The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is a multipurpose, powerful laptop.

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is a multipurpose, powerful laptop.

Written by Sophie Robertson, In General, Published On
July 19, 2023
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Dell’s Inspiron laptops and 2-in-1s have a long-lasting battery and a clever, practical design that allows users to engage no matter where they are. The Inspiron 14 is a reliable choice for students, freelancers, and other budget-conscious customers that prioritize daily utility and powerful computing performance and need a weightless, portable computer for study, travel, or everyday usage.

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Laptop

It has a single sign-on fingertip reader, a powered privacy camera shutter, and an ergonomically placed lift hinge design, all of which are functional but hardly groundbreaking. The keypad use some work, and the screen brightness could make it tough to send emails while sitting outside on a cafe’s terrace in the bright sunlight.

It’s possible that this isn’t the top laptop for everyone’s needs. However, it is one of the best convertible laptops on the market. And for the most part, it fulfills its functions remarkably. Read on for more information on the T3 testing process and the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1.

Specification

Processor 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1255U (12 MB cache, 10 cores, 12 threads, up to 4.70 GHz Turbo)
Operating System Windows 11 Home Single Language, English
Video Card NVIDIA® GeForce® MX550, 2 GB GDDR6
Display 14.0″, FHD+ 1920×1200, 60Hz, WVA, Touch, TrueLife™, Narrow Border, Pen Support
Memory 16 GB, 2 x 8 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz
Hard Drive 512 GB, M.2, PCIe NVMe, SSD
Choose your colour Platinum Silver Touch LCD Cover Mod with FHD Camera
Microsoft Office Microsoft Office Home and Student 2021
Security Software McAfee® Multi Device Security 15-month subscription
Support Services 1Y Basic Onsite Service with Hardware Support
Accidental Damage Protection NONE
Keyboard Internal Titan Grey English International Backlit Keyboard
Ports 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 Type-C with PowerDelivery and Video
1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A port
1 headset (headphone and microphone combo) port
1 HDMI 1.4 port
HDMI 1.4 (Maximum resolution supported over HDMI is 1920×1080 @60Hz. No 4K/2K output)
Dimensions & Weight Height (Front): 15.70 mm (0.62 in.)
Height (Rear): 17.86 mm (0.70 in.)
Height (Peak): 18.50 mm (0.72 in.)
Width: 314 mm (12.36 in.)
Depth: 227.50 mm (8.96 in.)
Weight (maximum): 1.57 kg (3.46 lb)
Camera 720p at 30 fps, HD camera
1080p at 30 fps, FHD camera
Audio and Speakers 1 headset (headphone and microphone combo) port
Stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro, 2 W x 2 = 4 W total
Wireless Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211, 2×2, 802.11ax, Bluetooth® wireless card
Primary Battery 4 Cell, 54 Wh, integrated
Power 65 Watt Type-C Rugged Adapter (TCO Gen9 Compliance)

Price and Availability of the DELL INSPIRON 14 2-in-1 Notebook

The Ryzen 7 5700U-powered Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is now on sale for a starting price of $799.99 (£499, AU$1,598.99). My review unit costs $1049 (£849, AU$1,998.99) and has an i7-1225U processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an FHD touch screen. Windows 11 is available as a free upgrade from Windows 10, which is what mine originally came with.

Pros of the DELL INSPIRON 14 2-in-1

  • Successful productivity results
  • Respectable input devices
  • Elegant simplification
  • 720p HD Webcam

Cons of the DELL INSPIRON 14 2-in-1

  • Poor battery life
  • Mediocre screen
  • Absence of Thunderbolt 4

DESIGN AND FEATURES OF THE DELL INSPIRON 14 2-IN-1 REVIEWED

DESIGN AND FEATURES OF THE DELL INSPIRON 14 2-IN-1
Inspiron 14’s screen isn’t great. Though dim, the 14-inch Full HD touch panel has good color and video quality. I measured 200 Cd/m2, the minimum acceptable brightness.

Working outside on a bright day, it was barely discernible in the shade but unreadable in the sun. That’s disappointing given a 2-in-1’s tablet-like mobility.

The webcam above the display has a shutter. A switch covers the webcam with plastic. The screen bezel secures all of that. Educational and privacy-conscious consumers will appreciate this.

Dell Active Pen PN350M (not supplied) works with touch screen. It’s magnetized to the lid’s upper lip and can’t be lost.

The body is strong, and the screen can swivel into tablet mode with a sturdy hinge, suggesting it will resist drops and smashes. The keyboard’s flat, mushy feel and somewhat more give than I want are severe disadvantages. I pound the keyboard when I have an idea, and it bends a little.

I don’t expect a laptop keyboard to feel as solid as my mechanical keyboard, but the Inspiron 14’s more expensive relatives do. They don’t seem to budge when I’m composing poetry at high speed.

Mid-range laptops are adding fingerprint readers/standby buttons in the top right corner of the keyboard. It’s easier to restrict access, which is great for curious youngsters or nosy employees. press the button to put the gadget in standby mode, then press it again to log in.

The large, responsive touchpad clicks mechanically. Multi-touch motions include two-finger scrolling, three-finger choosing, and a wrist flick to reveal all open apps. However, it occasionally mistook wrist touches for finger clicks while my palm was on the touchpad’s edge.

Performance and battery life evaluation of the DELL INSPIRON 14 2-in-1

Performance And Battery Life Evaluation Of The DELL INSPIRON 14 2-In-1
The Ryzen 7 5700U powered my Inspiron 14. This CPU’s 8 cores usually run at 1.8 GHz but may turbo to 4.3 GHz. With 16GB of RAM, the machine performed well, albeit slower than its more powerful brothers.

PC Mark 10, which simulates office tasks including video conferences and spreadsheet calculations, tested the laptop. It scored 5323, slower than the Dell XPS 15, which scored 6030, but faster than the cheap Asus Aspire 5, which scored 4007.

I completed spreadsheets and rudimentary photo editing on the Inspiron 14. However, applying more intricate filters in Adobe Photoshop caused the machine to lag, and editing HD video in Premiere was a tiresome stop-and-go procedure as the system struggled to generate previews.

The Inspiron 14’s 3D Mark Time Spy score of 1182 showed poor gaming performance. Most 3D shooters were unusable due to Doom Eternal’s 10–25 fps at Full HD (1920–1080). Reducing the resolution to 640×480 gave me 50-60 fps, but this isn’t the 1990s.

I got 11.5 hours of battery life from the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 using PC Mark 10 Video. This demonstration shows the computer playing the video. That number plummets as you work or play. It can be used for a whole day of work or school.

CONCLUSION

The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 faces stiff competition from other devices. These days, you can acquire a powerful computer for under a grand. For its price, the Inspiron 14 offers respectable performance and construction.

It’s not a powerful gaming setup, and the low price comes at the expense of a responsive keyboard and a screen that can’t handle the high brightness settings required for playing games and watching movies.

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