Sleek and stylish, the brushed metal finish on Dell Inspiron 14 5000 is certainly classy and it would likely also be the first thing you notice about this affordable notebook with gaming potential.
Gaming potential you say? Well yes, more on that later.
A quick overview of the specs, the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 is powered by a 5th Generation IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ i5-5200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz) and runs on Windows 8.1
It has 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for storage, a 14.0-inch HD (1366 x 768) Truelife LED-Backlit Display, it doesn’t have an optical drive but it has an AMD Radeonâ„¢ R7 M265 2GB DDR3 that’s pretty decent for gaming purpose.
The full-sized keyboard is comfortable to the touch and the track pad is reasonable huge, the power button is placed on the upper right corner. I’m just glad they didn’t place the power button within the keyboard’s real estate.
On the left is a USB 2.0 port, a card reader and the power port.
On the right are the audio connector, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x LAN (RJ45) port and a HDMI output port.
From the bottom view you’ll see that the notebook has only 2 rubber feet but these rubber feet stretches from side to side, giving it plenty of grip. The exhaust is also placed at the bottom.
The Inspiron 14 5000 was designed such that the contour from body to lid is seamless, that explains why the ventilation is placed at the bottom. There’s no room on either side either.
Here are the details for the CPU and GPU of the Dell Inspiron 14 5000
User Experience / Benchmarks
The notebook works great as a budget computer that serves both work and play. With my usual 10bit to 8bit video conversion test, the processor
|Intel Core i5-5200U||530 seconds|
|LIVA with Celeron N2807||717 seconds|
|Intel Pentium G3258||489 seconds|
|Intel Core i3-4130||313 seconds|
It’s sufficiently fast for most computing usage so the Inspiron 14 5000 has this part covered.
As for graphics performance I tested it with Unigine Heaven 4.0 at 720p with no AA, no tessellation and low details and it was………..
|Asus R7 M265||33.6|
|Asus R7 250||79.0|
|A10-7850K (R7 2400mhz RAM)||56.1|
|HD 7750 1GB DDR5||89.5|
So it is somewhat capable of gaming. It’ll work fine with games like DoTA2 and League of Legends but for heavier stuff like Battlefield 4, you could still get away with it but the framerates will be bad when the scene gets complex.
The Inspiron 14 5000 draws around 60w when I ran the benchmark above, while the power draw isn’t a concern the noise generated from the cooling system is, of which it’s rather disturbing once either the processor or graphic system goes on load.
This just means that it will be silent for general purpose but noisy when gaming. The Inspiron 14 5000 is sufficiently loud when it comes to audio output but don’t expert impressive sound system from it. By now you would’ve realize that the notebook is sufficient in every area but not spectacular.
Moving on, here’s the battery life test based on PC Mark 8. For general usage I reckon the available use time is around 8 hours.
Touchscreen is a nice add-on to the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 but the design of the screen doesn’t seem to be touchscreen friendly. Ever since the dawn of touchscreen notebooks it has always been that touchscreen notebooks are often with bezels that are on same level with the screen, meaning that it’s totally flat. The Inspiron 14 5000 on the other hand has a screen that’s covered by the bezel, meaning that the bezel and the screen are of different height which is a setup commonly used on non-touchscreen notebooks.
The Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Notebook retails from RM 2,099 for a unit running Linux operating system. The one in this review retails at RM 2,299. Details available at Dell Malaysia website. The RM 2,899 variant comes with Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB storage space (that’s twice the RAM and storage on the review model) and a slightly better graphic system.
All models come with 2 Year ProSupport: Next Business Day Onsite Service.
I think it’s a great notebook if you’re looking for something that’s a little over RM 2,000 but if you’re thinking of going for the higher-spec model by forking out RM 2,899 then I suggest you think twice because there are better notebooks out there at slightly above RM 3,000.