Dell Inspiron 14 5000: Performance

October 1, 2014 by Diana Hwang Reads (73,864)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 7
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 5
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance

We reviewed the Inspiron 5447 model, a device that comes with 8 GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5-4210U processor running at 1.78Ghz., an Intel HD Graphics 4400 video card, and Windows 8.1. It also includes 1 TB of hard disk drive storage. This particular model lists for $699.99 on the Dell website. However, pricing ranges from $599.99 for an Intel Core i3 model all the way to $999.99 for an Intel Core i7 version.

An SSD or hybrid SSD model could potentially have made the computer lighter and slimmer. 

The device includes all of the expected components. The most disappointing issue was the wireless LAN card. It seemed weak and frequently lost connection when moved slightly away from a router. Meanwhile, our other gadgets managed to stay connected. 

Dell provides a number of apps including DropBox, Dell’s PocketCloud, Skype, McAfee LiveSafe, and Microsoft Office 30 day trials.

a full body of shot of the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series

a full body of shot of the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series

Our Dell Inspiron 5447 review unit included:

  • Intel Core i5-4210 CPU @ 1.70 Ghz.
  • 8GB 2 DIMM DDR3L 1600 Mhz. of RAM
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit operating system
  • Full Windows touch support with 10 touch points
  • 1TB 5400 rpm SATA hard disk drive
  • 14-inch HD LED backlit touch display with HD resolution of 1366 x 768
  • Intel Centrino Wireless-AC 3160 and Bluetooth support
  • 3 cell Li-ion (43WHr) battery
  • HD 720p Webcam
  • Dimensions: 13.5” x 9.7” x 0.9”
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs.
  • Ports: HDMI, two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, Security slot, Media Card (SD, SDHC, SD3.0, MS, MS Pro), 10/100 RJ-45 Ethernet network
  • Full-size spill-resistant backlit keyboard
  • MSRP: $699.99

Benchmarks

wPrime processor comparison results (listed in seconds – lower scores mean better performance):
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series wprime

 

 

 

PCMark 7 measures overall system performance in Windows 7 (higher scores mean better performance):
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series PCM 7

 

 

 

PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series PCM 8

 

 

PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for work-related productivity tasks (higher scores mean better performance):
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series PCM 8 O

 

 

3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series 3dm 11

 

 

 

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series CDM Benchmark

 

Heat and Noise

Surprisingly, the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series was pleasantly quiet. There was no whirring from the hard disk drive — it was as silent as if the device used a flash drive. In addition, it’s pretty comfortable to use the laptop, despite the exhaust coming out on the right side near where your wrist will likely stay. In fact, continuously running video for several hours didn’t cause excessive warming.

The air vents are on the bottom of the chassis. While this placement usually traps heat in, the vents do a fine job of dispersing it. However, the location could lead to dust getting into the device, depending upon the surface users rest their device on.

Battery Life

Dell was right to tout the unit’s long battery life. With a 3-cell Li-ion (43WHr) battery we could watch streaming videos, perform office productivity tasks, and surf the web for over 6.5 hours on full brightness. For the most part, it will provide a full day of work for casual users.

Powermark “Balanced” battery life test results (listed in minutes – higher scores mean better battery life):
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series powermark 


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  1. ISMAELFARIAS

    No one in their right mind should buy this machine, it is full bugs that the dell support cannot solve. In 5 months of ownership I have spent hours on support, the Wi-Fi died, the machine gets stuck in sleep mode, the display randomly crashes, and the Hard Drive has been replaced. I am having a TERRIBLE experience and I DO NOT recommend this product.