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Dell Inspiron 15r


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Just wondered if anyone has used one of these laptops?

Or can recommend an alternative. I'm pretty happy with the spec and it should suffice, but not that up to date with H/W.

Looking for something to do everday tasks and when the need arises run a couple of virtual machines in VMWare to test Server 2008/SQL etc. I imagine an SSD would be an essential upgrade.

Dell Inspiron 15R Optional Touch Screen Laptop Details | Dell UK

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"Which laptop should I buy?" The Questions.

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Aug 4, 2010 at 11:58 AM

IcczActive Member

When creating a thread asking for advice on which laptop to buy it is best to include as much detail as possible so people can give you the best advice they can based on your requirements. It's best to answer as many of the following questions in your first post as you can to get the most useful information and to get it quickly. A lot of threads are often lacking detail and as a result can have 5 or 6 replies just establishing the requirements, so please take the time to read these questions and try as best you can to answer them if you're asking "Which laptop should I buy..."

Thank you.

What is your budget? £500

What size laptop do you want?

15" max

(In terms of screen size)
Netbooks are usually less than 11"
Ultraportable laptops are usually 11" to 13"
Standard laptops are usually 14" to 16"
Desktop Replacements are usually over 17"

Do you have resolution requirements?
For example "must display 1080"

At least 1366x768

Do you prefer a matte or glossy (reflective) screen?
Please note matte screens are harder to find these days, so may not be in budget.

Not too fussed.

What will you be using the laptop for?
For example, Browsing, Gaming, Word Processing, Video Editing, Web/Graphic Design

Avi's/MKV's, Office applications, Web browsing, VMWare.

If you will be gaming, what games do you need to play?

Not too fussed, but games at reasonable setting would be a bonus.

How long does the battery need to last?

At least 2 hours.

Does it need to be portable?
Will you be taking it out and about or just leaving it at home on a desk


Do you require Blu-Ray?


Do you require HDMI output?


Do you have a preferred brand?
For example Dell, HP, Acer


Are there brands you would prefer to avoid?


Would you be happy with a refurbished laptop?



Wild Weasel

Distinguished Member
My parents have one and it's about 3 years old now. Works fine. Decent KB and screen.

I stuck an SSD in it for them which meant taking the damn thing apart.

I'm not sure you need to do that on newer models, as they probably have the drive accessible from an access panel like a proper manufacturer should. Yes I'm looking at you Apple.

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