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Dell Inspiron N5040

alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 reviews of Dell Inspiron N5040. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and portability. The price and performance are also appreciated, but the touchpad and reliability get negative opinions.

usability, performance, price, portability, screen

durability, reliability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron N5040 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Dell Inspiron N5040


alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 user reviews of Dell Inspiron N5040 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The portability and performance are also appreciated. Views about the battery and keyboard are different, while there are some negative reviews about the reliability and durability.

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durability, reliability

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-inch Laptop (Black) (Intel Pentium P6200 2.13GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD±RW, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit)Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-inch Laptop (Black) (Intel Pentium P6200 2.13GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD±RW, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit)

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Dell Inspiron N5040


alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Dell Inspiron N5040 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the screen and performance. The price and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the portability.

usability, price, performance, screen


81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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May, 2018

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Great Product


I have only had this for a couple of weeks but im very happy with the purchase. The laptop is fast, it can run my high end music production software with ease and the screen is great for watching movies. for the price this feels like a good bit of kit!

Feb, 2012

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Value for Money


This machine is fast and easy to use,and I m glad I bought it for my wife as a present.

Feb, 2012

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Great wee laptop


Bought this laptop for my 17 year old son, it does his needs just fine. Battery life not that great, but what laptop has? Am happy with the choice I made and so is he.

Nov, 2012

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Dell Inspiron N5040 4GB 1TB 15.6 Inch Laptop


a great product and a good price would reccomend dell AND argos

Nov, 2012

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Excellent for the price


Brought to replace our last laptop which after 8 years was on its way out. Ordered online, collected same day, so easy to set up and use, should of replaced old one years ago. Before this purchase we were thinking of getting fibre optic broadband but...

Nov, 2012

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Good Laptop


Easy to get set up and started. Suits my family needs and looks smart.

Oct, 2012

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Great purhase


got this for my partner; easy to set up (wifi). good clear screen and fast output to say on wireless set, best purchase and a really sound piece of kit.

Oct, 2012

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Great value for the price


I bought this as a replacement for an ageing desktop PC and it has been a very satisfactory purchase. The keyboard feels a little "plasticy" but this is only a minor point.

Oct, 2012

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This is my first ever computer. I have always been terrified of getting one due to my lack of IT knowledge. However, whilst it is still very early days for me and I have lots to learn - both from purchased books and from paying for tuition; I am...

Oct, 2012

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I am so pleased


I have now had this Dell Inspiron laptop for just over a week and I am really impressed with the fast performance and functionality. It has a good size screen which is really clear and so easy to use. I would highly recommend it!

Sep, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD / HDA
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2 / 4


Battery Capacity:2200 / 48
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48
Battery performance:2200
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6


Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Home office
Product type:Notebook


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 7730M / Intel HD Graphics / No
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500 / 650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 667
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 6000 / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6320 / Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 4000


Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:6 / 8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Networking features:Fast Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HDA
Display:LCD / LED
Ethernet interface type:Fast
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

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


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
Power auto-sensing:Y


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel GM45 Express / Intel HM57 Express / Intel HM67 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / No / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):16 / 22 / 25
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:No / Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel GM45 Express / Intel HM57 Express / Intel HM67 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:B960 / E-450 / I5-3210M / P6200
Processor boost frequency:3.1
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale / Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:AMD E / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.65 / 2.13 / 2.2 / 2.5
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:B960 / E-450 / I5-3210M / P6200
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Pentium B900 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium P6000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 988 / Socket FT1 BGA
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:L1 / Q0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5 / 5
System bus rate:2.5 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105 / 85 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32 / 45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:50176 / 59836 / 65708
Processor code:SR07V / SR0N0
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:Y


Bundled software:Office Starter
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Linux / Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:McAfee


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD / Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO, SD / Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO, SD, SDHC / MMC, SD, SDHC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500 / 640
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:1000 / 320 / 500 / 640

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.2 / 9.65
Depth (imperial):10.2
Height (front):1.24 / 1.48
Height (front) (imperial):1.24
Height (rear):1.36 / 1.58
Height (rear) (imperial):1.36
Weight:5.22 / 6.02
Width:14.8 / 14.9
Width (imperial):14.8