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Dell Inspiron Laptop Review – N5010 Intel i7 Q740

January 15th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Updated on Oct 2015

This is a Dell laptop review. I needed a new laptop for mainly office tasks, video editing, video conferences, etc. Its specs make it a good gaming laptop as well. You can find the technical specs further down this page.

Here are my Dell laptop specs. If you’re looking for a good laptop,  these specs would be a good guide line:

Note that it doesn’t have to be an Inspiron, it can be a Studio or Vostro or XPS, as long as it has good specs (cpu, memory, etc), you’re on the right track. Also, it does’nt have to be an i7 cpu, i5 has good performance and will be good also. I also want to clarify that this Dell is better than my OLD acer, but new ACERs are just as good (Bought 2 for my nephews). I have lots of experience with Acers and they are always a good choice to consider as well.

Operating System :
System Model: Windows 7 Home Premium (x64 bit)

Model: Dell Inc. Inspiron N5010 A08

Processor 1.73 gigahertz Intel Core i7 Q 740
32 kilobyte primary memory cache

1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

6144 kilobyte tertiary memory cache

64-bit ready

Multi-core (4 total)


WDC WD5000BEVT-75A0RT0 [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) 5400 rpm

TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-L633C [Optical drive]

Memory Modules:
Installed Memory:

6GB DDR3 1333MHZ total

Slot ‘DIMM_A’ has 2048 MB  (serial number 6201F76B)

Slot ‘DIMM_B’ has 4096 MB  (serial number 485DFB62)


ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 [Display adapter]

Generic PnP LED Monitor (15.3″vis)


  • 3 USB slots
  • 1 eSATA/USB slot
  • HDMI
  • Bluetooth
  • memory card reader (all in 1)

Dell laptops on AMAZON.COM

UPDATE 22-OCT-2015:
My up until now trusty Dell would not start. I tried using a backup image but with no results. The computer does start in Safe mode. I Have checked for viruses and tried to use all sorts of restore techniques but with no results. I have to say that in retrospective the Dell would heat up to 99 Celsius (if the room is not air conditioned) or more so I can guess that the inability to load Win7 may involve a hardware problem, maybe the hard disk.
I’m now using a new Lenovo Z50 with i7 cpu and Windows 10 . The Lenovo is much quieter, almost no heat at all is sensed, BUT, it is not as fast as the Win7 Dell. I can just hope it will hold at least 5 years as the Dell did. It may be a good idea to replace the HD with a flash memory type drive, for more reliability, faster performance and less heat.


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  • chanz

    Nice. i just picked up mine yesterday:) i had not noticed the hybrid sata/usb port. Do post if u hv any other suggestions.

  • Eyal

    Gr8 Review indeed, you just made my life easier 🙂

  • bishal

    i think there is a sim card slot in inspiron N5010. But i have no idea where the slot is. Later then i read manual and i have noticed that there is a sim card slot just beneath the battery of my laptop.BUT WHEN I OPEN THE BATTERY THERE IS A SIM CARD SLOT BUT IS SEALED AS A WHOLE WITH LAPTOP. Now please any one help me what should i do. I will be very grateful.

  • eez

    why is this laptop so hot

  • Justin Case

    I being an owner of this laptop is not so satisfied with what i have paid.
    Expected a lot more from Dell though they have good graphics.
    I own the Dell Inspiron 15r(N5010) i7 core, Windows 7 64-bit

    Great Design
    Picture Quality
    Gaming Experience

    Poor sound quality
    Performance is slow with a hefty i7 core
    Over pricey
    Fan Sound
    Weight (2kg)


    I am not very happy with my lappy thought using it for hardly 2 years i have experienced some technical issues with this, but overall Dell could have blended in more features to support it. But a great computer for light use!

    • Anonymous

      Hi and thanks,
      The sound quality from the speakers is not optimal I agree, but it rare you listen to music via the regular speakers, you usually either plug in ear phones or external speakers.

      Regarding the fan, it is loud when its hot.

      I don’t agree with the performance remark, I think mine performs quite well. You didn’t write RAM size you have.

      Weight is not critical to me cause I dont carry it around, its either at office of some other desk. If I needed a laptop to carry around I’d go for a 10″.

      Camera I didn’t really put to the test. Its surly not a canon though.

      I’m very satisfied with how its built. Its got great and comfy keyboard and nice design. The battery is not super strong but does the job.

      The screen is one of the best Ive seen. Very clear.

      Bottom line, Im glad I chose it but again there are other good options out there as long as you keep the specs up to date.

      From January 15th, 2011 Until today (AUG 2012) , knock on wood, did’nt have any problems with it.
      And last, my review is for this model only.

  • Pixelator

    Can I put this chip in my n4010? If yes will it has problems at BIOS section? Thanks at all 😀

    • nextgap

      I have no idea about chips. Yes, the DELL is running pretty hot so anything that will run it hotter, is not recommended.

      I’m sad to say it died a month ago, after about 5 years of service.

      • Pixelator

        Oh. Thanks for your advance! I am still thinking that I really needs that? because 640M is some kind of a fast chips too. But not that fast… And why my 480M shows only 25W in CPUZ? I remember that it’s 35W not 25W why it’s like that? D:

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