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Has all the right features!
on May 18, 2014
I was planning to get this model from Amazon and found it for $399 from OfficeMax. Being a bargain-hunter, I went for it. At Amazon's current price, it is still a bargain. This model has the 4th generation Haswell chip from Intel, the Core I3 4010U and it is significantly faster than the other Dell models that have the slower Pentium chips in them. If you're cross-shopping similarly priced models from HP, Asus or Acer to name a few, stay away from those models that are powered by AMD A4's AMD A6's and Celeron models. Those chips are a bit on the slow side, and coupled with 4 GB of ram and 5400 RPM hard drives make Windows 8.1 a less enjoyable experience.
This model Dell even with the standard 4GB and 500GB 5400 RPM drive makes for a very good "all-purpose" machine that will serve well the vast majority of people who will purchase it. The integrated Intel 4400 Graphics chip, which uses system memory is even good enough for light gaming, but if you're a "dedicated gamer" this machine is not for you! The recent Windows 8.1 update which came out April 10th make Windows 8.1 even better. Now, you can use a mouse and keyboard or the Touchscreen with almost equal ease. I hated the original Windows 8, but Windows 8.1 is a lot easier to deal with!!
This model has 4 USB ports - 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0. Unlike many lower-priced laptops, it still has a DVD/CD optical drive. Several other Dell models that look very much like this unit, do not have a DVD/CD optical drive and many buyers are disappointed to discover that after their purchase. It also has an RJ-45 jack and HDMI port so you can hook it to the TV. It does not have a VGA port, however, so if you're thinking about hooking it up to an old monitor ...you'd be out of luck.
It does come with a removable battery and has a panel on the bottom to allow access to the 2 memory slots and the hard drive. Just today, I added an 8GB Crucial module to this unit and it took all of 5 minutes. So now I have 12 GB of memory which does make this Inspiron a wee bit faster. If you go to Dell's website to check on driver updates you won't find it listed as an i15RVT-6195BLK, but as a more generic Inspiron 3537. I don't know why Dell does this, but they do! Down the road, I may buy an SSD drive for this to turn it into a poor man's ultrabook!
To sum up, if you're looking for an everyday computer that can perform most tasks and run most programs in a more than adequate manner, keep this model on your short list!