Dell Vostro 15 3530 review – this laptop needs better cooling ASAP

Thanks to the technology evolving, a lot of the modern mid-range and low-range devices can be used for both office and home tasks. Nowadays, even some inexpensive CPUs have at least six cores or even more which is great for the regular user. In this article, we’ll show you a laptop that is suitable for normal daily tasks and for office usage as well.

The notebook is called Dell Vostro 15 3530 and it comes with 13th Gen Intel Raptor Lake U-series CPU options that can be pretty efficient if the manufacturer optimization is done in the right way. Some of the important extras are optional – like the backlit keyboard and the fingerprint reader. The base display option is a prehistoric 768p TN display and this sounds so outdated in 2023. You have to avoid this one by any means necessary because the optional 120Hz IPS panel should be the way to go for most users if money isn’t a problem.

We can also spot an NVIDIA dGPU option in the specs and that’s kind of a surprise given the low price tag of the device. We didn’t find such a laptop but we bought one with the most powerful CPU option in order to torture the cooling solution. This is the weak spot of some Dell devices like the Vostro 16 5630 so let’s see if this one can surprise us with a better cooling system than its more premium sibling.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System:


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

Dell Vostro 15 3530 (Integrated) - Specs

  • TK0DH-NE156FH (NCP005F)
  • Color accuracy  4.6  3.5
  • up to 2000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 1x 2280 PCIe NVMe 4.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 16GB
  • OS
  • No OS, Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home
  • Battery
  • 54Wh, 4-cell, 41Wh, 3-cell
  • Body material
  • Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 358.50 x 234.90 - 235.60 x 15.52 - 19.00 mm (14.11" x 9.25" x 0.61")
  • Weight
  • 1.63 kg (3.6 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 2.0
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • HDMI
  • 1.4
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.3
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • optional
  • Web camera
  • HD/ FHD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • optional
  • Microphone
  • Dual Array Microphone
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2.5W Stereo Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot
  • Wedge Lock


All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here:

What’s in the box?

Inside the box, you’ll find some manuals and a 65W charger.

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21 days ago

Graphics performance is severely degraded by using 1Rx16 type memory modules.

In my tests, Iris Xe gains around 25% more performance on average with 1Rx8 memories.