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Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 (7420) review

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is a sturdy mainstream convertible laptop with decent performance, aimed at students and budget-conscious users.

The newest 2-in-1 laptop from Dell is the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 , and it is very stunning and svelte. There are many countries, including the UK and Australia, where the starting price is $849.99 (£699 / AU$1,278). The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 looks good just by glancing at it, and the machine’s sleek aluminum chassis translates into a respectably light one.

It’s a little heavier than one might anticipate for a 2-in-1, but it also feels much more durable while yet being portable. The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 occupies a unique position in the company’s notebook portfolio. The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 borrows a few features from higher-end laptops, including a metal lid, fingerprint reader, surprisingly good speakers, and a sharp touchscreen that flips into tablet mode.

Normally, however, Dell reserves the Inspiron lineup for its cheapest and clunkiest consumer-grade computers. But a closer look reveals where the compromises lie. The dual design of the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 7420 enables you to use it as a touchscreen laptop or as a conventional laptop, which is ideal if you occasionally prefer to be more hands-on. It also contains a fingerprint reader, a 14-inch Full-HD display, and other features.

Design

Similar to the previous generation, the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 offers a neutral silver colour palette. The Inspiron has a slightly upscale appearance thanks to the polished circular branding from Dell that occupies the middle of the chassis. The laptop’s generally elegant form is greatly reduced by its 360-degree hinges, which have cutouts and are visible.

When you open the Inspiron, the grey keyboard caps complement the silver colour scheme of the laptop, and the backlight behind it adds to the overall luxury appearance (while also helping you type in the dark). Below the keyboard, the touchpad and palm rest are covered in edge-to-edge mylar material. Its smooth surface is comfortable to rest against and maintains the area where your hands are kept cool to the touch.

An HDMI 1.4 port, two USB 3.2 Type-C ports with power delivery and DisplayPort capability (but not Thunderbolt 4), and a battery-life indicator LED are all located on the left side of the Dell Inspiron 14. An SD card reader, a USB 3.2 Type-A port, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack are located on the right side.

The Inspiron 14 includes a wide variety of ports, despite the fact that many thin Ultrabook’s eliminate ports in favour of a thinner form factor. But if you need to connect to more than one USB-A port or add a second USB-C port while the device is charging, you might need to pick up a dongle of some kind.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard on the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is roomy and expansive, and the keycaps are big. The keystrokes bottom out with a loud click on the switches’ very light action. But given that they lack the accuracy of a Dell XPS or HP Specter keyboard, they might be just a little bit too light. The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 has a very beautiful keyboard from Dell. The keys don’t have a lot of travel and maintain a low profile, but they depress with a pleasing bang and we didn’t notice any squishiness or wobbling that you could see in cheaper keyboards.

They also support two levels of backlighting and produce hardly any noise. The trackpad is more of a problem, especially for people who favor clicking down rather than tapping. About halfway up the trackpad, the click mechanism starts to get quite stiff, and before you can click all the way down, it wobbles a little bit beneath your finger. The touchpad has a bit more friction than what you’d find on higher-end laptops even though its surface is very smooth.

Display

With a 16:9 panel and much subpar colours and brightness, the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 from the previous generation received a failing grade for its display. Unfortunately, despite Dell’s upgrade to a 16:10 version of the Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) display, everything else stayed very much the same (or worse). It was negatively reminded of that display while it utilized the most recent review unit.

At only 63% and 48%, respectively, the colours weren’t even close to the intermediate and better average of 95% of sRGB and 75% of AdobeRGB. Moreover, with a DeltaE of 3.35, colour accuracy was subpar (1.0 or less is considered excellent). The brightness was just 288 nits, less than our ideal 300 nits, but the contrast was above average at 1,330:1, beating our criterion of 1,000:1.

Although the laptops in our study are all more expensive, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 and Apple MacBook Air M1 are comparable in price and offer significantly superior displays. Given that IPS displays have typically improved, this terrible display on a laptop costing more than $1,000 is especially bad. And this time, it’s more worse because the prior generation was quicker and more durable.

Sound Quality

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1’s 720p webcam is average, like the majority of Windows laptops. In well-lighted spaces, it’s adequate for videoconferencing, but in dimly lit spaces, it produces fuzzy video. Another issue is the poor quality of the microphone, which produces vocals that sound thin. The privacy shutter on the camera is a wonderful addition that is generally available on higher-end laptops. Although facial recognition is not supported, the keyboard’s power button has a fingerprint scanner integrated into it.

The Inspiron 14 2-in-1’s speakers deliver some of the loudest and punchiest sounds you’ll hear from a Windows laptop, which is another pleasant surprise. You won’t have to strain your ears to hear what’s going on while watching films or listening to conference calls, despite the fact that the sound does somewhat distort at maximum volume.

Performance

The performance of the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is quite good considering its specifications. In benchmark tests it is able to keep up with other comparable 2-in-1 computers that cost much more. It can run games such as Sid Meyer’s Civilization VI and maintain a steady frame rate of at least 30 FPS at both high and low settings, as well as handle various tasks such as video and voice calls, documents, video streaming and more without breaking a sweat. It is an ideal notebook for those who want to work and play.

The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 bigger touchscreen really shines when the device is switched to tablet mode. The responsiveness of the touch controls complements practically any application or game that supports touch in the first place, making them a fully functional substitute for the keyboard. Here, the HD screen truly shines as well because it shows colours vividly, which is very helpful for any games or projects that demand that kind of clarity. It’s unfortunate that a pen isn’t included because we think it would be a wonderful addition and would improve it as a work tool.

It runs at a consistent 30 FPS, has a fantastic webcam, and is 1080p HD. Many laptops in its price range lack one entirely or have one with a poor resolution (720p) that is not adequate for professional or academic purposes. However, the Dell Inspiron 14’s display is almost as clear as its standard panel, and it also produces stunning images. The sound quality is also nice and clear, which is a plus for online meetings at work so that everyone can hear everything, as well as for any games or movies that need strong sound to give the audience an immersive experience.

Battery Life

It can be hard to estimate a laptop’s battery life. While the absolute numbers are straightforward and show how long a laptop lasts in comparison to its rivals, pinpointing the specific elements that contributed to its lifespan can be challenging. This is especially true for laptops with brand-new CPUs that are designed to be more effective. It’s challenging to pinpoint a single component as the root of exceptionally good or really bad battery life because there are several variables at play.

An illustration of this is the Inspiron 14 2-in-1. Even with the Full HD+ display’s reduced resolution, its 54 watt-hour battery capacity isn’t much for a 14-inch laptop. The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga Gen 7 with a Core i7-1260p only has 57 watt-hours, which isn’t much more than the Inspiron, but our test model had a low-power Full HD+ display. Even though the Inspiron is said to have a more efficient CPU, the results of our battery life tests show that it performed below average on two of our tests and significantly lagged behind both laptops on the other.

The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 only managed 6.75 hours on our web browsing test, which cycles through a number of well-known and complicated websites, which is a few hours less than we prefer to see. In our video test, which repeats a local Full HD Avengers trailer, it reached 10 hours, which is around 90 minutes less than usual. Last but not least, the Inspiron only lasted 8.75 hours on the PCMark 10 Applications battery test, which is the best measure of productivity battery life.

Price and Availability

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 has a starting price of $849.99 (£699 / AU$1,278) but can cost as much as $1,049.99 in the US with further memory and CPU upgrades. Particularly at its frequently discounted price of $800, this Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 gives a lot to admire. It is a reliable laptop with good performance, a touchscreen that can be folded back, loud speakers, and a handy fingerprint reader. However, the compromises you’ll have to make in order to get that reduced price, most notably the dull display and stiff trackpad, may prevent you from truly appreciating it.

With the option to extend the SSD capacity to 1 TB, the price in the UK might reach £945. Australia’s highest configuration costs $1,699 and comes with an extra 512 GB of storage in addition to Windows 11 Home Pro rather than the regular edition. The laptop is equally available in those three regions, with the exception of price and upgrade option variations.

Final Words

The Dell Inspiron 14 Inspiron 14 2-in-1 (7420) is a laptop that is well worth purchasing if you’re a professional, student, or casual user looking for a high-powered, small-in-size notebook with a brilliant screen capable of running multiple tasks quickly.

It also makes a great travel companion because of its portable design and long battery life. It is also a great option for individuals looking for a long-lasting, high-end laptop at a very competitive price point that won’t become outdated in a few years due to its sturdy build quality, upgradeable features, top-tier networking, and fast-charging battery.

John Brister
John Brister is a writer for the Bollyinside, where he primarily focuses on providing coverage of reviews, news, and bargains. He is the one that is in charge of writing about all of the monitors, webcams, and gaming headsets that are deserving of your attention. On the other hand, his byline appears on postings about virtual reality (VR), computers, televisions (TVs), battery packs, and many other topics.
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The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is quite good considering its specifications. In benchmark tests, it can keep up with other comparable 2-in-1 computers that cost much more.Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 (7420) review