Dell Inspiron 15 3511

Dell Inspiron 15 3511

Dell Inspiron 15 3511

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BEST RATING
General Use:
4.3
GENERAL USE: Good7.6/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.5/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.2/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.4/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.6/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.7/10
BATTERY: Good7.1/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Fair6.0/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.7/10
SIZE: 15.6"

The Dell Inspiron 15 3511 is a laptop with a lower midrange price, offering a solid general use experience with an Intel i5-1135G7 processor, integrated Iris Xe graphics, 1024GB of storage, and 32GB of RAM. It has a 15.6-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, not touch-enabled, providing decent color accuracy and fair performance for fast motion. With a weight of 3.7 pounds and a thickness of 0.74 inches, it's relatively portable, but it compromises on battery life, offering around 6.5 hours of typical usage. It includes convenient features like a number pad on the keyboard and available slots for RAM and storage upgrades. While it's not designed for intensive gaming or engineering tasks due to its integrated graphics, it still delivers good performance for everyday general use and moderate multitasking. The build quality is fair, and the laptop handles heat effectively, which is good for prolonged use. It was released in January 2021 and runs Windows 11 Home. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Ample storage space
  • High RAM capacity
  • Solid general use performance
  • Effective heat management
  • Has number pad
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Average build quality
  • Not very portable
  • Lacks high performance graphics

Ratings by Category

General Use:
4.3
PerfectRec’s General Use Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for general productivity, web browsing, streaming, video calls, and running a wide variety of apps and programs. The most important factors in this score include CPU performance, amount of RAM, screen quality, storage, and battery life. Keyboard quality, speaker quality, low fan noise, heat management, and to a lesser extent webcam quality are all moderately important factors for this score.
Content Creation:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Portability:
4.3
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Software Development:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Operating Noise:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Engineering & Design:
4.1
The Dell Inspiron 15 3511 is equipped with substantial memory and an integrated GPU that supports moderate design workloads, complemented by a high-quality IPS display which renders colors well and provides good viewing angles. While its portability is reasonably good, the finer aspects like keyboard and speaker quality, as well as operational noise, do not detract from its suitability for engineering tasks.
Battery Life:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Gaming & AI:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Gaming and AI Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as AI performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and AI work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.
Keyboard Quality:
3.5
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Build Quality:
3.3
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
General Use Screen Quality:
3.1
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$506
Release Date
January 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14.1'' x 9.3'' x 0.74''
Weight
3.7 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-1135G7
Graphics
Iris Xe G7
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
32 GB
DDR Memory Version
4

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
41 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
230 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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6.3/10
Portability Score
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7.8/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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7.5/10
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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6.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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6.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
No
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
0
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
1
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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PCMag

Zachary Cuevas | November 2021
"The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 (3511) is a solid, if unremarkable, 15-inch budget laptop. It improves on many of the issues we had with the previous 3505 model, and with the inclusion of Windows 11, the 3511 is already a step above its competition. The lack of a USB-C port, the subpar speakers, and the dim display are drawbacks to factor in, but it's still one of the better 15-inch budget laptops on the market, especially when you consider it's under $400."

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