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DELL Inspiron 3521

DELL Inspiron 3521 2 Core Intel Core I3-3xxx 1.8GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I3-3xxx 1.8GHz 4GB Apr 2014
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A Slimmer New DesignThe redesigned Inspiron 15 starts at just over 1" thin that's 21% thinner than the 2011 model so you get all the performance you need, with a little more room in your bag for... More
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22 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This notebook PC received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag who thought it was superb and it received a "Recommended" award from Vido.com.ua, confirming their endorsement.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Six experts from sites including PC Mag, IT Reviews.com, dgl.ru and rigviews.com.au have rated this portable PC on average 79 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

This DELL notebook PC has an average user rating of 90 out of 100 based on 8 user reviews. That puts this notebook PC in the top 16% of all the laptops that came out more than a year ago.

Good Size

Two people considered that it was thin. Pcmag.com mentioned “With the Dell Inspiron 15 (I15RV-6190 BLK)$349.99 at Dell you get relatively good performance in a thin, te” in their review. Itreviews.com gave this laptop a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review on IT Reviews.com “With the Dell Inspiron 15 (I15RV-6190 BLK) you get relatively good performance in a thin, textured 15-inch”.

Good Battery Life

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Pcmag.com said “The Dell Inspiron 15 (I15RV-6190 BLK) is a relatively thin 15-inch laptop offering Intel Pentium processing power and good battery life for under $400” in their review.

Good Graphics Card

One customer who reviewed it said that it had a good graphics card.

Robust

One person who reviewed it wrote that it was well made. Three years ago expert review site Uk.hardware.info said “The specifications are solid and include an Nvidia graphics card that's faster than the integrated graphics on” in their review of this laptop.

Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

Portable PCs of this type and age have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 8GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 18GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the Inspiron 3521 has one of the biggest maximum internal memory supported by processors amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core laptops that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 350 megahertz, the DELL Inspiron 3521 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Inspiron 3521. The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of laptops that were launched around the same time as the Inspiron 3521 is 100MHz, the fastest is 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 290MHz.

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Good Brand

DELL medium processor core laptops have good ratings on average and across all portable PCs DELL is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,050 megahertz, the Inspiron 3521 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the Inspiron 3521 is 970MHz.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Inspiron 3521 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most laptops of a comparable age and type to it. Most medium processor core laptops that were released one year ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The worst memory clock speeds supported by processor of all medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to the Inspiron 3521 is 133MHz and the best is 1,866MHz.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Inspiron 3521 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the Inspiron 3521 also have a full-size keyboard.

We compared this laptop to all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard and we think because of it's better review score, the Inspiron 15R 5537[pl_2195633_price], and the Latitude 13[pl_2838483_price] both from DELL is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Inspiron 3521, the Inspiron 3521 has a front camera.

Other portable PCs with a front camera currently available which you might also want to consider include the Acer Aspire S7[plb_2830258_price], or the Lenovo W550s[plb_3369680_price] which has better reviews.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on medium processor core laptops that have been available for more than a year.

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L3 Processor Cache

This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Inspiron 3521 has a touch sensitive screen, which is unusual. Most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the Inspiron 3521 do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this laptop to all the other portable PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think the DELL Inspiron 15R 5537[plb_2195633_price], and the Acer Aspire S7[plb_2830258_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This notebook PC has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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AC Cable Included

This notebook PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This laptop has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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14 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One DELL Inspiron 3521 owner said in their reviews that it did not have good features. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this laptop on PC Mag three years ago “That doesn't mean you have to settle for a big, clunky system with a bland design and limited features”.

Poor Design

One DELL Inspiron 3521 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it was not a good design.

Only Not Supported HD Type

The HD type of this notebook PC is Not supported, which is the most frequently found HD type on portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most medium processor core laptops that were released around the same time as the Inspiron 3521 have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the Inspiron 3521 which has one PCI Express lane (max).

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on medium processor core laptops that were launched more than a year ago. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

Other portable PCs that have an HDD storage media currently available that you might want to look at include the Lenovo T420[plb_1562255_price], or the DELL Inspiron 15R 5537[plb_2195633_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a portable PC with a better storage medium then you might also want to consider the Toshiba Satellite Z30[plb_2363540_price] (SSD), or the Samsung ATIV Book 9[plb_2413902_price] (SSD) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The average processor clock speed of laptops of this age and spec is 2.2GHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 3.3GHz. At only 1.8 gigahertz, the DELL Inspiron 3521 has a quite slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other 1.8GHz processor clock speed portable PCs and we think because of it's better review score, the DELL Inspiron 15R 5537[plb_2195633_price], and the Samsung ATIV Book 9[plb_2413902_price] is also worth considering.

Portable PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might be worth considering include the DELL Latitude 13[plb_2838483_price] (1.9GHz) which is also higher rated.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to it.

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Only Intel Core I3-3xxx Processor Family

The Inspiron 3521 has an Intel Core i3-3xxx processor family which is better than most medium processor core laptops that have been available for more than a year. Most portable PCs that are a similar age to it have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. Notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the Inspiron 3521 processor families range from AMD E to Intel Core i7-3xxx.

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Quite Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

When compared to other portable PCs of this type and age, the Inspiron 3521's discrete graphics adapter memory of only 1,024 megabyte is one of the smallest. The average discrete graphics adapter memory of medium processor core laptops that were released around the same time as the Inspiron 3521 is 2.1GB, and the discrete graphics adapter memory range from 2MB to 4.1GB.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of medium processor core laptops that were released around the same time as the Inspiron 3521 range from 23Wh to 120Wh. With a battery capacity of only 40 watt-hours, the Inspiron 3521 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released one year ago.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

With a maximum internal memory (64-bit) of only 8 gigabytes, the Inspiron 3521 has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (64-bit) amongst notebook PCs of this age. The average maximum internal memory (64-bit) of notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago is 13GB, and the maximum internal memory (64-bit) range from 2GB to 32GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

Notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Inspiron 3521 have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 13GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the Inspiron 3521 has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the Inspiron 3521.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on laptops of this age and spec.

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Fairly Long Battery Recharge Time

When compared to other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the Inspiron 3521, the battery recharge time of the Inspiron 3521 of 11.1 hours is one of the longest. The shortest battery recharge time of laptops that have been available for around the same time as the Inspiron 3521 is 2h and the longest is 23h.

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5 Other reasons to consider the DELL Inspiron 3521

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when DELL released the Inspiron 3521.

Average Screen Size

The Inspiron 3521 has a pretty typical screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the Inspiron 3521.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 15.6" notebook PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the DELL Inspiron 15R 5537[plb_2195633_price], or the Samsung ATIV Book 9[plb_2413902_price].

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Inspiron 3521 has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Inspiron 3521.

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Average Weight

At 2.2 kilograms, the Inspiron 3521 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Inspiron 3521.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Inspiron 3521 has a fairly standard internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 4GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available including the Lenovo T420[plb_1562255_price] which has better reviews.

If this notebook PC internal memory is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Asus UX303LA[plb_2647703_price] (8GB), the Acer Aspire S7[plb_2830258_price] (8GB), or the DELL Latitude 12 E7250[plb_2899678_price] (8GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 1127665, sbn15322
Barcodes 00884116121015, 00884116135432, 05397063336982, 05397063420520, 05397063425129, 05397063426782, 05397063426799, 05397063468485, 05397063509614, 05397063510603, 05397063510610, 05397063597147
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