The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 counts good build quality, reasonable specs, and decent performance among its list of qualities. It’s just a shame that its list of negatives is similarly extensive, with an unremarkable screen, flimsy keyboard, and battery performance that leaves much to be desired among the most jarring.

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Design-wise, this laptop will attract more shrugs than gasps of admiration, while epic poems will probably not be written about its performance as well. The Inspiron 15 5000 is exactly what it looks like, a low to mid-priced gadget designed to get through several tasks without truly excelling at any.

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Design and Appearance

Dell doesn’t stray too far from the known when it comes to the design of laptops in the Inspiron series, with the result being that many of them look practically identical. The Inspiron 15 5000 looks almost exactly like its predecessor, the Inspiron 14. A key difference is that the latter sports a completely metal finish, while the former is predominantly plastic.

That said, the Inspiron 15 5000’s build quality is surprisingly good. The screen doesn’t wobble when you lift the lid and barring a few jitters, the underside holds up quite well. The keyboard is another matter entirely (as you’ll find out later), but overall, the laptop feels sturdy enough to survive a few bumps and scrapes.

Weighing almost five pounds, this laptop is certainly not ultraportable, and your hands may begin to feel the strain if you hold it for extended periods.

Still, it looks and feels sturdy, which counts for a lot. As long as you don’t place a heavy weight of expectation on it, the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 can carry you through significant periods of usage.


Its fast processor and plentiful RAM should ordinarily count for something, but they’ve been hamstrung in this case by the inadequate graphics card. Bringing down settings to the barest minimum may help smoothen the terrain for older titles to run at decent frame rates, but AAA games are pretty much out of the question.


Again, this laptop’s battery is not up to par. On a single charge, it offers about five hours standby time, well below the category average of 8 hours. The laptop isn’t overly light, to begin with, and with this, you’ll have to carry its charger everywhere with you as well, if you’re looking to use the laptop for extended periods.

As usual, you can eke out some more time by dialing down operations, but it’s hard to see how this will significantly improve things.

Cooling and Noise Emission

The laptop’s fans make themselves heard intermittently, going into overdrive when the laptop is forced to execute tasking programs. The noise does get irritating sometimes, and we found ourselves wishing for headphones to drown out the noise. Thankfully, upgrading to an SSD fixes this issue effectively.

Generally, the Inspiron remains cool under pressure, staying below our 95-degree Fahrenheit comfort level.


The Inspiron 15 5000 is offered in a number of configurations, with a slew of hardware options available at different price points. Our review model packed an Intel Core i7-825OU processor, 8GB of RAM, Intel UHD 620 graphics, and a 1TB HDD under its hood. Both the RAM and HDD are upgradeable, and the HDD can be swapped for an SSD.

Those are decent enough specs and the laptop’s performance is better for it. It scraped through our benchmark tests without much ado, even though it struggled a bit with the more intensive ones. Ultimately, though, this laptop performs smoothly, lags infrequently, and multitasks like a real pro.

It is powerful enough to handle a swarm of chrome tabs, a few spreadsheets, and a 1080p film all at once.

Final Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 is a tight laptop that won’t win many awards for design and performance, but the laptop is actually pretty decent in its own right, much like the Inspiron 11.

A few concessions had to be made to keep its price low, as evidenced by the below-par keyboard and unremarkable screen. Its middling battery also falls way short of expectations.

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On the whole, however, this laptop boasts good build quality, with just enough power to satisfy most casual users.