Dell I3558-14590BLK is powered by 5th generation Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is neither a touchscreen nor a 2-in-1 laptop but, under $500 price tag, specs of the laptop are quite impressive. It is, however, disappointing to find that the laptop comes with low resolution display and slow storage option. Performance of the laptop will be impacted due to these features, if you are going to run image or video editing program like Adobe Photoshop. For better color accuracy, Full HD display is preferable. Dell I3558-14590BLK will be able to execute office tasks smoothly. Working with MS office, browsing web with multiple tabs and emailing/skype will not be an issue with this machine. It can stream videos and movies as well. As far as PC gaming is concerned, not all high end games like the GTA V, The Witcher 3, Call of Duty Black ops III will run smoothly on this machine. But you can play these games in low resolution and settings. You can also consider HP 15-ay013nr laptop which comes with Intel core i5-6200u 6th generation processor (offers better performance than i5-5200u), 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. It has full HD display as well. However, none of these laptops are workstation grade and do not come with dedicated graphics. Dell I3558-14590 doesn’t come with backlight keyboard either.
If you are looking for a budget laptop that offers blazing fast performance for office tasks, supports latest PC games, allows HD photo and video editing and can do some 2D/3D rendering job, then Acer e5-575g-53vg laptop will be a better option. It comes with 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor and has dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB video memory. It also comes with 256GB Solid state Drive and 8GB DDR4 RAM which is faster than DDR3L RAM. It offers Full HD display and backlight keyboard as well. If you just need a laptop for regular computing then Dell I3558-14590BLK or HP 15-ay013nr will be good enough. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell I3558-14590BLK.
Core i5-5200u processor is a 5th generation Intel core processor, operating with base frequency of 2.2GHz while the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz on system demand. Intel core i5-6200u, on the other hand, operates with 2.3GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. Both the processors have 3MB of cache. From the architectural point of view, i5-6200u is more advanced as it is a part of Intel’s 6th generation processor. Intel core i5-6200u offers better performance as compared to i5-5200u. However, it will get hardly noticed if you are running office application or using the laptop for web browsing. Here a Solid State Drive can make a difference as it reduces boot time and accesses data almost instantaneously. It also consumes less power. Thus, HP ay013nr will offer better overall performance than Dell 13558-14590.
Dell I3558-14590BLK is installed with 8GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. But it will be very difficult for a novice to try to upgrade memory and had drive. You need to remove battery, optical drive, keyboard and base cover to get access to the hard drive and memory module. 1TB hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 but the laptop doesn’t come with full version of MS office.
The 15.6” display of Dell I3558-14590BLK offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can display content up to 720p only. Port and connectivity features available with the laptop include One RJ45 port, Two USB 2.0 ports, One USB 3.0 port, One HDMI port and One headset port (headphone and microphone combo). It also has SD card reader, webcam and CD/DVD drive.
Network connectivity is supported by 10/100MBps Ethernet, wireless ac and Bluetooth.
4 cell battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.