The Dell Inspiron 15 7559 is a budget gaming laptop with an understated aesthetic, and good portability.
The standard model comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM, a 256 gigabyte SSD for storage, and, the thing that makes it capable of gaming, a GTX 960m with 4 gigabytes of Video RAM. With these specs, you will be able to do medium gaming and then some- work with this laptop is fast and responsive, thanks to the 8 gigs of RAM and the very good i5 processor. The build quality is average- I wouldn’t want to drop it- but good enough to last and survive a little knocking around.
It isn’t perfect though. The hinges are built somewhat poorly, but work fine. My personal unit has an issue with the right hinge, where the plastic covering the hinge will come apart slightly after opening and closing a few times. This is an easy fix though, as I simply press it back together.
The sound is decent. Loud, but lacking in bass- this despite having a built in sub-woofer beneath the track pad. The keys are a fairly mushy, which isn’t a surprise considering they are rubber dome switches. They are back-lit, however, which will allow you work in the dark! The screen is a 1920 x 1080 TN panel display with slightly lackluster viewing angles, but works great and is sharp. It also has a built in camera which can record in 720p resolution, which is decent. The microphone, however, is very poor.
The Laptop can be upgraded with an additional SSD or HDD solution, allowing for additional storage space, or with an additional 8 gig RAM card, bringing your RAM up to 16 gigs (why this would be necessary for a Laptop like this is beyond me).
So, who is this for, exactly? Well, it’s for students who prefer a much more powerful, custom solution and who wish to be able game in their free time. And at a price point of just $700, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular choice for those high-school/college-aged gamers who are strapped for cash.
Last but not least for some frame-rate benchmarks, provided by PC Perspective:
I should make myself clear here: This isn’t a recommendation for the average student, particularly if they aren’t interested in PC gaming. This is meant to provide a solution for those that want a decent work/gaming computer that they can use for school.