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DELL Inspiron 15 3542
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DELL Inspiron 15 3542 2 Core Intel Pentium 1.7GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Pentium 1.7GHz 4GB Jul 2015
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7 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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DELL Has Good Reviews for Its Laptops

On average DELL medium processor core notebook PCs have good ratings as do all portable PCs manufactured by DELL.

1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The DELL Inspiron 15 3542 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most portable PCs that were launched more than a year ago. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The worst memory clock speeds supported by processor of all laptops of a similar type and age to the Inspiron 15 3542 is 133MHz and the best is 1,866MHz.

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Has a Front Camera

The Inspiron 15 3542 has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the Inspiron 15 3542.

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L3 Processor Cache

This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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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 were launched more than a year ago.

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21 Reasons Against

Only Not Supported HD Type

The HD type of this notebook PC is Not supported, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to it.

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Only Two SATA III Connectors

The DELL Inspiron 15 3542 is a two SATA III connector laptop.

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Only Ten PCI Express Lanes (max)

Most notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the DELL Inspiron 15 3542 which has ten PCI Express lanes (max).

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

Most laptops of a comparable type and age to the Inspiron 15 3542 have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Inspiron 15 3542 which has one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of laptops of a comparable type and age to the Inspiron 15 3542 is 290MHz. The Inspiron 15 3542 has a very slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The DELL Inspiron 15 3542 does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Inspiron 15 3542 do have a full-size keyboard.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on portable PCs that are a similar age to it. 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.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 1.7 gigahertz, the DELL Inspiron 15 3542 has a quite slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Inspiron 15 3542. Laptops of this age and type have processor clock speeds of between 0.8GHz and 3.3GHz.

Notebook PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth looking at include the Lenovo E50-70 (£349.99) (1.9GHz).

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The DELL Inspiron 15 3542 has a fairly small internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. Across all the laptops of this spec and age the internal memory range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.3GB.

If this notebook PC internal memory is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Toshiba L75 (6GB) which is also higher rated.

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Only Intel Pentium Processor Family

The Inspiron 15 3542 has a better processor family than most laptops that are a comparable age to it. This DELL laptop has an Intel Pentium processor family, whereas most laptops that were released one year ago have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. The best processor family of all portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the Inspiron 15 3542 is Intel Core i7-4xxx and the worst is AMD E.

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Heavy

The average weight of notebook PCs of this age and spec is 2kg, and the weights range from 940g to 3.8kg. With a weight of 2.4 kilograms, the Inspiron 15 3542 is one of the heavier medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Inspiron 15 3542 amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

Other portable PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the MSI CX61 (£630.00) (2.4kg).

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Only Two Processor Threads

The Inspiron 15 3542 is a two processor thread laptop.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most portable PCs of this type and age do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Inspiron 15 3542 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Small Processor Cache

With a processor cache of only 2 megabytes, the Inspiron 15 3542 has one of the smaller processor caches amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The processor caches of portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the Inspiron 15 3542 range from 1MB to 6MB, and the average processor cache is 3.1MB.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

At only 40 watt-hours, the DELL Inspiron 15 3542 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Inspiron 15 3542. The battery capacities of similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the Inspiron 15 3542 range from 23Wh to 120Wh.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Inspiron 15 3542 is a one USB 3.0 port portable PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Only MaxxAudio Audio System

This laptop audio system, which is the most frequently found audio system on similar spec laptops that have been around for more than a year.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year that we have checked the maximum internal memory (64-bit) of, the Inspiron 15 3542's maximum internal memory (64-bit) of only 8 gigabytes is one of the smallest. The smallest maximum internal memory (64-bit) of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago is 2GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 13GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The Inspiron 15 3542 has a quite small maximum internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the Inspiron 15 3542. The maximum internal memory of similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Inspiron 15 3542 range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 14GB.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on laptops of this age and type.

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3 Other reasons to consider the DELL Inspiron 15 3542

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this DELL notebook PC was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the DELL Inspiron 15 3542 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Inspiron 15 3542.

If this DELL portable PC screen size is too small for you then you might also want to consider the DELL Inspiron 17 5748 (£389.00) (17.3"), or the Lenovo Z70-80 (£321.00) (17.3").

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the DELL Inspiron 15 3542 has a pretty typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon (£2,116.07) (512GB).

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
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Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Pixel Pitch
3D Compatible
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Disc
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Video Capturing Speed
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
SATA III Connector
SATA Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Included Driver
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel ME Firmware Version
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Universal Asynchronous Receiver/transmitter (UART)
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
Power Auto-Sensing
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
Warranty Card
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Vibration
Operating Vibration
Non-Operating Shock
Operating Shock
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology

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