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Dell Inspiron M5010 Review, Design, features and Specifications

July 6, 2012
Inspiron M5010 : Design and features Inspiron M5010 hard drive removal The design of the Inspiron M5010 is plain and all of its ports are well spaced around the edges of the chassis. You get HDMI, VGA, USB 2.0 (four), 100Mbps Ethernet, and eSATA ports. There is also an SD card reader and a built-in DVD burner. The palm rest and the touchpad both have plenty of space afforded to them and the keyboard has full-sized keys that are easy to hit. You won’t find any shortcut buttons above the keyboard, but the F-keys have their functions reversed. This means you won’t have to first press the Fn key to change the screen brightness or to use the media and volume controls. Dell guide: Which Dell notebook is right for me? Its finish is quite glossy and its screen is reflective, and both of these traits can make the Inspiron M5010 Drivers a little uncomfortable to use. The palm rest sometimes feels a little sticky (especially on hot days) and if you use the notebook outdoors, you’ll soon get sick of staring at your reflection in the screen. We made the same observations when reviewing the quad-core Inspiron M5010 notebook. That said, the triple-core Inspiron M5010 feels well made and you can pick it up from either corner without it making any creaking noises. It does get a little warm when it’s under a full processing load, which will make it uncomfortable to use on your lap. In saying that, you probably won’t be using it on your lap while it’s undertaking rendering tasks or any other tasks that maximise CPU usage. Which CPU should you buy? Intel Sandy Bridge vs. AMD Fusion
m5010 dell : Performance
The triple-core Inspiron M5010 motherboard actually performed better than the quad-core Inspiron M5010 in almost all of our tests thanks to the triple-core CPU’s faster clock speed of 2.2GHz compared to 1.6GHz for the quad-core. It recorded a time of 1min 7sec in the Blender 3D rendering test, which is 1sec faster than the quad-core Inspiron M5010, and it recorded a time of 1min 32sec in the iTunes MP3 encoding test, which is 24sec better than the quad-core M5010. The quad-core M5010 proved to have faster hard disk performance than the triple-core Inspiron M5010 though, notching up 40 megabytes per second (MBps) compared to 30.28MBps. The triple-core Inspiron M5010 was better in 3DMark06, scoring 5896 compared to 5874. The triple-core system also outdid the quad-core system in our DVD transcoding test, converting our DVD to a 1.5GB Xvid video in 1hr 26min, which is 7min quicker than the quad-core system. Basically, all these numbers mean that the triple-core Dell Inspiron M5010 is a useful all-round computer. It can be used not only for office work, but also for tough multimedia tasks such as transcoding video for your iPhone or editing video to upload to YouTube. If you plug in a USB-based digital TV tuner, you could even use it as a Media Centre and PVR (personal video recorder).

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