The Dell Inspiron 15 3505 (2021) is Dell’s ticket to the ASUS Vivobook or ACER Aspire entry level arena. Its fast, efficient, made well, and has great battery life but is missing some features that should be noted – USB-C and a backlit keyboard. But if these things aren’t a problem and you’re looking for a good all around productivity notebook to knock out Word docs, excel spreadsheets, and browse the web? I can think of few better options than this. At a price tag of $500 is offers tremendous value and serviceability. The trackpad and keyboard are both precise and feel good to use. Trackpad even offers multi gesture support despite being on the smaller side. And the keyboard has black key caps for outstanding visibility and a full numpad for data entry. Accountants or publishers will love it.
Two surprising features of the Dell 3505 are it’s high quality speakers and webcam. Typically for laptops in this price point both of those things suffer, but Dell managed to give you some decent quality audio visuals AND a fingerprint reader.
The plastics on the laptop feel firm and light, but not fragile. It may not patina like all metal laptops, but should be able to take a beating going from class room to class room or through airports. I/O 1x HDMI, 2x USB 3 Super Speed, 1x USB 2, 1x Full Size Camera Card (SD)
The display, a 15.6″ FHD non-touch screen is crisp and offers tremendous viewing angles. It is only EVER so slightly muddled, but has true whites, deep blacks, and good color reproduction. No it’s not a pro-level display, but for those browsing the web, staring at a Word document, or looking at photos / videos, you’ll be able to stare at the screen for a long time without eye fatigue. WRAP UP By all accounts I’d recommend this laptop for those needing something basic. It’s not good for audio / video processing (though you could edit zoom calls no problem) and its certainly not a gamer notebook (though you could play Minecraft). But what you get is an inexpensive, well made, productivity laptop that will work great for non-profits or those needing a basic machine.
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