Dell Inspiron N5010 Review

Dell Inspiron N5010 Review



The looks of the Dell N5010 Inspiron is just as the name suggests, inspiring. Our model has a light blue color on it’s lid in a brushed metal style with the dell logo on the center. Simple and sleek design, yet still very fresh for the everyday casual user. It should also come in other color variants, but we like ours, light blue.

Dell Inspiron N5010 Lid Dell Inspiron N5010 Hindges

Inside design continues with the same style, sleek and fun. Same brushed finish on the palm rest area, but here it is grayish and aluminum. The camera on the top it’s almost indistinguishable which looks good, a rounded power button which get’s lighten up while working, and with the three led lights in the front/right, it is the only nice light detail. There is a orange logo an text right below the monitor, a “SRS Premium Sound” logo, which may be too much for some, but somehow it does fit the fun and entertaining design along with the little orange signs on the F# keys. The 15.6 WXGA screen is a 1366×768 resolution, which seems to be a standard for this class, although the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 can power up much better resolution.


Dell Inspiron N5010 LED

Dell Inspiron N5010 Power Button Lighten Up Dell Inspiron N5010 Monitor


Keyboard & Touchpad

Dell Inspiron N5010 Keyboard Touchpad The keyboard, as on most Dell Inspiron models, feels right and tight, the layout is stanar, with a big ctrl, enter and even a backspace button. A numpad included certainly. Even though it looks like there is a space between the keys at first this keyboard is not chiclet like today’s notebook standards. Dell did a great job by reversing the functions on the F buttons. Notice how the standard F numbers are marked with blue and there are white marks of a battery, wi-fi and even orange ones of a volume/mute speakers etc. Which means if you want the F1,F2.. commands you have to hold the Fn key right next to Ctrl, because the primary function of those buttons is replaced with other more useful stuff like a wireless switch, brightness level, volume and so on. This proves again that the Dell Inspiron N5010 is targeted more or the casual user who doesn’t use the original F keys much.

The touchpad is normal size or maybe let’s say a bit small for some. Two big buttons, and it is placed right along the center of the qwerty keyboard. The material it is made from is plastic and to be frank it is not the best touchpad I have used. Actually it felt a bit sluggish and not very precise. I hope with some tweaking one can adjust it to his own needs, but adjusting gets out of the “targeted for the casual family guy” idea now does it?


47 thoughts on “Dell Inspiron N5010 Review”

  1. when did this laptop get released also is it good for gaming. games like cod crysis 2 and need for speed and tht

  2. hi,

    We purchase N-5010 and we struggle to iinstall WindowXP but infortunatly we couldn`t install.
    But Window-7 is install in it but we don`t wanna use it so kindly, give us whole information about installation WindowXP in N-5010.

        1. Bhagwan Sisodiya

          Hi Mirza download sata drivers for windows xp and when you will install windows xp by pen drive or by Disktte drive install it then u will able to do that


    i own a dell N5010 i5 and i use win7 ultimate…
    i tried to install winxp but then i realized that i have to change some system bios.
    changing system bios can slow the computer and sometimes greatly affect the performance.

    Also, because N5010 is a fairly new laptop, windows xp doesnt fully support its drivers since a while ago. I do know that the stock Windows 7 Home Premium has a laggy experience, but after i installed Windows 7 unlimited, its heaps better! i like windows 7 more then xp now ^^

    U can get windows 7 unlimited for free (download a crack version,or get a clean version then crack it ur self!(thats what i did) then boot up the .iso on a usb and change the boot sequence to usb first..)
    search up a full tut on google or youtube! btw there are ways to config WINDOWS 7 so it has a similar interface to windows xp. AND LASTLY, I REALLY ENJOY THIS COMPUTER…ITS USEFUL IN MANY WAYS. BUT HAS ANYONE TRIED THE HACKED OSX SNOW LEAPORD ON IT?? DOES ALL THE HARDWARE WORK PROPERLY ON OSX?? thx

  4. nvm i figured it out and btw, if anyone wants to know how, u’ll need iboot+multibeast it works but first you must install with -x bootflag after installing use -x bootflag and after setup delete ati kexts in /system/library/extensions then you can boot without any flags. P.S after multibeast mouse may not work if it doesnt boot from cd and get the voodoo trackpad and install it then you can boot without boot flags from Harddrive.
    that means u have to buy the retailed OSX as well…

  5. i have got a problem…. i bought this laptop and i askedin the shop how many hours to charg it the first time and they told me about 8 to 10 hours………….. i chargh it for 10 hours but my battery last the maximun one and a half hour……… why…./????? this laptop said that his battery last for 4 hours … help please

    1. I think you should switch your laptop off and charge it for over 6 hours and then see the battery time. Make sure that the display brightness is low while its running on the battery.

  6. i tried playing gta and Nfs on my dell N5010 and its saying video memory is insufficient. Nfs is not even responding when clicked ! Pls can anyone give a solution….

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  7. my n5010 has a serious problem….. that is, it gets hot within 10 min. and then shuts down automatically when it gets too hot…. that is like about after 1 hour, what should i do? add a new cooling fan? PLEASE HELP ME. THANK YOU! =( :/

  8. Stathis Constantinou

    fahn rashid you are an idiot…. is beacuse there is a lot of dust inside your pc… you must go to your technical and clean it….

  9. popat thai gayo dell laine aa company to luntava bethi chee,
    Salu laptop and charger to jane lodi uper mukya hoy eva garam thay chee ane pankho to jane helicopter ni yaad apave chhe.
    Is the any type of laptop get heated and also charger and also fan rotating sound can be heard?

  10. the wifi driver for n5010 on XP3 is => Broadcom and this is DW1501 Wireless-N WLAN Half-Mini Card.

    I got this driver by installing the software Driver booster 4.

  11. Thank you for sharing your view on the Dell Inspiron laptop. Currently, I am using an older version of Dell Inspiron laptop and looking to upgrade to the newer version. So this could help me in choosing the best one.

  12. Very Good Actually still works i also have 11 years passed. coudnt update to windows 10 and 11, too bad but still windows 7 works fine.

  13. Hi
    I have same model dell Inspiron n5010 i3 core 2gb ram , 300gb HDD, sata enabled bought in 2012
    My question is
    1) whether win 10 works very well on it ?
    2) whether wd ssd 3d nand 240gb works on it ?

  14. Great review!! It feels good when concerning your favorite laptop with such detailed info!! Keep sharing good stuff like this!

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