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Dell Inspiron 15R SE / Special Edition / Inspiron 7520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 163 reviews of Dell Inspiron 15R SE / Special Edition / Inspiron 7520. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and design. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the keyboard. Some have doubts about the size and battery.

performance, usability, price, design, screen

portability, battery, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron 15R SE / Special Edition / Inspiron 7520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Dell Inspiron 15R SE / Special Edition / Inspiron 7520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 15R SE / Special Edition / Inspiron 7520 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the performance. The price also gets good feedback.

usability, price, performance

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: New Genuine DELL Inspiron 15R 5520 7520 Keyboard Backlit Uk New 0N76J4 02GG30New Genuine DELL Inspiron 15R 5520 7520 Keyboard Backlit Uk New 0N76J4 02GG30

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell Inspiron 15R SE / Special Edition / Inspiron 7520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 15R SE / Special Edition / Inspiron 7520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The performance and portability are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the image quality, while the sound and size get critical opinions.

usability, portability, performance, design, reliability

keyboard, size, sound

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Silicone Laptop Keyboard Cover Skin Protector for Dell XPS L502 L502x, Inspiron M5040 N5040 N5050 N4110 N4120 N4050 N411z 7520 5420, Vostro 3350 V3350Silicone Laptop Keyboard Cover Skin Protector for Dell XPS L502 L502x, Inspiron M5040 N5040 N5050 N4110 N4120 N4050 N411z 7520 5420, Vostro 3350 V3350

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Jonas Adams (notebookcheck.net)

Review Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Notebook

 

Oh so special. Dell introduces the new and completely redesigned

interchangeable display lids; sturdy surfaces; 4x USB 3.0 and Blu-ray optical drive; 1 year in-home service; solid input devices; brigth, non-glare HD-Display; decent speakers

so-so built quality; heats up under load; short battery life

Dell not changing the name of the new models and making things confusing for the customer.

Jul, 2012

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

Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520)

 

Dell's Inspiron Special Edition laptops are souped-up versions of the company's popular everyday computing laptop line, offering Ivy Bridge technology, discrete graphics, and a somewhat hipper look. The Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520)...

Solid Core i7 performance. Switchable graphics. Fully loaded

So-so battery life. Bloatware. Bulky

The Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition is a well appointed media laptop that delivers fast frame rates and is powered by the latest Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge technology. Battery life is middling, however, and the 15-inch chassis has some heft to it.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Dell Inspiron 15R SE Review

 

The $1,099 Dell Inspiron 15R SE has a lot of things to offer multimedia mavens, including an attractive design, a glare-free full HD screen and plenty of audio oomph. While this notebook doesn't offer best-in-class performance, its third-generation...

Attractive design with customizable lids, Skullcandy speakers, Good graphics performance, Fairly fast boot time

Short battery life, Relatively heavy

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: (techreviewsource.com)

Dell Inspiron 15R SE

 

Dell brings together a beautiful 1080p 15-inch display, a Blu-ray player and solid performance with the Inspiron 15R SE. It also features customizable lids to make it personalized to your liking but it does have below average battery life and is...

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Dell Inspiron 15R SE

 

Amid the swathes of attractive and slim Ultrabooks currently spilling out into the market, Dell has gone against the trend and introduced the second generation of its Inspiron range. The Dell Inspiron 15R SE reminds us of the fat, ugly kid in the...

Full HD (1920x1080) resolution screen, affordable, USB 3.0, 8GB RAM, 2GB graphics card

Plastic build quality, bulky construction, feels cheap, can be slow to load, bloatware

The Dell Inspiron 15R SE reminds us of the fat, ugly kid in the class. Y'know, the one that had all the brains too? We may not find the 15R SE the laptop that we're most drawn to, but boy does it deliver on the power front considering the price.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Roydon Cerejo (tech.firstpost.com)

Dell New! Inspiron 15R Special Edition Review

 

Dell has recently launched a range of Special Edition notebook designed for entertainment and multimedia use. These notebooks are refreshed with the latest Ivy Bridge CPUs and put a lot of emphasis on audio with the help of MAXX Audio and Skullcandy....

The speakers are borrowed from Skullcandy and are placed underneath the notebook so the sound bounce off the surface, thereby amplifying the sound further. Overall, we quite liked the design and choice of materials used on the Inspiron 15R Special...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell Inspiron 15R 7520 'Special Edition' review

 

In our WorldBench 7 benchmark tests, the Inspiron 15R 7520 did well, earning a score of 137. This score means that the Inspiron 15R 7520 was 37 percent faster than our standard testing model, which carries a second-generation Intel Core i5 desktop...

The Dell Inspiron 15R 7520 might fly under your radar amidst all the superskinny Ultrabooks that are zipping around, but it's worth a look if style and weight aren't major concerns for you. It offers an excellent screen (most Ultrabooks don't), sturdy...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: Naaptol (naaptol.com)

Expert Review

 

Notwithstanding a handful of gripes, the Dell Inspiron 15R SE 7520 delivers a power-packed punch for you to breeze through your workday like a dream and enjoy loads of sheer quality time to chase passions close to your heart. All said and done, the...

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

9-Cell Extended Replacement Laptop Battery for DELL Inspiron 17R (7720),17R (5720), 15R (7520), 15R (5520)

 

good

bad

Sep, 2014

Consumer review by: vivek tripathy (flipkart.com)

dunno y flipkart still selling windows 7 when windows 8 is available

 

dunno why flipkart is still selling old stock with windows 7 when one with windows 8 is available in market! dunno why flipkart is still selling old stock with windows 7 when one with windows 8 is available in market!

Nov, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / MaxxAudio / MaxxAudio 4.0 / MaxxAudio Pro / Waves MaxxAudio 4 / Waves MaxxAudio 4.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Speaker Power:2
Speakers manufacturer:Skullcandy / Waves

Battery

Battery Capacity:48 / 58
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48 / 58
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium, Black / Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Home Office
Market positioning:Special edition
Product type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touchscreen:N / No / Y

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:65 / 90
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 7570M / AMD Radeon HD 7730M / No
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 650
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4400

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:English / German / German, Swedish
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000,100
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-15 - 60

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD, DVD / DVD, CD
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW / No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / MaxxAudio / MaxxAudio 4.0 / MaxxAudio Pro / Waves MaxxAudio 4 / Waves MaxxAudio 4.0
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD, Intel / Intel
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A

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

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
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
HDMI version:1.4a
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:65 / 90
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Chipset:Intel HM77 Express / Intel QM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):21 / 22 / 25 / 26
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 12 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express / Intel QM77 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x4, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:I5-3210M / I5-3230M / i5-4200U / I7-3612QM / I7-3632QM
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 3.1 / 3.2
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 2.1 / 2.2 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-3210M / I5-3230M / i5-4200U / I7-3612QM / I7-3632QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1168 / PGA988 / Socket 1224
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0 / E1 / L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:64901 / 65708 / 71458 / 72056 / 75459
Processor code:SR0MR / SR0N0 / SR0WX / SR170
Processor package size:31 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:Y

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Linux / Linux Ubuntu / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro
Trial software:McAfee Security Center

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, MSXC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD / MMC, MMC+, MSXC, Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:32
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1032 / 500 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10 / 9.92
Depth (imperial):9.92
Height (front):0.807 / 1.18 / 1.19
Height (front) (imperial):1.18 / 1.19
Height (rear):0.874 / 1.34
Height (rear) (imperial):1.34
Weight:5.73 / 6.11
Width:14.9
Width (imperial):14.9