema” Quad-Core 1.8-2.4GHz 2MB Cache (~2,600 PassMark benchmark points), AMD E1-6010 “Beema” Dual-Core 1.35GHz 1MB Cache (~900 PassMark benchmark points), AMD E2-6110 “Beema” Quad-Core 1.5GHz 2MB Cache (~1900 PassMark benchmark points)
AMD Radeon HD R5 M230 2GB Dedicated Video Card, AMD Radeon R2 Integrated Graphics, AMD Radeon R3 Integrated Graphics, AMD Radeon R4 Integrated Graphics
Multi-Touch Trackpad with Integrated Buttons, Non-Backlit Keyboard with Numeric Pad, Touchscreen
|Speakers and Audio||
|3G - 4G Mobile Broadband||
2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI
|Media Card Reader||
4-Cell 40 WHr
5.3 pounds, 5.5 pounds
Windows 8.1 (Eligable for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.)
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