So, what would be better?
From one side, the Dell Inspiron 15 7559 and from the other side, the Acer Aspire VN7-592G. I’m talking about the basic version for both. There are other laptops as well – the MSI PE60 6QE for $1000 and the Asus GL552, but these are currently the most cost effective in terms of performance/price, so this is a small comparison between those two. That doesn’t mean that the other options are not good, but I want to keep it focused
|Review||7559 I5 review||VN7-592G review|
|CPU / GPU||I5-6300HQ / GTX 960M 4GB||I7-6700HQ / GTX 960M 4GB non-MXM|
|RAM||1x8GB DDR3L default, total 2 slots||8GB DDR4 default, total 2 slots|
|Storage||256GB M.2 SSD (Sata) + 2.5″ Sata slot (Amazon) or 1TB SSHD 2.5″ + M.2 Sata slot||1TB HDD + M.2 PCIe slot|
|Screen quality and size|
15.6″, BOE NV15N41 IPS, 60HZ
1:720 contrast, 63% sRGB, 47% adobeRGB
15.6″, LG LP156WF6-SPB1 IPS, 60HZ
1:580 contrast, 90% sRGB, 67% adobeRGB
|Keyboard quality||Mediocre, backlit||Above average, even good, backlit|
|Sound||Mediocre||Acceptable, even pleasant in some cases|
|Wifi card||802.11ac wifi card||802.11ac wifi card|
|Connection ports highlights||HDMI?||1xThunderbolt 3 USB-C (USB 3.1, PCIe, mDP)|
|Throttling issues||None, at least with the I5||Yes, not terrible though|
|Case heating||Very low||Very low|
|Battery performance||~7-10 hours for moderate usage of internet use||~3.5-4.0 hours for moderate usage of internet use|
|Prices and availability||~$750 : Amazon, Dell, Newegg||~$900 : Amazon, Newegg|
The winner is not clear here and that’s because there isn’t. The winner should be the one that fits you the most. The Dell 7559 clear advantages are: more cost effective for gaming, much better thermals and lower noise, has a much better battery running times and comes with a more attractive default storage device (SSD or SSHD). The VN7-592G clear advantages are: Better display, overall, Thunderbolt 3 connection port, considerably better keyboard (in my opinion), M.2 PCIe, noticeably better sound quality and lower weight.
The are some grey areas. The VN7-592G build quality vs the 7559 build quality and the display flickering and PWM (Pulse-Width modulation, brightness control mechanism). Build quality is maybe better on the 7559 side and if anything, the better thermal solution might be translated into longer lifetime of the machine. I didn’t test PWM/flickering in these machines extensively, but from a quick camera based test, the 7559 display PWM effect is low (which is good).
The VN7-592G does produce electrical more than most of the other laptops I’ve tested and it might mean that some electrical component is a bit overloaded, but I can’t be sure with my equippment (ears). However, it should be noted that this is not uncommon and googling this kind of issue will result in many threads for both laptops and pcs.
Let’s see the gaming performance comparison
So, the difference in the built-in benchmarks is nothing decisive and performance, including throttling and issues and all, is the same in gaming. The VN7-592G I7 could benefit in 3D rendering and stuff like that, but this is a remote parameter for most.
Bottom line, the choice should be between the VN7-592G feature set advantage – again, M.2 PCIe and TB3, better speakers, better keyboard and built-in display – and 7559’s thermals and maybe a better build quality, better battery running times and lower price.
Personally, the keyboard is an issue for me – I didn’t like the 7559 keyboard to a point of unpleasantness when typing and It’s not comfortable to use an external keyboard, but if one can use an external keyboard instead or s/he doesn’t care, then this limitation is off. About the others – display can be replaced. M.2 PCIe is nice, but the Sata 3 speed is good enough for one to be happy with, really. Speakers – a problem, but you can use external speakers. So, most of it can be handled with.
However, the thermal system cannot be replaced in the VN7-592G. So, maybe if you don’t care about the keyboard, you should go with the 7559 and see if it grows on you. The worst case would be returning it or reselling it for a very similar price, so no harm in there.
EDIT: Just a small thing – if you need or appreciate the better display, I guess it would be probably better to go with the VN7-592G
So, what do you think?