My New Laptop: Dell Inspiron N5010

I finally got a new laptop using a 450MHz Pentium 2 computer for about 10 years now. The computer still working. It is very solid. Let me introduce you to my new best friend.

Laptop Model: Dell Inspiron N5010

CPU: Intel Core i5 480M

It has a dual core CPU clocked 2.67 GHz (max 2.93 GHz). It has Hyper Threading Technology which allows each core to handle 2 threads. So, it’s as if it has virtually 4 cores.

The salesman was advising me to take an i3 version as it would cost Rs 3000 less and the clock difference would be of only 0.14 GHz with the Core i5. However, i decided to go for the Core i5 because it has Turbo Boost Technology which can automatically over-clock the CPU to a maximum of 2.93 GHz when the need arises and the conditions such as temperature and RAM are available.


The amount of RAM is very sufficient for everyday life tasks. I managed to use nearly 2.8 GB of it when i ran Windows 7 in Virtual Box while being on Ubuntu. Yet, the computer was very stable and fast. Multi-tasking is handled amazingly well by this machine.

Hard-Disk: 320 GB

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics (up to 1270 MB shared memory)

So, there is no dedicated graphics in this laptop. Only old games will be able to run on it despite such a powerful CPU. Modern games are more dependent on the GPU rather than the CPU. If you want a gaming machine, i would recommend you to save money on CPU and buy a decent graphics card.

Anyways, the main reason why i chose the Core i5 CPU over the i3 is that the i3 CPU can only have up to 760 MB of shared memory. Moreover, the integrated GPU of the Core i5 can reach 766 MHz whereas the Core i3 can only reach 667 MHz. So, the Core i5 should handle games a little better. If the laptop would have a dedicated graphics, i would have taken without hesitation the Core i3.

Screen: 15.4″ HD WLED Back-light, Res 1366 x 768

The screen is simply great. Watching a 720p HD video is a real pleasure. However, i am quite disappointed with the viewing angle. It’s a bit too limited. Only one person can enjoy the screen fully at a time (some might like this feature though :P).

There was a Toshiba laptop which had an ATI Radeon with 1 GB dedicated graphic memory (up to 1768 MB shared) which i could buy. However, the screen was about 14″ or maybe less. It was displayed next to the one i bought. So i could directly compare them. The Toshiba seemed rather like a net-book. The screen really appeared very small. I couldn’t decide whether to take a laptop which a dedicated graphics or take a larger screen. The Toshiba was priced Rs 3000 more but money was not the matter here. It tough to decide,

I finally chose the Dell as i thought whats the point in having a powerful graphics without be able to enjoy it? My dad too preferred this one too. My sister and mother wanted the Toshiba though.

Operating System: None

I was offered the option of whether to take Windows 7 or not. I didn’t take it. It saved me 3000 bucks 😀

I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on it. It was superb. However i upgraded it to Ubuntu 11.04. It’s new GUI sucks f***king hard. I will post something about it later.

Ports: 3x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA,1x HDMI,1x VGA out 1x ethernet(network), 1x 3.5mm audio out/headset, 1x audio in/microphone, 7 in 1 card reader, 1x DC in

Wireless: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth

I connected the laptop to my Orange Livebox w/o any hassle on Ubuntu using Wi-Fi. All i had to do is to enter the WEP key and it connected. I get 100% connection in my room with the doors closed. I downloaded @ nearly 300KB/s there. Such speeds are available only on youtube or adobe etc (i.e. on local servers). Else, my downloads are @ 110-120KB/s

When i installed Windows 7, it didn’t detect my wireless devices. I had to download a 80 MB driver so as for it to work. On Ubuntu 11.04, i was able to connect even at the time of installation. Ubuntu FTW!!!!

Input Devices:

  • UK keyboard with multimedia shortcuts

The keyboard is slightly different from the ones i’ve been using since my childhood. It’s still a qwerty keyboard but the places of other symbols have been changed. e.g. the ‘@’ symbol is not in the key 2. The multi-media keys are really crucial nowadays. If you want to use the function keys(F1-F12), you have to press the Fn key.

  • Multi-Touch Pad

When i first installed Ubuntu 10.10. The multi-touch feature was not working. On Windows 7, i had to download a 80 MB driver for it to work. It didn’t work too well though. However, on Ubuntu 11.04, this feature was already available by default. Now, i can pinch to zoom or scroll with 2 fingers. It is really nice to use. 🙂

  • 1.3 MP Webcam, 640 x 480 video @ 30 fps

I now end this blog post. I will post more later. Stay tuned!

20 thoughts on “My New Laptop: Dell Inspiron N5010

  1. Space is very limited at home. I needed something compact 😉

    Next time insha allah i’ll get a gamer desktop. but thats not for soon 😛

  2. The Unity desktop is the best thing ever. Go and learn more about it, you’ll love it. 😉
    And never criticize Ubuntu, because the team out there are working really hard to deliver a great user experience, even if it’s for free. 🙂

  3. @Natia Ke Beta:

    Yeah, i agree. But the interface of Ubuntu 11.04 was a step backwards though.

    Ubuntu really kicks the a$$ of windows.

  4. I agree. Ubuntu is truly better than Windows. By the way, the Unity interface was originally designed for laptops. I think it will be great on yours.

    If you want to know more about it, I recommend this blog. There are few exciting things about Unity out there. You are going to love it. Actually, a few months ago I didn’t like the concept of Unity but now, it has become a lot more mature and I love it.

  5. I still don’t like unity even if its made for laptops. I intend to use my laptop as a desktop replacement. Unity really pisses me off.

    If Ubuntu 11.04 didn’t include unity, i’d install Ubuntu on 2 of my n00b cousins PC to use as primary OS.

  6. my dell inspiron wifi technology utility software tell no supporting network adapter is found. although i installed all the driver from the dell official site. what to do kindly help. i m using windows 7 64 bit.

  7. hey buddy….

    i have n5010 i3 processor, is it not good as compare of i5. mean, i am using i3 so nothing know about the speed and functions of i5…
    as u write that i5 is much better than i3…m worried little bit for i3 now….plz tell me i was wrong for i3…


  8. dude all games are working too slow for me
    i am having 1gb built in graphic card
    video memory – 64 mb
    having dell inspirion N5010
    is it possible to change the video memory ?????? all games are working too slow for me .., plz give me any suggestion .., plz help me .., :'(

  9. dude all games are working too slow for me
    i am having 1gb built in graphic card
    video memory – 64 mb
    having dell inspirion N5010
    is it possible to change the video memory ?????? all games are working too slow for me .., plz give me any suggestion .., plz help me .., :'(
    my email id is —….. plz help me guys ..,

  10. @vyom: for web browsing and office applications, it shouldn’t matter a lot.

    @Pramod: So you do have a dedicated gfx card in your laptop. Try changing which graphic processor to use in game settings. I’ve heard the dedicated graphics are activated only during games. Else it uses the internal Intel HD graphics.

    Download the drivers from the Dell website.

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