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This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for more than a year.
We checked 4,345 owner and expert reviews for DELL portable PCs and found that on average DELL has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that DELL has good ratings specifically for its medium processor core notebook PCs.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Vostro 15 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The best memory clock speeds supported by processor of all similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vostro 15 is 1,866MHz and the worst is 133MHz.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
The DELL Vostro 15 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the Vostro 15.
Has a Front Camera
The Vostro 15 has a front camera, as do most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Vostro 15.
L3 Processor Cache
This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many laptops of this spec and age.
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802.11n WiFi Standard
This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.
17 Reasons Against
Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Vostro 15, the on-board graphics adapter base frequency of the DELL Vostro 15 of only 100 megahertz is one of the slowest. Across all the notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Vostro 15 the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 100MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 290MHz.
Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 800 megahertz, the Vostro 15 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Portable PCs of a similar type and age to the Vostro 15 have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 750MHz and 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 950MHz.
Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
The DELL Vostro 15 is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the Vostro 15 have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
Only HDD Storage Medium
This laptop has an HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on comparable spec laptops 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
With a processor clock speed of only 1.5 gigahertz, the Vostro 15 has one of the slowest processor clock speeds amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Notebook PCs of this age and type have processor clock speeds of between 0.8GHz and 3.3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.2GHz.
If this DELL portable PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X240 (£749.99) (1.6GHz).
Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution
This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on laptops of this spec and age.
Only Intel Celeron Processor Family
The Vostro 15 has an Intel Celeron processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family found on most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago. The worst processor family of all laptops of a comparable age and type to the Vostro 15 is AMD E and the best is Intel Core i7-4xxx.
At 2.4 kilograms, the Vostro 15 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the Vostro 15. The lightest portable PC of a similar spec and age to the Vostro 15 is 940g heavy and the heaviest is 3.8kg.
Only Two Processor Threads
The Vostro 15 is a two processor thread portable PC.
Very Small Cache Memory
The Vostro 15 has one of the smaller cache memories (only 2 megabytes) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. The average cache memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago is 3.1MB, and the cache memories range from 1MB to 4MB.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
Like most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Vostro 15, the Vostro 15 does not have a touch sensitive screen.
Very Small Processor Cache
The smallest processor cache of medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Vostro 15 is 1MB and the biggest is 6MB. With a processor cache of only 2 megabytes, the DELL Vostro 15 has one of the smaller processor caches amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.
Only One USB 3.0 Port
The Vostro 15 is a one USB 3.0 port notebook PC. Most of the other portable PCs that have been around for more than a year have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.
Only MaxxAudio Audio System
This notebook PC audio system, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and spec to it.
Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Vostro 15 the maximum internal memory (64-bit) range from 2GB to 32GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the Vostro 15 has a quite small maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago.
Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory
The DELL Vostro 15 has a quite small maximum internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vostro 15 have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB.
Only 4 Bluetooth Version
This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been available for more than a year.
4 Other reasons to consider the DELL Vostro 15
Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when DELL released the Vostro 15.
Average Screen Size
With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Vostro 15 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the Vostro 15.
We compared all the other 15.6" portable PCs to this portable PC and we think the Asus D550MA which has better reviews is also worth considering.
If you want a bigger screen size then you might want to consider the HP Pavilion 17 (£549.97) (17.3").
Average Total Storage Capacity
With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the DELL Vostro 15 has a pretty typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.
If this medium processor core notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 (£884.99) (508GB).
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Average Internal Memory
At 4 gigabytes, the Vostro 15 has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Vostro 15.
We compared this portable PC to all the other 4GB internal memory notebook PCs and we think because of it's better review score, the Asus D550MA is also worth considering.
Portable PCs with a bigger internal memory that might be worth looking at include the HP Pavilion 14-ab166us (6GB).
Processor Clock Speed
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Conflict Free Processor
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Cache Type
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
1 x 4
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
1366 x 768
Touch Sensitive Screen
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
11, 11.2, 11.2/12
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Front Camera Resolution
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi 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 Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
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