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Dell Inspiron 1564 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

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Dell Inspiron 1564 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

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The Bottom Line

Apr 8 2010 - Dell's Inspiron 1564 budget systems offers a solid laptop for those on a tight budget. Incentives and discounts often drive the price below $600. With the Core i3 processor it provide a very quick computing experience. The downside is that users will have to sacrifice some RAM, hard drive space and wireless features for this lower price. For some this may not matter much but be warned that Dell does not offer the same level of customization on this particular model.
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Pros

  • Well Priced Especially With Discounts
  • Solid Performance From Core i3 Processor

Cons

  • Smaller Hard Drive
  • No 802.11n Support
  • Not As Customizable As Other Dell Laptops

Description

  • Intel Core i3-330M Dual Core Processor
  • 3GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 15.6-inch WXGA (1366x768) WLED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 7-in-1 Card Reader
  • 15" x 9.8" x 1.3" @ 5.5 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, McAfee Security Center

Guide Review - Dell Inspiron 1564 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

Apr 8 2010 - Dell's Inspiron 1564 is the latest revision of their Inspiron 15 model that uses the new Intel Core 2010 processors. Their budget class model uses the Intel Core i3-330M dual core processor that actually provides a very strong level of performance. In fact, this processor provides more power than many of the Intel Core 2 Duo processors found in more expensive versions just months before. To cut the costs down, Dell does ship their budget model with just 3GB of DDR3 memory instead of the more typical 4GB which will impact multitasking at times.

To keep the Inspiron 1564 entry level system with a price below $600, Dell did sacrifice some features including the hard drive. It uses a smaller 250GB hard drive compared to the more typical 320GB drive. It spins at the standard 5400rpm spin rate which means that performance will also be a bit slower than those that have switched over to using 7200rpm desktop spin rate drives. A dual layer DVD burner handles all the CD and DVD playback and recording.

Dell advertises the Inspiron 1564's 15.6-inch display as having a WLED backlit. This essentially implies that the LED backlight provides a wider color range than standard CCFL backlights. Most laptops are now using LED backlights so there is not much advantage and the blacks tend to be more washed out with its high brightness settings. Driving the graphics is the Intel GMA 4500MHD found on just about every budget laptop. This provides enough performance for handling HD video streaming but lacks and real 3D performance for tasks like PC gaming.

The budget class Inspiron 1564 comes with a six cell battery pack rated at 48WHr. This is fairly typical of budget class systems and means that battery life won't be as long as more typical laptops such as with the optional nine cell battery. In my DVD playback testing, the battery pack was able to achieve roughly two and a quarter hours of running time before going into standby mode. This translates into roughly three to three and a half hours of more typical usage.

With a base price tag of roughly $640, Dell offers a number of discount incentives on their systems that results in a price tag that can easily be found for under $600. This makes it extremely affordable but they did sacrifice a few other features to reach this price. With 802.11n now an official standard, most laptops include this as a standard feature. This version of the Inspiron 1564 only comes with 802.11b/g support which may disappoint those wanting high speed wireless networking.

Dell has also been known for their wide range of customization options when ordering laptops. In the case of their budget Inspiron 1564, it is considered a fast track item. This means that the internal components can not be upgraded at the time of the order. Only external peripherals can be added to the bundle.

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User Reviews

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The most Defective Dell Inspiron 1564 computer, Member Notodell1564

I bought this product March 2010 of last and started having problems with the web cam from the get go. I called dell and the tech took over my computer and recomended that my mother board and camera be changed to fix the problem. This was in January of 2011 this was done the problem remained the same. I asked Dell to replace this computer they said no! they dont replace products. Another tech did diagnostics and said the harddrive and camera should be replaced. That was done the problem remained the same. Got another Tech who had to ask me if the camera cable was changed i told him no, this was done problem solved. That was done on the March 17th 2011 the warranty expires on the 23rd of march 2011. Now we are in April the motherboard that dell replaced is now dead . Now they want to charge me for replacing there defective motherboard that they installed in this computer, which will be costing about $199.00 plus diagnostic charge. I IMPLORE ALL OF YOU do not buy this product made in China, and offered by dell as a Dell product.

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