Dell i7577-5241BLK-PUS Gaming Laptop Review

     
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It stands a reason to call Dell the forerunner of low-budget gaming laptops. Having previously released some decent notebooks, they now try to conquer the market with a model called Dell i7577-5241BLK-PUS. Surely, such a less-than-1000-bucks laptop won’t make a great dent in your wallet, but could it at the same time also suffice for gaming use? After all, players requires some real oomph from the system which these cheaper notebooks might not still have…

Decent Gaming Capabilities

Expecting bleeding edge technology from a budget laptop is not realistic; thus, you must do with a lesser graphics card. It’s called GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) here, the popular mid-range card that has made many a casual gamer happy. So even though it’s far from the top-shelf category, there is some dope performance to be had: most newer games, even demanding titles such as The Witcher 3, would give you decent (40+ FPS) frame rates on higher resolutions and settings. All in all, this graphics card is often said to be worth every penny.

Continuing to the screen section, Dell i7577-5241BLK-PUS boasts a 15.6 inches display. It equips some professional-grade features, such as the IPS panel for better viewing angles and colors. The refresh rate stays at 60hz which will, in all likelihood, be enough for gaming and more. The Full HD resolution should also be quite alright, at least personally I’ve never felt the need for higher resolutions. Operating Virtual Reality is also possible, as the GTX 1060 meets the minimum requirements for that.

Performance Department Alright

This Dell runs on a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor, the Intel Core i5-7300HQ. It has some “tweaks” to make it more power user friendly, such as the quad-core setup and high 3.5GHz turbo boost. The base clock frequency stays at 2.5GHz, being rather high itself too. People use these kinds of processors for gaming and heavier use every day; if you are interested in more details and comparisons to other processors, check out these benchmarks.

Thanks to 8GB system memory this laptop should not slow down even under gaming use. It is the DDR4 memory type with 2400MHz speed. The mainboard has two 4GB sticks, with 32 gigabytes being the maximum total memory – which can, indeed, be obtained by upgrading yourself.

It’s not uncommon to find two storage drives in a laptop. They do it to up the speed: a smaller SSD for quicker transfer rates (also OS is installed there), plus a bigger hard drive for the bulk of your files. This exact setup is also present in this Dell: a 128GB M.2 SATA SSD and 1TB 5400RPM SATA hard drive. I have read these both can be upgraded, and the M.2 slot would accept also PCI-e/NVMe drives if you wanted those.

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Ports, Battery Life, Miscellaneous Things

Dell i7577-5241BLK-PUS hosts four USB connectors on the sides. Three of those are USB 3.1, while one USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort support is also available. In addition to those, a dedicated HDMI 2.0a port exists. It outputs 4K resolution to an external display, and in total two extra monitors can be hooked up to this.

While there is a high-speed, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi card included, also Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port is installed in case you wanted to hook up to Internet with wire. Bluetooth is supported and can be enabled in the settings.

The battery is a standard 4-cell 56Whr unit. The actual operating time is not clearly stated, which means the battery life won’t be anything to boast. My estimation is, you would be looking at a 5-6 hours when not gaming, and less – two hours or so – when unplugged and gaming.

One thing to bear in mind, the notebook has no DVD drive. That’s the way how it works these days; not many people use discs anymore. That’s why the drives are dropped out of laptops. You are however welcome to use the SD/MMC media card slot on the notebook (or get yourself external DVD burner if you’d like).

Final note, the keyboard on this model has a red backlight that can be turned on and off.

Pros:
Value - For the money you will get a lot; a decent gaming laptop that also works for power users.

Two drives - Operating system on the SSD makes the laptop quick, while the terabyte on HDD is ample for your games and whatnot.

People love it - Almost everyone who got this Dell have left only positive reviews about it.

Cons:
Fans? - Often, gaming laptops' fans get loud when the system is under heavy loads.

My opinion about Dell i7577-5241BLK-PUS is mostly positive: proper performance, quite a fast graphics and decent connectivity for peripherals. In fact, I can not find too much to complain about – the same goes for dozens of people who bought this notebook and have left reviews in Amazon, for example. Someone looking to get on with gaming, without paying too much, would very likely appreciate this budget Dell.

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