A versatile ultrabook with a sleek silver design, the Dell Inspiron 14 5420 relies on 16GB of RAM as well as an Intel Core i5-1235U Alder Lake processor with 10 hybrid cores and Iris Xe graphics solution to deliver good performance in everyday use and under modest multimedia processing with the ability to run modest games. Featuring a 14-inch Full HD 16/10 display and a fast 512GB SSD storage that boosts its responsiveness, this thin and light designer-oriented laptop that runs on Windows 11 benefits from a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint reader but also connectivity with Wi-Fi ax and USB-C.
Performance, autonomy of this Dell Inspiron 14 5420
This Dell Inspiron 14 5420 may interest those who wish to equip themselves with a compact and elegant high-definition laptop intended for a versatile use on the go.
It’s built around a good amount of 16GB of RAM and a low-power Intel Alder Lake Core i5-1235U processor with 10 hybrid cores that unfold their full potential under multicore-enabled software.
This is the case, for example, with modest multimedia jobs that use RAM and multicore, such as video conversion and photo editing.
While this core delivers good overall performance for many users, those who want to do CPU- and/or graphics-intensive work often will be better off with a PC based on a non-low-power processor and/or an appropriate dedicated graphics card.
No dedicated graphics card is indeed on board. Nevertheless, thanks to the Intel Iris Xe solution housed within the Alder Lake-U Core i5, we can watch photos and videos but also play modest titles.
On the storage side, we find an SSD that rivals the standard hard drives in terms of capacity with its 512 GB while proving to be quieter, more energy-efficient, more resistant to shocks and much faster.
In practice, the SSD guarantees a much better fluidity and reactivity in everyday life than a simple hard disk. Thanks to the SSD, startup and shutdown are much faster, as well as processing and launching of software, and you can get to the online game maps much faster.
Of course, if you need more space, you can use an external storage device such as a USB-C/USB 3.0 device for fast transfers.
As for the autonomy, count on about 8 hours on battery in light use for this Ultrabook whose transport is facilitated by the lightness, the compactness and the thinness.
Characteristics of this Dell Inspiron 14 5420
|14” Full HD+ LED 45% NTSC 600:1 250cd/m² 16/10th ComfortView thin edges (1920×1200, anti-reflective)
|Intel Core i5-1235U Alder Lake (1.3 GHz, 2 P-cores/8 E-cores, TDP 15W)
|Installed RAM (max)
|16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 4800 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)
|Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor
|512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe x4)
|2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 1.4, SD/SDHC/SDXC
|Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX211), Bluetooth 5.2
|Yes, via fingerprint reader
|2 speakers (2 x 2W) Waves MaxxAudio Pro
|Windows 11 64 bit
|Announced autonomy / Battery
|8 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 54Whr (230gr)
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)
|1.55 Kg / 314 x 227.5 x 15.7-18.37mm
This Dell Inspiron 14 5420 versus the competition
This Dell Inspiron 14 5420 is currently on sale at Darty and Fnac. It is positioned in the good average of its category, it is one of the only ones to offer such a high amount of RAM with such a recent processor (Alder Lake).
Chassis, connectivity, screen of this Dell Inspiron 14 5420
With its thin and light aluminum Platinum Silver design, it has an elegant and discreet look.
This versatile laptop has good connectivity including 1 USB-C, Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi ax (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely without wires, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect to a TV for example, an audio port or 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) ensuring transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 peripherals.
As a fingerprint reader is integrated, you can authenticate by biometric recognition using Windows Hello technology.
The chiclet keyboard can be backlit, which is very practical to better distinguish them in low-light environments.
The screen is distinguished by its 16/10th format, which is more comfortable in height than the classic 16/9th. Although it is not IPS, its horizontal and vertical viewing angles are comfortable and its colorimetry is standard. The screen also lends itself very well to the display of High Definition content thanks to its Full HD definition and offers better visibility than a glossy slab in bright environments (eg: outdoor) thanks to its anti-reflective treatment.