I have a Dell Inspiron 3552
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Machine: Device: portable System: Dell product: Inspiron 15-3552 v: 4.0.13
Mobo: Dell model: 0T14MC v: A00 UEFI: Dell v: 4.0.13 date: 12/22/2016
and I find it works without issue if I use Stretch, my assumption is the newer kernel better accommodates the newer hardware, and my experience has verified this. I have used Jessie and after installing backported kernel and xorg video modules (and maybe a couple more that I have since forgot) it can work well, but I found Stretch to install and run with less messing about installing things afterwards.
I initially had a couple of issues with dual booting (machine didn't have Linux option when purchased so just Windows 10 installed initially), but after educating myself with the workings of UEFI I now have a total of 4 OS's multi-booting on this machine and they all run without issue.
I would certainly recommend this model to anyone using Linux as it can run with minimal changes to Bios (UEFI), I just disabled secure boot (that won't be required when Stretch goes stable as I read that Debian now has a signed EFI stub).
If you want to run older OS's on modern hardware there will be some adjustments to be made and you will also need to use either backported packages or compile them yourself to get the functionality out of the machine. It is certainly possible to get them running (and probably very well) but with a lot of work (IMO) to get it there.