Summary: A round bundle. A slim aluminum casing plus a Core i7 processor and Full HD screen equal a 14-inch laptop from Dell. The bundle is rounded off with very good battery runtimes. Has Dell created a strong device?
Pros: Decent application performance, High-contrast, Full HD, IPS screen, Attractive aluminum casing, Very good battery runtimes, The very good battery runtimes, the casing, and the Full HD screen.
Cons: No maintenance cover, A few more interfaces wouldn't hurt.
Summary: With a better screen and longer battery life, the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 would be a much stronger contender among 14-inch laptops. We like the attractive design, comfy keyboard and loud speakers, but you're simply not getting enough for your $749.
Summary: While the entry model is less of a bargain than it used to be and configurations are limited, the thin, aluminum-clad Dell Inspiron 14 7000 remains an attractive option for its looks, performance, and price.
Pros: The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 series provides very good performance and nearly 8 hours of battery life in an attractive, thin aluminum body. It's well-priced for what you're getting, particularly the highest-end configuration.
Cons: The $800 entry version does not have a full-HD screen and it will cost you $200 more to get a configuration that does. It has a lean port and connection assortment and older 802.11n Wi-Fi instead of 802.11ac.
Summary: Much thinner than its previous versions, the Inspiron 14 is a beautifully designed machine. Its silver chassis and chrome edges makes it look like it's a system that costs much more, and the system hums along at a very quiet pace without producing a trace of heat.
Pros: Design:, Thin and Light:, Silent/No Heat:, Performance:, Display:
Conclusion: Though it doesn't offer quite the battery life or as thin an aluminum enclosure, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch is the more well-rounded of the two 14-inch contenders. It remains our Editors' Choice and Top 100 Products of 2013 pick.
Conclusion: With its nice full-HD screen and slim, solid aluminum shell, Dell’s Inspiron 14 7000 Series looks much nicer than many laptops that cost more than its $849 starting price. It’s certainly a more premium-looking device than the similarly sized Lenovo U430 Touch.
Summary: For those in need of an inexpensive thin-and-light laptop for home or school (but not necessarily the thinnest or lightest), the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series is worth putting on your list despite its imperfections.
Pros: The Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series is a bit more attractive than your average mainstream laptop. It's just thin and light enough to make short trips to the coffee shop or around campus manageable.
Cons: Screen quality is overall disappointing. Configuration options are very limited. Though the keyboard itself is good, there might be too much flex for some.