For under $500, Dell Inspiron i5748-2143sLV 17.3-Inch Laptop is worth the money, if you are looking for desktop replacement laptop computer with better-than-usual battery life. This laptop is decent for office tasks as well like web browsing, watching movies and playing music. With Intel core i3-4030u processor and 4GB memory, this Dell 17 5748 series laptop can even be used for light CPU intensive tasks like small photo editing, installing iTunes, video encoding and media file conversion. However, it won’t provide you very fast performance for such tasks. This laptop is decent for light gaming as well. Dell i5748-2143sLV comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive and a good-looking exterior. We could expect it to have a hybrid storage solution rather than just a 5400rpm hard drive. This laptop is a non-touch variant of Dell 17 5000 series and comes with DVD burner as optical drive. The screen doesn’t offer full HD resolution which is not unusual as it is a standard budget laptop. It doesn’t come with backlit keyboard either. Dell Inspiron i5748-2143sLV offers a HD webcam (1280 x 720 (HD) with 30 fps (maximum)) The laptop is available at different stores including Staples, Walmart and B & H at a price range of $490-$500, the lowest being at Amazon at the time of publishing. Here is a review of specifications and performance of the laptop.
Specification and performance of Dell Inspiron i5748-2143sLV
Dell Inspiron i5748-2143sLV is powered by Intel core i3-4030u which is one of the most popular processors and offers enough performance for everyday computing. It is a dual core processor and each core operates with 1.9GHz speed. It comes with hyperthreading technology which means each core can handle two threads at a time and enable the computer to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. Inspiron i57482143sLV comes with Intel HD 4400 graphics which is a part of the processor but this is the only graphics option with this machine. Though the unit supports streaming of HD videos on screen as well as on external display, still when it comes to gaming the laptop can handle only low end and older games. For instance Fifa 14, Tomb Raider, Dota 2, world of Warcraft, StarCraft II heart of the swarm, Guild wars 2 etc are playable in this laptop. Other popular laptops of this series are
- Dell Inspiron i5748-1143sLV 17.3-Inch Laptop
- Dell Inspiron i5748-5000sLV 17.3-Inch Laptop
- Dell Inspiron i5748-7143sLV 17.3-Inch Touchscreen Laptop
Dell Inspiron i5748-2143sLV comes with 4GB DDR3L memory in single slot. The speed of the memory is 1600Mhz and the laptop comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 operating system is preinstalled on the hard drive. Other pre-installed software include McAfee Peaks Live Safe – 30 days trial version, Microsoft Office Trial (OHT13M), Cyberlink Media Suite Essentials etc.
The 17.3” LED backlit HD display offers 1600 X 900 pixels resolution which means it can support up to 900p. However, the laptop is capable of streaming videos on external display with the help of HDMI .
Dell i5748 2143sLV comes with standard ports and connectivity features which include One Ethernet port, One USB 3.0 port, Two USB 2.0 ports, One HDMI port, One headset port and SD card reader. It is not wifi enabled and offers 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet support for wired connectivity. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 for Wireless network connectivity.
4 cell “smart” lithium ion (40 WHr) battery offers upto 2.5-5 hours of battery backup once fully charged.
Pros of Dell Inspiron i5748-2143sLV
Big screen, nice display
Cons of Dell Inspiron i5748-2143sLV
No Hybrid drive
No Wireless –Ac
Dell Inspiron i5748-2143sLV is a big unit that can work as a desktop replacement laptop. It could use better Wi-Fi and faster storage. Overall, for its price, it is a solid computer that’s good for a home user. To know more about the laptop check the link