I just started my new job, and I’m pretty happy with the laptop they gave me. It’s a fully-loaded Dell Vostro 15 5590, which is a thin & light 15" machine that’s actually manage-ably sized because of nice thin bezels on the screen. Out of curiosity I peeked at it on Dell’s site and it’s 43% off for a pretty solid config.
Intel Core i7-10510U
Nvidia GeForce MX250 2 GB DDR5 GPU
16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM
512 GB SSD
15" 1080p matte screen - pretty good quality if not super high res
Backlit keyboard + num pad
Healthy port selection including USB-C with PD & video output for 1 plug docking - works perfectly with my Aukey USB-C hub connected to monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers
3.66 lbs and reasonably thin, nice metal build
With that discounted price this config if you order it yourself is $979 direct from Dell at the link above. Overall a pretty solid bargain for this level of machine. I honestly haven’t used a thin-bezel 15" laptop like this before and it’s perfectly portable enough, although I think 14" is more of the sweet spot of portability and screen real estate. Not like I’ll be doing much traveling anytime soon anyway.
If I were in the market for a personal laptop, this thing ticks almost all my boxes, except for the screen. I’d rather have a 1440p or 2160p display but even at the 15" size the resolution isn’t bad. I can somewhat see the pixels, which is not the case on my 6 year old 13" MacBook Pro that’s still trucking along fine for my personal machine.
The quality of the panel is pretty ok in terms of brightness, with very good contrast, but doesn’t have a very wide color gamut. Since I do a bunch of video and photo editing in my personal life, the display would probably rule it out as a personal machine for me. My Dell U2518 25" 1440p HDR monitor on my desk has a much wider color gamut, and usually that’s where I do my video/photo work, but I’d want to at least be able to do that stuff on the laptop’s screen as well.
That said, the brightness and especially the contrast make using it for work purposes an above-average experience. I’ve definitely had much worse laptop displays.
Also it has a built in microSD card reader, which is fine, but I do a lot with regular SD cards from cameras so I’d have to use one of my multiple SD card reader dongles I already own, including the aforementioned Aukey hub. I guess I shouldn’t really care if a laptop has a built-in SD card slot but it’d be nice. Le sigh.
So if you’re in the market for a laptop for about a grand, and don’t have a need for a wide color gamut display, check this thing out.