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Dell Inspiron i3542-5000BK 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

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  • 4th Generation Intel Core i3-4030U Processor
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Integrated Graphics
  • Windows 8.1
  • Intel Core i3-4030U Processor
  • 4GB DDR3
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Item Weight 6 pounds 0 pounds 4.85 pounds 4.63 pounds
Processors core i3 1.9 GHz core i3 core i5 5200u 2.2 GHz core i3 1.9 GHz
Operating System Windows 8.1 Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1
Memory 4 GB DDR3 4 GB 8 GB DIMM 6 GB DDR3
Storage 500 GB 5400 rpm 500 GB 1 TB 5400 rpm 500 GB 5400 rpm
Graphics Coprocessor Integrated Graphics Information not Provided Mobile Intel HD graphics Information not Provided
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Style: 4th Generation Core i3 / Touch

Product Description

Big entertainment. Bold features. Get your hands on a versatile 15" laptop packed with features for an enjoyable multimedia experience. All at an affordable price.

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Big entertainment. Bold features.

Get your hands on a versatile 15" laptop packed with features for an enjoyable multimedia experience. All at an affordable price.


More ways to enjoy multimedia

Confident performance: From surfing the web to editing videos, take on your day-to-day tasks with the responsive power of 4th Gen Intel Core processors.

More ways to enjoy HD clarity: Kick back and watch your favorite shows, or connect to your favorite sites and more with a spacious HD screen that offers room for multiple viewers to share at once. Crisp details and vibrant colors shine through as you access videos, photos and more. 

Built-in DVD drive: Burn your favorite playlist, watch movies and load software with an optional built-in DVD drive. Easily store high volumes of data on your DVDs for file archiving, or access new applications quickly.


Stay productive on the fly

Accomplish what you need to, where you need to:Meet your capable copilot. The sleek 15" Inspiron 15 is compact and always by your side.
Go the distance: Venture away from the power outlet with confidence. With long-lasting battery life, the Inspiron 15 isn’t finished until you are.
Room to spare: Save plenty of photos, videos and music giving you plenty of room to archive without worry of limited space. The built-in media card reader makes it easy to transfer videos and photos from your camera while USB 3.0 lets you transfer files to external storage.


The forefront of touch technology

Includes an HD touch option for a truly interactive experience that maintains amazing detail and crisp, brilliant images.

Your every tap, swipe and scroll is more responsive and accurate with a 10-finger capacitive touch screen. Capacitive touch feels more natural and fluid than optical touch because capacitive sensors are right under the screen, compared to optical touch which uses cameras in the bezel of the laptop. Have more fun with Windows 8.1, swipe through your photo album faster and unleash your creativity with capacitive touch.

Designed for the real world — because that's where life happens.

We want you to love your new PC for years to come. That's why we test Inspiron laptops for reliability not just in the places where you expect it, but for the open road ahead.

Turn up the heat: From locker rooms to locked cars, we test Inspiron laptops for survival in harsh short-term heat conditions of up to 65°C/149°F.

Everything hinges on it: We test Inspiron laptop hinges to ensure they still feel tight, even after opening and closing the lid 20,000 times.

Keys to success: We test commonly used keys for 10 million keystrokes and touch pad buttons 1 million times with no failure. So go ahead, finish your novel.

Buttoned up: No matter what you set your power and multimedia buttons to do, we've tested them all to survive up to 40,000 pushes.

Twist and turn: Call us excessive, but after twisting an Inspiron laptop's base and lid more than 25,000 times, we can assure you the parts inside are well protected.

Always a good fit: You'll probably never need to remove and reinstall your Inspiron's battery 750 times, but you can rest easy knowing that we've tested even that.


Specifications

Processor4th Generation Intel Core i3-4030U processor (3M Cache, 1.9 GHz)
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 (64Bit) English
Memory4GB Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz (4GBx1)
Video GraphicsIntegrated Video*
Hard Drive500GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive
Multimedia DriveTray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
Media Card ReaderMedia Card Reader
BiometricsFastAccess Facial Recognition
BluetoothBluetooth tied to wireless card
Display15.6 inch LED Backlit Touch Display with HD resolution (1366 x 768)
Fax/Data ModemHDMI - Yes
Wireless ConnectivityDell Wireless-N 1705 + Bluetooth 4.0
AudioHD Audio enhanced with Wave MaxxAudio
KeyboardEnglish Non-Backlit Keyboard
Battery40 WHr, 4-Cell Battery
Warranty and Support1Yr Mail-In Warranty
Software 1McAfee Peaks Live Safe - 30 day
Software 2MicrosoftOffice Trial (OHT13M)
Software 5CMS - Cyberlink Media Suite Essentials
Software 6CY3,FY14,AddlSW,INS 8.1 (C3F4I8)
Disclaimer3DAO Powercord 125V
Label65 Watt

Product Information

Style: 4th Generation Core i3 / Touch
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Screen Size15.6 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1366x768
Processor1.9 GHz Intel Core i3
RAM4 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics CoprocessorIntegrated Graphics
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 5.25 hours
Brand NameDell
SeriesInspiron
Item model numberi3542-5000BK
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Item Weight6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H19.02 x 13.39 x 3.11 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel Core i3
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDVD±RW
Battery TypeLithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  
Additional Information
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Best Sellers Rank #807 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableMay 15, 2014
  
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141 of 151 people found the following review helpful By woodworker on October 11, 2014
Style Name: 4th Generation Core i3 / Touch Verified Purchase
I didn't want to write a review on this laptop until I had a chance to use it for a while. It has been a little over a month and I feel I can be fair now. First, it came with Windows 8.1, and my last computer had Windows Vista Home Premium (I went from one unpopular OS to another). It took me a while to learn how to get around, and to use a touch screen if I wanted. I have decided I like it pretty well, I use a mix of keyboard, mouse and touch. I heard a rumor that Microsoft will provide free upgrades to Windows 10 when that comes out, but who knows? There are some small gripes with this OS, but by and large it is good. Instead of a start menu you have a configurable start page, not really hard to grasp for me. You can't resize some of the app windows, a fault I don't mind much. I had to watch a couple or three tutorial videos first to find how to do some basic things, but it wasn't a major adjustment.
The laptop itself- I really like the sharp display, I am coming from a desktop with a larger monitor, but this still seems generously sized. I like having a numeral key pad, I find it much easier to enter numbers when using a spread sheet or even typing addresses. The wifi antenna seems to be quite good, I've never had a problem moving around the house or even outside with it. I like the touch screen interface- it feels good and works just the way I expect it to, a bit of laptop and a bit of tablet experience.

I don't like: a touch pad, I'll never get used to it and it seems like I inadvertently touch it and the cursor flies away somewhere. I might be able to disable it, I haven't gotten to that yet. I bought a wireless mouse from Logitech and it works very well.
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149 of 162 people found the following review helpful By JFin VINE VOICE on August 7, 2014
Style Name: 4th Generation Core i3 / Touch
This Dell i3542-5000BK ticks all the right boxes for a mid-range laptop. The i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and build quality are what I'd classify as the minimum you need for a decent laptop. Having a dvd-rw, touchscreen, and a nice selection of outputs round out the feature set for a laptop that is affordable, but feels up to date and doesn't disappoint. If you can stretch your budget another hundred or two, there are some significant upgrades you could easily get (i5, ssd, higher resolution, lighter or discrete GPU), but sub $ 500, this is an excellent choice.
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173 of 191 people found the following review helpful By LM on September 6, 2014
Style Name: 4th Generation Core i3 / Touch Verified Purchase
I was disappointed. I bought this laptop based partially on the positive reviews and was surprised and disappointed when I encountered problems. I noticed it was running a bit slow, right out of the box, so ran the "optimize drives" application. That application indicated that one of the drives needed to be defragmented, to be optimized , but it would not perform a defragmentation to optimize performance. Then, after looking online for a customer service number for Dell, (there was none included with the laptop paperwork), I spent 2 hours on the phone with Dell and was then told that I would have to pay for further support. They did not fix the problem either, so I am probably going to return this. I am quite disappointed that there was a problem and that Dell apparently does not offer free support for even a brand new product, still under warranty.
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A. Natale on June 11, 2014
Style Name: 4th Generation Core i3 / Non-Touch Verified Purchase
Got this for my wife as a replacement for a 4 year old Dell laptop. The weight difference was surprising.

Pros:
light weight
thin
good speed, fast enough for the basics, ms office work, browsing, etc.
dvd burner, card reader, many usb ports

Cons:
resolution a bit low for the 15" screen size
Keyboard keys flat, so need to get used to typing on them.
Glossy screen (would have been nice to have non-glare screen)

Overall very happy with this purchase for the price.

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Ian Peters on October 19, 2014
Style Name: 4th Generation Core i3 / Non-Touch Verified Purchase
I bought this to replace my aging Dell Studio 1555, whose hinges actually just cracked yesterday, luckily I've had this Inspiron for about a month now, so it's no big deal.

For background, I'm a college student who rarely takes this computer outside of his room, I have yet to "travel" with it, but I'm sure it's solid enough for trips back home.

Pros: Solid CPU, nice keyboard, strong hinges, has decent build quality, lightweight, fairly quiet, clear bright display, decent battery life (about 3-4 hours web browsing)

Cons: Touchpad is a tad quirky, glossy plastic surrounding the ports (easily scratched), no Gigabit Ethernet (only Fast Ethernet, but no big deal, if you need it you can always get a USB 3.0 Gigabit adapter)

I've installed an SSD (it can take a 9mm SSD, just be careful when installing, since you have to negotiate around the touchpad cable, I think) and upgraded to 8 GB RAM. This machine runs Windows 8.1 very nicely and has everything I expected from it. The performance is pretty good, it runs a virtual machine with Windows 10 Preview fairly well, although it can be a tad slow (though it could be because the VM is running off my external hard drive, and also, having the virtualization technology is very nice).

Is this the most well built or well featured laptop on the planet? No, but it gets the job done for someone who needs a decent desktop replacement laptop that will last for at least four to five years (my typical PC usage cycle).
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