On the right, you'll find a Kensington lock, a CD/DVD combo drive, two USB 2.0 ports and the headphone jack. While we expect a company to make compromises on a PC that costs just $329, Dell's Inspiron 15 3000 doesn't do anything particularly well. On the inside of the frame, there's a webcam centered on the top bezel, as well as a power button on the upper-right portion of the deck. The Inspiron 15 3000 ran our test (matching 20,000 names and addresses) in 12 minutes and 57 seconds, which was quicker than both the Ideapad's 14:35 and the VivoBook's 13:31. This PC's underside ran warmer than the 85 degrees from the Aspire E 15 and the HP Notebook 15, but it was cooler than the VivoBook's and Ideapad's 104 degrees in the same location. The keys aren't backlit, but there is a full number pad on the right side, which will definitely appeal to some users. Both the Acer Aspire E 15 and the Asus VivoBook E403SA were brighter, at 215 and 201 nits, respectively. Get instant access to breaking news, the hottest reviews, great deals and helpful tips. The Inspiron 15 3000's panel reached 170 nits of brightness in our testing, which is lower than the HP Notebook 15's 174 nits and the Lenovo Ideapad 100S' 188 nits. We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices. At least the pad generally worked well with Windows 10's multifinger gestures. The Inspiron 15 3000 ran our test (matching 20,000 names and addresses) in 12 minutes and 57 seconds, which was quicker than both the Ideapad's 14:35 and the VivoBook's 13:31. Dell includes a host of preloaded software -- such as the CyberLink Media Suite and a 12-month McAfee Antivirus subscription -- but other software utilities are more useful. On Ice Storm Unlimited, a synthetic graphics test, the Inspiron 15 3000 earned a score of 19,770, which beat the Ideapad's 13,568. The keyboard on this Dell looks better than it feels. Dell constructed the back lid, keyboard deck and base using a textured black plastic, which feels smooth to the touch but is very flexible. Spreadsheet performance was a similar story. At least the pad generally worked well with Windows 10's multifinger gestures. The Inspiron 15 3000's design has an interesting texture but a boring color scheme. Even the Asus VivoBook E403SA -- with its longer-lasting battery, USB Type-C charging and premium metallic build -- would be a better option at the slightly higher price of $399. The screen shows colors moderately well, but it isn't particularly sharp or bright. However, its runtime is short of both the Aspire E 15's 8:16 and the VivoBook's 9:02. Consumer review (currys.co.uk) DELL Inspiron 15 3000 15.6" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 5, 256 GB SSD, Silver It has a finger print scanner and it is very quick It’s has to many things and makes it to complicated The Inspiron 15 3000's design has an interesting texture but a boring color scheme. Please refresh the page and try again. After streaming a video for 15 minutes, the Dell stayed comfortably cool, hitting 94 degrees Fahrenheit in the top-right section of the base, 91.5 degrees on the trackpad and 84 degrees on the keyboard. During my time with the laptop, it prompted me multiple times to install updates, though it never restarted without my permission. Receive news and offers from our other brands? Its $329 price warrants some missteps, but other laptops in the same price range simply make fewer compromises. On the right, you'll find a Kensington lock, a CD/DVD combo drive, two USB 2.0 ports and the headphone jack. Its overall performance is also merely pedestrian when compared with similarly priced models. As for storage, there's a 500GB, 5,400-rpm hard drive on board, so it wasn't surprising that it ran our file copy test at a sluggish 26 MBps. It doesn't treat backlighting particularly well, and the edges of objects were especially pixelated and ragged in photos. On the inside of the frame, there's a webcam centered on the top bezel, as well as a power button on the upper-right portion of the deck. Update on March 18, 2020: There is a newer model in the Dell Inspiron series that we've reviewed -- the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, which is equipped with a stylus and fast overall performance.