The Dell Vostro 15 7580 can’t be put into a category – it has its own one. It looks like a good business notebook with lots of connectivity options and powerful hardware at a reasonable price. Speaking of hardware, with up to a Core i7-8750H you can easily do intensive work like rendering and with up to a GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q you can enjoy fluid gaming.

At first glance, we can say that upgrading and maintenance are going to be easy. The notebook seems a bit heavy. We expect good performance from the CPU and GPU.

The Dell Vostro 15 7580 could be the go-to notebook for small business or a could alternative to gaming notebooks for casual users.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-vostro-15-7580/

Contents


Specs Sheet

Dell Vostro 15 7580 technical specifications table

Acer

Upcoming



Display


15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS


HDD/SSD


128GB SSD NVMe + 1TB HDD, 5400 rpm


Dimensions

389 x 270 x 25 mm (15.31″ x 10.63″ x 0.98″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Type-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, HDMI
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1), Sleep and Charge
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • Card reader SD
  • Ethernet lan
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio jack combo audio / microphone jack

Features

  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD 720p
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers 2x 2W
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the box, you’ll find the notebook, a quick start guide, and the 180W wall charger.

Design and construction

The build quality of the Dell Vostro15 7580 is definitely good. Although we are pretty confident that there is no metal used in the construction, it’s hard to tell what the lid and palm rest areas are made of. The quality of the polycarbonate used is very high – it’s solid and the matte silver finish makes it even more deceiving.

The back lid experiences some flex in the middle but nothing too frantic. It’s connected to the body of the notebook with a large central hinge which is sturdy and allows to be open with one hand (though the bottom lifts a bit just before you have fully opened it). The bottom of the notebook is plastic. It has a large cover which is removed to access the internals. There are two rubber feet, a few vents, and the two speakers. There are two large exhaust vents at the back of the device.

Once you open the lid, you see the 15.6-inch screen with its, we would say, large bezels. Below, is the (full-sized) chiclet keyboard. There is a lot of space between the individual keys which we find comfortable just like the overall layout. There is a sufficient feedback so typing is easy but the keys produce noticeable noise when tapped. The material used for the palm rest area and around the keys is very solid – it doesn’t flex at all. There is a two-level white key illumination for your comfort at night.

The touchpad is accurate and responsive. It’s wide so you have room for your fingers. The fingerprint sensor is embedded in the power button. It works without a flaw – the second you place your finger (correctly) the notebook unlocks.

The Vostro 15 7580 is a lot heavier than most gaming 15.6-inch notebooks.

Width Length Height Weight
Dell Vostro 15 7580 15.32″ (389mm) 10.63″ (270mm)  0.98″ (24.95mm) 6.24lbs (2.83kg) (+23%)
ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 15.12″ (384mm) 10.31″ (262mm)  0.99″ (25.1mm) (+1%) 5.10lbs (2.30kg)

Ports

It’s typical for a business notebook to have a variety of ports and that’s just the case when it comes to the Dell Vostro 15 7580. They are evenly spread on both sides with a lot of USBs on the right-hand side which might become inconvenient if you have to use them at once.

The left side is home to a Noble lock slot, DC power in, an Ethernet port, a USB 3.1 with PowerShare (charge external devices when the notebook is turned off), and an SD card slot.

The right side has a VGA port (something rare these days), an HDMI, a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, two USB 3.1 ports (no PowerShare), and a 3.5 mm combo jack.

Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance

Getting inside the Dell Vostro 15 7580 couldn’t be made easier. You don’t have to pry the device apart, the internal components are easily accessible through a base cover which is held by a single Philips M2.5×2 screw. Once you loosen the screw, the base cover pops and you can gently pry it.

When you open the Vostro 15 7580 you can see two big vents and a couple of heat pipes as well as the fairly large 56Wh 4-cell battery.

In the center, you can find the two SODIMM slots for DDR4 RAM. Each of them supports up to 16GB running at 2666MHz for a total of up to 32GB.

In the bottom left corner, you can find the M.2 slot which supports PCIe NVMe drives or even Optane drives up to 32GB. Next to it is the 2.5-inch SATA slot which holds 7mm drives. The 2.5-inch disk can be mounted to a caddy.

Above the storage slots, is located the Intel M.2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 card.

Display quality

The Dell Vostro 15 7580 has a Full HD IPS panel manufactured by LG with a model number LGD053F (156WF6-4XK13). The screen size is 15.6 inches (39.62 cm) and the resolution is 1920 x 1080. The screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density is 142 PPI, and the pixel pitch is 0.18 x 0.18 mm. The panel becomes “Retina” when viewed from a distance of at least 60 cm (from this distance the eye can’t tell the different pixels apart anymore).

Viewing angles are good. We offer images at 45° to evaluate the quality.

The maximum measured brightness is 247 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 231 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 10%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 6990K (average) – a bit colder than the optimal 6504K temperature for sRGB. The average color temperature through the grey scale before profiling is 6860K.

In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from uniformity perspective. In other words the leakage of light from the light source. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 56% Brightness (White level = 143 cd/m2, Black level = 0.17 cd/m2).

Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is ok – 870:1 (830:1 after profiling).

Color reproduction

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction of the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.

The yellow dotted line shows Dell Vostro 15 7580’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 53% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can compare the scores of Dell Vostro 15 7580 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.

The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle and the surrounding light conditions.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 21 ms.

PWM (Screen flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

The light from the backlight of the screen is not pulse-width modulated (it doesn’t pulsate) for all brightness levels which makes the notebook comfortable for prolonged use in the given aspect.

Blue light emissions

Installing of our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.

You can see the levels of emitted blue light on the spectral power distribution (SPD) graph.

Conclusion

The Dell Vostro 15 7580’s display has good contrast, Full HD resolution, and comfortable viewing angles. Its drawback is the narrow color range.

Buy our profiles

Since our profiles are tailored for each individual display model, this article and its respective profile package are meant for Dell Vostro 15 7580 configurations with 15.6″ LG LGD053F (156WF6-4XK13) (FHD, 1920 × 1080) IPS.

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Office Work - screen profile

Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard - screen profile

Health-Guard

THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

All

Sound

Dell Vostro 15 7580’s speakers produce good sound but it doesn’t get very loud. The tones are clear across the whole range.

Drivers

You can find all the necessary drivers for Windows 10 on Dell’s support web page: https://www.dell.com/support/home/bg/en/bgbsdt1/product-support/product/vostro-15-7580-laptop/drivers

Battery

The Dell Vostro 15 7580 is powered by a 56Wh 4-cell Li-polymer battery. Battery life is good, about average. You can get around 5-6 hours of mixed use without a problem which is good for a notebook with a Core i5-8300H and GTX 1060 Max-Q.

Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

Storage performance

Our configuration of the Dell Vostro 15 7580 came with an SSD + HDD combo. It was equipped with a 1TB Seagate HDD with a model number ST1000LM035-1RK172 and a 128GB M.2 SK hynix SC311 SSD. Although the notebook supports NVMe drives up to 512GB, the drive inside our model supports only SATA III speeds. You can check out its performance below.

SSD model (120-128GB variants) Max.Seq.Read (GB/s) Max.Seq.Write (GB/s) IOPS 4K Read IOPS 4K Write Latency Read (ms) Latency Write (ms)
SK hynix SC311 SATA 128GB 0.56 0.29 6287 15895 0.091 0.066
Intel SSD Pro 5450s / SSDSCKKF128G8 (SATA III) 0.55 0.15 7872 17239 0.088 0.061
Samsung CM871 (128GB) 0.51 0.13 4375 7724 0.096 0.129
SanDisk SD9SN8W128G1002 0.56 50 5984 13494 0.097 0.602
Kingston RBUSNS8180S3128GJ 0.56 0.44 10431 19533 0.139 0.206

CrystalDiskMark – Max.Seq.Read/Write; AS SSD – IOPS 4K Read/Write, Latency Read/Write

CPU options

You can configure your Dell Vostro 15 7580 with either the Core i5-8300H or the Core i7-8750H. Our model is equipped with the Core i5-8300H.


GPU options

As for the GPU, you can go all the way up to a GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q with 6GB GDDR5. Our configuration is equipped with the aforementioned Max-Q GPU. Be aware that sometimes you might find the notebook listed with a GTX 1060 without the Max-Q label.


Gaming tests

We used the GeForce Game Ready Driver version 399.24 WHQL released on the 10th of September 2018 for our tests.

The results are quite good. The Vostro 15 7580 is truly a gaming notebook when equipped with the GTX 1060 Max-Q. If you are buying it for gaming and your budget is tight, we strongly recommend opting for the better GPU rather than the better CPU – the Core i5-8300H is capable enough of not struggling with your games.

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Temperatures and comfort

We have a new way of torturing laptops, and for gaming machines, it comprises of 100% CPU load plus real gameplay test (Rise of the Tomb Raider).

So far the Vostro 15 7580 has impressed us with good battery life and build quality. We mentioned the large vents on the back of the notebook in the design section. It’s time to see if the cooling system can handle our stress tests.

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core temperature (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Core i5-8300H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Dell Vostro 15 7580  3.63 GHz (B+65%)@ 79°C 3.57 GHz (B+62%)@ 82°C 3.19 GHz (B+45%)@ 77°C

We are very impressed by the capabilities of the cooling system. The CPU handles the initial load with very high clocks on all cores. Unlike most other notebooks we’ve tested, a few seconds later, the CPU is still clocked very high. Even after more than 10 minutes of continuous 100% load, the frequency is 45% above the base clock and temperatures throughout the whole period are about average.

The four-core Core i5-8300H seems more stable than the six-core Core i7-8750H that we have tested multiple times.

Real gameplay

GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)
Dell Vostro 15 7580 1363 MHz @ 69°C 1338 MHz @ 76°C

The cooling system keeps impressing us after the GPU stress test as well. The GPU temperature remained about average and the clock speed around the boost frequency for this model – 1342 MHz.

Fan noise is very high when the notebook gets loaded.

Gaming comfort

After 30 minutes of gaming, the Dell Vostro 15 7580 becomes a bit hot in some areas. The maxim temperature is about 55-56°C which isn’t that high but it’s not very cool either. The WASD keys are one of the coolest areas which is good for gamers. Heat dissipation may vary depending on the GPU selected.

Verdict

The Dell Vostro 15 7580 is a multi-purpose device. First of all, it’s a good office computer – it has a comfortable keyboard and lots of connectivity options. Second, it can be used as some sort of a mobile workstation – with up to a six-core Core i7-8750H (that behaves ok), you can’t get much better in a notebook (with the exception for the Core i9 or Ryzen 7 desktop CPUs). Third, with up a GTX 1060 Max-Q with 6 GB of GDDR5, the Vostro 15 7580 becomes a pretty capable gaming notebook.

The screen isn’t very impressive with its limited color range but at least it doesn’t use PWM to control the brightness (LGD053F). Our custom-tailored profiles can help by reducing the blue light emissions and more. However, there are other things to brag about. Maintaining and upgrading the notebook is made easy, the chassis feels solid despite the fact it’s made out of plastic, and the cooling system is one of the better ones we’ve seen. What’s most impressive is that all this comes in a fairly affordable package.

You can also check out the Dell G5 15 5587 or the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 2018. The MSI GL63 8RC and ASUS TUF FX504 are also good alternatives but can’t offer a GTX 1060 GPU.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-vostro-15-7580/

Pros

  • Easy maintenance
  • Comfortable keyboard layout
  • No PWM (LGD053F)
  • Solid build
  • USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3
  • Variety of video outputs – VGA, HMDI, Thunderbolt 3
  • Excellent cooling system

Cons

  • Limited color range (LGD053F)
  • High fan noise when loaded
  • A bit heavy – 6.24lbs (2.83kg)





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