The new Dell Inspiron 15 is a 15.6in value for money all-purpose budget laptop. The Dell Inspiron 15-1564 we tested is based on Intel's "Arrandale" Core i3 processor, has a full-sized keyboard, good looks and overall performance.

Dell Inspiron 15-1564: Design & Usability

The Dell Inspiron 15 has undergone some significant facelifts, as a result it looks much better than the older Inspiron 15. Gone is the drab, lacklustre design of the past - the new Inspiron 15 sports a more polished, refined look. You have five glossy screen lid colours to choose from on Dell's website - black's notorious for attracting the most fingerprints; we recommend lighter colours.

Like the Dell Studio 15 Artist Edition, the Inspiron 15 sports a dropped central hinge design, and a refreshingly cleaner palmrest. The new Dell Inspiron 15-1564 is better built than the previous one, and definitely better looking than some other laptops in its price range. The Inspiron 15's one of the lighter 15-inch laptops, weighing just 2.4kg.

The Dell Inspiron 15's 15.6-inch LED backlit display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is nice for watching high-def content. The screen is glossy in nature, has good horizontal viewing angles, and it does a pretty good job of displaying both text and movie content.

A 1.3MP webcam is recessed on the Dell Inspiron 15's top screen bezel and it's good enough for online video chats. The Inspiron 15's desktop sports a convenient dock at its top which is useful for launching your favorite IM client, browsing through photos, launching the webcam, working with productivity suites, etc, and the dock is fully customizable.

We like the new keyboard on the Dell Inspiron 15 - i t's much better than the previous model. The keys are well-defined, nicely laid out, and tightly packed - very similar to what we saw on the Dell Vostro V13. Due to the Inspiron 15's 15-inch form factor, it has a full-sized keyboard with a dedicated number pad on the right - similar to the Acer Aspire 5740.

The keyboard's top strip sports multifunction keys, some of which are for multimedia usage and they all work flawlessly. Typing on the Inspiron 15's keyboard is nice and comfortable, no complaints at all. It's touchpad is smaller than the ideal size, but it is finely textured and very responsive - provides good tactile feedback.

Dell has also bundled in a dedicated key (next to F12) to turn off the touchpad while typing at length - a nifty addition. But the touchpad doesn't support multiple gestures like on the Aspire 5740 laptop.

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The Dell Inspiron 15-1564 was tested in the labs