Inside Dell Vostro 15 5502 – disassembly and upgrade options
Here, we have a business notebook that has decent upgradability options, but a somewhat compromised cooling solution.
Dell Vostro 5502
- Intel Core i5-1135G7
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)
- 32GB RAM
- 2000GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To access this laptop’s internals, you need to undo 9 Phillips-head screws. Two of them are captive, and they lift the back two corners of the bottom panel so you can start the prying process more easily.
Here, we see the smaller 40Wh battery pack. We say smaller because there is a larger 53Wh unit in some models.
3. Memory and storage
In terms of storage, there are two M.2 slots. The main one, which is located below the cooling fan, supports NVMe drives only, while the one on the right of the battery can fit either NVMe SSDs or SATA ones. Thankfully, there are two RAM SODIMM slots, that can fit 32GB in total, and work in dual-channel mode.
4. Cooling system
The cooling solution here comprises a single heat pipe, placed at an angle over the CPU. We hope that it won’t hinder the thermal efficiency of the setup.
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- Generous I/O
- Supports 2 M.2 PCIe x4 drives and up to 32GB of dual-channel memory
- It is equipped with a MicroSD card reader
- Doesn't use PWM for brightness adjustment (LG 24GYY-156WFC)
- Battery life is only average
- No Thunderbolt support
- Covers only 52% of the sRGB gamut (LG 24GYY-156WFC)