Dell Inspiron 15 3525

Dell Inspiron 15 3525

Dell Inspiron 15 3525

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BEST RATING
Portability:
4.3
GENERAL USE: Good7.1/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.2/10
ENG/DESIGN: Fair6.6/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Fair6.6/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.0/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.7/10
BATTERY: Good7.1/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Fair6.7/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Fair6.8/10
SIZE: 15.6"

The Dell Inspiron 15 3525 is priced in the lower midrange category, which may be attractive if you're budget-conscious. It comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, which can handle general use like web browsing, office applications, and media consumption well. The screen is 15.6 inches with an IPS panel, offering good colors and wide viewing angles, though it may not be the best for color-sensitive work as it covers a limited range of color spaces. Battery life is moderate, not ideal for long days away from an outlet. For portability, it's reasonably lightweight, but some may find it too large to carry around comfortably. It includes a number pad on the keyboard, making it a practical choice for tasks involving numerical data entry. Overall, it's a decent choice for everyday tasks and some casual gaming, thanks to its integrated Vega 7 graphics, but it might not be suitable for demanding games or heavy engineering software. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








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Pros
  • Good general use performance
  • Excellent heat management
  • Keyboard includes number pad
  • Fairly light at 3.71 pounds
Cons
  • Moderate battery life
  • Fair build and speaker quality
  • Limited high-performance capabilities
  • No touchscreen or premium features

Ratings by Category

Portability:
4.3
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
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.
Battery Life:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
General Use:
4.0
The Dell Inspiron 15 3525 is suitable for general use due to its capable CPU and RAM configuration, which support everyday multitasking, along with a quality IPS display. It has a fair balance between portability and battery life, as well as a good keyboard, but speaker quality and screen color performance are just average.
Content Creation:
4.0
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.
General Use Screen Quality:
3.9
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.
Software Development:
3.7
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.
Engineering & Design:
3.6
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D 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.
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.
Gaming & AI:
3.2
The Dell Inspiron 15 3525 is equipped with an integrated AMD Ryzen 5 5625U Vega 7 GPU which, while capable of handling some gaming and 3D tasks, lacks the power of dedicated gaming GPUs, leading to more modest performance in graphics-intensive applications. Additionally, although the laptop has a respectable screen refresh rate, the screen quality and the processing power are somewhat secondary, which further limits its performance in gaming and advanced 3D rendering compared to devices specifically built for those tasks.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$449
Release Date
March 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
14.1'' x 9.3'' x 0.75''
Weight
3.71 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 5625U
Graphics
Vega 7
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
8 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
120Hz
Display Brightness
259 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
2
USB-C ports
1
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
1
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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Mark Knapp | January 2023
"Dell's Inspiron 15 (3525) is a peppy-enough and affordable-enough home or remote work machine, but it's not very ambitious; it does little to go beyond the basics. More the concern: It’s readily overshadowed by a number of machines that outperform and outclass it. Even if the Inspiron can get the job done today, its competition has the mettle to keep doing the job tomorrow in a way the Inspiron simply can’t promise. Many of its slightly higher-end rivals have to be on sale (and frequently are) to match it on price, but the Inspiron 15 (3525) is outclassed even by some similarly priced options, making it a difficult recommendation."

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