Overview Dell Inspiron 7537: a multimedia notebook with aluminum case

Overview Dell Inspiron 7537: a multimedia notebook with aluminum case

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    A cursory examination of Dell Inspiron 7537 seems that Dell engineers wanted to reconcile the irreconcilable. In the usual “Fifteen” – shell thickness which is 20.5 millimeters – set of Intel Core i5 processor family from Haswell. When this couple it is not the slowest video card NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M. In addition, in some embodiments may occur touchscreen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: opened lid

    But the main “trick” Dell Inspiron 7537 is different: his entire body, except for the screen frame, the bottom and the keyboard is made of metal. And to be precise – of aluminum alloy. However, not turned from “Lumino” like Apple, and made by stamping. Among ultrabook-metal models are fairly common, but among ordinary multimedia “pyatnashek” such housing – a rarity.

    Appearance

    Most of the “metal” laptops are very similar to each other. Perhaps the whole thing in silver body – this is the first thing that catches the eye when viewed from a laptop. Dell Inspiron 7537 has turned almost as pale silver, like any “MacBook”.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: closed lid

    Despite the fact that the laptop case or cover no additional projections, open it easily: with a chamfer on the cover and body, fingers always have something to grab onto. Progress hinges proved moderately tight, fixed open cover well, though not as tight as we would like.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: design

    Inside the Dell Inspiron 7537 looks just as flashy as the outside. “Silver” is a little less – frame around the display is made of black plastic. Panel keys and filling the gaps between them, of course, also plastic. But the working area is made of “noble” aluminum alloy.

    Keyboard with Dell Inspiron 7537 looks and works like most notebook keyboards Dell: the distance between the keys is quite normal, in addition, we are considering “Fifteen” with no problems could fit a digital unit. Ordinary course of keys, the best laptop, and press felt fine. Although not without drawbacks pairs: first, the keyboard flexes noticeably over its entire area, and secondly, some of the keys are a little crooked, at a slight angle.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: keyboard

    Keyboard backlighting is white, two-staged. Since caps keys themselves too bright under normal ambient light illumination falls off – otherwise the letters on the keys fade into the background.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: keyboard backlight

    The touchpad of the laptop turned out quite large even for the “tag” – 160 by 81 mm. The left and right buttons on his current fashion “are hidden” under the sensor surface, which, fortunately, did not affect the usability. There is also support for gestures – such as two-finger scrolling gesture up and down well recognized and the first time.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: touchpad

    The only thing that mars the pleasure of meeting with a good touch panel – is the quality of installation of the latter. In hitting on testing instance touchpad was set a little crooked. Left and right stretched her long, full height and width of the touchpad gap. They turned out not too big, but very fine dust or crumbs from the food can get stuck in them.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: touchpad

    Connectors on the Dell Inspiron 7537 is enough for most scenarios. On his right side connectors are Ethernet, HDMI, a couple USB 3.0, and 3.5 mm audio jack for headset and memory card reader. On the left side of the laptop connectors much less – there is only a power connector and a second pair of USB 3.0. On the front side of the laptop there are only two indicators of his work, and the back and did nothing remarkable.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: right side
    Dell Inspiron 7537: left side
    Dell Inspiron 7537: front side
    Dell Inspiron 7537: back side

    The layout of connectors in our guinea looks a bit strange – most of the ports is collected on its right side. The left end of the laptop, on the contrary, is almost empty. We think that some of the less frequently used connectors could also be moved to the left panel.

    Specifications

    At the time of writing this article on the English market can be found just four versions Dell Inspiron 7537. Apart they differ screen, hard drive capacity and RAM. In the test lab Gadget Help got the most simple modification, Dell Inspiron 7537 7537-9373 with a display resolution of 1366×768 pixels, six gigabytes of RAM and a hybrid hard drive.

      Dell Inspiron 7537
    Processor Intel Core i5-4200U
    1.6 GHz (2.6 GHz mode Turbo Boost); 3 MB L3;
    Two cores, TDP 15 W
    Chipset Intel Lynx Point-LP
    Graphics Controller Intel HD 4400,
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M (2GB GDDR5)
    Screen 15.6 inches – stated by the manufacturer;
    15.6 inches – a real diagonal matrix,
    Resolution 1366×768, matrix type – TN;
    Varnish, LED-lights
    Memory 6 GB DDR3L-1600 (two expansion slots, installed two modules – 2 and 4 GB)
    Hard Drive Hybrid drive 500 GB SSHD + 8 GB of flash memory (Seagate ST500LM000)
    Form Factor 2.5 “, 7 mm thick
    Interfaces 4 x USB 3.0
    1 x HDMI v. 1,4 a
    1 x Ethernet
    1 x headset jack (mini-jack 3,5 mm)
    Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, 2×2, 2,4 and 5.0 GHz (Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260)
    Bluetooth 4.0
    LAN 10/100/1000 Mbit / s (Realtek RTL8168/8111)
    Optical drive No
    Flash cards jack SD (SDHC/SDXC)
    Sound Two speakers, one microphone
    Battery non-removable 58 Wh (3950 mAh, 14.8 V)
    Power supply 90 W (19.5 V, 4.62 A)
    Size 379.4 h254, 8×20, 5 mm
    Weight 2.33 kg
    OS Windows 8.1 (version for one language)
    Recommended price
    $700 (Find all offers)

    Inside this cooler was installed nizkovattny processor Intel Core i5-4200U. This CPU we constantly encounter in the 13-inch Ultrabooks, and find it in a rather thick “Fifteen” was a surprise to us. Of course, it will be enough power for any household tasks, games and unhurried editing photos or video, but within a multimedia notebook like to see a more powerful processor. Even with two cores.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: cpu information

    Dell Inspiron 7537: mainboard information

    As we have said above, to test laptop was found only 6 GB of RAM DDR3L-1600. For household tasks, office work, and not the most “heavy” games that amount of memory is enough. Also, the memory can be easily and quickly build your own, to the benefit of both SO-DIMM slots in this model is easy to reach.

    The laptop installed a discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2 GB of memory GDDR5. This graphical solution we find is not the first time, to dwell on the description of its characteristics, this time we will not.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: Discrete GPU Information

    We continue to get acquainted with filling Dell Inspiron 7537. Despite the fact that the free space in the building “pyatnashek” can be quite a lot, Dell did not install an additional inside the laptop SSD mSATA SSD. Instead, it was established hybrid 2.5-inch hard drive Seagate ST500LM000, which is also known as Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD. This drive is the third generation hybrids Seagate. Besides the usual cache it has 8 GB MLC-memory for storing a variety of system information and files to which the user or the system will be treated more often.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: hybrid HDD
    Dell Inspiron 7537: no mSATA slot

    For Laptop Power uses removable battery capacity of 58 watt hours * Decent capacity to “tag”, although in some models of this size are used and more capacious batteries.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: 58 Wh battery
    Dell Inspiron 7537: 90 W power adaptor

    Internals

    The plastic service panel mounted on the bottom of the notebook, rests on four screws. Sticker on it is Windows, two long legs and an equally long ventilation grille.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: bottom view

    After removing the service panel Dell Inspiron 7537, you can access to all serviceable parts laptop: RAM, hard drive, battery and wireless communication module.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: inside the notebook

    If you remove the second plastic panel, the “stuffing” of this cooler can be seen in all its glory, and at the same time – measure the thickness of the aluminum sheet, which is decorated with body: 1.1 mm – quite a lot, often decorative “tin can” make twice as thinner. At the same time it becomes clear why the left side of the laptop was so little connectors – the fact that this side of the turbine cooling system installed, so you place additional ports is not left.

    Dell Inspiron 7537: inside the notebook
    Dell Inspiron 7537: inside the notebook

    Dell Inspiron 7537 without a keyboard. The turbine is located on the left side of the notebook, and most ports – right

    Testing: display

    As we mentioned above, can be found on sale Dell Inspiron 7537 with different displays. Unfortunately, in our lab got the cheapest laptop modification, with unknown TN-matrix, although the market can meet the model Dell Inspiron 7537 with FullHD-display – both conventional and touch.

    Viewing angles at our TN-matrix were traditionally small, and the resolution of 1366×768 pixels on a 15-inch display by today’s standards looks very very clumsy. But there are also pluses: problems with too small interface elements will not be exact.

    As expected, the brightness of the matrix Dell Inspiron 7537 fared very sad. Maximum brightness of the white was only 147 cd/m2 to 133 cd/m2 calibration and after it. Minimum luminosity of the black field is also not impressed – 0.44 cd/m2 to 0.42 cd/m2 calibration and after. As a result, static screen contrast is about 330:1 that modern matrices is considered a poor indicator.

    Color gamut, too, was not sufficiently wide: only 60% sRGB, and the white point is not in place. However, using the calibration we managed to fix the white balance – though, as mentioned above, while the brightness dropped to very very sad matter.

    Gamma curves in our guinea display little resemblance to the reference. Hardware calibration could straighten only gray scale, and that’s the problem with the main color component remained, although became less pronounced.

    Perhaps correcting color temperature and color fidelity hardware calibration coped best. After this procedure, the color temperature to normal and remained at around 6500 Kelvin, and the average Delta E value fell from 11.52 to 1.12 units.

    Testing: Performance

    Compare Dell Inspiron 7537 we will be like him, a laptop Toshiba Satellite P-50A-K9M. Dimensions of a portable PC from Toshiba is almost the same as in our main experimental, and design are very similar: the case of both notebooks are made of metal.

    Characteristics of compared Notebook
    Notebook Display Processor Memory Graphics HDD Battery OS
    Dell Inspiron 7537 15,6″ TN 1366×768 Intel Core i5-4200U
    1.6 (2.6) GHz, 3 MB L3;
    Two cores, TDP 15 W
    4 +2 GB DDR3L-1600 NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    (2 GB GDDR5)
    SSHD 500GB + 8GB hybrid flash memory
    (Seagate ST500LM00)
    Built-in
    58 Wh (3950 mAh, 14.8 V)
    Windows 8.1 SL
    Toshiba Satellite P-50A-K9M 15,6″
    TN
    1920×1080
    Intel Core i7-4500U
    1.8 (3.0) GHz, 4 MB L3;
    Two cores, TDP 15 W
    2×8 GB DDR3L-1600 NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
    (2 GB GDDR3)
    HDD 1TB
    (HGST HTS541010A9E680)
    Built-in
    43 Wh (2838 mAh, 14.4 V)
    Windows 8

    Testing: CPU performance

    Despite the fact that the characteristics specified in the Dell Inspiron 7537 processor is slightly worse performance processor Toshiba Satellite P-50A-K9M, our guest today was able to beat the competition in most tests. This is explained by the fact that the Dell laptop works much better cooling system – its processor can run longer overclocked Turbo Boost.

    The only exception – test encoded audio. And ‘inversion’ results in this test also has a logical explanation. The fact that this benchmark uses only one core. In this mode, Toshiba cooling system copes with heat and allows the processor to effectively increase the frequency of Turbo Boost. A maximum frequency at the Core i7-4500U, installed in the laptop Toshiba, 400MHz higher than the Core i5-4200U, which is used in our instance of Dell Inspiron 15.

    Benchmark PCMark 8 again confirms the superiority of our main guinea over his rival. PCMark 8 results also influenced hybrid drive Dell Inspiron 7537.

    Testing: graphics performance

    In synthetic benchmark 3DMark hero of our film wins only when the minimum and maximum graphics settings, ie subtests IceStorm and FireStrike.

    In conventional gaming benchmarks gap between two laptops becomes clearly visible. Discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M was faster than the GT 740M. In the “heavy” games like Sniper Elite and Crisis 3 performance Dell Inspiron 7537 was almost two times higher than that of its competitor.

    However, it should be borne in mind that the game tests helped Dell laptop limitations that developers Toshiba stamped on his laptop BIOS – frequency display card in Satellite P-50A were lower than nominal. Obviously, this is another point related to insufficient cooling performance Japanese laptop.

    Testing: performance evaluation in online games

    Judging by the latest our graphics tests, problems with World of Tanks in Dell Inspiron 7537 will not. Even at maximum settings FPS level fell below thirty frames per second.

    Testing: battery life

    Continue to compare Dell Inspiron 7537 and Toshiba Satellite P-50A-K9M. In both tests the battery life hero of this article could not just walk, but simply to humiliate rival, winning by a huge margin. This happened thanks to the more capacious battery and less voracious matrix. May also have contributed to the reduction of energy consumption hybrid hard drive.

    Test Score Sound and noise cooling system

    Alas, with quality built-in speakers hero of our article was not lucky. Highpass it traditionally lacks, and low frequencies are sometimes problems. At least, with the volume of the columns Dell Inspiron 7537 all excellent – its stock is more than acceptable.

    As for the cooling system, then the middle, “office” loads the hero of our film almost no noise – it is a small cooling system easily copes with nizkovattnym processor. But at maximum loads that can be obtained during the games, the laptop will make a noise. But not as much as many of his counterparts.

    Conclusions

    On the one hand, laptops with metal housing – it’s always cool. But on the other hand, after meeting with the appearance of the study begins filling the notebook and its ergonomics. And with that hero of this article, things not to flawlessly.

    Let’s start with the fact that the viewing angles and color quality in TN-matrix with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels were not the best. However, exploring this disadvantage is to try to avoid, if you buy a modification of the screen having a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Unfortunately, our lab has not got a laptop, so the quality of Full HD-color screen, we can not say anything. Our foreign colleagues were more fortunate, and, judging by their reviews, the quality in this IPS-matrix great.

    [easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00J51U73A” cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”gadgethelp-20″](Find all offers)[/easyazon_block]In addition, within a 15-inch laptop helpful set processor with 15 watts. Modern nizkovattnye processors, of course, not like the fact that met four years ago, but we still hoped to find in such a large “home” laptop grade “dual core” Intel Haswell. Apparently, this step developers deliberately went to maximize endurance. And it was quite successful: the battery life, which is demonstrated, this model is really impressive.

    The rest of the Dell Inspiron 7537 may come as a home multimedia notebook. Its processor is enough for most household tasks, and editing video, he must also cope – although it will not work as fast as its counterparts with a TDP of 35 watts. Well, not the slowest a discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M gives you the opportunity to play in the modern game.

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