Dell Inspiron 13 (i5379-5043GRY-PUS) Laptop Review

     
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For years, things called laptops are not mere laptops anymore. Many of them are in fact convertible models, where two devices – notebook and tablet – are made into one. This is achievable with a screen that turns 360 degrees; a revolutionary feature made available in large scale a few years back. Dell, being one of the biggest manufacturers of electronics, jumped on this bandwagon long time ago. Here is one of their newest convertibles, the Inspiron 13 5000 (exactly, the model number i5379-5043GRY-PUS).

First, A Few Words About Performance

It’s not unreasonable to call this Inspiron a fast laptop. A big part of this is brought by the processor, Intel Core i5-8250U. You might notice from the model name it’s 8th generation processor, the latest one, released in the Autumn of 2017. They are, of course, claimed to be faster than predecessors; this claim is not without base since the i5-8250U gets a high ~7700 points in CPU Mark benchmark. Furthermore, it’s a quad-core model unlike the older low voltage chips, bringing more on the multitasking table. Clock speed stands at a lowish 1.6GHz, however turbo boost takes it momentarily to 3.4GHz.

Too bad the storage drive is not exactly on par with the processor. There is a “cheap-o” 1TB 5400RPM hard drive installed, solid-state drive nowhere to be found. Often, these 2-in-1 notebooks sport SSD but since this one doesn’t, you’re left with poorer performance of HDD. The bright side is the huge storage it brings. In fact, there would also be place for an additional 2.5″ SATA SSD (but no M.2), so you can upgrade if you want to.

It comes with a single stick of memory, a 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 one. The mainboard hosts a free slot, so you can quickly upgrade to 16GB by adding another eight gigabyte stick.

Display For Many Uses

By size, this Dell is an ultrabook. The display’s diagonal stands at a compact 13.3 inches. Thankfully, they don’t use much of lower resolutions anymore; indeed, this screen supports Full HD for enhanced image crispness. It’s advertised as IPS panel, although viewing angles seem to be 160 degrees from side to side and from top to bottom – not bad, but some panels get 178-180 degrees. Refresh rate is standard 60hz. The touch screen will flip a full 360 degrees to tablet mode. Bear in mind it does work not with Stylus pen nor does it have support for one.

This is not a computer for gaming. Graphics are not commanded by a dedicated engine, but the processor-integrated Intel UHD 620. Despite of being a new processor, the graphics chip in it is still not powerful; thus it’s good only for games not requiring much from the system. Those include, for example, CS: Go and perhaps GTA 5 on low settings.

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Some Ports and Connectors

As someone said in the user reviews, the ports in this Dell Inspiron are pretty basic. I wholeheartedly agree, although basic does not necessarily mean bad – it just means all the essentials are covered. USB ports are three, two being USB 3.1 and one USB 2.0. Missing is USB-C, although it does not hurt at all yet – perhaps only in the future. In addition to the USBs, one HDMI 1.4b output is provided. This will make the connection of external monitor possible.

The computer has a wireless module, a dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz adapter with 802.11ac standard. It also works with Bluetooth devices (like, a mobile phone can be hooked up). RJ-45 port is nonexistent as it usually is in today’s notebook models.

The SD card slot provides a way to move data back and forth locally – for example, from your digital camera. The exclusion of DVD burner is understandable, who needs that kind of big medium anymore.

Battery Life Should Be Great

Consider this laptop has 3-cell 42Whr battery which, by the looks of those specs, does not seem very long-lasting. But also consider the new, energy-efficient Intel processor in this notebook. I’ll estimate the battery will last around a full day (more or less 8 hours) especially if you keep brightness at bay. This is the battery life seen in many other 2-in-1 laptops.

On this model, the keyboard is backlit with a single color.

Pros:
The latest processor - This one has 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, surely enough to propel the computer to snappy and uninterrupted performance.

Bang for your buck - It's fast, has a nice diplay, and is good for laptop and tablet. Despite all that, the cost is rather pleasant.

Cons:
No SSD - Sadly, there is no solid-state drive in this laptop. You must do with the included hard drive - unless you're willing to upgrade to SSD by yourself, that is.

Dell Inspiron 13 (i5379-5043GRY-PUS) is a convertible model of high quality and performance. Despite the rather tolerable price, you will find this one equipped with bleeding edge technology processor and plenty of RAM – although storage drive situation would be better if you upgraded to SSD yourself. The display has been thanked for clarity and high resolution; and by turning it you have both laptop and tablet in one package. Indeed, if you don’t mind the missing USB-C port and SSD, this Dell will only prove useful for you. If you don’t believe my recommendation, check out the link below for reviews from people who bought this Dell and make up your mind.

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