Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by JohnT Great laptop with top notch processor
I purchased this less than a month ago. I have the i7559-2512BLK 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 8 GB SSD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M. There are a few different configurations of the I7559 dell model.
I wanted the best processor I could afford in a new machine. I knew I wasn't going to use it for gaming, but instead I needed a fast laptop for music recording software. When you start running plug-ins, multiple inputs, a bunch of tracks, EQ/effects etc,it can bog down a processor quickly. I knew I would add an SSD drive, and more ram, so that was less of a consideration when I decided. I was looking at some core i5 laptops, but figure the quad core i7 would just about guarantee it would handle anything I threw at it.
I also liked that it had an 1x8gb ram chip, so I could just add another, and not need to buy two new 8gb chips. I added a Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250gb SSD, and I love that this laptop has an M.2 slot for another drive, makes it easy to keep plenty of storage. I use the SSD drive for my OS and music software, and kept the original 1tb HDD for storage, pics and music etc. So now I have 16gb ram, with a 256gb SSD drive, and a back up 1tb HDD, Full hi-def screen, 4gb graphics card, and a top notch i7 processor.
It now runs super quick,and starts up in seconds. together, both cost me about 130$, and it was money well spent for the upgrade. The funny thing is, the specs on my laptop now, mirror many of the $1500- 2000 gaming laptops, but maybe are missing a feature or two. The good bones are there though, and for a lot less money.
The screen is nice and bright, and full high def. The graphics card has 4gb of gddr5, and from the reviews of it, it will play most demanding games at full hi-def at 60fps, which is good for gamers. The keyboard is backlit which is a nice feature, I like the way it feels, and types. Sound is loud and clear for a laptop. Don't expect some great sound system though. but it works well. I like the look and feel of this laptop, and kinda like the black w/ red accents. Some don't seem to like it, but I do. It's like a rubberized matte feel that's easy to grip, and doesn't show fingerprints easily. That's just a personal choice.
So far I am very happy with this. My one complaint would be no optical drive, but an external drive is cheap enough, so I grabbed an USB slim cdr/dvdr drive, that's not much bigger than a CD case, and fits right in my laptop bag, so not a deal breaker.
It all depends on what your looking for in a new laptop. this one fit the bill for me, and the price was very good. If this particular setup works for you, its a great laptop for the money, and the i7-6700HQ chip is a great processor, that has a benchmark score of over 8000, which is double most core i5 processors. This will also work for most gamers, except probably the most serious of them, and a lot of times, they run desktops anyway.
Rated 4 out of 5 by TaxFreePwnage Great budget gaming PC with ample power.
Graphics: 9/10 (NVidia 970m GTX 4GB)
Sound: 7/10 (can get a bit warbley at high volumes)
Battery: 4/10 (heavy use games, unplugged & battery only), 9/10 (everyday browsing/Microsoft Word/Excel/PPT, unplugged & battery only)
Heat: 6/10 (game use), 10/10 (casual use)
Weight: 10/10 (all plastic shell, under 6 lbs.)
Durability: 6/10 (it's all plastic)
Usability: 8/10 (no touch screen, but fast boot and good storage)
I consider myself to be fairly demanding of my laptops. I need them to run fairly demanding rendering software such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks for Engineering renderings, but in my off time I love to enjoy video games as a hobby. I bought this as a replacement for $2500, 7-year old Toshiba Qosmio i515-870, which lasted me a good long time. Coming from someone who has had Toshiba computers for the past 10+ years, I was a bit hesitant to buy a Dell, but wow was I in for a great surprise. To make it easy for the everyday shopper, I am going to give a list of pros/cons for this laptop as I have run into them so far (2 months in owning the laptop).
-NVidia GTX 960m 4GB graphics card. Wow this thing works way better than I thought it would. Normally mobile graphics cards are crazy power hungry and are terrible re-creations from their tower-PC counterparts, but not so with the 960m. It's a SOLID card. I was able to download brand new PC games like XCOM 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, even Fallout 4, and run them on 1920x1280 (1080p) with High settings on almost everything. Slightly older games like Starcraft 2 and Skyrim can run on Very High across the board at 60 FPS.
-This laptop is whisper quiet. Honestly, even when running games/rendering software on medium/high settings, for the most part this laptop stayed fairly silent during most games, but when it started to need a lot of power, it did tend to pick up on noise. For everyday web browsing or word processing? You won't even know this thing is on.
-The keyboard is quiet. While we're on the topic of how loud the fans get, the keyboard is actually fairly quiet as well. No super loud clicks or "sticking" of the keys, they move fluidly and respond fast to any type of interaction. Keyboard is well laid out with a full 10-key to the far right. Bonus points for no "quick touch" buttons which eventually just end up being a pain late in a laptop's life cycle
-This laptop is light. Easy to transport, easy to pack away in a travel bag for business/work/school, this fits nearly any "common" transportation case. Being 15" is definitely an advantage.
-Easy to use - This laptop has everything you need right from the start. No need to install loads of crazy extras (unless you need to like me). For the everyday user, this is plug and play.
-Comes with Windows 10. No need to update from 8 to get the recent stuff. Comes ready to roll.
-While the back-lit keyboard is decently done it's definitely not the best I've seen, as you can see the LED's around the under-edges of the keys, especially annoying in the F1-F12 row as they shine a bit in your eyes if you're sitting at a low angle towards the keyboard. A bit annoying when trying to "Netflix & Chill", but not worth canceling my purchase. Not by a long shot.
-HDMI only output. I was really, REALLY hoping for a VGA output, but with a laptop this thin/light, it's just not viable on the build. While it's annoying not to have it because I already have so many things that use it, having only HDMI isn't a game breaker.
-1TB with 8GB SSD hybrid 5400 RPM hydrid drive. Many laptops can come with 2GB storage but can cost quite a bit more. While this laptop does come as a hybrid drive, it's only 8GB Solid State with 1TB standard 5400 RPM. Still solid for everyday use, and the 8GB SSD does help with boot speed.
-Only 8GB RAM DDR3. Again, could easily be 16GB DDR3, but this laptop is on a budget. Better to buy the base components (bones) of the computer and upgrade those things that are replaceable like the RAM.
-Laptop gets hot when used with high-end programs. It's a laptop. They all do this. It's part of the trade off when you buy a laptop vs tower PC. It's a detraction, but an obvious expected one.
-Only 1080p max resolution. In the age of 2k-4k resolutions, this just doesn't reach that far. Again. Budget gaming laptop. 1080p should be still be perfectly fine for most people. Still, this laptop has better resolution than the TV that I bought 2 years ago. Pretty awesome.
-This laptop is a great buy for a high-school student, college student or really any adult, regardless of their degree of study or field of work while traveling or even general home use. It can handle pretty much anything you throw at it, whether that's rendering moderately complex 3D software models, typing up business reports/presentations, or playing your favorite new video game.
-It is by far one of the best buys on QVC, offering tons of great key features, with options to upgrade optional parts on your own after it is delivered.