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Inspiron 15 3525
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Surface Laptop Go 3
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Advantages of the Dell Inspiron 15 3525
  • The Dell Inspiron 15 3525 has no clear advantages over the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3.
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3
  • Good for software development
  • Good overall build quality
  • Excellent portability
  • Very good speakers
  • Good keyboard

Key differences

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Screen Quality

6.8
Inspiron 15 3525
Surface Laptop Go 3
6.8
15.6in
SIZE
12.4in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
259.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
337.0 nits
The Dell Inspiron 15 3525 has a better screen than the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 for gaming and AI, while the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has a better screen for general use, engineering and design, and content creation.

Battery

6.5 Hours
Inspiron 15 3525
Surface Laptop Go 3
8.0 Hours
The Dell Inspiron 15 3525 has 6.5 hours of battery life. The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has 8 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
Inspiron 15 3525
Surface Laptop Go 3
Excellent
15.6in
SIZE
12.4in
3.7 lbs
WEIGHT
2.4 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.6in
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has excellent portability, while the Dell Inspiron 15 3525 has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

6.2
Inspiron 15 3525
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.8
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has good build quality, while the Dell Inspiron 15 3525 has only fair build quality.

Cost

$449
Inspiron 15 3525
Surface Laptop Go 3
$700
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$1,000

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The Dell Inspiron 15 3525 has a price of $449 and the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 costs $700.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.1
Inspiron 15 3525
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.2
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
259.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
337.0 nits
6.5 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
8.0 Hours
6.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.7/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
9.2/10
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 and Dell Inspiron 15 3525 are both good for general use.

Gaming and AI

6.2
Inspiron 15 3525
Surface Laptop Go 3
6.2
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.5/10
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 and Dell Inspiron 15 3525 are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

6.6
Inspiron 15 3525
Surface Laptop Go 3
6.9
5.8/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.3/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 and Dell Inspiron 15 3525 are both only fair for engineering and design.

Content Creation

7.0
Inspiron 15 3525
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.2
5.8/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.3/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 and Dell Inspiron 15 3525 are both good for content creation.

Software Development

6.6
Inspiron 15 3525
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.0
5.8/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.3/10
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
6.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 to be good for software development, while the Dell Inspiron 15 3525 is only fair.

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How the Dell Inspiron 15 3525 and the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Dell Inspiron 15 3525Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3
Dell Inspiron 15 3525Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3

GENERAL

Price
$449
$700
Release Date
March 1, 2022October 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.1'' x 9.3'' x 0.75''11'' x 8.1'' x 0.62''
Weight
3.71 lbs2.49 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 5625UIntel i5-1235U
Graphics
Vega 7 Iris Xe
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
8 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
45

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.5 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
41 Wh41 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"12.4"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801536 x 1024
Refresh Rate
120Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
259 nits337 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
6.3/107.8/10
Portability Score
7.8/109.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
7.5/107.5/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6.5/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
6.5/108.4/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoYes
Backlit Keyboard
NoNo
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
21
USB-C ports
11
USB-C Charging
NoNo
Display Outputs
11
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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Dell Inspiron 15 3525

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PCMag

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."

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3

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PCMag

Joe Osborne | October 2023
"When it comes to affordably priced laptops, the numbers after the dollar sign are crucially important—more so than in any other price category. By increasing the starting price of its Laptop Go line by $200 and not changing much else, Microsoft irrevocably altered the calculus surrounding the decision of whether to buy the Surface Laptop Go 3. Sure, it has a newer processor and longer battery life, but don’t think for a second you’re not paying dearly for that extra RAM and SSD capacity at that new price."

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About Dell

Dell is a highly recognizable American technology company, and is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. Their laptops are very popular for both personal and professional use, and they also own the Alienware brand which makes mid to high end gaming laptops. Their premium XPS range of laptops offer great build quality and portability, while Latitude and Precision laptops are known for reliability, repairability and performance for business users.

About Microsoft

Microsoft is an American technology corporation. Microsoft is best known for their Windows operating system and Surface laptop series. The Surface Laptop is their standard notebook offering, while their Surface Go, Surface Pro, and Surface Studio are their 2-in-1/tablet offerings in order of increasing capability. Although Microsoft charges a premium price tag for their laptops, buyers can expect a well integrated and packaged device since Microsoft develops the Windows operating system.

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