Acer VN7-592G vs Dell Inspiron 7559

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

Dell Inspiron 15 7559

Dell Inspiron 15 7559

Acer Aspie VN7-592G

Acer Aspire VN7-592G V 15 Nitro Black Edition

Review7559 I5 reviewVN7-592G review
CPU / GPUI5-6300HQ / GTX 960M 4GBI7-6700HQ / GTX 960M 4GB non-MXM
RAM1x8GB DDR3L default, total 2 slots8GB DDR4 default, total 2 slots
Storage256GB M.2 SSD (Sata) + 2.5″ Sata slot (Amazon) or 1TB SSHD 2.5″ + M.2 Sata slot1TB 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

Weight~2.57kg~2.3kg
Keyboard qualityMediocre, backlitAbove average, even good, backlit
SoundMediocreAcceptable, even pleasant in some cases
Wifi card802.11ac wifi card802.11ac wifi card
Connection ports highlightsHDMI?1xThunderbolt 3 USB-C (USB 3.1, PCIe, mDP)
Throttling issuesNone, at least with the I5Yes, not terrible though
Case heatingVery lowVery low
GSync/FreeSyncNoNo
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

Dell Inspiron 7559 vs Acer VN7-592G gaming performance 1080p

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?

 

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Ike Blaster

Can you help me out? 🙂 I am choosing between these two laptops, both in similar specs (and price), which means 6700HQ+960M GTX. Can you please compare them by noise? I don’t care so much about full load noise, but more about complete idle and 20% load. Some reviews of Dell mentions “chaotic fan control”, some fan speed spikes on low load. That sounds like nightmare to me. With Acer I am afraid of higher temperatures = probably more noise, but I don’t know. Also I don’t like that throttling issues (I want to play games occasionaly). What would you… Read more »

Junky
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Hi! But what are your needs?

Ike Blaster
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Ike Blaster

I’ll use it most of the time with external monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers. Sometimes probably just bare laptop, but nothing serious (now I have acer 3820tg with TN display; I still like this laptop, but it’s too weak for me now). I like the idea of egpu over thunderbolt, but nobody knows whether it will work on this acer, so it’s not important.

=> My only concern is the noise. I want it quite as much as possible (or rather stable “hum” than fan changing its speed all the time).

Junky
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I actually think that the noise from the VN7-592G wasn’t that high. I think maybe the Y700
would be quite quiet too, judging by the Y50

But, how about an Alienware 15 R1/R2, refurbishe?

Ike Blaster
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Ike Blaster

Personally I don’t fancy Y700’s design. It’s also more expensive for me than 7559 or VN7-592G. Alienware is unavailable to me.

I am sorry if I sound impolite, but I would just like to know whether is 7759 noisier than VN7-592G in low-load. 🙂 Nothing more.

Junky
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I’d say that the 7559 is quieter then

jimbo
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jimbo

What is your advice with regard to swapping out screens? How do you find a good cheap screen for the Dell? I’ve changed Dell screens before but don’t know what or where to get.

Junky
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You just need to find a screen that is compatible with the connection type (I think this is an eDP 30-pin) and the position of the connection on the panel

jimbo
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jimbo

Right. And then how do you know it is any good? Are there places that sell really good 1080p on the cheap?

Junky
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I know because I read reviews and know the models. You can find reviews of laptops with good displays and search for this display. The AUO B156HAN01.2 is nice and so is the LP156WF6

jimbo
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jimbo

awesome. thanks for the advice! I’m not familiar with this aspect so much. cheers

popeguilty
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popeguilty

I would totally be there on the Dell, but a 720p display in 2015? Just can’t see it happening.

Junky
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no 720p! The contrast is 1:720, not the resolution!

popeguilty
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popeguilty

Oh jeez, you know what? I wasn’t reading closely enough and was looking at the webcam! The resolution is standard 1080p. Silly me!

Junky
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That’s probably my most common behaviour (-:

Rob Romanowski
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Rob Romanowski

EDIT: sorry for the wall of text. I just started writing, didn’t realize I wrote you a dissertation. —————————————————————————————————————— Thanks for these incredibly detailed write-ups – make this decision way easier for me! After reading both of the individual reviews for both of these machines, I came to a hard decision to make list most…and luckily you now have written this specifically to pick the winner (even though now it’s even harder to pick it). If price wasn’t an option, it’s clear that I would pick the Acer. However, as you said it comes down to needs. My main need,… Read more »

Junky
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That’s a sign you truly love me 1. It was $700 vs $800 for 3-4 days. I’d wait with it to get a better price than the current price 2. Not sure the keyboard would be a deal for you, but it was for me. Not that is anything special. They could use a $10 keyboard and not a $5 one.. 3. Speakers – for gaming it is not as important really 4. In both cases, the VN7 and 7559, if you’ll catch any of them for a good price, than it shouldn’t be hard to resell them in a… Read more »

Rob Romanowski
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Rob Romanowski

1. Yeah, I can wait for a better price. I honestly don’t have a timeframe, so I can wait. Just general desire burning a hole in my pocket and I want to buy it soon. But yeah, if I have to be pragmatic, waiting a week-2 weeks for a deal, will not really affect me at all, from a usage standpoint (I have my desktop). Just general eagerness to buy! 4. I’m not thinking about reselling it too much, usually get it and use it 2-3 years. I mean maybe if my resale value will be that high next year,… Read more »

Junky
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1. You could read 1-2 good books in the meanwhile

4. You can always sell to a friend or family. eBay or local seller boards are good. Also, boards like notebookreview or others may be better, allowing you to see who you are talking to, a bit, and avoid the high cuts of paypal/eBay..

Realistically, a 7559 for $700 and the VN-592G for $800 is a good option. Maybe towards Christmas

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Robjob
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Robjob

Awesome price/performance ratio. What would you look for if really need 3k or 4k screen and good keyboard and prefer i7?
Thanks!

Junky
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If you really must have these, and say there is no way to talk you out of it, then you two questions:
1. What performance level are you interested in?
2. Can you replace a screen yourself?