Dell Inspiron 15 7559 $800 Gaming Laptop First Look

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dstarr3

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I might just have to pick this up. I love the M.2 slot, so that you can have an OS SSD and then put a storage hard drive in it as well. That's not something you see a lot in this price range.
 

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The only worrisome thing is how hot the keyboard area gets when running a game. But I'm sure it's a lot better than the XPS 15.

I'm almost tempted to get one myself.

EDIT: Notebookcheck reported the WASD area at about 41C under max load. That doesn't seem too bad.
 

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I didn't go out of my way to test this, but from general use of the laptop while playing a few games on it, I did notice the keyboard getting a little warm. It wasn't too bad. Honestly, because the room was cold it was actually rather comfortable. Again though, take this with a grain of salt as I didn't do any measurements or do any specific tests to check the heat of the keyboard during game play, just an observation.
 

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I own this laptop. When i bought it for $760, it came with a 256mb m.2 SSD. It does run just about every game pretty well, good enough to satisfy a mobile gaming need. It runs some games at pretty high settings as well. For $750-800 it's a pretty good investment when you consider it's basically a $500 computer with a 1080p IPS monitor and keyboard included.

I use it mostly in bed, and it doesn't ever get painfully hot, but it does get pretty warm. I'd recommend buying a laptop stand for it either way to facilitate good airflow because it's vents are on the bottom.
 

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So I read the review of this laptop from Linus Tech Tips on YouTube, and the thing that might be an issue here for these benchmarks is the single 8GB SODIMM that comes with it. That would put it in single-channel mode which sucks. If you were to slap in another 8GB chip I'm sure the scores would be faster.
 

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So I read the review of this laptop from Linus Tech Tips on YouTube, and the thing that might be an issue here for these benchmarks is the single 8GB SODIMM that comes with it. That would put it in single-channel mode which sucks. If you were to slap in another 8GB chip I'm sure the scores would be faster.
Doubt it. We regularly use single channel RAM for PC builds, and it's proven that unless you're running on the iGPU single vs dual channel has little to no effect on game's perfromance.
 

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Am currently typing this replay from the reviewed laptop , I bought the configuration with 4K touch screen and Core I5 , 1 TB SSHD , Matt black featuring grey finish:
For more than a month now, this Laptop proved to worth the money I paid ( 965$ from Amazon), still there are some serious problems need to be addressed:
1- the Audio has a huge driver-hardware problem, at times there is noticeable and really annoying interference sound, it is specially noticeable with high bass levels, I thought the speakers were flawed , but using my Philips headphones n this terrible sound still there!
2- Every single owner of this laptop complains from the same ( Intel HD Graphics 8 driver Has been crashed and recovered) , this happens a lot , alottt , and it can really get annoying during gaming as it suddenly makes the game unplayable ( MGS V Phantom Pain , SC2: Legacy of the Void , AoE : Casatle Siege) , so you might need to restart the PC when this happens , or disable the Intel HD graphics altogether and risk losing battery life!
3- 4K only problem : Scaling , Scaling , Oh God MS! Scaling!!!!!! please???? and not only things get really small, performance takes a huge hit, for unknown reason!
4- 4K looks amazing , and it worth every penny of the extra 170$ I paid , but I hoped for a deeper black and better contrast, still it is really bright and color are amazing.
5- Battery life is much less than expected, almost 3.40 hours on medium backlighting , no Wi-Fi ( Airplane mode), hoped for almost 6 hours, but I guess the 4K panel is to blame for the short battery life.
All in all, this a solid performing - budget gaming laptop, MGS V = 1080 P all maxed out and smooth gaming , Legacy of the void = 1440P all maxed out and smooth gaming, add an extra 265 GB M.2 for 120$ and an extra 8 GB for 30$ and you will end with a beats machine for the money,the Keyboard experience needs some time to get used to, but it is not bad at all (Coming from an amazing Lenovo Keyboard, so everything seems less than acceptable at first), touch pad is rough, it is sensitive but rough and alson needs some time , like 3 days, to get used to, but it is not bad at all, gestures work perfectly, but I have a Touch Panel, so yeah , I paid extra for it and I should use it :) , other than that, it needs some drivers attention from Dell to end as a real competitor for much more expensive machines.

 

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Finally. This is what I have been wanting from Intel for years. I have always wondered why Intel didn't have a mobile quad core i5. They must have realized since the first core i5 quad core, no HT CPU that that configuration was what most mid-range gamers wanted. Before this, your only choices were a dual core, 4 thread i5 that turbo boosted. The only difference between that and the mobile i3 of the same base clock was the turbo boost. The only way you got 4 physical cores was a high end i7. Even the next step up from a mobile i5 was a dual core mobile i7 that really was just a slightly higher clocked version of the best mobile i5. This fills a gap that I can't believe took this long to fill. The last quad core, no HT mobile CPU that Intel had before this was a Core 2 Quad gen. chip from around 2008. Technically, Intel has had very low TDP quad core mobile chips in very low end laptops like the Atom and Bay Trail SoCs. But, those are nowhere near gaming chips like this i5 is.
 

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At $965, even if the GPU is a little under powered for 4K gaming, that is a steal.

For your audio issue, perhaps you can check for an updated driver? I didn't notice any audio issues when using the system. I also didn't notice any issues with the display drivers. The 4K panel is contributing to your lower battery life, higher-resolution panels tend to consume more power. 3.4 hours isn't terrible, but I can certainly understand your desire for longer battery life.

The RAM and M.2 SSD upgrades are definitely a great idea for anyone shopping for one of these. I personally would have done this if I was keeping this system.
 

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I bought this exact system and was initially pleased until I started discovering oddities:

1) The system was not new when delivered. There was patches of dust on the fans the minute I took off the rear access panel to take a look. It was obviously used for a short while, then sold to me as new again. This was a huge QA issue, but I was willing to overlook.

2) Out of the box, the WiFi did not work at all. There was a software update required to get it to work after calling tech support (took over an hour and gave up), then looking up on the internet for solutions.

3) The trackpad was terrible. It was loose and exhibited that double-click feel.

4) Scaling on the 4k screen was terrible, and the screen was fairly flexible.

5) The system is NOT linpack stable. I ran the IntelBurnTest utility several times, and it would fail inexplicably, brand new out of the box. I need this system to be stable for work, this was the most serious offense. To all of you reading who have this system still, I urge you to test it with IntelBurnTest on max for 10-20 passes and a few times to check your own system.

At this point (5), I returned the system. I ended up getting a different system.
 

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I recently bought this laptop (received Jan 7) and its great, except for one problem.... There are Nvidia driver problems with certain applications. I kept getting bsod's with Powerdirector 14, I tried almost everything and ended up sending it to a technician who went through a few drivers and found one that works. But now the game Warface has low fps whereas it ran perfectly before the Powerdirector problem. Also, whenever I load a picture in Edge, it gives me a notification that Intel has stopped working and has recovered. Dell's customer support doesn't help either, transferring you from department to department.
 

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You should consider adding CS:GO to your benchmark list. It's a hot game and fps is crucial! Are that many people even playing these 2 games? I understand if they're easy to benchmark, but I think a lot of young people looking to transition from console to PC are looking to play the hot games. A budget gaming laptop like this is going to open the door to some people but as a consumer I would really love to see a relevant game benchmarked. CS:GO. On what settings will this laptop attain and maintain 60 fps? 100 fps? 120 fps? 144fps? 200 fps? 300 fps? Beyond 300 fps? Source engine is old but the specific frame rate achievable is very important. It's a hot game. I'm just sayin, you should consider this in the future.
 

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So I read the review of this laptop from Linus Tech Tips on YouTube, and the thing that might be an issue here for these benchmarks is the single 8GB SODIMM that comes with it. That would put it in single-channel mode which sucks. If you were to slap in another 8GB chip I'm sure the scores would be faster.
Doubt it. We regularly use single channel RAM for PC builds, and it's proven that unless you're running on the iGPU single vs dual channel has little to no effect on game's perfromance.
Some games yes, some games no. There is always the odd game or two that crop up that run better with faster memory. I guess they really tried to save every penny to keep the cost down.
 

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Leave it to Linus tech tips to cry about single channel ram. Come on. At least they give you one stick, with room for a second instead of making you replace two 4gb sticks with two 8gb sticks.
 

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I didnt even realize you could purchase single channel chips. dual channel is the norm, plus it can run in single. as they say, "The more, the merrier!!"
 

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DELL only putting 1 screw on the bottom pannel of a laptop. As a former field service tech for dell all I can say is about fucking time the millions of screws in their laptops was getting annoying.
 

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I have owned this laptop for a few weeks now and have been very pleased with it so far. Mine was the 256GB SSD option, so I bought a 500GB 850 EVO SSD and plunked that into the available slot. Now I have ~750GB of fast drive space, a quick processor and plenty of graphics muscle for gaming on the go. My biggest gripe is that the trackpad's scroll speed is absurdly slow and increasing the acceleration settings seems to make no difference. Using a wireless mouse alleviates this problem, but in situations where using a mouse isn't an option, it's really annoying.
 

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Wait, so you can have 2 SSD's in the laptop?

 

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one m.2 ssd and and one standard 2.5" ssd/hdd.
 

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I don't think they have a pre-configured option with two SSDs, but it has a SATA and an M.2 connection, so you can order it with one and just install the other one yourself. So yes.
 

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Wait, so you can have 2 SSD's in the laptop?
Yes - since there is a m2 slot and a regular 2.5" bay, I have a m2 256gig drive that came with the laptop and the Samsung 850 Evo that I added into the 2.5" bay. Pretty awesome setup.
 

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Reviewer- the reason you got such a low score on the 3D Mark Fire Strike Benchmark was because you were using the Intel graphics chip instead of the Nvidia GTX 960m. If the computer is unplugged it uses the Intel chip. If plugged in it uses the Nvidia chip.
 
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