Dell Inspiron 15 5585 Review

The Dell Inspiron 15 5585 is Dell’s entry into the Ryzen market, bringing great performance and results for budget-conscious users. This model is the AMD replacement for the Intel model of the same laptop, however, the AMD version comes with more than just a CPU replacement.

Overall, the chassis of the laptop, battery life and the general performance of the laptop differ from its Intel counterpart, the Dell 15 5584, as our review will show. This laptop targets the budget audience who wants a good everyday performing laptop, for a lower price. 

Technical Specifications

CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700U 2.3 – 4 GHz  Zen+ Architecture
GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 – 2048 MB
RAM 16GB 1200 MHz RAM
Motherboard AMD Promontory
Storage WDC 512GB SSD
Connectivity SD Card Reader, USB 2.0, RJ-45, Noble Lock, AC Adapter, USB 3.1, USB-C, HDMI, 3.5mm audio

Physical Form Factor

Dell Inspiron 15 5585 is a good-looking laptop at first glance. If you’ve ever laid your eyes on a Dell XPS this laptop might remind you of it as soon as you look at it. This is done on purpose, and it’s a plus as XPS laptops are very good-looking. You wouldn’t notice that it’s a budget laptop unless you open up the lid, where the budget design comes into play.

The plastic on the insides of the lid is of a very noticeable lower quality than the one on the outer parts of the laptop, and the insides feel empty and not as firm as they could have been. This is especially noticeable when you rest your hands against the keyboard when the plastic starts feeling a little bendy. It’s unfair to compare this laptop to the build quality of the XPS especially when we look at the price, but there’s always room for improvement. 

One plus with the chassis is that there are no noticeable creaking sounds when using the laptop, which can be noticed in some of its counterparts and competitors.


When it comes to the screen, the Dell Inspiron comes with an LG IPS 15.6-inch screen which at least in size, is pretty much the standard for the budget laptop category. If you’re looking for a laptop that will allow you to work on the balcony or somewhere outside in direct sunlight, you may be a little disappointed as the laptop comes with a display that’s below average in terms of outdoor brightness when compared to similar laptops on the market.

However, viewing angles are absolutely great and even better than what we’ve seen on other laptop displays previously. Some of the display settings can be toyed with, so the not-so-vibrant colour default colour scheme can be modified to make the laptop colours look more lively if you prefer to have them that way. 

Battery Life

At first glance on paper, the 42 Wh battery may seem incapable and small, but that’s certainly not the case when we put it to real-life use. When measured in a WLAN running time test the Dell Inspiron can reach up to 7 hours of uninterrupted battery run time. If charging time is an important factor to you, the laptop can take your battery from 0% – 100% in about 2-2.5 hours which is a little below average but still in the normal range.

Some ultra books in this price range can charge the battery in less than 2 hours, but this isn’t a factor that, at least according to us, is a deal-breaker. 

Keyboard and Touchpad

All of the keys on the Dell Inspiron are backlit, which makes it perfect for working in a dark room, especially at night. Size-wise it’s not a desktop-class keyboard but it’s still comfortable enough for people with bigger hands or fingers to be comfortable enough typing for a longer period. There are no dedicated Page Up and Page Down buttons, and the arrow keys are much smaller than normal, which can make it a bit harder to work with applications such as Excel where a lot of data is involved. However, the keys are firm and people who do a lot of typing will surely appreciate it.

The Touchpad comes with invisible keys and has one line in the middle at the bottom of the touchpad to differentiate between right and left-click. It’s all plastic and it feels accurate and smooth independent of the speed at which you are moving your cursor. One downside of the touchpad is the weak click feedback which is insufficient at times and can make it a hassle to work where a lot of clicking is involved. 


We don’t have many expectations when it comes to speakers on a budget laptop, but the integrated speakers on the Dell Inspiron are good enough when talking about bass reproduction and depth of sound. The only downside is the lack of good enough maximum volume which can struggle to fill even a smaller room. If you are using the laptop for multimedia and the occasional movie or tv show, it should be more than good enough.


This laptop certainly isn’t a beast when you look at the tech specs on paper. Especially when you look at the integrated GPU. However, this is exactly where the AMD Ryzen with Integrated Graphics shines. It easily outperforms its Intel counterpart, the Core i7-8565U where the CPU performance is similar, but the Ryzen simply outclassed it in GPU performance. The laptop can handle everyday tasks with ease and multitasking is a breeze. If you are a casual gamer, rest assured that you can jump on a gaming session of Rocket League, CS Go or Fortnite without any visible trouble.


The Dell Inspiron 15 5585 comes with plenty of power for everyday tasks and can handle them without much trouble. On the outside the build quality is very decent, even premium, whereas the overall chassis on the laptop, especially when the lid is open looks very cheap and plasticky.  There are a lot of connectivity options on the laptop with modern ports such as USB 3.1 and a USB Type-C. 


Acer Aspire 7 (A717-71G) Review

Acer’s new entry to the gaming laptop market with their Acer Aspire 7 is worth taking note of. The laptop looks sleek and well designed on the outside, but it lacks some of the trademarks features its competitors in the same, or similar price range and market have had for a while now. Even though its internals gives out a gaming laptop vibe, Acer is trying to position the Acer Aspire 7 as a multimedia all-rounder laptop[. It’s an argument that has a decent amount of truth to it, but with some of the Aspire 7’s limitations, we’ll try to see how far that argument can take the laptop.

Technical Specifications

CPU Core i7-7700HQ 3.8Ghz
GPU GTX  1060 6GB
RAM 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz

How Well Built Is The Laptop?

If we take a look at the bulkiness of the laptop, it measures around 27mm which easily puts it in the bulky category. This is a laptop, so the big screen added with the bit of bulk, makes it a bit harder to carry around and transport. If you like gaming on the move, this might be a little bit of a problem, but overall, it shouldn’t cause you too much trouble.

The material covering the lid of the laptop is brushed aluminium which makes the laptop look a little more premium and gives it a certain sturdiness in the middle, except for the bottom chin due to the distances at which the hinges have been placed. It feels a little flexible and prone to bending, but this won’t cause any problems in an ordinary usage scenario.

Furthermore, the laptop comes equipped with a USB-C port, LAN port, HDMI, USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio jack and 2 USB 2.0 ports. Pretty standard for a laptop, and will suffice for most users. The addition of a Kensington lock and Thunderbolt support would have been nice, but sadly it’s lacking here.

Overall, it’s missing the key marker of a gaming laptop physically speaking, which can either be an advantage, or disadvantage depending on what you want to use the laptop for primarily. The design is clean enough so you can bring it into work without anyone knowing that it’s a gaming laptop which is a plus in some scenarios. However, if you want cool RGB lights and coloured keyboard keys, this laptop isn’t for you.

Is The Screen On Par For a Multimedia or Gaming Laptop?

The first thing you’ll notice when unboxing the laptop is the big 17-inch screen. At one point in time, 17 inches used to be the standard for desktop monitors, and with good reason. When put on a laptop, the 17-inch screen does look huge, and it would be perfect for playing FPS games with a wider FOV or watching movies and TV shows. While the bigger screen is a plus it’s not only the size that matters.

It has a pixel density of 127ppi, with great viewing angles. Furthermore, the Acer Aspire 7’s maximum brightness settings are bright indeed and are perfect for viewing in direct sunlight if your desk happens to be positioned against a window, or in a place where a lot of sunlight comes in. It has a decent sRGB range coverage and colour reproduction. Overall, it’s not the best laptop screen on the market, but do remember that this is a budget gaming laptop. When considering that, the screen is more than decent and will be perfect for multimedia consumption.

Battery Life

The battery life is relatively good considering this is a Windows laptop. Overall web browsing should give you about 6-7 hours of light web browsing without media playback in the background while watching movies or tv shows will make the laptop last about 4 hours on average, which isn’t bad at all.

Gaming on the other hand will give you around 1 hour and 30 minutes which is ok for a quick and light gaming session. However, if you want to play heavier games you have to use the charger because of the lack of power when the laptop is running on the battery which will result in poor fps, and because it will run out fast.

Touchpad and Keyboard

The Keyboard is wide enough to be comfortably used for hours on end, and the placement of the keys is great. On the right side, you will find a num pad which is a bit smaller and can make things a bit difficult if you have large fingers, but overall the experience of using the keyboard is very close to using a full-size desktop PC keyboard which is a big plus.

When it comes to the touchpad it has some positives and some negatives attached to it. It’s placed a little on the left which can impair the default hand placement on the WASD keys, but its responsiveness is decent for both moving the cursor and scrolling up and down. It doesn’t detect movement at the edges which are good for preventing accidental movement of the cursor.

You can also configure hand gestures of up to 3 fingers which is always a good addition.


The Acer Aspire 7 comes with an i7-7700HQ 3.8 GHz processor which is still very capable to this day. Running Office applications or applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator can be done without hassle and the laptop handles them perfectly. Opening more than one application at the same time can be limited by the RAM of 8GB, which is a little low for a gaming/productivity laptop. 16GB RAM is pretty much the standard nowadays and with good reason.

Furthermore, the GTX 1060 6GB is a very decent performing GPU even today, easily matching up to the GTX2060 with a very small percentage in the performance difference. It can handle most modern games at a Medium graphical present which is more than decent if you are a light gamer. If you are planning on playing FPS games for more frames it would be wise to tweak the graphical settings individually to best suit your needs.


Overall, the Acer Aspire 7 is very decent gaming and multimedia laptop. The downsides are the 8GB RAM and the 1TB 5400rpm HDD, but both the RAM and Storage can be upgraded for more performance if needed. The laptop has an SSD expansion slot, which is the first thing you should upgrade if you’re considering buying the laptop. 


A big 17-inch screen will do any games and movies justice and it can be used in direct sunlight without too much trouble due to the high brightness of the screen. For the price point, it’s hard to beat the performance and overall looks of the laptop.