Dell Inspiron N5110 15R is a mid-range entry in the Dell Inspiron series, it is not a bad device considering the price point. It is very well-equipped and enters the market looking to capture a large chunk of the consumer base. So let’s get into it!
Key features of Dell Inspiron N5110 15R:
- Intel Core i5 2.5Ghz (2nd Generation) with Turbo Boost up to 3.1Ghz
- 4GB RAM (2 slots)
- 500 GB hard disk drive
- 1 GB Nvidia GeForce GT-525M dedicated graphics card
- DVD-RW multi layer drive
- 6 cell Lithium ion battery
- 15.6” LED HD display with integrated HD webcam
- WiFi, LAN, Bluetooth
- SRS premium sound speakers
- Multi-touch, gesture support touchpad
In terms of build quality, it is mostly plastic but not the kind that does not look pretty. It is a good looking device. The keyboard is complemented with a rather small but useful number pad and is very soft and gentle to the touch. However, the keyboard is not backlit so that might put some people off. The touchpad is large with two separate keys that are also very soft and don’t put a lot of burden on your fingers with extended usage.
On the right side, it has the DVD-RW tray load drive with the headphone/ microphone jacks and a high-speed USB 3.0 port.
On the back side, it has another USB 3.0 port, the Ethernet (LAN) port, a VGA port and the charging port.
On the left side, we get a USB 2.0 port, an exhaust grill (not found in most laptops) which is very important, an HDMI port, a eSATA port and a multi-card reader.
On the front side, we only get four LED lights for the power, processing, charging and wireless network. Just beneath the front are the two SRS premium speakers which are reasonably good.
The screen, it must be said, is a market-leader in this class and budget. Although it will not, like most others, work so well in sunlight, it is definitely the best laptop screen I have used in a long, long time. The webcam is only 1 megapixel but it is HD and will be satisfactory to almost all users.
Now to the main parts! The system does not come pre-installed with Windows so you will have to buy your genuine copy of Windows.
The system can handle most users’ needs quite easily. In my review, I installed heavy games such as Need for Speed: The Run, God of War and Call of Duty. The graphics are very good but the laptop does get hot on the left side of the touchpad if you’re not sitting in an air-conditioned room. This is where the side exhaust is so important. Most laptops do NOT have this feature so they need more air circulation. Although this also requires a lot of air circulation, the side exhaust helps to keep things cooler most of the time.
Other regular tasks like surfing the internet and using Office tools and emails are done in an instant due to the pre-installed 4GB RAM (Expandable up to 8GB). The speed of the system will satisfy most users if moderate pressure is applied to the system such as opening an Internet browser, playing music or movies and working on Office tools all together.
The system does not come with a drivers CD in the box but all the drivers can be found and downloaded from Dell’s website. Just enter the device’s service code (given on the bottom) on the website and it will automatically show you a list of drivers needed.
The unit I have reviewed was purchased at a cost of Rs. 56000 or approximately $600.00. Considering the price, this is one of the best laptops in the mid-range category which can handle high-end tasks like heavy graphics games and blasts through the more regular tasks such as browsing, movies music and office use.