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Dell Inspiron M501R

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 reviews of Dell Inspiron M501R. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the design and keyboard are overall positive. The usability and price also get good feedback, but many are negative about the reliability and size. Comments are divided on the energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron M501R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Dell Inspiron M501R

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Dell Inspiron M501R from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and usability. The portability and keyboard are also appreciated. Reviews about the reliability and durability are different.

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78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Inspiron iM501R-1459MRB 15.6-Inch Laptop (Mars Black)Dell Inspiron iM501R-1459MRB 15.6-Inch Laptop (Mars Black)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (pcmag.com)

Dell Inspiron M501R-1748MRB

 

The Dell Inspiron M501R-1748MRB is an affordable desktop replacement laptop featuring a Blu-ray drive and a nice display but its performance is sluggish at best.

Blu-ray drive. Big hard drive. Nice display.

Integrated graphics. Sluggish performance. Relatively short battery life.

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Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Dell Inspiron iM501R-1655MRB

 

Compared with other similarly-priced laptops, which have better speeds and battery scores, the Dell Inspiron iM501R-1655MRB is no Easter egg.

Well thought-out design. Excellent keyboard. Soft mouse buttons. Large 500GB hard drive. HDMI and eSATA

Overpriced compared to its peers. Paltry battery scores. Bottom of the barrel performance scores.

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Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Daniel A. Begun (pcmag.com)

Dell Inspiron iM501R-13230BK

 

The Dell Inspiron iM501R-13230BK is a budget-minded mainstream laptop that offers more than just the essential features, but its performance is decidedly back of the pack for it class.

Inexpensive. Great-sounding audio. eSATA port. No pre-installed bloatware.

Poor performance. Heavy.

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Jun, 2010

Expert review by: thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Dell Inspiron M501R Review

 

For a price of just under Rs 40k, the Inspiron M501 does offer good performance with its quad-core processor and latest-gen dedicated mobile graphics chipset. However, its poor battery life does spoil the �power-play party� in a big way. The Dell...

Good performance, HDMI and eSATA ports, Comfortable keyboard

Very poor battery life, Extremely shiny body

Feb, 2011

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Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Dell Inspiron M501R AMD triple-core laptop

 

For $999, the Dell Inspiron M501R is a 15in laptop that's packed with useful features and lots of processing power for multitasking. It runs a 2.2GHz ...

Triple-core AMD CPU is great for multitasking, good graphics performance, can be used for gaming, comfortable keyboard and touchpad

Screen is very reflective, finish is too glossy and smooth, underwhelming battery life, only 100Mbps Ethernet

The Dell Inspiron M5010 is based on AMD's triple-core Phenom II N850 CPU and it's one of the great all-round 15.6in laptops on the Australian market. You can use it for office work, multimedia tasks and even gaming (although not for graphics-intensive...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Dell Inspiron M501R 15.6in quad-core notebook

 

The Dell Inspiron M501R is a 15.6in AMD Phenom II quad-core laptop that's suitable as an everyday work machine, or even as a budget gaming rig. It has...

Quad-core CPU, 6GB RAM, 500GB hard drive

No digital TV tuner, very glossy, no Gigabit Ethernet

Dell's Inspiron M501R is a nice looking 15.6in notebook with a quad-core AMD Phenom II CPU and 6GB of RAM. It's a good performer that's suitable as a desktop replacement and even as an entry-level gaming machine. We just wish it wasn't so glossy and...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: PC Advisor (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell Inspiron M501R review

 

The Dell Inspiron M501R is a 15.6in AMD Phenom II quad-core laptop that's suitable as an everyday work machine, or even as a budget gaming rig. It has loads of CPU power, an above-average amount of RAM and a reasonably fast graphics card.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Jayesh Shinde (pcworld.in)

Dell Inspiron M501R (AMD N850 2.2-GHz)

 

An AMD-based Inspiron laptop, the Dell Inspiron M501R bundles in good discrete graphics on a sub Rs. 40,000 laptop.

Very good build and design ; Excellent keyboard, touchpad ; Discrete graphics ; Nice feature set ; Face recognition software

AMD processor can't keep up with latest Intel Core processors ; Battery life could've been better

The Dell Inspiron M501R has a triple-core AMD Phenom II X3 processor, and offers a very good combination of features and looks, and dedicated graphics for a sub-Rs. 40,000 laptop.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Alex Kidman (cnet.com.au)

Dell Inspiron M501R

 

The M501R is a capable desktop replacement as long as power is never far away at all.

Good processing performance ; Full number pad and cursor keys

Poorly placed USB ports ; Woeful battery life ; Design is too mixed

From a processing power perspective, the M501R delivers nicely, and if you were looking for a desktop replacement notebook and happened to like the style (which we didn't), it would suit perfectly. More so than many other desktop replacement notebooks...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Digit Laptops Vishal Mathur (digit.in)

Dell Inspiron M501R - An affordable quad-core laptop, with a catch! Review

 

For a price of just under Rs 40k, the Inspiron M501 does offer good performance with its quad-core processor and latest-gen dedicated mobile graphics chipset. However, its poor battery life does spoil the �power-play party� in a big way. The Dell...

Good performance ; HDMI and eSATA ports ; Comfortable keyboard

Very poor battery life ; Extremely shiny body

Feb, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:SRS / SRS Premium Sound
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Blue / Black, Pink / Black, Red
Form Factor:Clamshell

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
LED backlight: Yes
Pixel Pitch:0.00992 x 0.00992
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter power:65

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 550v / AMD Radeon HD 4250 / No
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 4000
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 4250

Keyboard

Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598.4 - 420000
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3
Operating altitude:-598.4 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD-RW

Other Features

Audio system:SRS
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Diagonal (metric):15.6
Ethernet interface type:Fast
Graphics adapter family:AMD
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC
TV in port: No
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:65

Processor

Chipset:AMD M880G
Motherboard chipset:AMD M880G
Number of processors supported:1
Processor:P320 / P360 / V160
Processor cache:0.5 / 1
Processor cache type:L2
Processor cores:1 / 2
Processor family:AMD Athlon / AMD Athlon II Dual-Core / AMD V
Processor frequency:2.1 / 2.3 / 2.4
Processor Manufacturer:AMD
Processor model:P320 / P360 / V160
Processor socket:Socket S1
Processor threads:2

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.3
Depth (imperial):10.3
Height (front):1.25
Height (front) (imperial):1.25
Height (rear):1.34
Height (rear) (imperial):1.34
Weight:5.84
Width:14.8
Width (imperial):14.8