The Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series – regardless of the series – has been very consistent in offering above-average looks and features for what you pay for. There may be a frustrating point here and there, but there is usually another feature that sweetens the deal in another way.
For the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series Wi-Fi 802.11ac, the keyboard is backlit, and the fact that the laptop travels a little easier than you expect due to its price.
Inspiron 14 5000 comes in three configurations. Inspiron 14 5000 is not available in the UK or Australia, but 15,000 is available, which has the same overall design but a larger 15.6-inch display (optional touch), a numeric keypad, and settings that include discrete graphics and, in Australia, solid-state hybrid drives and Full HD IPS touch screen.
The 14 7000 Series is almost a step up in every way, but only over $ 1,000. If you can’t keep your budget down, the 14000 Series is a compromise that is not necessarily the same. Well, at least one is not enough.
Design and Features
Original laptops can be thick and heavy, but this is not the case here. It’s not necessarily the slimmest and lightest 14-inch laptop, but you have no problem putting it in your shoulder bag or backpack. It measures a total thickness of 0.9 inches (22 mm) with a width and depth of 13.5 by 9.7 inches (342×246 mm) and weighs 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg).
The Inspiron 14 5000 keyboard is leak-proof and backlit, and these features are even in the $ 550 input configuration. There’s a good amount of flexibility in the keyboard deck, so if that’s what really bothers you, you might want to hit Best Buy to type in a bit.
The keys felt a bit spongy, which may be due to anything that could leak resistance. Still, the typing experience is not bad: the keys move well so you do not feel like you are typing on a desk, and there are no weird places or unpleasant little keys.
The touch screen is large and supports multi-touch gestures up to four fingers, though you have to enable many of them. This is a good touchscreen, but if you want to type your hands on the palm rest, you need to increase your palm trace settings.
The laptop’s 14-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 1,366×768 pixels, which is still very common in mid-range models. Okay, everything is covered, but not too bright so working outdoors in daylight can be problematic and the colors and contrast are not great. In fact, you have a touch screen that is good for Windows 8.1, but not a particularly good screen.
The sound quality of the stereo speakers with the ability to shoot in front is suitable for occasional listening and their sound is amplified without distortion. However, you may want to connect some desktop speakers or suitable headphones.
Ports and connections are nothing ordinary. You get two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port. A full-size HDMI output; Cable local network; Headphone and microphone jack; And an SD memory card slot.
Wireless features include the newer 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which is strangely unavailable in the expensive 14 7000 series, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Inspiron 14 5000 does not have the great keyboard you’ll find on your expensive XPS line, but instead uses a smaller, shorter keyboard version that feels a bit cramped. The mechanism is correct, with good travel and a precise click, and can not be easily lowered. If you are a fast touch typist, you may not reach your maximum speed with this keyboard, but you will not be too far away.
The touch screen is just as convenient. This is a Microsoft Precision touchscreen, so it reliably supports Windows 10 multi-touch gestures, has a comfortable surface, and offers good tactile feedback. There is no touch screen here, which may or may not be important to you.
Windows 10 Hello is provided by the fingerprint reader, which is embedded in the unmarked power button.
Performance and battery life
The Inspiron 14 5000 series is currently offered in three configuration options, the main difference being the processor. The input model has an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4 GB of memory, a 500 GB hard drive at 5400 rpm and integrated Intel Graphics HD 4400 graphics. You can then step into Core i5 or Core i7 processors with 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive at 5,400 rpm.