Dell Inspiron 15r 5521 3427U/i5/4gb/1tb – Unboxing & Review

Today we are going to look into the new Dell Inspiron 15r 5521 unboxing and short review. This everyday use laptop costs Rs. 44,700/- including all taxes and a back-pack as usual. Seriously, a laptop at this cost should have been better.
Dell 15r 5521 3427U
Dell Inspiron 15r 5521 3427U - Unboxing & Review.

The first glance

The metallic finish is eye-catchy definitely. This series comes in three colors; blue, grey (dark silver) and red. To be true these colors are really impressive. You need both your hands to open the laptop. The hinges are quite tight. At just 1.25 inches in thickness (height) packed with

  • Intel i5 3427U processor 1.80 Ghz
  • DDR3 4 Gb RAM @ 789Mhz
  • 1 Terabyte hard disk drive
  • Intel HD 2 Gb graphics
  • Chicklet Keyboard
  • Windows 8 – Home Basic
  • Dell MaxxAudio Sound controller
  • DVD+/-RW Optical Drive
  • 4 USB – 3 USB3 (Superspeed) & 1 USB2
  • HDMI connector
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 4 Cell 40 Wh Li-on Battery

On the left

  • Power socket connector
  • Ventilation for processor heat
  • 1 HDMI connector
  • 10/100 Ethernet connector
  • 3 USB ports – 2 USB3 (Superspeed) & 1 USB2
  • 1 audio jack

dell inspiron 15r 5521 review
Facing us

  • LED indicators for Power, HDD, charging and WiFi connection
  • Muti-card reader
  • Left and right speakers

IMG_5746dell inspiron 15r 5521 - front facing

To the right

  • 1 USB port – USB3 (Superspeed)
  • DVD+/-RW optical drive

dell inspiron 15r 5521 right side
Above screen space

  • 1.3 MP camera
  • Built-in microphone
  • LED flash/ light source (dot on the right of camera)

IMG_5759dell 15r inspiron 4 cell 40wh battery

Processing Unit Detail
cpu informationcpu-cachecpu-graphicscpu-memorycpu-motherboardcpu-spu

Thumbs up

  • Soft touch chicklet keyboard button
  • Separate number pad
  • Optical drive
  • Impressive battery life – only after playing around power settings like Dell Intelligent Power schemes, etc.
  • Big touchpad and its buttons
  • 15.6 inches screen size with just 2.2kgs
  • Intel HD 2GB graphics
  • Touchpad activation on couple of times gesture
  • Almost noiseless running




  • CPU speed
  • Sound quality, could have been better
  • Keyboard without backlight
  • Power switch button without back light
  • Missing microphone separate jack
  • Missing card reader slot covers
  • Not having Gigabit (100/1000) LAN connector
  • Glossy screen
  • Touchpad activation on couple of times gesture
  • Bluetooth is quite slow – particularly with my Sony mobile phone
  • Lack of proper information about the unit. Documents are mostly of no use other than pointing out the controls, their functions and overall Windows 8 controls and mouse gesture notes.

Accessory good to have…

As a verdict, I would ‘suggest’ to buy this notebook for everyday use (yeah, i know its made for…) :D. I wish this same package could have been packed with a little more processing speed. But, I would like to bring to light that there is another variant with i3 process with bit more processing speed more than this unit and 500Gb storage capacity at less price. Back to this, at just 1.80 Ghz, definitely most of the everyday use applications run smoothly, but have to compromise and wait if you want to run a resource hungry application like Adobe Premiere or Adobe Aftereffects, etc. Well, in this world there is always some mistakes happen and we learn from mistakes. Hope Dell works out on few important things like gigabit ethernet and back-lit keyboard at least.
All right, this was my view on this particular 15r series laptop from Dell. Awaiting your views.

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