Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. It is a pleasure to us to share with you, our somewhat professional thoughts, on a great looking device, which most surely doubles as a business notebook. Moreover, despite we are talking about Dell, there isn’t any expensive Latitude lying around in our office. The laptop of today’s review can boast with quite the opposite – a low price, especially for what it offers.

So what is exactly what it gives it the hype we are unintentionally trying to build. First of all – it is a brand new model, that came to the market no more than a couple of weeks ago. Secondly, it features the 10th Gen. Intel ULV processors, better known as Comet Lake. Additionally, it can be bought with a dedicated MX250, but what got us more is its design. If you look closely it looks very familiar to the XPS series. Stay with us to learn more!

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-vostro-5590/

Contents


Specs Sheet

Dell Vostro 15 5590 – Specs


HDD/SSD

up to
512GB SSD + up to 1000GB HDD


Dimensions


356.5 x 237.1 x 18.7 mm (14.04″ x 9.33″ x 0.74″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-A 2.0
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1), DisplayPort
  • HDMI 1.4b
  • Card reader MicroSD
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Audio jack 3.5 mm combo

Features

  • Web camera HD RGB
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Dual-Array Microphone
  • Speakers 2x 2.5W Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the packaging, there is a 45W charging brick (expect a 65W unit if you own a dedicated graphics card-equipped laptop), the device itself, as well as some manuals, guides, and warranty paperwork.

Design and construction

Despite its close similarity to the XPS 15, in terms of design features, make no mistake – these laptops are the farthest than ever from each other. Perhaps, their similarity is driven by the silver outer shell and black inner panels of the notebook. It has aluminum on its lid cover, while the rest of it is plastic. Nevertheless, the plastic itself feels sturdy enough, and we would describe the Vostro 5590 as more robust, than not. In terms of measurements, the laptop weighs 1.82 kg and has an 18.7mm profile – pretty 2019-ish values.

Its lid can be opened with a single hand, although you have to be super focused and transfer a lot of qi energy in your fingers to do so. And despite its lid is susceptible to some bends, they are by no means too substantial to make it not strong enough. More interestingly, Dell has employed a hinge that uses the lid as a lever that lifts the base above the surface, the laptop is sitting on. This gives it increased airflow and a teeny tiny better typing experience for the users.

Actually, this system is very similar to the one that ASUS uses on their ZenBooks and VivoBooks (they call it ErgoLift by the way). However, the one on the Dell is far more subtle as the angle is almost half of the one on the ASUS.

Then, at the base, we saw a very simple layout. No fancy stickers, except the newly designed 10th Gen Intel one. At the same time, the keyboard feels clicky and has a decent travel, which makes it great for typing. In order to be more comfortable in a dark environment, Dell has put a backlight on it. It is good to see when manufacturers don’t cut all of the corners when they try to save on costs. Nevertheless, the material on the base is not the sturdiest on the market, as it bends noticeably when you press upon it. By the way, we almost missed the fingerprint reader, which is embedded into the power on/off button.

What made us a good impression is a click on the touchpad. Similarly to the MacBooks, this one could be clicked all around it, unlike most of the Windows laptops, which let you use the click mechanism only on the bottom half of the trackpad. However, we have some bad news. Since we couldn’t get the drivers for this trackpad to work in the limited amount of time we had with this device, we can’t really give you more information about it.

This device’s speakers are placed at the bottom side of the laptop, and they are firing to the left and to the right. Additionally, there is quite a big ventilation grill at the bottom, while the hot air comes out from in between the base and the lid.

Ports

On the left side, you are going to find the power plug, an HDMI connector, two USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) ports and a USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 1) port with DisplayPort and PowerDelivery capabilities. Then, on the right, are located the RJ-45 connector, a USB Type-A 2.0 port, an Audio Jack and a MicroSD card reader.

Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance

Like most of the laptops that come to the market lately, the Vostro 5590 doesn’t feature a service lid compartment. Hence, you need to remove the entire back panel in order to access its internals. Nevertheless, you can easily do so with a simple Phillips screwdriver and a plastic pry tool. After you remove all 9 of the screws and pry the bottom panel up, you can easily lift it and remove it from sight.

First, let’s talk about the cooling solution. It features a single, but rather bulky heat pipe that leads to a rather short heat spreader. If you trace the route of the heat pipe, you can notice where the dedicated GPU should sit. Perhaps, the cooling setup would be quite different, if there was a GeForce MX250 present on this machine.

In terms of memory, this notebook comes with either 4GB or 8GB soldered to the motherboard. Additionally, there is one RAM DIMM for upgrades. It can fit a maximum of 16GB, which depending on the configuration you pick may result in a maximum of 20GB or 24GB of DDR4 memory, working at 2666 MHz. When it comes to storage, there is the standard 2.5″ SATA drive slot and an M.2 PCIe x4 slot. You can put up to 2TB of 5400rpm HDDs, 1TB of 7200rpm HDDs, 512GB of M.2 2232 drives, 1TB of M.2 2280 drives and 512GB of Intel Neptune Harbor SSDs.

Lastly, there is the battery pack. While its capacity of 42Wh is kind of disappointing, we are looking forward to seeing how Dell has built its optimizations.

Display quality

Coming soon!

Drivers

All of the drivers and utilities for this laptop can be downloaded from here: https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/vostro-15-5590-laptop/drivers

Battery

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. As we mentioned, this notebook features a rather small 42Wh unit.

Despite that, the Vostro 5590 achieved a very strong battery life score. During Web browsing, it was able to go through almost 12 hours on battery power, while playing videos will set you back at around 11 hours, which is a great result.

CPU options

This device is sold with one of the following – Core i3-10110U with two cores and four threads, Core i5-10210U or Core i7-10510U with four cores and eight threads.


GPU options

GPU-wise you can either go for the integrated Intel UHD Graphics or pick an option with the GeForce MX230 or MX250, for some freedom in the world of games and 3D manipulation.


Temperatures and comfort

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 frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i5-10210U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Dell Vostro 5590 3.50 GHz (B+119%) @ 94°C 2.68 GHz (B+68%) @ 97°C 2.36 GHz (B+48%) @ 79°C
Lenovo Yoga C740 (14) 3.09 GHz (B+93%) @ 96°C 2.66 GHz (B+66%) @ 97°C 1.96 GHz (B+23%) @ 71°C

Obviously, Dell prefers high performance to longevity with this notebook, as it tries to maximize the power output of the Core i5-10210U. This results in very respectable clock speed at the beginning of the tets, as well as the end, when most of the laptops struggle to maintain 2.00 GHz.

Comfort under full load

Interestingly, the fan was not spinning that fast. This results in a low overall noise coming from the machine. Temperature-wise the laptop can become quite warm under heavy load.

Verdict

Taking into consideration everything we just said, we can put the Dell Vostro 5590 above the average notebook value for this price point. When its stylish design is combined with the 10th Generation Intel ULV processors, the result doesn’t disappoint.

Speaking of the CPUs, the Vostro 5590 has a rather good CPU performance, but to be honest, they don’t differ from the Whiskey Lake line-up that much. In fact, the integrated GPU is basically the same as the Intel UHD Graphics 620. With that said, we would clearly recommend the MX250 version if you are into playing low-demanding titles or need an extra push in video editing for instance.

One more good thing about this device is its battery life. Despite its rather small capacity of 42Wh, it will most surely last you through the workday, without needing to top it up. If you mostly browse the Web, you could expect around 12 hours of battery life, whereas if you are the movie geek type of person, you may get just over 11 hours.

However, there are a couple of things that we didn’t like. For example, we had some trouble getting the touchpad to work, hence we weren’t able to use it for the time being. By the way, we have to note that we really liked the keyboard of this machine. Then there is the base of the laptop that is not the sturdiest out there as it slightly bends when you are typing. However, there is almost no laptop you can find on the market for this price point that doesn’t have such an issue, whatsoever.

On the bright side, though, there are the upgradability options, which are quite vast. First, there is a 2.5″ SATA drive slot, that is more frequently excluded, rather than kept (See the Aspire 7 (A715-73G)), as well as an M.2 slot that supports PCIe x4 drives. In terms of the memory, there is only one RAM DIMM, however, depending on the configuration you choose, there are going to be either 4GB or 8GB of DDR4 memory soldered to the motherboard.

So guys, if you are interested in this notebook, it is actually worth buying it. However, you can still check the ASUS VivoBook S15 S532, as well as Lenovo Ideapad S540 (15).

Pros

  • Stylish outlook
  • 10th Gen Intel CPUs
  • Good battery life
  • Supports PCIe x4 SSDs
  • Comfortable keyboard

Cons

  • We couldn’t get the touchpad to work (driver issues)
  • Not the sturdiest of materials on the base

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-vostro-5590/





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