We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Budget laptops Reviews
15,669 Reviews

Dell Inspiron 15R N0015R33 review

£549 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dell

The Dell Inspiron 15R N0015R33 is a well-made laptop with a solid and attractive design. It has four USB 3.0 ports a 1TB hard drive, but an average processor. Read our full review to find out more.

For a low-cost laptop, the Dell Inspiron 15R N0015R33 is remarkably well made. Its curved corners make it stand out from the usual range of laptops that hover around this price and you can boost its looks on Dell's website by adding a coloured lid. Our standard metallic grey model would look dowdy sitting next to Peacock Blue, Lotus Pink or Fire Red, any of which add £30 to the price. See also Group test: what's the best budget laptop?

There is a bit of give in the lid which might not bode too well if you need to travel a lot with this laptop and at 2.74kg it will make your bag feel considerably heavier. See also: Laptop Advisor.

The trackpad is sensitive but not overly so. We found it comfortable to use. It's indented into the wrist rest as though actually part of it rather than a separate component, and this helps your fingers find the trackpad when you're looking at the screen. Visit Asus K55VD review.

The keyboard isn’t backlit, but this isn't surprising at this price. Many laptops with 15.6 inch screens manage to incorporate a number pad in their keyboard, but not the Inspiron 15R. Instead the isolated keys are fairly generously spaced and there's lots of space to the left and right of the keyboard. It makes for clean looking lines, but anyone who does a lot of work with numbers might feel disappointed.

With 6GB of RAM to help it along, the Intel Core i3 processor performs reasonably well, scoring 109 in WorldBench 6, but you can get faster laptops for similar money. Dedicated graphics in the shape of AMD’s Radeon HD 7670M chipset mean that gaming performance is reasonably good too. Our Fear benchmark clocked 42 frames per second which is enough for smooth gameplay. [See also: Dell Inspiron 15R Ivy Bridge review]

We were pleased to find that all four USB ports are USB 3.0. This is backwards compatible with the older USB 2.0 standard and means your new, fast USB 3.0 peripherals won’t be held back when it comes to data transfer speeds.  The presence of a 1TB hard drive is great to see too.

Dell bundles Microsoft Office Starter edition with this laptop. That’s the free ad-supported productivity suite from Microsoft that is perfectly good enough for creating simple Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.

Dell Inspiron 15R N0015R33 Expert Verdict »

Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-2370M
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7670M with 1GB memory
Display size: 15.6in (1366 x 768) gloss
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Storage: 1TB SATA 5400rpm
Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz
Ethernet: gigabit
Optical drive: DVD+/-RW
Video out: HDMI, VGA
Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth: 4
Webcam: 1.0Mp
Speakers: stereo speakers
Audio in: built in mic, stereo 3.5mm line-in
Audio out: 3.5mm headphone/line-out
USB: 4 x USB 3.0
Other ports: None
Card slot: SDHC/MS
Trackpad: 107 x 80mm two button multitouch
Other software: Microsoft Office Starter
Power adaptor: 90W Smart AC adapter
Battery: 48Wh lithium-ion
Dimensions: 378 x 257 x 32mm
Weight: 2740g

WorldBench 6: 88
MobileMark 2007: 297
FEAR: 42fps

The Dell Inspiron 15R N0015R33 is a well-made laptop with a solid and attractive design. It doesn't have the fastest processor, but the four USB 3.0 ports and a 1TB hard drive should please most people.


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals UK: Latest bargains on phones, tablets, laptops and more this...

IDG UK Sites

Tech trends 2015: 3D printing grows up

IDG UK Sites

25 iOS apps turn (Red) for World AIDS Day campaign

IDG UK Sites

Black Friday 2014 UK: Apple deals, Amazon deals & other Black Friday tech offers