Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 Review & Impression

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The end of last year, I was fortunate to receive the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 to review. Having reviewed several Dell laptops in the past, my impression of the 2-in-1 laptops from Dell have been impressive. With the new upgraded features plus the Dell Active Pen, this time let's see how my experience has been with the Inspiron 14 2-in-1.

From first impression, it was definitely bulkier than the XPS series which until today still holds strong as one of the convertible laptops I recommend. The build of the laptop was pretty solid with clear and wide 14-inch screen which was built with four flexible modes. You can use it as a laptop for typing, tablet for drawing or even writing with the included Silver Dell Active Pen, plus tent/media modes when you Netflix and chill. 

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Let's go into their design first with the narrow border, it gives an added screen space when watching movies plus the Full HD IPS Touch Display allows you to see your screen from a wide range of angles without compromising on the image quality. This can serve as a pro or con when you're in public and you don't want your screen to be exposed. The 2-in-1 has a good palm rest area, sufficient and comfortable when you're typing for a long period of time. 

Dimensions and Weight
1. Height: 19.95mm (0.79") | 2. Width: 328mm (12.91") | 3. Depth: 232.8mm (09.17") | Weight: 1.75Kg (3.87lbs)

Comes in platinum silver or urban grey, the overall design is sleek and fits in any environment. It also comes with a fingerprint reader at the power button which I've been getting used to. No longer typing passwords when you can access the laptop with your fingerprint. 

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The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is powered with 8th Gen Intel® Quad Core™ processors and up to 16GB DDR4 memory, you have ample power and storage for all your entertainment, projects and more. Plus, with the optional NVIDIA® technology, you can upgrade your graphics to take gaming and entertainment to the next level. Plus with storage options up to 1TB, 512GB SSD the Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 has sufficient storage to ensure smooth and speedy processors especially when you're using heavy software AI/PSD etc. 

Ports and Slots
1. SD card | 2. USB 2.0 | 3. Wedge-shaped lock slot | 4. Power | 5. USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C™ (DP/PowerDelivery) | 6. HDMI 1.4b | 7. USB 3.1 Gen 1 | 8. USB 3.1 Gen 1 | 9. Universal audio jack

Another plus point to the Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 is the The USB Type-C™ port enables single-cable docking, meaning you can plug into a variety of multifunctional configurations with one, easy  connection. Plug in multiple monitors, a keyboard, mouse and printer into a compatible dock for an easy home office setup, or unplug in a heartbeat to take your 2-in-1 on the go.

Having the Active Dell Pen this round did make the review enjoyable as it gave me much more flexibility in terms of design and content creation. The pen is pretty sensitive and accurate when used on the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 and if you're someone who is used to using a digital pen, the Dell Active Pen is a good option to consider.

Now for the parts I did not quite enjoy with the Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1. Although sleek, I find it quite heavy and not as convenient for me to bring out for my daily usage. Compared to the XPS 13, the weight was quite substantial and if you're looking for a portable laptop especially girls, you might want to check out the lighter options from Dell. Also, battery life was rather short as I find myself running out of juice quite frequently. 

Note: If you're like me and don't always shut down your laptop, please make sure you keep it in Hibernate mode and not Sleep mode because the battery still runs dry during Sleep mode. 

Lastly, this is one major factor for me which is the temperature. Personally I find that the Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 heats up pretty fast and you won't find it comfortable to use on your lap. Although yes, I know it's not advisable to use it on your lap but for a convertible laptop it does matter when I'm using it as a tablet or just to chill in bed.  

The Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 retails at RM4,258.99. For more information regarding other configurations, kindly visit Dell Malaysia Online