The Dell Inspiron I7559-763BLK has its gaming credentials in order, including an enthusiast-oriented NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 graphics card, a speedy quad-core 6th Gen. Intel Core i5 processor, Windows 10 Home (64-bit) preinstalled, 8GB of system memory and 256 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD) for storage, and snappy boot times.
THE GOOD: Solid gaming performance. 1080p display. 256GB SSD. Backlit keyboard.
THE BAD: The speakers tend to be tiny at high volumes.
The Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK $739.99 at Amazon is an entry-level gaming laptop, that actually has some components that deserve the “entertainment/gaming” label. The system has its gaming credentials in order, including an enthusiast-oriented NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 graphics card, a speedy quad-core 6th Gen. (Skylake released in August 2015) Intel Core i5 processor, Windows 10 Home (64-bit) preinstalled, 8GB of system memory and 256 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD) for storage, but doubles up in speedy boot times and performance as compared to hard drives. The Inspiron 15 stands out as a great bargain and a good bang-for-the-buck proposition. If the forward-looking capabilities and great design are anything to go by, then the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is something we can call a step in the right direction. For that, it deserves our nod as the newest Editors’ Top Pick for entry-level gaming laptops.
Design and Features
It is part of the Inspiron 15 700 Series, which is optimized for work productivity and mid-range gaming performance, although it packs some of the latest specs into a light-weight, slick design.The matte black and beautiful Inspiron i7559-763BLK sports a premium-level design measuring less than an inch thick forged with aluminum and diamond-cut beveled edges that make it slimmer, thinner and lighter than other models in the Inspiron 15 7000 Series. It looks formidable, measuring 1.0 by 15.1 by 10.4 (HWD) and weighing in at about 5.67 pounds. It’s lighter than typical 17-inchers for gaming, like the Lenovo Y70 Touch (7.5 pounds), but it’s meant to be used as a desktop-replacement rather than one you’d tot around on your daily commute.
The 15.6-inch is a bright spot. At 1,920 by 1,080, its resolution is lower than the 4K resolution of the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro. We think that a 1080p display is better suited to entry-level gaming GPUs, like the NVidia GeForce GTX 950M, as the performance numbers bear out (more on that below). The screen is pre-calibrated and can be set to different modes for different usage scenarios. These include design work, gaming, office apps, movie watching, and a setting called anti-blue.
The last setting supposedly reduces blue colors to help with eye fatigue, but to our eyes it simply makes everything more sepia-toned. In the default sRGB mode, however, the display looks bright and exceptionally crisp. It has a backlit keyboard, but I predict that not everyone will be happy with the fact that the touchpad is positioned on the left.
Inside, the storage is both speedy and spacious, thanks to a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) which is better than the slower hard drives. If the space appears limited, you have an easy solution to get more storage by putting your files in various online cloud services. There also seems to be mSATA slot for an extra SSD if you wish to install one.
The 15.6″ screen of Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK comes with all the bells and whistles: IPS display (superior to cheap TN panels in terms of colors and viewing angles), anti-glare coating and 1920×1080 resolution. Touch is not supported, but for gaming purposes such a display should be very decent at least. A 1280×720 webcam is available on Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, you’re good to film videos or chat with your friends on Skype, with Waves Maxx Audio Pro for clear sound output.
Connectivity is excellent. The system comes with three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out is also present, although DisplayPort is missing which is quite a drawback, and might upset some hardcore gamers. Optical drive isn’t something you find here either; if you need to install games from discs you’d better get an external DVD drive. Wireless connectivity comes via 802.11 A/C + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter.
There’s also integrated 1000Mbps controller with RJ-45 port in case you want to connect using wire.The 6-cell 74Whr battery is non-replaceable battery, as in you can’t just pop it out without removing the bottom cover. Dell claims that it can go for 10+ hours-a beefy one, but I don’t think you’re getting more than 4 hours if you’re gaming. If surfing the web etc. you should end up with more than 4 hours, though.
A sixth-generation Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6 M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz based on Skylake microarchitecture) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 provide adequate gaming performance and very good multimedia score on the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK. This summer and September we’ve seen Intel release many Skylake-based processors and the Intel i5-6300HQ in this unit is part of the new releases.Currently, there doesn’t seem to be benchmark scores online for this processors just yet, but it’s expected to reach similar performance to some “regular” (not power efficient) i7s such as the i7-4712HQ.
That processor gets around 7500 CPU Mark points which is excellent, and since i5-6300HQ should get more or less the same you can pretty much do anything on this computer and if there’s a bottleneck, it won’t be this processor for sure. With this processors, the system stays cool even after several hours of operation and offers great performance and speed with top class functionality and a feature set .
On the game grid, the system will surely achieve rock-solid frame rates at Medium-quality (1,366 by 768 resolution), however pushing the settings higher will make the system stutter. You should be able to get these systems playing smoothly at native resolution, but it will involve some tweaking with antialiasing and quality settings. The only entry-level system that could play most modern game titles smoothly at Ultra-quality settings at its native 1080p resolution is the Alienware 15.
The latest generation of Core i5 processors performs more or less like the Intel i7-4712HQ which has a Passmark score of 7635 today (minus the hyper threading of the i7), helps improve battery life (of 6-cell lithium ion battery) so you can have it unplugged longer despite having a Thermal Design Power of 45 watts. This means that the Inspiron i7559-763BLK’s performance comes closer to Core i7-powered systems that cost slightly more, like the Dell XPS 15, the 17-inch ASUS X755JA-DS71 and the gaming MSI GT72 Dominator-406.
The Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK $739.99 at Amazon is a good choice if you’re a content-creation hobbyists who likes to indulge in gaming once in a while. The latest Core i5 processor, brilliant screen, and clear speaker will definitely take home entertainment to the next level and even make creating the next YouTube masterpiece a pleasant experience. On the flipside, if you’re on a budget the price is right to grab it as your entry-level gaming rig or consider the Asus K501UX Gaming Laptop (which we reviewed here) that comes really close in gaming performance and spots a premium design. The system if worth the buck in every inch, especially for the budding hardcore gamer, due to its better game performance, expandability. For that, it is our newest Editors’ Choice entry-level gaming laptop.