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Dell Inspiron 5481 Review

Dell Inspiron 5481 Review
Written by Shehroz Butt

As far as low price and high performance are concerned, Dell Inspiron 5481 is a pendulum swinging between the two. Its low price surpasses most of its competitors. It comes with a comfortable keyboard, Intel Core i3 processor, 128 GB SSD, 4GB memory, a 720p resolution screen, and an excellent 2-in-1 design. Although this configuration cannot keep up with Lenovo Flex 14, yet in day-to-day computing, it does a good job. Moreover, its memory pair can be upgraded but would be more suitable to upgrade when you buy this model. An easily accessible keyboard is one of the main reasons why one would prefer this over a slate tablet or detachable. A convertible laptop is the Dell Inspiron i5481-3595GRY 2-in-1, otherwise called the Inspiron 14. Its price is lower than what one usually spends on a convertible notebook. Even with this price, it provides a lean feature. This model will suffice a person looking for an economical and affordable laptop easily carrying away on the daily commute—an 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8145U processor and a low-end CPU power. So, without slowing down, it can run YouTube videos and execute spreadsheets.

Furthermore, multiple tabs can be opened on Chrome without hiccups. But for graphics-intensive apps and gaming, its integrated Intel 620 graphics card, as the case of most of the convertibles, does not make it a preferable choice. This model also receives criticism for lacking a USB-C port and low-res display. In addition to this, the battery is also a disappointing aspect of this model.

Pros

  • Comfortable Keyboard
  • 2-in-1 Design
  • Reasonable Price

Cons

  • Lacks USB C Port
  • Low-Resolution Display
Suitable choice for those who are Searching for Something Cheap and Comfortable

Specifications:

Specifications of the Dell Inspiron 5481 are given the following:

Design:

Height

20.23 mm

Weight

1.74 Kg

Width

335.9 mm

Depth

232.8 mm

The 2-in-1 convertible hybrid design of this Dell model is inspired to ensure reliable performance. It has a screen that can be flipped around: Stand mode with the keyboard facing down; Tablet mode as a handheld and Tent mode with the hinge up. The touch screen is in the center and front in all three ways. This makes one watch videos smoothly. The system’s body, bottom lid, top lid, and keyboard deck are colored in dark grey, while a black bezel beneath the glass surface is its glossy screen. Moreover, Its measurement and weight fit into any laptop bag, but it is not as thin as the Lenovo Flex. This makes the latter more comfortable for more prolonged usage.

Connectivity is varied on it. Except for a USB-C port which you may find in entry-level systems, the keyboard consists of an HDMI port, a headphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and an SD card reader. It also does not have a LAN port. For wireless connections, it offers Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Display:

Screen Size

14 Inch

Screen Resolution

1366*786

Megapixels

1.05

Pixels Per Inch (PPI)

112

If we talk about display, its 14-inch screen with 1366*768 pixel of resolution is not harsh to the eyes. Dell has used the approach of tiny bezels so to pack larger display into a smaller case. This is to have a small case with a bigger screen without losing pixels and the display quality. Moreover, its touch screen is easy to use and responds well to swipes and taps. However, as far as image quality is concerned, Inspiron 5481’s 1080p resolution is not better enough. But if you look at the price of this model, it may content you for this sacrifice. If your only usage is streaming videos from Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu and having budget limits, then a 720p display is fine.

Performance:

Processor Core

8th Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7

Operating System

Windows 10 Pro

Standard Memory

4 GB

Flash Memory Capacity

128 GB SSD

Memory Card Reader

Yes

An 8th generation Intel Core i3-8145U processor and a low-end CPU designed for budget Chromebooks and notebooks power this model. It also comes with 4GB of RAM and 128 SSD storage. However, this combination of configurations is not better than that of the Lenovo Flex 14. Even with that, it does not come in trouble while performing day-to-day computing tasks. It is not a gaming laptop due to its Integrated Intel 620 graphics cards. It is suitable for casual games but not for modern titles.

Battery:

Number of Cells

3 Cells

Maximum Battery Run Time

7 Hours 30 Minutes

Battery runtime, along with low-resolution display is its disappointing aspects. Its battery life is a little shorter than daily use. Even with this battery timing, it would be nice to use it in the office, on the go, or over cross-country flights. Regarding performance, it can be said that it is a myriad of four flexible modes; tablet for drawing or writing, laptop for typing, and media or tent modes for easy entertainment.

Verdict:

Apart from its battery life and low-resolution display, the Dell Inspiron 5481 is a sweet deal as far as performance and price are concerned. Besides the screen, its combination of features is equal to what you may find on similar price PC’s.

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