Dell Inspiron 15 3000 3552 Entry-Level 15.6” Laptop

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The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 3552 is a very basic full-size notebook PC with a 15.6″ display and Intel’s entry-level Celeron and Pentium processor options.

Dell’s 3552 comes with either the dual-core Intel Celeron N3050 or quad-core Pentium N3700 CPU. Both chips belong to the lower-end of the laptop processor spectrum. The N3050 is among the slowest notebook CPUs but still usable for day-to-day home and office computing duties, whereas the N3700 offers noticeably smoother experience, but still not suitable for heavy duties like high-resolution photography and video editing. We applaud Dell for providing a solid state drive storage option, besides the standard hard drive. You can order the 3552 with either a 500GB 5,400rpm HDD or a 128GB SSD. The latter enables much smoother computing experience, especially if combined with the Pentium chip. System memory size is 4GB, which is satisfactory for most usage scenarios. Graphics processing relies on the Intel HD integrated graphics, which can serve for casual games and some less demanding popular titles like League of Legends or Counter Strike if you dial down graphics detail settings to low. Storage and memory are user-upgradeable via a dedicated bottom cover held by two screws. The 40 WHr battery is user-removable and provides a battery life of up to eight hours, according to Dell.

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As for the screen, the system has a standard budget-class 1366-by-768-pixel panel without touch support and no IPS wide viewing angle technology.

For typing and interaction with Windows 10 and apps, the Dell Inspiron 3552 features a full-size keyboard with numeric pad and trackpad with click buttons integrated in the touch surface. Keyboard backlight is missing.

DVD drive is optional, while Ethernet LAN port is entirely omitted. Other common laptop features are present. It has stereo speakers, a 0.9MP 720p web camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless interface, Bluetooth, HDMI video out, one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, an SD media card reader, and a combo connector for headphones and microphone.

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Specifications of the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 3552

Here's the specs sheet of the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 3552. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Dell
Screen size 15.6-inch (most popular laptop screen size)
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Glossy reflective coating
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron N3050 (able to complete everyday tasks, but can be sluggish)

Intel Pentium N3700 (can do usual tasks, but can be slow)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD integrated graphics of low-end CPUs (only for the lightest gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (for light multi-tasking)
Data storage 128GB SSD (small but usable capacity)

500GB HDD (very good capacity, but slow type of storage)
DVD optical drive None

DVD writer
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front-facing web camera
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11N
Ethernet network port No
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0 (standard full-size USB ports)
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader SD card reader
Battery 4-Cell 40 WHr, "Up to 8 hours" of battery life
Weight 4.7 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 14.9"
Depth 10.2"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on October 3, 2015

User Reviews and Q&A on the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 3552

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Current rating: 3.63 out of 5 stars
  1. Naing Naing Oo

    Hello, I am from Myanmar. I bought this laptop 3 years ago for teaching purpose to display powerpoint on it for a small group or on a projector for large class. When I tried to connect it to an external powered speaker the audio does not come out of the audio jack and still goes to internal speakers. I googled the problem and tried a few tips obtained online like reinstall, install the drivers and it did not work. Can anybody help me find a solution. Thanks in advance.

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  2. Daniel

    I just bought a intel iris inspiron 15 3000 series 3552 notebook. But on my windows system it says intel celeron n4000 CPU @ 1.10ghz 1.10ghz.
    Can this be or did I get the wrong one ??
    Help liz

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  3. Kartik

    Can i play pubg mobile inthis laptop smoothly .. and incase this cant be possible so what should i have to do to run this game

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Rahmi

    Can i play gta 5 in this computer???

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    • Danijel Z

      Unfortunately, no. You will maybe be able to run GTA 5, but it will be to choppy for actual playing.

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  5. Kamil

    Counter-Strike Source 60fps possible?

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  6. Swetha

    Del 3552 is compatible for autocad?

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    • Danijel Z

      After reading the minimal system requirements for Autocad 2016 version, I would say it can surely run on the Dell 3552 configurations with Intel Pentium processor. Celeron-based models maybe also work, but Pentium is minimum, according to them. In both cases, you can not expect great performance. Pentium and Celeron are among the slowest notebook CPUs, with Pentium still being noticeably faster. Laptops with dedicated video cards like the Nvidia GeForce and faster CPUs like the Intel Core series are much more suitable for Autocad. They’re of course pricier than the 3552.

      As for RAM size, minimums are 2GB for 32-bit Autocad 2016 and 4GB for 64-bit version.

      They also say 8GB RAM is required for for “Large Datasets, Point Clouds, and 3D Modeling”. (32-bit software supports only up to ~4GB RAM)

      Required HDD space of 6GB is not an issue.

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    • Subhasis

      Ya but na
      Cus if u tryed 3d drawing it not possible and u run autocad 2015 with 2d drawings

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    • 5 out of 5

      Abraham Jerson

      Yes it works smoothly

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  7. arun

    if I can change my penium prossorser? to i3

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    • Danijel Z

      No, unfortunately. The processor can’t be upgraded on this laptop. As a matter of fact, modern laptops don’t have upgradeable CPUs at all.

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  8. amani

    i have purchased ispiron 15-3552 with intel celeron but on the left side it has fan grilles but it has a filler a bit inside and i cant feel if the air is getting out.does mylaptop has a fan?

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    • Danijel Z

      I don’t know, but it’s quite possible that there’s no cooling fan inside. Many notebooks with the N3050 CPU don’t have a fan, since the CPU itself runs very cool.

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    • johnk

      how can I run mine cool because my computer get very hot and freezes, seen it doesnt have fun, seem i didnt buy good product or what please?

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    • Subhasis

      I chake my laptom but there have a heat sink plate not a fan

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  9. Kagiso

    Can I use this laptop for Forex Trading?

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  10. Ernesto

    How can I switch the CPU on this laptop since it states that there’s two CPU options on the description?

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    • Danijel Z

      You can only select one of these CPUs before purchase. The CPU isn’t replaceable afterwards, since it’s soldered onto the motherboard.

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  11. 3 out of 5

    Amar

    does the power button have a LED?

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    • Danijel Z

      As far as I remember, the button doesn’t have LED. I can agree that a power button without light looks weird when the laptop is on and it sadly doesn’t show whether the system is turned off or in sleep mode.

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    • Jericho

      Danijel Z can i ask if this laptop can handle games with a really good FPS? for example trove or dota 2

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    • Danijel Z

      Definitely it wont be able to provide excellent FPS in Dota 2, especially the weaker configuration with the Intel Celeron CPU. On the Celeron it’s basically unplayable (less than 20 fps on low settings in my tests), while the Pentium version is a bit faster but not much. I’m not familiar with Trove, but generally, this is one of the weakest laptops on the market when it comes to gaming. If you want smooth fps, the best bet is getting a laptop with a dedicated video card, like the Nvidia GeForce 940M or higher.

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    • diane

      The laptop would be better if it has a backlit led light, for typing purposes during the night

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    • Nick Hiltermann

      NO

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    • Camden M

      not to my knowledge, but you can check.

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  12. 5 out of 5

    John

    I recently purchased this laptop, the processor is pentium n3700.
    I just wanna make sure if this really fanless laptop. Because i had mine with no heatsink/fan, there’s a air vent on the left side but there’s no air coming out. I tryna look inside the air vent and I found out that there is no fan, is it normal for pentium n3700 to be fanless? Ïs there a passive cooling inside thingy?

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  13. kaye

    If I used an USB ethernet adapter, will it work?

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    • Danijel Z

      Yes, but chances are you’ll need driver software for it, with support for 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 or 8 or whatever operating system you run on the Dell 3552.

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  14. J Williams

    why would windows allow there to be settings, quick tabs, and programs, even buttons for turning on tablet mode if they werent planning on letting dell execute it.I have tablet mode as one of the featured on my computer with windows 10. But the dell model I have isn’t compatable… very diapointing. Someone please help me if they know some kind of work around.

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  15. Fakayode nathaniel

    Good evening Mr Danijel Z. Thanks for your instructions on my Inspiron 15 3000 model. Please I noticed that when I clicked this icon ^,I got a notice that the system software is not setup. Please what can I do to setup the software? Thanks

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  16. Fakayode nathaniel

    Good evening Mr Danijel Z. Please,the latest problem I discover in my system is that when I click on this icon ^,I got an information that the software is not setup. Please how can I setup the system’s software

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  17. Fakayode nathaniel

    Thanks for you quick response. Though I’ve not tried the button marked ” to see if the @ will appear,but I appreciate all the same. If I encounter any problem I’ll let you know about it.

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  18. Rachel

    Would you recommend this laptop (with the SSD and Pentel processor) for a high school student who is also taking a couple of online college classes?

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    • Danijel Z

      Yes, the Pentium can serve well for light tasks like Microsoft Office document editing or web browser based courses. And the SSD instead of HDD is of a major help, since it drastically improves system responsiveness. Of course, you can always get a better laptop if you have a budget for some more expensive ones. Personally, I would get a business-class notebook such as Lenovo ThinkPad because they are by default sturdier and have better keyboards. But, they’re more expensive than the Dell 3552, too.

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  19. Fakayode nathaniel

    Good morning & thanks for all your responses Mr.Danijel Z. While on the process of setting up the system there was a page that requested me to choose my spoken language & language for the keyboard configuration and I chose English(United Kingdom). Please,is there something else I can do to reverse these settings?

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    • Danijel Z

      If you have a laptop for the US market but chosen UK keyboard layout, then @ and ” are swapped. So @ in your case will be on the key marked as ” (should be on the left of the Enter key). As for the settings, I don’t know if you can reverse them during the setup process. But you can always change them via Windows’ Control Panel once you setup the system.

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  20. Fakayode nathaniel

    Please I’ve done what you said that I should press the shift & 2 key simultaneously to get @,but instead I got something like this “. In addition,if I remove the battery and re-insert it back,would the system return itself to the first page where the configuration of the system should start so that I can be able to accept terms of use of microsoft application software? Thanks

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    • Danijel Z

      Does your model have an European or some other keyboard layout instead of the US one? Do you know what layout your keyboard has? As for restarting the system, you don’t have to take out the battery. If you can’t shut down the system properly via Windows interface, you can simply press and hold for a couple of seconds the Power button on your laptop. But keep in mind that the “hard” reset should be the last way of restarting the system.

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  21. Fakayode nathaniel

    I’ve got one of the inspiron15 3000 series and as I was trying to set it up,I realised that when I was typing my email address the @ did not respond,even when I pressed the alt key together with the key that has both 2 and @ on it.Instead,it’s number 2 that keep appearing on the screen. Secondly,while I was going through microsoft privacy terms I just realised that as I was trying to see what other option was next to accept the system just suddenly switched and brought the page that required my personal information without clicking on accept. Please what can I do about this or is there something I’m not doing right? Please put me through because the system didn’t go back to that page again. Thanks

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    • Danijel Z

      On English keyboards you should press Shift (not Alt) and 2 simultaneously to get @. As for your system setup problem (you switched on the brand new Inspiron 15 3000 for the first time, right?), it’s hard to tell from here what happened. But, most of settings during setup can be done after you complete the process and enter into Windows. I think accepting terms and conditions is a must, so I’m a bit confused about your situation. Nevertheless, I would proceed the setup by clicking the next step buttons wherever possible and tweak settings afterwards.

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    • Fakayode nathaniel

      Good day to you over there. I am appreciative of your quick response to the problems I noticed when setting up my new laptop yesterday,but the problem still persist as I tried pressing the shift and 2 key simultaneously to get @,what I get instead I get this sign(“). In addition,can I remove the battery and put it back to see whether the system would return back to microsoft’s terms of agreement page so that I can start the configuration all over. Thanks

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Venkat Narayan

    I had recently purchased 3552. I removed windows 10 and installed Ubuntu 16.04. Initially I had some problems with the wifi dropping connections every now and then. I upgraded the driver and there were no subsequent problems.

    I was trying to find out if I can add extra RAM and surprisingly found out that maximum 4 GB is allowed. I wonder if this is true and if so why such a limit is place.

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  23. Richard

    Hi,

    I have this laptop and upgraded it with a SSD that I had left from a broken Acer.
    My question is since I can’t find the answer anywhere, does this laptop have a cooling fan or is it passive?

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    • Danijel Z

      Does your model have fan grilles on the left side? If it does, it probably has active cooling. Maybe the fan doesn’t kick in often, since processors offered with this laptop have excellent thermal characteristics. You can try to put your laptop under heavy load (run some benchmark software) and see whether the fan will start blowing.

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Dottie Woodall

    My question is where do you turn the internet on. I love the machine but my screen went black and I have lost windows and internet

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    • Danijel Z

      Have you tried to press the power button, upper right corner on the keyboard deck? Maybe your laptop just entered sleep mode, if you haven’t used it for a while.

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  25. 3 out of 5

    Ilya

    This is a pretty good laptop to do basic things on, essentially you can do work on it flawlessly. The problem is watching videos/listening to music, the audio fades out for a few seconds and then back in every few minutes or so. My brother got the same computer shipped a few days apart and had an identical problem. For that reason, 3/5. You’d get well your moneysworth if that issue was fixed.

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    • 1 out of 5

      BRIAN MCCANN

      i agree with everything that ilya said but those giant flaws dont deserve in any way three stars… that is insane in 2016 to think that a company is putting out a unit that cant even stream video flawlessly… maybe in 2001 but not 2015 inexcuseable….. less than one star… i dont even consider it a computer.

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