Dell Inspiron 5758 (17 5000) – first impression of the new bulky multimedia laptop from Dell

Next down the pipeline is the new Inspiron 5758 (17 5000) notebook from Dell. It can be easily considered as a successor to the previously reviewed Inspiron 5749 notebook due to the similar, yet improved design, class and size. Nonetheless, only at first glance we can say for sure that there has been a significant improvement in terms of design, feel and comfort.

Design

Dell has replaced the top lid with a silver (or black) plastic with ornaments making the surface a bit rough. Provides better grip, though. Now the notebook is slimmer and way lighter. There’s still room for improvement, but we are happy with the overall drastic change.


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The same material is found all around the chassis except for the interior that features soft-touch plastic with rubberized finish. We have to say that we certainly liked the finishing touches on around the keyboard. Speaking of which, the keys provide long and tactile feedback so working with the keyboard looks comfortable.


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No irregularities, dents, holes and etc. were found. The bottom piece includes a small service cover for upgrading the storage and RAM. Moreover, the battery is user-replaceable as well without the need of unscrewing or removing other lids. Our overall impression of the construction of the model is rather positive. Despite the high weight and thick profile, the chassis appears to be rigid and solid with good build quality.

Hardware

Unfortunately, Dell hasn’t changed a lot from the Inspiron 5749 and we are referring to the lack of additional HDD/SSD 2.5″ slot and M.2 SATA slot. For a 17-inch bulky machine, this is the least we can expect. However, the Inspiron 5758 comes with a wide variety of internals for you to choose from – Intel Pentium 3805U, Core i3-4005U, Core i5-5200U, Core i7-5500U CPUs and Intel HD Graphics or NVIDIA GeForce 820M 2GB DDR3 GPUs. Storage options may vary from 500GB to 2TB. Screen options are just two – 17.3″ 1600 x 900 resolution with a glossy surface or 1290 x 1080 resolution with a touch panel.

Usual connectivity options are at hand – 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 (this isn’t satisfying though), LAN port and the 3.5 mm jack for headphones. The optical drive is also here at your disposal. Another thing that we expect to be lackluster is the battery. The one provided here is 40Wh powering a discrete GPU (worst scenario) and a 17-inch LED backlit screen with HD+ resolution. We can tell that the battery life will not be enough, but we will determine that with our tests once we publish our full review.

How it looks on the inside

Opening the main service lid isn’t much of a hassle – only two screws keep the cover in place. Opening it will reveal 1TB HDD from Toshiba, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 module and two RAM chip slots. We’ve got 2x 4096MB in our case. Unfortunately, another HDD/SSD 2.5″ slot or M.2 SATA SSD slot are nowhere to be found which is quite disappointing for such a huge 17-incher.


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Specs sheet

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CPU Intel Pentium 3805U (2M Cache, up to 1.90 GHz) / Intel Core i3-4005U (3M Cache, 1.70GHz) / Intel Core i5-5200U (3M Cache, up to 2.7 GHz) / Intel Core i7-5500U (4M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz)
RAM 4-16GB DDR3L, 1600MHz
GPU
    Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 5500 / NVIDIA Geforce 820M 2GB DDR3
HDD/SSD 500GB-2TB HDD
Display 17.3″ LED backlit, 1600×900 Truelife, glossy (non-touch); 1290×1080 Truelife, glossy (touchscreen)
Optical Drive DVD optical drive
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Other features
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • built-in HD webcam
  • built-in microphone
  • 3.5mm combo headphone/microphone audio jack
  • HDMI
  • Ethernet port
  • SD, SDHC, SDXC card reader
  • Kensington lock
Battery 40WHr, 4-cell Lithium Ion
Thickness 27 mm (1.06″) non-touch, 29.2 mm (1.15″) touch
Weight 2.83kg (6.24 lbs) non-touch, 3.38kg (7.44 lbs) touch

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