Dell Inspiron 15 5585 is a mid-priced laptop that offers great features for the price. It has a large, bright screen, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processor, and plenty of storage. It’s also very slim and light for a laptop of its size. However, it does have some downsides, such as a mediocre keyboard and trackpad.
Read our following articles to know more about it.
Dell Inspiron 15 5585 Review
- Good trackpad and keyboard
- Excellent build quality
- Matte touchscreen
- Good internal thermals
- Fingerprint reader
- Fair price
- Screensavers with dismal colors
- This is not the most powerful Ryzen 7 U implementation
- Chassis heats up under heavy loads
- Poor webcam
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3700U Mobile Processor
- RAM: 8GB DDR4, up to 32GB
- Graphics: Radeon RX Vega Graphics
- Storage: 256 GB SSD
- Screen: 15.6″ FHD Anti-Glare LED Backlit Non-Touch Narrow Bezels, IPS Display
The Dell Inspiron 15, 5585 is very similar to its brother, the Dell Inspiron 15, 5584. The fundamental difference between these two laptops is the AMD Ryzen 7 processor in the 5585. The 5584, on the other hand, has an Intel processor.
Because the processors of both laptops are nearly identical, you might think that their performance is comparable. You would be wrong. We might also discuss some differences between them in another article.
Our Dell Inspiron 155585 Ryzen7 processor provides a solid performance that is superior to its competitors in the same price range. The Inspiron 155585 laptop is still affordable. Therefore, don’t expect anything extra-terrestrial.
You might also be looking for something more affordable. In this case, a Dell Inspiron 15 5585 with AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors is available.
The Inspiron 155585 has a 15.6″ FHD display, which supports higher resolutions as well as color fidelity. It is not touch-capable, which is the only problem with this display.
The 5585 is still a good buy, even though a touchscreen isn’t a top priority for most users. The 5585’s non-touch display is suitable for visual work.
Our Dell Inspiron 15 5585 RAM was equipped with 8GBs DDR4 chips, which were inserted into 2 slots. You can upgrade the memory to 32 GBs if you feel it’s not enough. The 5585 can simultaneously equip both an SSD or an HDD in terms of storage. You get the best of both worlds: the speed and affordability of SSDs, as well as the convenience of HDDs.
The 5585 model we tested came with a 256GB SSD. This might seem small to some users. The 5585 model can store up to 1TB SSD and 2TB HDD storage for a total storage capacity of 3TB. Wow!
You can see that the Dell Inspiron15 5585 is an affordable laptop if you’ve looked at other laptops in this price range. This laptop is a true gem in a price range that was once dominated by old lumps of coal.
Inspiron laptops look more and more like XPS laptops. The XPS 15 is essentially the same as the Inspiron 15. Even the smooth outer lid texture and silver coloring are identical. The first impressions are better if compared to an HP Pavilion 15, or a Lenovo IdeaPad330.
The signs that this is a budget laptop are obvious once you lift the lid. The keyboard deck and palm rests are made of cheaper plastic than that of the outer lid. Also, the plastic bezels don’t look as sharp as the XPS 15’s edge-to-edge bezels. The chassis feels hollow and less firm than it should be, especially considering that there is some flexing in the middle of the keys and the outer lid. Our test unit had a poor construction quality.
We also noticed an uneven gap between hinge and chassis. Considering its entry-level status, creaking is very minimal and the base is quite rigid around the corners. For example, older Asus VivoBook systems tend to creak more easily.
The Inspiron 15 5584 is similar to the 5585, but the 5585’s size and weight is different. The AMD model is slightly smaller (19.5 vs. 22.5″), shorter (359mm vs. 364mm) and lighter (1.85 kg vs. 1.9 kg) than its Intel counterpart. The display’s thicker top and lower bezels make it longer, so other 15.6 inch laptops like the Asus VivoBook S15 S532 are still quite large.
The Inspiron 15 5584 has all the ports, but there is a new USB Type C port and some minor changes to the port placement. The majority of ports are easily accessible, with the majority of them tightly packed along their left edges. It is important to note that the RJ45 port supports only Fast Ethernet and does not support Gbps transfer rates.
Dell claims that the system can deliver power via USB Type C. We are able to confirm this because it is compatible with our 130 W USB Type C charger. It is possible to charge the system via both the USB Type C port and the AC adapter port.
SD Card Reader
The integrated card reader is not as fast as the pricier XPS 15 series. It takes 27 seconds to transfer 1 GB of photos from our UHSII SD card onto your desktop, compared to 7 seconds for the XPS 15
An SD card that has been fully inserted still protrudes about half of its length, unlike the HP Pavilion Gaming 17 which allows it to sit flush against the edge to make transport safer.
It’s not surprising that an AMD-powered laptop like the Inspiron5585 comes with a non-Intel WLAN module as a default. The 1×1 Qualcomm Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 is only one-fourth as fast as the 2×2 Intel 9260. However, the performance is sufficient for streaming or browsing day-to-day.
The Qualcomm module comes in the unusual M.2 1630 form factor, as shown below. If users wish to swap or upgrade WLAN modules, the motherboard supports M.2 2230.
9 Philips screws secure the bottom panel. It can be difficult to remove the panel from its corners and edges without damaging the surrounding plastic. Everything inside can be swapped, including RAM, storage, batteries and WLAN.
Accessories and Warranty
Other than the AC adapter and standard manuals, there are no accessories included in the box.
A one-year limited warranty is available. Like Lenovo and HP, Dell offers a wide range of warranty options that can extend up to four years.
4. Input Devices
Although the key layout of the Inspiron 15 5584 may differ, the backlit keys feel almost the same. Feddback feels slightly firmer than the XPS 15, with clicky Enter keys and Space keys that typists will appreciate. This laptop is not as good for large spreadsheets than the Intel Inspiron 15, 5584. The Arrow keys are very small.
It is identical to the clickpad on the Inspiron 155584, thanks to its large dimensions (10.5×8 cm) and textured surface. Although cursor control is smooth and precise even at slower speeds, feedback from clicking is still too weak and could be better.
AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700U alternative to the Core i7-8565U or Core i7-8550U 15 W Intel Cores is available. It has a higher cTDP, up to 35 W. However, it delivers significantly faster graphics performance that the Intel equivalents.
The Inspiron 15 5585 series does not have discrete graphics options, even though the motherboard has unoccupied space that could be used for a dedicated GPU.
LatencyMon has no problems recording real-time audio, regardless of WiFi settings.
AMD claims that the Zen+ Ryzen 7 3700U should run 10 percent faster than its Zen 7 2700U predecessor, but our independent tests show that this is not true. CineBench results show that there are almost no differences between Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen7 3700U in multi-thread performance in the Latitude14 5495 and Inspiron 15 5585. CineBench R15Multi-Thread runs in a loop. However, the 3700U can maintain slightly higher clock rates for a slight 5 percent increase in performance. Real-world performance benefits are so negligible that it will not be possible to jump from Ryzen 7 2700U or Ryzen 7 3700U.
The Ryzen 7 3700U has a slightly higher clock rate performance under high processing loads than the Core i7-8565U and Core i7-8550U, as illustrated by the comparison graph below. Because of the shorter-lived Turbo Boost, Intel CPUs tend drop in clock speed more than AMD CPUs.
The single-threaded performance of the AMD Ryzen U series processors is still noticeably lower than that of the Intel Core U series.
For more technical information on the Ryzen 7 3700U, and benchmark comparisons, please visit our dedicated page.
There are two internal storage options: one M.2 2280 slot, and one 2.5-inch SATA III. The test unit we have in our possession comes with a 512GB WDC PC SN520PCIe SSD in an uncommon M.22230 form factor.
As far as PCIe drives are concerned, transfer rates are only average. The sequential read and write speeds are only 400 MB/s to 900 MB/s respectively on the Toshiba BG3 and even faster on the Samsung PM981. Home users will find that performance is sufficient as capacity often takes precedence over high transfer rates.
The Ryzen 7 3700U has the same integrated RX Vega10 GPU as the Ryzen 7 2700U. 3DMark scores are still higher than expected, with numbers that surpass even those of the 10 W GeForce MX150 found on the Asus VivoBook FX433. Scores are between 18 and 47 percent faster than the average RX Vega 10, according to our database. This Dell configuration is the fastest to implement the RX Vega 10’s best features.
Rocket League and DOTA 2 are not demanding titles. They will run at native 1080p with very low settings. This allows for sharp visuals, even without any post-processing. Idling on Witcher 3 shows consistent, but small frame drops over time which suggests that the performance could be better.
A single fan and a copper heat pipe are the cooling solutions. The system is very quiet, and nearly inaudible when browsing or video streaming. Even with multi-tasking and multiple tabs, fan noise is still very low at 31.4 dB(A).
Gaming loads will cause the fan to hum at its maximum, which is 41.4 dB(A). The results are louder than Ultrabooks with slower integrated UHD Graphics, but they are similar to the Asus VivoBook S15 S532F which has faster GeForce MX250 graphics.
No coil whine or other electronic noises were detected in our unit.
Because the RAM and processor are closer to the WASD keys, the left half of your keyboard will always be hotter than the right. If a 2.5-inch SATA drive has been installed, the right palm rest will be warmer than that of the left. Temperature differences between the keyboard’s two halves can range from 4C when idle to 12C when gaming. Although the temperature difference is not noticeable on the skin, it can be annoying when typing or browsing.
Temperatures at the surface are typically higher than those recorded by the Intel-powered Inspiron15 5584, especially at the bottom, where temperatures can reach 50 C.
To identify any possible throttling and stability issues, we stress the system. Prime95 will cause the CPU to spike to 3.3 GHz within the first few seconds. Then, it drops to 2.8 GHz to maintain a core temperature at 88 C. This is similar to our CineBench loop test, where performance drops steadily over time.
Prime95 and FurMark both maintain core temperatures of 73 C when running at a CPU clock speed in the 1.4-1.6 GHz range. The CPU’s base clock speed is 2.3GHz. If the CPU is under stress, it will throttle. Inspiron 5584’s Intel CPU is cooler at 60 C under similar conditions, which explains why our AMD variant has higher surface temperatures.
The CPU’s performance will be limited by running on batteries. 3DMark11 runs on batteries return Physics and Graphics scores that are 6716 and 4349 respectively, as opposed to 7250 and 4165 when running on mains.
In terms of bass reproduction and balance, the integrated speakers provide excellent sound quality for a budget laptop. The main problem is the volume. It could be louder to fill a conference hall if necessary. Personal multimedia is fine, though, as volume is sufficient.
7. Energy Management
The overall power consumption of the Intel-powered Inspiron15 5584 is comparable. The overall power consumption of the Inspiron 15 5584 is similar to the Intel-powered Inspiron 15 5584. Gaming loads require about 37 W, while idle time on the desktop will consume between 4 and 7 W. However, the graphical performance per Watt outstrips all other laptops running on U-class Core i5/Core i7 processors as of this writing. The UHD Graphics series integrated by Intel is quite far behind. This is likely why the Intel Ice Lake series will be heavily focused on graphics performance in order to catch up with AMD Zen+.
Prime95 runs for 5 minutes, then drops slightly in power consumption. This behavior is similar to our CineBench loop results, where scores would be fairly steady for the first few seconds before dropping slightly.
Despite the small 42 Wh battery, the actual runtimes of the Inspiron 15, 5585 are significantly longer than the average for the budget category. When subjected to similar conditions, we were able to record a WLAN time of 7 hours. This is almost twice the runtime on the IdeaPad 330S or Inspiron 153585.
The charging time from empty to full capacity takes between 2 and 2.5 hours, while Ultrabooks can fully charge in as little as 1.5 hours.
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The Dell Inspiron 15 5585 is a midrange laptop that offers good value for the money. It has a sleek design, a fast processor, and a large display. While it’s not perfect, it’s a good option for people who need a basic laptop for work or school.