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.
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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
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):
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.
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.