Plenty of Performance at an Affordable Price
In the sub-500-dollar range, you typically don’t find touch screen laptops that check the mark both in terms of reliability and performance. However, Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV Signature Edition Laptop is one of those rare gems that buck this trend, presenting you with what is a well-crafted and quality portable computer with a very affordable price tag.
- Gorgeous full HD Display
- Awesome keyboard and touchpad
- Good value for money
- Touch-screen can be slow
- Sluggish hard drive
Or read our Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718slv review to find out more about its performance, specs, and whether it would be the right laptop for your needs or not. Let’s get started.
Design / Build Quality / Durability
The design of this 15.6-inch laptop combines stylish aesthetics with a hint of professional sobriety. Its body is dressed partly in charcoal gray and a partly bright silver chassis, giving it a look that matches that of a more premium product.
In terms of built quality, the laptop lives up to the reputation of its brand name, which is known for reliability and lasting power. Maintained properly, you can expect the i5558-5718slv to last 3 years without issues, which is actually standard for a laptop of this price range.
Durability wise, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718slv is certainly quite tough. While its body may be vulnerable to scratches or abrasion, the part that is most important (its components) are well-protected from most abuse. The laptop can shrug off accidental dropping or slippage, but with that said, it is certainly not built like a tank like the more premium dell laptops are, so willful negligence isn’t advised.
Speed-wise, this laptop is more than up to the task with performing most computer chore, only yielding when faced with more graphics-heavy programs. The Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718slv comes with a 4th generation Intel core i5 processor and 8 GB of RAM. Combined, the power they provide would be more than ample to enable you to run different apps simultaneously while also keeping multiple browser windows open at the same time.
Portability (Size and Weight)
At 15.6 inches and weighing 5.3 lbs., the Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718slv isn’t a very portable machine, meant more for fixed desktop usage rather than working while on the move. Still, for the occasional travel back and both between destination, it’s weight and size will be quite manageable.
Battery life is one area where the i5558-5718slv really does rank below-average, despite the fact of it featuring a relatively heavy battery set. On a single charge, it only lasts an average total of 4.5 hours, which is even below the standard for the average laptop of its price range (5 to 7 hours). This low battery does further contribute to its relative lack of portability.
While the laptop scored low in the previous department, it certainly doesn’t in this one. Its keyboard is simply superb. It’s designed in a chiclet-style layout with ample key travel, allowing for easy and comfortable typing.
It additionally boasts a dedicated number pad, which is rare on laptops of this price range, especially ones meant for the personal consumer market, rather than business. Regardless, if you’re work involves a large degree of crunching numbers, it can be extremely convenient.
The keyboard also is fully illuminated, allowing for easy key navigation in low-light conditions. The Dell laptop’s large touchpad is also to be commended. It offers full gesture support with multi-touch capability and is super responsive to your inputs.
Display Quality & Screen Size
This Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718slv Signature Edition model comes with a fully touch-enabled HD (1980×1080) LED display. The 15.6-inch screen supports 10 points of simultaneous touch input, allowing you to fully utilize all your fingers in the tasks you might perform on the screen interface. With that said, it is certainly not the best we have across, being slow to the response, and even unreliable.
While the Dell company hasn’t provided sRGB and brightness figures for this laptop, its visuals do seem to be a level above most other laptops within its price range, featuring a high level of contrast and ample brightness. Furthermore, the color doesn’t seem to bleed at the corners, so that’s another plus of this screen.
The Signature Edition’s low price is its major selling point. It is a relatively fast computer with some features founded largely exclusive to more premium-grade laptops. Even when taking accounts of its drawbacks, particularly the terrible battery, it is still a product providing good value for money that you can plug and play right out of the box and start using daily for pretty much everything saves for high-end gaming.
In terms of storage space, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718slv is sort of a mixed bag. On the one hand, you are given a full 1 TB of storage, but on the other hand, it is an HDD, which is known to be slow and fragile. At 5400 RPM, it is at the lower end of a modern HDD speed.
Because data loading is slow, Windows and app load time will be quite slow. The issue is further compounded by the fact the laptop is booted with Windows 10, which with its frequent updates, combined with the slow hard drive speed, becomes a common source of frustration.
In our opinion, it is better to upgrade to SSD storage. Not only would data load far faster, but it will also help reduce power consumption.
Ports & Connectivity
In terms of connectivity, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718slv certainly earns high points. The laptop comes with the latest Miracast enabled 802.11ac wireless, ensuring a fast and secure connection to your Wi-Fi router regardless of where you might be at your house. It also comes featured with Bluetooth 4.0, which, compared to classic Bluetooth, consumes far less power while providing a better range.
Other connectivity options include an Ethernet LAN and RJ-45 connector, DVD drive, 3 USB ports (1 x USB 3.0 and 2 x USB 2.0, HDMI, and a headphone/microphone combo connector.
Interestingly, it also comes featured with an SD card reader, which isn’t common for laptops at this price range but certainly is a welcome addition.
The laptop packs decent graphic performance, coming with an integrated Intel HD 4400 graphic card. This, combined with its other commendable specs, should be able to handle most day-to-day most media creation tasks smoothly. The Signature Edition model shouldn’t be taken as a gaming laptop, however.
While it does seem to run many of the older games smoothly at 30 FPS, it either runs modern triple AAA title games super sluggishly or not at all. When running memory-intensive programs, overheating was also a persistent issue.
What Buyers Are Saying?
Among buyers, the Signature Edition model garnered mixed to positive reviews. People particularly appreciated its low price and reliability, as well as its stunning touchscreen display.
Many also commented very positively on its keyboard design and overall performance. A frequent point of criticism for this laptop was its sluggish hard drive and its very low battery life. Some also commented on issues with the laptop’s power plug.
Can the Laptop’s Touchscreen be Turned Off?
Yes, the touchscreen on the laptop can be turned off. To disable the feature, head over to the Window’s Device Manager, select Human Interface Devices, and then select HID-compliant touch screen. Then click on the action tab and select Disable Device.
Is the Battery Removable?
Yes, i5558-5718slv’s four-cell battery is completely removable, which is good given how fast some buyers have reported it to start failing.
If you want a more portable alternative to the Dell Inspiron 15 model with a much better battery than the Lenovo Flex 5 14 2-in 1 is a great choice. The laptop comes with a fourth-generation AMD Ryzen 5 processor with integrated AMD Radeon graphics that provides similar performance to its Intel core i5 counterpart. However, in terms of RAM, Flex 5 is the clear winner providing twice as much as Dell’s Inspiron.
At 256 GB, storage is much smaller, but it is a fast SSD, so which of the laptops is better in this category would be a matter of preference. Battery life is commendable at 10 hours, and with the device weighing just 3.63 lbs. and sized 14 inches, it offers decent portability.
Overall, you will be paying a little bit more for it compared to Dell’s, but if you are a frequent traveler, this is obviously the better choice.
If you are looking for an affordable desktop replacement laptop that brings in enough power to meet your everyday light-medium task needs, then the Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV Signature Edition isn’t a bad choice. For the price, you are hard-beat to find another branded laptop offering better specs and performance.
With that said, caution should be expressed about its battery. If you are just going to be moving the laptop occasionally here and there, it might not be a problem, but for those always on the move, picking a more portable alternative might be better.