|Standing screen display size||15.6 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920x1080 Pixels|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||4000 MB|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||4.5 Hours|
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10)
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For people on the go, the potential benefits are significant.
- Improved performance — faster boot times, faster application launches and faster access to all your documents
- Durability — helps protect your important files from potential drops
- Longer battery life — lower power consumption by SSDs than HDDs
- Quieter, lightweight, and cooler than standard hard drives
Features & Design
Optimum performance for gaming, surfing and everything else
Multi-tasking processing: With 6th Gen Intel i5 Quad-Core processors, you’ll have all the power you need to enjoy both gaming and entertainment.
Stream and re-stream videos: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M is your performance-class graphics card with 4GB GDDR5 discrete memory. This graphics powerhouse gives you high frame-per-second rates in games and accelerates video editing and transcoding.
Solid-State Drive (SSD): Solid-state drives are similar to the flash-based memory that you find in USB memory devices and have no moving parts, making them more secure and less prone to failure than standard hard drives. SSDs also pull your data from the drive faster and outperform 10,000 rpm Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) in read/write speeds, meaning you’ll also get faster load times on game maps and other information that’s stored on your device.
Keeps Things Cool & Keeps You Entertained
Our revolutionary thermal cooling design was built to handle our highest-performance processors and graphics. The two cooling fans, three exhausts and large vents with 240 thermal fins all work together so you can experience uninterrupted gaming and smooth streaming, all while your system and palm rest stay cool.
Rich in Media
Fully framed: Get the best front-of-screen experience with a FHD anti-glare IPS wide angle display (1920x1080).
Light up your game: Don’t miss a stroke with a backlit keyboard that lets you enjoy your gaming or computer time even at night. And a precision touchpad gives you responsive, accurate gesture support.
Bring the noise: Immerse yourself in superior sound with Waves MaxxAudio Pro. The studio-quality processing software enhances your listening experience, and partnered with Dell-designed performance speakers and a built-in subwoofer, you get to hear every detail.
Everybody will be Reaching for Your Computer
Light, lean and ready:The portable 15" laptop is ready to pack up and go wherever you need it.
Personalize it: Choose what suits your style with three color options: matte black, grey or hibiscus red.
Marathon battery life: With a 6-cell 74Whr battery, expect 10+ hours of battery life to power your favorite games and videos without interruption. Combined with a 1” thin design and strong performance, this laptop makes it easy to take it all with you.
|Processor||6th Generation Intel Core i5-6300HQ Quad Core (6M Cache, up to 3.2 GHz)|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Memory||8GB DDR3L 1600MHz (8GBx1)|
|Video Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5|
|Hard Drive||256GB Solid State Drive|
|Multimedia Drive||Optical Drive Not included|
|Media Card Reader||2-in1 Media Card Reader and USB 3.0|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth tied to wireless card|
|Display||15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display|
|Fax/Data Modem||HDMI - Yes|
|Wireless Connectivity||6th GeneratioIntel 3165AC + BT4.0 [802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 1x1]n Intel Core i5-6300HQ Quad Core (6M Cache, up to 3.2 GHz)|
|Audio||Stereo speakers and subwoofer + MaxxAudio Pro|
|Keyboard||Internal SP BL Keyboard, ENG|
|Battery||74WHr, 6-C (Int) [74 WHr, 6-Cell Battery (Integrated)]|
|Software 1||McAfee CB LiveSafe 30Day Trial|
|Software 2||MS Office Trial TOPK, MUI (OTRT13M)|
|Software 5||Addl SW,INS,SMOD,Win10,US/CAN (INSW10)|
|Disclaimer 3||Power Cord, US/CAN|
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|Computer Memory Size||8 GB||4 GB||16 GB||8 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|CPU Model Manufacturer||Intel||AMD||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|CPU Speed||2.3 GHz||3.5 GHz||4.5 GHz||2.4 GHz||2.6 GHz||2.8 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1920x1080 pixels||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920*1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches||15.6 inches||15.6 inches||15.6 inches||15 inches||15.6 inches|
|Hard Disk Size||256 GB||128 GB||512 GB||512 GB||1 TB||1000 GB|
|Item Dimensions||15.08 x 15.08 x 10.43 inches||14.31 x 9.74 x 0.71 inches||14.23 x 10.01 x 0.90 inches||14.29 x 10.02 x 0.94 inches||10.10 x 15.10 x 1.30 inches||10.50 x 15.40 x 1.20 inches|
|Item Weight||6.00 lbs||3.97 lbs||5.29 lbs||4.84 lbs||5.60 lbs||4.90 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 S||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||SODIMM||GDDR3||GDDR5|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11ac||802.11ac||802.11ac||Bluetooth||802.11ac||802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
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Overall, I am very pleased with this laptop. I think it's a fantastic value for the parts you are getting. The overall look and feel of the laptop is great, the red trim is not overbearing. Using the laptop feels fast and snappy. Boots Windows 10 in less than 20 seconds! The weight and size keeps it portable, but it's no Ultrabook. The laptop doesn't have a touchscreen, if that's a deal-breaker for you.
More details are below, wanted to keep the summary at the top for the folks who don't care to read the whole review.
Build quality seems good to me. The unit is all plastic on the outside; however, I am okay with this. It is a very soft plastic that is nice to the touch. The unit does not feel flimsy and seems fairly durable. It also appears (at first glance) that access to the HDD and RAM won't be terrible, as opposed to some other new laptops on the market, there seems to be a removable plate/panel on the bottom of the laptop to access the bottom of the mainboard, picture attached.
Boot time is rather fast. From the time I hit the power button it takes about 17 seconds until I am at my Windows 10 desktop environment. This is exactly what I was looking for. You will not achieve this in laptops without an SSD hard drive.
Wireless internet signal is pretty strong. I am fully able to receive a signal in the very back room of my house (35+ feet w/ walls), on par with iPhone 6 Plus.
The main storage drive is an SSD, it is a SanDisk Z400s M.2 2280 256GB. Read/Write speeds are fairly strong, I have attached a picture from a CrystalDiskMark speed test I ran. The SSD drive from Dell has (4) partitions, you are left with approximately 200GB free of 225GB available when you receive it. The Dell backup image takes up about 12GB. The fact that your operating system is installed on the M.2 drive would mean that you can add an additional HDD or SSD in the spare 2.5" SATA bay for additional storage. I am not familiar with the spare bay yet.
Memory/RAM is pre-installed 8GB of DDR3, installed in 1 of 2 available slots, according to CPUZ. This leaves spare slot open for future expansion. The RAM is PC3-12800 (800mHz) (PC3 1600) Hyundai Electronics P/N - HMT41GS6BFR8A-PB, with a CAS Latency of 11, according to CPUZ.
Battery life is unknown at this point, I haven't had enough time to fully test this. While playing around with the laptop for the last 3-4 hours I still have about 87% left.
Keyboard is comfortable to use, even with large hands. The 10-key pad is a little undersized, but this keeps the primary keyboard area nice and roomy. The CapsLock key does have a light on the key to indicate whether or not CapsLock is on; although, NumLock does not. The backlit keyboard features (2) brighness levels and is a nice blueish white color light output. The backlit keyboard seems to provide adequate light.
Sound quality seems very good thus far. I watched a couple music videos online and the vocals were clear. The bass was lacking, but this is a laptop, this is to be expected.
I really like that the charger has an indication light on the cord, on the end that plug into the laptop port, that lets you know the charger is powered. The charger also features a built in strap to keep the cord neatly stowed while not using.
Not an overly amount of bloatware installed. Mainly Dell proprietary applications for updates and registration.
***For those who care...why I decided on this laptop.***
I had been shopping for a laptop for everyday use that could also handle heavier tasks such as multi-tasking with multiple browser windows open, music playing, light duty photo editing etc.. I did want a laptop that was portable, but I was not willing to trade off the "more affordable" power you get by not shopping for an Ultrabook. I was also not as concerned with a touchscreen (don't care for a smudgy screen).
My criteria was:
256GB or greater SSD, I wanted something that would boot Windows fast!
8GB Ram Minimum
15" Screen Minimum
1920x1080 Resolution Minimum
Decent dedicated GPU.
I loaded Diablo 3 , Guild Wars 2, and World of Warcraft from a thumb drive. They all played flawlessly at full resolution will high frame rates. Guild wars 2 was in mid 50s. Other 2 were even higher with Diablo 3 being maxed graphics with no problems. Didn't even warm up playing it and WoW .Look forward to trying Fallout 4 on it in a couple of weeks. That should be a better test of the GPU and heat issues.
The screen does have some light bleed in lower edge of screen , but only on startup when screen is black. That is the only time I noticed. Not sure about visual quality vs other computers, but looks better than my desktop monitor at work, and my 4 year old laptop I'm replacing. If they cut corners here, I'm not really noticing that much since I'm not doing any photoshop or pro stuff where color has to be spot on.
The keyboard is responsive and similar to many other laptop keyboards. Love the full size keys. Not jammed too close together so fewer typos. Sound is decent for a laptop. The laptop is whisper quiet unless you are pushing the graphics card a bit, then the fans wind up a bit. Still not too loud. You can go to sound settings and tweak equalizer to get sound you prefer.
The nice thing about this computer is you can sneak it past your wife as a business computer, but it runs like a much more expensive gaming laptop. Nice to be able to play a game while on a business trip. Will probably add 8Gb of compatible ram a little later so it will run dual channel. Highly recommend 2nd SSD in this unit. Runs games so well, you will want to install a ton on here. Can get another 256gb for $89 any day of the week with 512gb running around $150-160 for name brand.
All in all, very pleased with my purchase.
Update: After a weekend of gaming and surfing the web, I've found that you really need to download the latest drivers for the Intel HD video card, and the Wireless driver as well. Fixes many little irritating freezes and glitches. Just go to device manager and update from there. I also updated the Nvidia 960M driver though I never had a moments problem with it. Still loving this laptop!
2nd Update: Got Fallout 4 last week and have played more hours of it than I care to admit. The laptop has handled it perfectly with very little heat buildup. No glitches, crashes and lag whatsoever. I play it on Medium settings and get 40-50 FPS . The game works on high but FPS dips into the low 20s at times which will ruin your aim a bit. Only use VATS for bosses. Gonna try Witcher 3 next which I hear is even more of a graphics challenge.
Second laptop suffered a broken hinge - it separated from the plastic mount under normal operation. This in-turn caused the case to separate at the seam. Dell refused to provide warranty service due to the "physical" damage. Redirected me to out-of-warranty service.
This laptop seems like a good deal due to the tech inside, however, the build quality is very poor.
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EDIT 2: I have had this laptop for 5 months now, and the laptop is still in pristine working condition. Asides from a messy keyboard (I am too lazy to clean it), it is fine. The battery is still in excellent condition and hold it's charge just as well as before. I will soon be looking to upgrade it by increasing the ram and adding a second hard drive. There have been questions about the hard ware. In terms of upgrading, there is a second hard drive slot and room for an additional 8GB of ram. The laptop comes with no optical drive however, an external optical drive can be used.
I am a student doing my A-Levels and this laptop is perfect for me. I wanted a laptop that will last a long time, run quickly, and be good for gaming every now and then. I've had this laptop for 2 days now and I will update this review as I go.
Firstly, the screen. It is very high quality and looks great from all angles. I've never before been picky about watching high res YouTube videos or movies but with this screen, you can really tell the difference. It has a very high resolution and is ideal for me. Only two draw back are that some of the text on windows itself looks low res, however I'm sure it's an easy fix, I'm just lazy. Secondly, there is a small amount of bleeding when the screen is black. It's not always visible either. When i'm watching a TV show and the screen goes black, I don't see any bleed but sometimes when the screen blacks out for whatever reason it can sometimes be seen. Not a problem for me since it doesn't show up when there is something to look at.
Secondly, speed. The speed on this laptop is insane. It's new, but even after putting all my programs on it, the time from pressing the on button to being able to open a program is ~5-10 seconds. Programs open instantly and games run very quickly. I haven't pushed it properly yet but from what I have tried, I get a VERY good picture, with at least 45 FPS.
Thirdly, storage. I can see storage on this becoming a problem since it is shipped with 250 GB. Luckily, there is a second hard drive slot which I will likely put a second SSD in which will solve my problem, and I bought this with the intent of doing this.
The style of this laptop is very nice. I don't mind the US layout, I'm adaptable. The track pad is very far to the left which may be a problem for some, but I am ambidextrous so I don't care.The red on black looks very nice especially on the Dell logo and the speakers.
Battery life is good. I can get around 6 hours when I'm watching TV, which is good for me since I'm likely only going to be using this unplugged when I can't be bothered to plug in the charger.
Other things include the speed with which it arrived (2 days), how easy it was to set up out of the box, and the options to upgrade RAM and to add a second hard drive. After reading reviews, I found out that the laptop is supposedly shipped with bad drivers for the wireless and track pad. I have had no problems with the track pad yet. When I started using this laptop I plugged in an ethernet cable and updated all drivers and thus have had no problems with the wireless (quite the opposite, on previous computer I could reach ~4-5 MB/s but on this I can get 7-8MB/s which is good).
Overall, I would say this laptop is perfect for me and I'm very happy with the build quality, specs, style, speed etc. and would (and have) recommend it to anyone else looking for a gaming/work machine.
Would highly recommend this laptop for mid range gaming purposes and quality speakers for movies.
I have had some problems with the speakers, but the speakers are not that important. Also is a fingerprint magnet.Also is impossible to game on when not plugged in - 30fps cap on everything.
Es un excelente equipo, los componentes son bastante buenos; el procesador es bastante bueno, he usado la computadora para varios juegos que varían en cuanto a lo demandante de sus requisitos y no he tenido problemas con ninguno, ni siquiera para juegos AAA con gráficas muy buenas, como Doom, Dark Souls III, entro otros, todos los corre en gráficas máximas; la tarjeta gráfica es bastante buena, la iluminación y efectos de partículas se ven espectaculares.
El equipo se prende entre 4 y 8 segundos siempre y listo para usarse de inmediato, gracias al SDD, aunque lo malo de esto es que se llena muy rápido el almacenamiento; el teclado iluminado es muy útil, la pantalla tono mate y anti-reflejos es un gran beneficio en espacios iluminados.
Los materiales de la computadora son buenos, no de primera calidad pero al precio de la computadora, era un sacrificio necesario y honestamente no necesito más.
Una gran ventaja que tiene este equipo y que fue factor decisivo para mi es que se puede mejorar el RAM a 16GB y se puede insertar un segundo SDD o mejor aun un HDD para balancear.
Una cosa ha tener en cuenta es que, al estar solo con la batería de la computadora sin tener el cargador conectado, algunos juegos no tienen el rendimiento optimo al jugarse, esto se puede solucionar bajando las gráficas o simplemente conectando la laptop a la corriente. Obviamente esto varía de juego a juego y comúnmente esto ocurre con la batería baja, a partir de 35% o más no he tenido muchos problemas con la mayoría de juegos.