Inside Dell Vostro 15 3501 – disassembly and upgrade options
Budget laptops seem to have on point upgradability.
Dell Vostro 3501
- Intel Core i3-1005G1
- Intel UHD Graphics G1
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD + 1000GB HDD
1. Remove the bottom plate
There are 9 Phillips-head screws that need to be undone before you remove the bottom panel. In fact, the two in the back corners are captive, and naturally, lift the edges of the panel, so you can start the prying process from there.
Battery-wise there is a modest 42Wh unit.
3. Memory and storage
Thankfully, as a business notebook should – it offers very good upgradability. There are two RAM SODIMM slots, and although Dell officially states it can hold up to 16GB in total, we found it to support 32GB. And when it comes to the storage, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot, as well as one 2.5-inch SATA drive bay. Also good, is that it comes with the SATA connector, even though our unit didn’t feature a 2.5-inch device.
4. Cooling system
In terms of cooling, we see a relatively thick heat pipe and an average-sized fan.