As a preamble to this test
Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Dell Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
To make the choice easier, we have judged this Dell Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) according to what you are going to do with it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) adapted to surf the internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. An inexpensive computer such as Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) may seem to be the solution. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Dell; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 14 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. With a processor Core i7-1065G7, Dell offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. The amount of RAM provided is 16 Gb. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
The 500 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 6 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. It is in the average range of what is done with today’s battery technology. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
Is Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) one for watching movies and listening to music ?
Dell presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1920×1080. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.5 kilogram.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ). Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
On the sound side, it Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Core i7-1065G7, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not Dell installed by default. The operating system and that’s it. This is a Windows 10 that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
With Intel Iris Plus G7, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 16 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
For connectivity, you will have 3 ports. In the norm compared to most other computers in the competition.Just what you need to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. 6 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see.
Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) the right choice for travelling connected ?
The main interest of the laptop, is how easy it can be taken away. We therefore analysed this Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) from the point of view of nomadic use. Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or should this use be confined to going from the living room to your kitchen.
A priori, for holidays and home-to-work travel, it is one of the best of the moment.
With a weight of 1.5 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 14 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
CPU Core i7-1065G7 power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Note that like all manufacturers, Dell is optimistic about the autonomy of this Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ). This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 6 hours before the breakdown.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 500 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Equipped with a compact 14 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
This Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) allows external elements to be associated via 3 connectors. This is roughly equivalent to what the competition is offering.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Dell clearly provides with this Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) a very good choice for the trip.
The Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ)- the right model for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. With this Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ), you can be sure you have the right machine. Since the last generation designed by Dell, there have been many improvements on the components. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Core i7-1065G7 that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 500 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Dell made the choice to put only one SSD. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 500 Gb. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
For the autonomy part, Dell proposes last generation batteries. The available battery life is of 6 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
On the connection side, the Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ)i s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
It Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) is consequently well designed for this type of use. Perfectly designed for audio video use. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) for video games?
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Our tests have shown that yhis Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) wasn’t designed for video games. Clearly, Dell has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
With its 500 Gb of space, this Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) is on a level playing field with its competitors. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
For Wi-Fi technology, Dell decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.5 Kg.
By offering 6 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
The Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) for office automation.
Not really designed for office use, Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) it’s still a good product. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Dell has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It is equipped with Windows 10.
It’s not Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. An almost featherweight of 1.5 Kg.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ). Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. About 500 Gb, more than enough for office use.
So, in summary, it appears that it Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
Finally, the Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ)….
This Inspiron 14 5400 (6P2NJ) will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
In summary, we advise this model for :
– travel use
– making audio and video editing