Will this Dell Inspiron be ok as a general purpose laptop?

Dell inspiron 15 5575

Ryzen 7 2700u
16gb ram (1 slot free)
512gb nvme ssd "class 35"(whatever that means!)
15.6" full hd screen
DVD burner

Not looking for hardcore gaming or video editing, just general nippiness in office and web browsing. Been a couple of years since I've owned an amd chip, upgrading the Mrs laptop n3540 4gb hed screen to this.

It has space for a second data ssd inside apparently, and I assume a second 16gb ram will allow dual channel, worth doing?


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    It'll be fine for browsing and office. Seems not to have a dedicated GPU though so very limited gaming if any. No value in adding additional 16GB RAM at all.


      Thanks. Good to know. It won't be a games machine (even my old i7-6500u plays minecraft which is about as game as i get!) I hrard that ryzen had an 'ok' vega 10 gpu built in so assume that'd be about the same as my old intel. Driving the web and office shouldn't be too intensive, i didnt want a seperate card as figured battery life would be worse.


    Looks good, now depends on the price


    Seems fine, I'm assuming the price is under $1000?


    For just office and web browsing, you can buy basically anything new these days and it'll work fine. You probably just need to look for something that's got at least 4 cores and 8gb ram. I'd probably go more for portability, something that's thin and light.


    Mrs old laptop was painful every time it needed to windows update or do norton in the background, , and battery life poor considering the N3540 is a 4w chip. That said, they all have tiny 42WH batteries these days! would rather have an extra 500g and a 100wh battery! pity you can't fit a battery in the spare HDD bay and in the DVD bay, that'd be more useful!

    Yes, price is WAY below $1000!

    Been researching but still no clue what the hell "class 35" Nvme drive means!

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      or do norton in the background

      Honestly Norton is such a processor hog that if it's running in the background, most computers would feel the hit.

      Been researching but still no clue what the hell "class 35" Nvme drive means!

      The "classes" system as far as I can tell is a Dell internal label basically denoting the drive's format (SATA or NVMe), and general speed. Goes from Class 10 (basically SATA/normal SSD speed) to class 40+ (very fast NVMe speeds). Class 35 should be more than enough for general browsing and light productivity.



      That's for Dell Precision workstations, but they have an explanation of their SSD class system on pages 3-4.

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