Dell Inspiron 15 3542 is the latest laptop from the company in 3000 series. Before starting review you should be aware of that the Inspiron 15 3542 Notebook comes with multiple CPU / OS options. The Dell Inspiron laptop we are going to review comes with Windows 8.1 Single Language , 4th Gen 1.7Ghz Intel Core i3 dual core processor, 500 HDD, non touch and 4GB of RAM.
Dell offers various Options for OS like Ubuntu Linux 12.04/ DOS / Windows 8.1 and for CPU you can select over 4th Generation Intel Pentium 3558U, Intel i5 / i7 or 4th Gen Core i-3 4005U both with Intel HD graphics. You do get 15 Months McAfee Security Antivirus for 15 Months free with the laptop.
Dell Inspiron 15 3542 full specifications and features
- 15.6″ inch 1366 x768 HD LED Backlit Display, non touch
- Intel 4th Gen core i3 , 3MB cache, 1.7GHz clock speed ci3
- 4GB DDR3L RAM
- 500GB Hard Drive , 5400RPM
- Intel HD Graphics 4400
- Tray load DVD + / Read and Write
- 720p HD webcam plus microphone
- Stereo Speakers
- 4 Cell battery
- 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Security slot, Memory card reader ( SD, SDHC, SDXC )
- WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI
- Dimensions : 381.4 x 25.6 x 267 mm
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Dell Inspiron 15 Review
When you Unbox the new Inspiron 15 3542 what all you get is a User manual, Warranty statement, Laptop itself and laptop adapter / charger. You will also get a free laptop carrying bag. At first glance you will notice that laptop is bit heavy, not that really !.The design seems to be robust, sleek and slim, while its actually is 25.6 mm thick. Company has preloaded MCAFee Security Antivirus for 15 Months, so you computer will be virus free for atleast 15 months.
The Laptop performs very smoothly while performing simple and some heavy tasks. We felt noticeable lag while rendering some videos in video editors. It runs on Windows 8.1 64 bit operating system. The laptop seems to be good for gaming. The only thing that made us despondent is that it has only one slot / socket for RAM. So in-case you want to increase RAM you have to buy additional 8GB of ram rather than 4GB.
Inspiron 15 3542 Laptop Display and Audio
The display of the Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop is awesome, when it comes to color reproduction and brightness. The viewing angles are also good and the display is vivid. You love to play games and to watch movies on it. You can also connect the Laptop with your HDTV via HDMI cable.It packs with stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 4. Speakers are bit low but offers very crisp and clean audio.
Hardware and Battery life
It has built in WiFi, Bluetooth, DVR RW Drive, Media card, Security slot, two USB2.0 and one USB 3.0. There is 500GB of Hard Disk with speed of 5400RPM. It has 4Gigs of DDR3 Ram and has only one Expansion slot. Camera quality is below than the average, especially in low light / indoor. But it would be ok for skype calls and other video chats. Battery performance if good you can easily use it up to 3.5- 4.5 hours with normal usage.
The built quality of the Dell Inspiron 3542 is decent and robust, very less laptops / notebooks comes with such decent built quality at this price tag. Keyword is also very nicely spaced and is convenient to use , so is the touch pad. The laptop some time lags / delays keyboard functions input and touchpad also some time delays the input, it seems to be the drivers / software problem. It looks stylish , fancy and easy to hold in the hand.
Dell Inspirion 3542 15 Pros and Cons
- Pros : Built quality, Design, CPU
- Cons : RAM expansion slot, Web-camera
Inspiron 3542 Verdict
The Dell Inspiron 15 3542 is a great laptop / notebook from the Inspiron 3000 series. It is great laptop with good connectivity options. It is Solid, rigid and robust. The performance on Windows 8.1 is good but you might feel some delay / lag while multitasking or rendering some heavy tasks like video editing (great because it is not made for that purpose ).
The display is vivid and accurate in terms of color reproduction. So, overall it is a great laptop and you can buy online Dell Inspiron 3542 15 Notebook from Amazon and Flipkart. It comes in Silver and Black colors and it is priced under RS 35000 or $500.
Dell inspiron 15 3542
- Built Quality8.5
- Software / Utilities8
|Name||Dell inspiron 15 3542|
|Model||Inspiron 15 3542|
|Release Date||June 2014|
|VS||HP Pavilion 15-p045tx, Dell Inspiron 15 5547, Vostro 2546, Inspiron 15 3521|
|MRP in India||RS : 33999|
|in US $||515 USD|
|Pros and Cons|
|Pros||Built quality, performance, Display|