First impressions of Dell Inspiron 5759 – an obvious successor to the Inspiron 5758
Back to reviewing some budget notebooks as we now have the Dell Inspiron 5759 on our desk waiting for a full review. We just started using and testing the device and here our first impressions, which are mostly the same compared to the older 5758 model.
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Practically, nothing has changed on the outside as the notebook features the familiar hard patterned plastic on top, flat edges around the base and the rubberized finish around the keyboard and touchpad.
In fact, the same weight applies to the new model – 2.83 kg but it’s considerably thinner than its predecessor. While the 5758’s height was around 24-27 mm, the upgraded casing is 19.41 mm. Both, weight and height, appear to be much better than the average 17-incher on the market.
The rubberize finish easily attracts dust, but fingerprints and smudges aren’t that visible. We also got decent touchpad performance with light and delightful clicks, keyboard with good ergonomics, relatively short key travel and also a bit spongy.
This is actually the interesting part here since Dell has changed not only the CPU but also the graphics chip, although the latter is valid only in some regions including Europe. The US market adopts configurations excluding a discrete GPU and relying on Intel HD Graphics 520 iGPU. Anyway, the 5759 gets the updated Skylake chip (Core i7-6500U) and also offers configurations with Core i3 and Core i5 processors. Last year’s 5758 had an NVIDIA GeForce 920M GPU but this time around Dell is sticking with the AMD Radeon R5 M335 (4GB DDR3) GPU and whether that is a smart decision or not, we will find out in the full review once all tests and benchmarks are done.
As far as other hardware changes are concerned, the laptop adopts the same display configurations – Full HD (1920×1080) and HD+ (1600×900) with TN panels. We were pleasantly surprised by the image quality last year’s 5758 offered and we are expecting, at least, the same properties from the Full HD version. We are mostly concerned about the price point, though. The 5759 sells for around €800 in Europe and can be found a tad cheaper in the US due to the absence of the discrete GPU. For the given price, we would expect a bit better GPU, more connectivity options or an IPS panel for better multimedia experience. There are few alternatives out there like the HP ProBook 470 G3 or the Pavilion 17, which comes with M.2 SSD slot, overall better build, considerably more powerful GPU and probably better loudspeakers. There are also options for getting one of Acer’s budget 17-inchers from the Aspire E5-773G lineup We will state our verdict in the full review once all tests are done.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-6200U (2-core, 2.30 – 2.80 GHz, 3MB cache) / Intel Core i7-6500U (2-core, 2.50 – 3.10 GHz, 4MB cache)|
|RAM||up to 16GB (2x 8192MB) DDR3L, 1600MHz|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 520 / AMD Radeon R5 M335 (4GB DDR3)|
|HDD/SSD||1TB HDD (5400 rpm) / 256GB SSD|
|Display||17.3-inch (43.94 cm) – 1600×900 (HD+), matte / 17.3-inch (43.94 cm) – 1920×1080 (Full HD), matte|
|Optical Drive||DVD optical drive|
|Connectivity||LAN 10/100 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Battery||40WHr, 4-cell Lithium Ion|
|Thickness||19.41 mm (0.76″)|
|Weight||2.83kg (6.24 lbs)|