Dell Inspiron 15 5515 review (2021 model, w/ AMD Ryzen 7)

7 Comments

  1. Chris Costello

    July 14, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Solid review. I got the 5500u version of the laptop for less than $450. Surprisingly, my 3dMark numbers are slightly higher than yours once I upgraded to 16gb RAM. For my purposes and for that price I am rather pleased.

    • Derek Sullivan

      July 17, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      It's interesting that you bring that up. A lot of laptop manufacturers are releasing cheaper(and slower) RAM in their models now, so simply swapping out RAM chips can have a significant effect on performance depending on what you use. I was able to confirm this in my Lenovo Legion 5 Pro review. There are a few Youtubers that have investigated this further and give a good explanation, but in short, the 1Rx16 chips that are being used are the problem and you need to replace them with dual ranked chips in order to close the performance gap.

      • Jack

        August 19, 2021 at 12:39 am

        I'm confused about installing a 2280 M.2. Since the screw hole is under the flap, does the flap need to be removed before installing?

        Also, can you take the screw from the 2230 install and it should properly thread into the 2280 hole?

      • Derek Sullivan

        August 19, 2021 at 2:39 am

        There's a mounting bracket that can be relocated to the 2280 spot. This guy made a video that shows how to do it. https://youtu.be/zMVc8iDhzh4

        He also points out a secret 2230 slot that I completely missed! I'm guessing that is what was under the metal plate on the right in my pictures.

  2. GradStudent

    July 16, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Great laptop for the price and can confirm that this model supports 64 GB of RAM and 2TB ssd SN750. Make sure to update the BIOS to latest version and related SSD firmware updates BEFORE upgrading RAM. 64GB is supported. DIMM1: https://postimg.cc/yknTPZK9 DIMM 2 https://postimg.cc/Jsn5dz7F

    Memory I used is Team Elite 64GB (2 x 32GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Laptop Memory Model: TED464G3200C22DC-S01

    I am very happy with this laptop!

  3. At

    September 10, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Going to amd settings and turning down th brightness worked wonders for the display.

  4. Lei Fang

    September 24, 2021 at 5:29 am

    Is it possible now to buy a ultrabook with full size arrow keys? I find the half sized arrow keys are really annoying to use.

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