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The Dell Inspiron 14 5000 laptop has an impressive, well-engineered design. It’s compact, rigid, and falls somewhere in the lower mid-range for laptops at its entry $479.99 pricepoint.

The question is, are you better off picking up a lower-cost laptop or Chromebook for what the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 offers? Find out below:

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Sleek Design

Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Laptop

Design-wise, it’s an impeccable device, starting at $479 on While it doesn’t have a high-end style like ASUS or Apple devices, the Inspiron 14 retains Dell’s brand aesthetics with a sleek silver look.

At this price, you will find many other Windows laptops made with plastic and low build quality. But, when it comes to the Inspiron 14, its magnesium-alloy chassis does a lot for its durability.

Additionally, the device isn’t heavy, weighing just 2.98 pounds and measuring 0.6 x 12.6 x 8.1 inches makes it a good option for people constantly on the go.

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720p Touchscreen Display in 2022

This feature is double-edged, the positive is its touchscreen.

The downside is that this laptop packs a 14″, 1366×768 720p display:

Worst still, it suffers from low brightness, with the display only reaching 195 nits when maxed out. Which is much lower than the recommended 300 nits.

The screen is an anti-glare display, which helps when watching movies, reading text, or browsing the internet.

And at $479 you are never going to get the perfect laptop, yet compromising on the display is always a big no-no.

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Performance – Multiple Variants

As of right now, there are three configuration options available for the Inspiron 14 5000 series, with the difference mainly being the processor.

  • The entry-level laptop features an 11th Gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB 5,400rpm HDD, and Intel Graphics HD 4400 integrated graphics.
  • After that, the brand advertises a mid-range laptop that comes with a Core i5 8GB of memory and a 1TB 5,400rpm HDD.
  • Thirdly, you can choose Dell Inspiron 14 5000 higher-end laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor and same as above storage and integrated graphics. 

If you go for the highest spec, the laptop costs $849.99. This is high, considering, you can pick up the much better Macbook Air for $999, which packs Apple’s new M1 CPU.

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Keyboard and Touchpad

Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Laptop

The Inspiron 14 5000 features a sleek keyboard with medium-sized keycaps and less spacing, making typing easy. It has good travel and clicks with precision and does not bottom out uncomfortably:

The touchpad has a comfortable surface with a good tactile feel. Since it is a Microsoft Precision touchpad, it supports Windows 10’s multitouch gestures.

As an added security, you will get Windows 10 Hello fingerprint reader. The laptop integrates a fingerprint sensor in the power button, which skips the need to remember your login pin.

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If looking for a budget Windows laptop, there are better options. For example the Acer Swift 1 SF114-34.

The performance on the Inspiron 14 5000 entry-level i3 CPU is fine for writing, surfing the web, etc., but with its screen everything is dull:

And when combined with its blocky, lower than HD resolution, the laptop is uninspiring. Worst still, it doesn’t feel like a $479.99 piece of tech.

(In all honesty, you would be better off buying a used old laptop that has a better screen for a fraction of that price).

Additionally, its 9-hours of battery life is considered low by many reviewers.


  • Decent productivity performance
  • Touchpad works reliably
  • Affordable


  • Dull and low-resolution display
  • No USB Type-C ports
  • Battery life

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