Dell Inspiron 3521 Notebook Review
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It is hard to find a beautiful, efficient and inexpensive laptop. One that is beautiful and strong, but expensive, and the second will not be strong enough, though it is cheap. But the problem is still solvable, because occasionally appear amazing models that combine all of the above properties. One of them is, and our today’s hero is the Dell Inspiron 3521. Let’s see what it represents, because it looks really cool.
The funny thing in this model is that the laptop almost all repeats the Inspiron 5521, which we considered earlier. The shape, size, weight, location, interface connectors – all are identical. The only significant difference are the materials of the shell. Metal was not used in Inspiron 3521, it was entirely made of black plastic with matte texture of the small triangles on the cover and the work surface. It looks interesting and original.
Practicality in that coverage really was not so much the surface is covered with fingerprints quickly. But as they say, beauty requires sacrifice. In the middle of the cover emblazoned chrome logo, indicating the origin of the laptop. On the work surface place nothing, minimalism in everything – keyboard, touchpad and power button.
Despite the use of plastic instead of aluminum, body rigidity is not affected. Moreover, the laptop feels a unit, all parts fit perfectly, so that when you open the laptop you will have to hold the base.
As I have indicated, the range and location of the interface connectors are identical to those of the Inspiron 5521.
Most of the ports are located on the left side of the laptop. It has a combined audio port, two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 with charging function in sleep mode, Ethernet, HDMI video output and a connector for the power supply.
Right only port USB 2.0, DVD-drive and a hole for a Kensington lock.
Multi-card reader was placed in the center of the front face. Wireless modules implement Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Dell island keyboard with a dedicated number pad is located in a small depression. The travel Key, I thought, is a bit short. Form buttons traditionally slightly rounded, with a smooth surface. They are of a nice matte plastic, but the substrate is glossy, so it will quickly become dirty. Lighting is not provided.
The laptop has medium-sized touchpad with two hardware buttons. The touch surface is a nice matte finish that is not full range of motion of fingers. The sensor reacts accurately and in a timely manner. There is support for multi-touch gestures, and special Windows 8.
Display and Sound
In Inspiron 3521 can be programmed to display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, and FullHD-matrix (1920×1080). In both cases, the panel is glossy, with a diagonal of 15.6 inches. In our case, a display with a lower resolution. Margin of brightness typical – from 177 to 21 cd/m2. Contrast panel is 66:1, and mediocre viewing angle indicates the Use of a matrix of type TN. For watching movies together this option is acceptable.
The Inspiron 3521 speaker is created using technology Waves MaxxAudio 4.0 and consists of a pair of speakers. The sound is clean and quite extensive, with a decent margin volume. Connect external speakers when watching movies or playing games would not be desirable.
The Dell Inspiron 3521 has a wide range of modifications with different processors, ranging from budget Intel Pentium and Celeron, to the powerful Intel Core i3/i5/i7. The maximum amount of memory – 8 GB. Hard disk capacity can be up to 1 TB. In different versions of the adapter is used as the integrated Intel HD Graphics, and discrete graphics card AMD Radeon HD7670M with 1GB of RAM and AMD Radeon HD8750M with 2GB.
Came to us for a test model is equipped with a processor Intel Core i3-3217U clocked at 1.8 GHz, has 4 GB of RAM, hard disk capacity of 500 GB and a discrete graphics midrange AMD Radeon HD 7670M. It is a versatile system that can be used for easy viewing of movies and surf the web, and video editing or gaming.
Autonomy of the system is provided a removable 4-cell lithium-ion battery to 40 W * h. The battery provides about 4.5 hours of reading from a muted display brightness and disabled the module Wi-Fi. Under load, the laptop worked for 1 hour 40 minutes. If you think it is not enough for you, you can order separately enhanced battery to 65 W * h.
The Dell Inspiron 3521 is definitely one of the most interesting versatile laptops in its price range. Variety of accessories will find a solution for any need, and this model looks nice despite the low price. What more could you want?
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