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Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition 7520 Video Review

The Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition 7520 was released several months ago and since that time it’s been one of the most popular selling laptops from Dell.  This is no surprise, pricing has been very competitive on a system that has a lot of high end features, making it a popular choice for those on a budget but that still want a laptop with some gaming capability performance.  Case in point, I purchased the Inspiron 15R Special Edition a few weeks back during a sale event at Dell.com and got the 15R SE for a $599.99 price with the following specs:

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  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz
  • Screen: 15.6” matte with 1920 x 1080 resolution (Full HD)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7730M
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Storage: 750GB 5400RPM HD
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n WLAN + Bluetooth 4.0 + Intel WiDi
  • Weight: 6.4lbs
  • Dimensions: 14.88 x 9.92 x 1.34 inches (w x d x t)
  • Integrated 1.0MP web camera
  • Battery: 6 cell 48WHr Li-Ion battery

There aren’t too many other laptops on the market for which you can get those kind of specs (just) below $600.  It’s rare to find a Full HD screen laptop in this price range, and then when you consider it has a mid-level dedicated graphics card and Intel Core i5 processor the deal just gets better.  There are more powerful configurations of the Inspiron 15R SE available with a Core i7 processor, but the AMD 7730M is standard across the line.  Strangely there is no option to upgrade to a faster SSD and the hard drives available are all slow 5400RPM varieties.  You can however configure an mSSD cache to help bootup speeds and since this is a 15” desktop replacement style machine it’s of course easy to remove the bottom and simply replace the hard drive with a faster SSD if you’re into that.

The build quality of the Inspiron 15R SE is also above what you’d expect for a budget laptop.  It has an aluminum lid, keyboard area and metallic cover on the bottom meaning that you’re pretty well covered with a suit of armor here.  The downside to that is the fact it makes the system heavy, 6.4lbs in fact.  That’s quite a hefty weight, even for a 15” machine.  Another downside to the 15R SE is the poor battery life, it clocks in at just under 3 hours on normal usage involving web browsing, downloading files, watching some video and doing productivity work.  Still, given this is a desktop replacement style notebook the battery life might not be of much concern.

All this said, the main highlight of the Inspiron 15R SE might be its screen.  The matte finish Full HD (1920 x 1080) screen is bright and gorgeous.  The matte finish is especially appreciated, usually consumer notebooks have a horrible mirror like glossy finish that cause eye strain.  Not so here.  The colors are true and the contrast great on the display.  It’s not an IPS technology screen, so viewing angles aren’t extremely wide, but they’re still above average.

For a more in depth look and for those that prefer to see imagery and listen to audio I put together a video review to cover thoughts on the Inspiron 15R SE, you can check it out below or see it directly on YouTube.

Dell Inspiron 15R SE Video Review

Bottom line, for those looking for a performance gaming laptop but that don’t have $1,000 to spend, if you watch the sales and coupons Dell offers on the Inspiron 15R SE you should be able to land a great deal on a solid performance laptop.

Link: Dell Inspiron 15R SE

Dell Home Outlet 30% Off Coupons for April

Last week we reported some nice deals on Dell Business Outlet coupons, and this week Dell Home Outlet is also offering a similar size percent off coupon for laptops in their Outlet.  Here’s the run down on the coupon codes available for up to 30% off (percent off varies by amount spent):

  • 30% off any Laptop, Desktop, All-in-One or Tablet priced $1000 & Up using coupon code ?XVLZGPF5PKR2X
  • 25% off any Laptop, Desktop, All-in-One or Tablet priced $500 to $999 using coupon code P7VQTJP?93F7B6
  • 20% off any Laptop, Desktop, All-in-One or Tablet priced Up to $499 using coupon code SWVK475SC9F70S

Dell offers free returns for any Outlet laptop that is purchased, no restocking fee, so the risk is quite low in making a purchase if you should decide the item you receive is a little more “scratch and dent” than you’d like.  The more you spend the more you save with these percent off discounts, so high end laptops such as the XPS 12 Convertible that retails for $1,099.99 new can be had for $720.30 with a nice configuration such as the following:

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  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3317U 2.6GHz
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Screen: 12.5” 1080P Touchscreen

You also get the same standard warranty as a new XPS 12 with this purchase.  Pretty nice way to save a few hundred dollars!

Link to Deal: Dell Outlet Coupons up to 30% Off (see details above)

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30% Off Coupon for Dell Business Outlet Latitudes

The Dell Business Outlet is a great place to find bargains on current or last generation Latitude model laptops, they offer both scratch and dent or simply returned orders that are as good as new.  Right now the deals are even better because there’s a 30% off coupon code you can use.  Use coupon B1X95KV54$4Z9M at checkout and it knocks the price down 30% for any Latitude laptop.  The inventory at Dell Outlet fluctuates a lot, so you have to keep checking back if you want a very specific configuration.  However, if you’re flexible on the type of performance configuration you want then you can jump on a deal pretty right now as there is lots of inventory.  For instance, their popular Latitude E6430, a 14” mobile business laptop, with the following configuration can be had $587.30 after the coupon:

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  • OS: Windows 7 Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core 3rd Generation i5-3360M
  • Storage: 500GB 7200RPM HD
  • Screen: 14-inch 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Graphics: Nvidia NVS 5200M
  • Warranty: 3-year

The same configuration in new condition would cost well over $1,000 on Dell.com and you get the same 3-year warranty with the refurb machine.  If you’re not happy with the refurbished machine or find it’s not in the shape you’d like, return is free, so there’s very little risk involved to get a lower price.

Link to Deal: Dell Business Outlet (use coupon B1X95KV54$4Z9M at checkout to get 30% off)

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Dell Inspiron 17 with Intel Core i3 and HD+ Screen for $499

Dell has a discount this month on the Inspiron 17 desktop replacement style laptop for $499 with decent enough specs to provide enough power for the average home user.   The Inspiron 17 features a 17.3” size display with HD+ 1600 x 900 resolution, an Intel Core i3 processor and 500GB hard drive.  The one thing somewhat lacking on this deal is the fact you only get 4GB of RAM, we’d recommend upgrading to at least 6GB to smoothly run the Windows 7 OS you get with this deal configuration.

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The Inspiron 17 is a budget oriented laptop but it receives kudos for its design and above average consumer build by publications such as Laptop Magazine.  The 1600 x 900 screen is rated well, of course we’d all prefer to have a Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen on a laptop of this size but with the cost at $499 you can’t expect to get top of the line components.  For most, the 1600 x 900 screen will provide ample viewing real estate.  The port selection is pretty good, as you would expect give the laptops size, you get two USB 2.0 ports, DVD burner, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Ethernet, 6-in-1 media card reader and a combination headphone / microphone jack.  You also get a built-in web camera and microphone.  The $499 pricing lasts until the end of April, so no rush needed, you can sit and ponder this deal if you like!

Link to Deal: Dell Inspiron 17 w/ Intel Core i3 and HD+ Screen for $499

Dell Inspiron Special Edition with Full HD Screen $599

Dell is back with another scorching deal on its popular and gaming capable Inspiron 15R Special Edition laptop (Inspiron 15R SE), this time around they’re selling it for $599 with an Intel Core i5 processor and Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen.  To get this deal just follow this link to the Inspiron 15R SE and use coupon code 7$LNL6S5C55CF? at checkout to see the price drop down to $599.99 on a model with the following specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Processor inspiron-15r-se_thumb2
  • Memory: 6GB DDR3 Memory
  • Storage: 750GB Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
  • Screen: 15.6″ 1080p LED Display
  • Graphics: 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7730M
  • Optical Drive: DVDRW Drive
  • Wireless: WiFi N
  • Camera: 1MP Webcam
  • Battery: 6-cell Battery
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Ports
    • 4x USB 3.0
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x VGA

You really can’t beat these specs given the price point. A Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution screen is a very premium feature in and of itself, and then the Intel Core i5-3210M is a very capable processor and 6GB of RAM should be enough for most people, but you have the option to upgrade to 16GB if you need more. The Inspiron 15R SE might carry the branding of Dell’s “budget” category offering, but it’s a well built machine and has nice touches like a backlit keyboard, built-in web camera and stealth black design with aluminum finishes.

Link to Deal: Inspiron 15R Special Edition with Full HD screen for $599

Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition with Full HD, Core i7 for $699

Dell is being sold for a fire sale price and so are its laptops apparently.  Dell has an excellent deal on a well equipped Inspiron 15R Special Edition with Full HD screen for $699 when you use coupon J9ZR64?V1WQ2S0 at checkout.   Before coupon the Inspiron 15R SE is $749.99, after the $50 off coupon at checkout it’s $699.99 and shipping is free.   The specs on this model for sale are as follows:

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  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3632QM 2.2GHz Processor
  • OS: Windows 8 Home
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 Memory
  • Storage: 750GB Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
  • Screen: 15.6″ 1080p LED Display
  • Graphics: 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7730M
  • Optical Drive: DVD-RW Drive
  • Wireless: WiFi N
  • Web Camera: 1MP Webcam
  • Battery: 6-cell Battery
  • Ports
    • 4x USB 3.0
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x VGA

You really can’t beat these specs given the price point.  A Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution screen is a very premium feature in and of itself, and then throw in an Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor with dedicated graphics and 8GB of RAM and you’ve got smoking performance to match the beautiful screen.   The Inspiron 15R SE might carry the branding of Dell’s “budget” category offering, but it’s a well built machine and has nice touches like a backlit keyboard, built-in web camera and stealth black design with aluminum finishes.  Ironically this deal is much like the one at Micro Center two weeks ago, except this is direct from Dell and you don’t have to pay shipping, always a bonus.

Link to Deal:  Inspiron 15R Special Edition with Full HD screen for $699

New Dell Laptop Coupons and Offers for March 2013

Dell has some new coupon codes and offers on laptops for the upcoming month of March 2013.  Here’s a rundown on what’s currently on offer:

  • Dell Inspiron 15z Core i5 Ultrabook – Get $250 off with coupon code NN6FV0SH22$W12, final price is $649.99 after coupon.  Specs included are as follows:
    • Intel Core i5-3317U 2.6GHzimage
    • Windows 8
    • 6GB RAM
    • 15.6” 1366 x 768 screen
    • 500GB HD, 32GB mSATA SSD
    • Intel HD 4000 graphics
  • Dell Inspiron 15z Core i7 Ultrabook – Get $400 off with coupon code K68WP34HM7M44T, final price is $799.99 after coupon for loaded Inspiron 15z Ultrabook with the following specs:
    • Intel Core i7-3517U 3.0GHz
    • Windows 8
    • 8GB RAM
    • 15.6” 1366 x 768 screen
    • 500GB HD, 32GB mSATA SSD
    • Nvidia 630M graphics
  • Dell Inspiron 17 – Get the Intel Core i3 equipped new Dell Inspiron 17 for $449.99, no coupon needed now through 3/6/2013.  Specs on the model on sale are:
    • Intel Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz
    • Windows 8
    • 4GB RAM
    • 17” 1600 x 900 screen
    • 500GB 5400RPM HD
    • Intel HD 4000 graphics
  • 4-Day PC Sale, 28% Off Laptops – Dell is offering discounts of up to 28% on their Inspiron line of Windows 8 laptops with pricing starting at $349.99 on the Inspiron 15 with Pentium processor.

If you’re not interested in a Windows 8 equipped laptop, Dell is running a clearance special on their Windows 7 loaded PCs for the month of March, just follow this link to find those deals where prices start at $499.99. 

Dell Inspiron 15R SE with Core i7 and Full HD $699

Here’s a deal on a powerful gaming capable laptop that’s on par with even the best Black Friday deals.  Microcenter.com has the Dell Inspiron 15R SE with Intel Core i7-3632QM processor, AMD Radeon HD 7730M graphics and Full HD 1080p screen for $699.  It’s rare to find a laptop with a full HD screen for under $700, let alone in combination with those other powerful specs.  The 1080p screen is also non-reflective, which makes it easier on the eyes for those long hours of work (or play).  If you’re into gaming then the Intel Core i7 and AMD 7730M combo will definitely provide enough power for fluid gaming experience with even the most demanding games such as Skyrim or Batman Arkham City, you might want to use a lower resolution to help frame rates, but even if you play games at Full HD resolution the performance will be good.

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Other features included with the Dell Inspiron 15R SE on sale include a backlight keyboard, web camera built-in and an industrial looking stealth black design with aluminum finishes.  In terms of ports you get an 8-in-1 media card reader, 1TB 5400RPM HD, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI, 1 monitor out port.  For those not familiar with the retailer selling this machine, Micro Center is a great shop and well known for an extensive selection and top notch customer service.  They don’t have many retail locations so if you’re not lucky enough to have one nearby you can just order at Microcenter.com, shipping is an extra $20.

Link to Deal: Dell Inspiron 15R E for $699 at Microcenter.com

Dell Precision M4600 Business Full HD Screen Laptop $660

This is an incredible deal, you can get the Dell Precision M4600 Workstation class laptop for $660 with Full HD 1080p screen for $610 right now at Dell Business.  For only $50 more you can add a Full HD 1080p screen, bringing the total to $660.  The processor included is an Intel Core i5-2520M 2nd generation class Core CPU and you get an ATI FirePro M5950 GPU – not the most powerful options, but certainly decent still.  At this price point you only get 2GB of RAM, but that’s easy and cheap to upgrade after market which is what we recommend doing.  The 320GB hard drive that spins at 5400RPM might also be something you choose to upgrade at a later date, there’s even room for a second hard drive if you so choose.  The M4600 on sale comes with a 3-year warranty, which is incredible for this price point and you can rest assured that since it is via Dell Business you will get better overall support than a consumer Dell laptop.

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Link to Deal: Dell M4600 for $660 with Full HD Screen

    Dell Outlet Coupons for President’s Day

    The Dell Outlet is a popular place to score deals on laptops, they offer refurbished systems that have often hardly been used and sometimes even simply returned without being opened by the original owner.  You generally get around 20 – 30% off the new price, and then on top of that there are often coupon codes that can be had for further discounts.  This President’s Day there are some really nice coupons available to further bump down prices, here’s a list of those coupons:

    • Save 25% on any Dell Outlet XPS 13 Ultrabook with coupon code BK9KGQBTZWCVM6
    • Save 25% on any Dell Outlet XPS 15 – L521X laptop with coupon code VL75CDVTR$1TLV
    • Save 25% on any Dell Outlet Inspiron 14z Ultrabook with coupon code CG5S4LG15X?9FK
    • Save 25% on any Dell Outlet Inspiron 17R – 5720 or 17R Special Edition with coupon HVL1R7QC9NLCVF

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    Here’s a link to the President’s Day Sale page on Dell Outlet.  An example deal you can get (or at least could get depending on supplies as they change by the minute) is an Inspiron 17R Special Edition with Core i7-3630QM, Nvidia GT650M graphics, 1TB storage, 8GB RAM and 1080p Full HD screen for $738.  The sale goes on through tomorrow and since stock changes based on inventory it fluctuates by the day, check back a few hours later if you don’t see a specific configuration and deal you want right now!

    Deal Link: Dell Outlet President’s Day Sale

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