Performance and Benchmarks
System performance on the Dell Inspiron 15R was great thanks to the Intel Core i3 and i5 processor selection, as well as Intel GMA HD graphics. While our configuration was more budget oriented, Dell does offer a dedicated graphics option with the ATI Radeon HD550v with 1GB of VRAM. On compatible systems this option adds $100 to the purchase price.
The 15R handled itself pretty well in our tests, even though it was a base configuration. The newer Intel Core i3 370M processor and Intel HD graphics can handle anything the average user would want to do, outside of 3D intensive gaming. For watching 720P and 1080P movies, the system rendered them flawlessly without breaking a sweat. This worked very well when using the supplied Intel Wi-Di adapter, to wirelessly stream HD videos to an HDTV. Office productivity applications were no problem for the 15R, so for the average college user this notebook would be an excellent choice.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures gaming performance (higher scores mean better performance):