Dell Inspiron 14 5480 Laptop Review

Introduction

Dell recently launched the new thin and light laptop with the latest 8th Gen processor, compact form factor, and other value-added features. The Dell Inspiron 14 5480 is one of the laptops from the series, which aims to offer a huge value for money proposition.

Specifications
8th Generation Intel Core i5-8265U Processor

Windows 10 Home Plus Single Language

8GB, 2x4GB, DDR4, 2400MHz

Intel UHD Graphics 620 with shared graphics memory

1TB 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA Hard Drive

14.0-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare LED

42WHr, 3-Cell Battery (Integrated)

802.11ac 1×1 WiFi and Bluetooth

Design

The Dell Inspiron 14 5480 is available in Burgundy Blaze and Platinum Silver colors, and I am testing the Burgundy Blaze variant, which does stand out compared to other laptops at this price range. This is my first experience with a laptop that comes with Burgundy color, and it does look premium and professional from the design perspective. The laptop has a thin and light form factor and weights at 1.48 KG, making it one of the lightest laptops with a 14-inch display. It is very easy to carry the Dell Inspiron 14 5480 notebook in a standard handbag or a backpack, especially for students and those who travel a lot. The outer casing of the laptop is made using aluminium, and the remaining part of the notebook uses high-quality polycarbonate, which makes the notebook a sturdy yet a lightweight machine.

Display, Battery Life, Loudspeaker, Audio Quality

The Dell Inspiron 14 5480’s display design is inspired by the Dell XPS laptop, which was one of the first notebooks to offer a bezel-less display on a laptop with a higher screen-to-body ratio. The laptop comes with a 14.0-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare LED Backlight Non-touch Narrow Border IPS Display, which is a 1080p A1 grade LED panel. The display reproduces crisp colors, and definitely one of the brightest screens that I have tested in the recent past. Thanks to narrow bezel-design (not as narrow as the Dell XPS), the Dell Inspiron 14 5480 has a form factor of a 13-inch notebook with a 14-inch screen. The laptop comes with a proprietary Dell CinemaColor software, which can be used to change the color temperature and the saturation of the display depending on the type of activity (Watching a movie, sport, or an animation). There is an option to tone down the blue-color light emitting from the screen as well. This will be a great machine, for those who watch a lot of movies, videos on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos. I thoroughly enjoyed watching videos and movies on the Inspiron 14.

There are two bottom-firing speakers, powered by MaxxAudioPro, which helped me to tinker around the sound a bit. The sound coming out from the laptop is average, and it is slightly lower than my liking. However, this issue can be fixed with a headphone or a Bluetooth speaker. I connected a couple of Bluetooth speakers, wired and wireless earphones, and the MaxxAudioPro does prompt me to choose the type of audio peripheral to offer the best sound output.

The laptop ships with a 42WHr battery with a 65W power adapter, which can charge the battery from 0 to 100% in less than two hours. I did not notice any sort of heating while charging, and the laptop does get a bit warm with continues usage. In my fair usage period, the battery latest around 4 to 5 hours (average) with continues web browsing, listening to music and streaming web shows. The laptop can easily last a complete working day (8 hours) on a single charge.

Camera

The Dell Inspiron 14 5480 has an HD camera on the top bezel, which will be enough for standard video conferences. The camera does not support Windows Hello Face Unlock, which is a bit of a disappointment. I did make some Skype video calls at the time of reviewing, and the person at the other side was able to see my face properly.

Alternatives, Pros and Cons, Verdict

Overall, the Dell Inspiron 14 5480 is a great light-weight notebook, which just needs some fixing. Here are the things that should have been improved on the laptop.

LED Backlit keypad

SSD storage for OS

Dedicated GPU (at least 2 GB)

The Dell Inspiron 14 5840 is a laptop for those who are looking for punching numbers on Microsoft Excel. The Inspiron 14 5480 is also an excellent device for students, as it is effortless to carry, thanks to the lightweight design. For those professionals, who are looking for a laptop with high GPU computations tasks should stay away from the Inspiron 14 5480. This is a light-weight laptop, offering the best battery life, running a full version of 64-bit Windows 10 operating system. To conclude, the Dell Inspiron 14 5480 is Easy on your back, and your wallet, and definitely one of the best value for money notebook available in the country with a compact and light design.

 

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