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Dell Vostro 3550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of Dell Vostro 3550. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the keyboard and durability are overall positive. The screen and battery are also appreciated. The sound and price get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Vostro 3550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell Vostro 3550

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Dell Vostro 3550 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Views about the portability and design are on the whole positive. The performance and durability also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the price.

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60% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Vostro V3550 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i5 i5-2410M 2.30 GHz - Metallic SilverDell Vostro V3550 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i5 i5-2410M 2.30 GHz - Metallic Silver

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Dell Vostro 3550 Notebook

 

Office tiger. The top version of Dell's brand new Vostro generation not only hunts for customers with a strong Sandy Bridge processor, but also a powerful graphics card. AMD's Radeon HD 6630M arouses a craving for multimedia. What else the matt 15...

Good connectivity, Keyboard light, High CPU performance, Matt surfaces, Large touchpad, Fast HDD, Dell doesn't use a sensitive high-gloss finish. Matt surfaces are dominant

Average display contrast & black value, Very audible during load, Warm wrist-rest, Yielding keyboard, Wobbly lid, Poor sound, Above all, better speakers and a higher quality display

May, 2011

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Dell Vostro 3550 Review

 

Small-business customers looking for an affordable, durable, and secure 15.6-inch business notebook will like the Dell Vostro 3550. This $682 laptop also provides good sound, whether you're listening to tunes, giving a presentation, or chatting via...

Durable design, Large touchpad, HD-capable webcam, Two USB 3.0 ports, Loud speakers

Drab design, Need nine-cell battery for longer battery life, Poor color saturation in webcam

Jun, 2011

GOOD GEAR GUIDE - EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

Dell Vostro 3550 notebook

 

The Dell Vostro 3550 is a 15.6in business notebook with a swag of great features. The standout of these features is Intel's 2nd Generation Core i7 CPU...

Sandy Bridge CPU, fast performance, long battery life, 9-cell battery

Screen has narrow vertical viewing angles, 3G module not offered at launch

The Dell Vostro 3550 is a great 15.6in business laptop. It comes with a Sandy Bridge-based Core i7 CPU, which gives it great performance, and it also offers long battery life.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras, PC World Australia (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell Vostro 3550 review

 

The standout of these features is Intel's second-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, which gives the Dell Vostro 3550 plenty of speed and, in conjunction with an optional 9-cell battery, a very long life away from a power outlet.

It's hard not to like the Vostro 3550; it looks good and feels comfortable to use. We like its backlit keyboard and huge touchpad, and it has a useful array of ports along its edges. Best of all, it has fast performance and long battery life thanks to...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Craig Simms (cnet.com.au)

Dell Vostro 3550

 

Backlit keyboard ; Workhorse PC that should tackle most workloads ; Good quality screen

Left-facing, hot air vent could be bad for left-handed external mouse users

There's nothing amazing about the Vostro 3550, but there doesn't have to be. It's a plain Jane, honest-to-goodness workhorse that'll get the job done — and in our books, that's a win.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Matt (tech-reviews.co.uk)

Dell Vostro 3550 Review

 

The Dell Vostro 3550 is a laptop designed for the executive in of you, featuring a beefy 2.30GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor, 4GB of RAM (upgradable up to 8GB) as well as USB 3.0 and more, this is definitely a high performing machine. The price comes...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Craig Simms (zdnet.com.au)

Dell Vostro 3550

 

There's nothing amazing about the Vostro 3550, but there doesn't have to be. It's a plain Jane, honest-to-goodness workhorse that'll get the job done — and in our books, that's a win.

Backlit keyboard ; Workhorse PC that should tackle most workloads ; Good quality screen

Left-facing, hot air vent could be bad for left-handed external mouse users

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: John Gillooly (bit.com.au)

Dell Vostro 3550 review

 

When Intel recalled its H67 and P67 chipsets earlier this year it threw the launch of its Second Generation Core i CPUs into disarray. Consequently we are only now seeing mass-produced laptops appear with the processors. We saw the first premium...

We don’t really expect to see an $899 business-focused laptop wipe the floor with higher priced products, but thanks to the massive performance leaps in the Sandy Bridge Architecture Dell has managed it with the Vostro. If this is indicative of the...

Jun, 2011

PC&TECH AUTHORITY - Recommended!

Expert review by: John Gillooly (pcauthority.com.au)

Why Dell's Vostro 3550 is our new A-List value laptop

 

Intel's Sandy Bridge processors go mobile in the Dell Vostro 3550, and budget laptops make a leap in performance

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Techworld (techworld.com)

Dell Vostro 3550 review

 

It's hard not to like the Vostro 3550. It looks good and feels comfortable to use. We like its backlit keyboard and huge touchpad, and it has a useful array of ports along its edges. Best of all, it has fast performance and long battery life thanks to...

Mar, 2011
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HDA / Stereo
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

Battery Capacity:48 / 90
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48 / 90
Battery performance:2200
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6 / 8 / 9

Camera

Front camera:N / Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Certification:EPEAT
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Bronze / Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black, Brass / Black, Bronze / Black, Red / Black, Silver / Bronze / Red / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Business
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / Y
3D compatibility:No / Yes
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
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
AC adapter output current:3.34
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:65 / 90
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6630M / Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024 / 1.536 / 1.6
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1150 / 1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:English / German
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:DualPoint / Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard:No / Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

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

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / Y
4G standard:WiMAX
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 3.0+EDR / 3.0+HS
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
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN:No / Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35 / 5 - 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

Disc types supported:CD, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW / CD, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW / CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:HD / HDA / Stereo
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 / Windows 7 Professional\nWindows 7 Home Premium
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
Display Diagonal:15.6 / 15.7
Display Diagonal (metric):15.6 / 15.7
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
External display:N
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / Intel
HD-Ready: Yes
Indication light: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Main camera resolution (numeric):2
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240V
Power supply type:AC/DC
Quantity:1
Thunderbolt technology:N
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Weight:5.45
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
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
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:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.34
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:65 / 90
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM67 Express / Intel QM67 Express
Compatible processor series:Core i7
Conflict Free processor:N / No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 27 / 28
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
L2 cache:3
L3 cache:3
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM67 Express / Intel QM67 Express
Motherboard manufacturer:Intel
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I3-2310M / I3-2330M / I3-2350M / I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I5-2520M / i7-2620M / I7-2640M
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.4 / 3.5
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i5-2xxx / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:2.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.7 / 2.8
Processor front side bus:1333
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-2310M / I3-2330M / I3-2350M / I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I5-2520M / i7-2620M / I7-2640M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:100 / 100 C / 85 / 85C ; 100C

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / 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: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / 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® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52220 / 52224 / 52229 / 52231 / 53434 / 53438 / 53450 / 53452 / 53464
Processor code:SR03R / SR041 / SR048 / SR04J / SR04S / SR04W / SR04Z / SR0DN
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

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

Software

Bundled software:DataSafe Online\nDell Backup and Recovery Manager / Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 / Microsoft Office Home en Business 2010 / Microsoft Office Starter / Microsoft Office Starter 2010 / Recovery DVD
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 320 / 500 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.2
Depth (imperial):10.2
Height:1.37
Height (front):1.2
Height (front) (imperial):1.2
Height (rear):1.37
Height (rear) (imperial):1.37
Weight:5.45 / 5.47
Width:14.8
Width (imperial):14.8