Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 2-in-1
4.3Overall Score
Name: Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 2-in-1 Price (RRP): $959-1529 Manufacturer: Dell

The Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 series is a 2-in-1 (commonly called a 360° hinge) laptop aimed at consumers and the SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) market.

While all the 5000 series are focused on value, the Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 series is a 2-in-1 (model 5482 website here) has everything you could ask for. A great 14” Cinema Colour touchscreen, Cinema Sound, USB-C (including DP and Power Delivery), 8th generation Intel Core i7 (or i3 or i5), plenty of ports and more for a mere $1,529 (or less) including freight.

We recently reviewed the new Intel 8th generation Core i5 in a 15.6” Dell 5000 (review here) and frankly the difference is like chalk and cheese (the 14″ is the cheese) despite the 5000 family moniker. 

Review: Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 2-in-1

The base review unit specifications include

Model Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 2-in-1 (model 5482)
Screen 14” FHD (1920 x 1080) 157.35ppi, IPS LED-Backlit Touch Display,  Pen-Enabled
Processor 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U Processor (up to 4.6GHz)
Option i3-8145U up to 3.9 GHz or i5-8265U up to 3.9GHz
Graphics Intel UHD graphics 620 with shared graphics/system memory As tested, it also has an NVIDIA GeForce MX130 2GB GDDR5
RAM 8GB DDR4 2666MHz
Option: Intel Optane 16GB with SATA/600 1/2TB 5400 drive
Hard disk 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
128GB on i3.
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi AC, dual-band, 2×2 MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 42WHr and 19.5V/3.34A (65W) charger
To use USB-C power delivery you will need a 65W charger (5-19V and 3A)
OS Windows 10
Price i7 $1,529 inc delivery
i3 $959
i5 $1,274-$1398.99
Product website here in Urban Grey

But to describe the 5000 series in a table above is a bit constraining. The 5000 series includes a 13” and 14” 2-in-1, 15” and 17” Intel laptops, and 15” AMD laptops. All focus on great value.

The first impression

Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 2-in-1 is a stylish Urban Grey, metal finish with a decent sizefront palm rest and oversized touchpad. While the case looks like metal, it is injection moulded plastic to keepcosts in check.

Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 2-in-1

For the price, it is lovely svelte 360° hinge design laptop at 328 x 232.8 x 19.95 mm and 1.75kg.

Setup

It is a typical Windows 10 setup. You can read more about that in the Dell Inspiron 27” All-in-one review here.

Be prepared to download more than 4GB of updates (mainly Windows) and invest a couple of hours in getting it up to date. Dell provides a Support/Assist app that handles hardware updates and can run a series of tests to see if it is in peak condition.

The Screen

It is a 14” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LED screen. Unlike its 15.6” big brother (from another mother we suspect) it has a more reflective surface (to help punch out colours) and Cinema Colour adjustments for movies, evening (low blue light), sports and animation. Our preliminary tests showed an impressive 300 nits and 1200:1 contrast.

Colours default to saturated but can be tuned via Windows profiles. Our tests showed 90% sRGB (office colours) and 60% Adobe RGB. It is not for photo editors, but it is pleasing for office and casual movie use.

There was no annoying backlit bleed from the bottom bezel. It is quite good for off-angle viewing as you would expect of a 360° hinged device.

Gaming response is slow – 40ms black to white and 30ms grey to grey.

Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 2-in-1

Screen summary: A far better screen than the 15.6” big brother and perfect for a 360° screen device. You would have to spend a lot more to get a DCI-P3 colour gamut screen. For example, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 has 450 nits, 1700:1 contrast and better DeltaE colours but it is two to three times the cost.

Keyboard, trackpad and Pen

A full-sized keyboard. Keys are 16 x 16mm and well-spaced. The throw is a little less at 1mm and 40g actuation, so it will slow typists down. It is pretty good, and the slightly roughened keytops give a good tactile feedback. It is three stage backlit.