Conclusion: If you don't demand the best gaming rig, or even the lightest laptop, but you do want a solid value for a second or third PC or a student's system, the Dell Inspiron 14R is more than worth a look. It's not a glamorous prize, but it's an affordable way to catch up with Windows 8.
Pros: Terrific battery life, Aluminum finish, USB 3.0 ports
Cons: Somewhat bulky and heavy, Finicky touch screen and touch pad, Keyboard not backlit
Summary: Ho-hum. The $649 Dell Inspiron 14R certainly has the right amount of endurance we want in a touch-screen notebook. The nearly 9-hour battery life is sure to be a hit with mainstream users and students that regularly burn the midnight oil.
Dell New Inspiron 14R Special Edition 7420-V540442IN8
16 August 2012
Summary: The new Dell Inspiron 14R Special Edition has become a bit of a favorite in the test labs. Not only because of the power package, but also because it feels worth the money a consumer will pay for it. This pretty much goes to the top of our Laptop Top 10, undisputed.
Pros: Excellent performance, Premium build quality and finish, Battery life not bad for this much power, Can game quite a bit
Summary: Budget performance. Dell's affordable Inspiron family has always been popular with everyday users, but does this 2011 14-inch Inspiron have the bang for the buck needed to continue the lineup's appeal?
Pros: 2x USB 3.0, Intuitive port placement, Decent build quality and performance, WiMAX configuration option, Despite the plastic case, the corners and edges feel refined and stiff. The connectivity selection is also commendable with multiple USB 3.0 ports and intuitive port placement.
Cons: Colors only available with surcharge, System noise under moderate/heavy use, Fingerprint magnet, No easy HDD/CPU access, The ability to swap case lids may be an appealing idea in theory, but in practice the case quality seems to have suffered as a result. We would have gladly taken a stronger and...
Excerpt: The Dell Inspiron 14R hits many of the right notes on its way to finding the sweet spot between cheap netbooks and mainstream budget laptops. Its design and specs are sure to appeal to any budget shopper.
Pros: Pleasing, functional design, Big hard drive, Two USB 3.0 ports, Intel WiDi, HD Webcam
Cons: Middling performance in labs testing, Glossy display causes glare and reflections
Summary: The Dell Inspiron 14R proves that Intel's Pentium processor is still powerful enough for those who need a basic notebook for surfing the web, watching videos, and working on Excel or Word documents.
Excerpt: The Dell Inspiron 14R is a new 14-inch screen laptop from Dell that replaces the older Inspiron 14. The Inspiron 14R is a portable budget laptop that definitely fits the mold for a student laptop.
Excerpt: The folks over at Laptop Magazine got their hands on the new Dell Inspiron 14R and posted and in-depth review. Geared towards the back-to-school crowd, the Inspiron 14R has the components and the price to meet the needs of students and parents alike.
Summary: The $819 Dell Inspiron 14R is a good choice for students and other consumers looking for strong performance in an attractive, comfortable design. However, if you care about battery life you might want to either opt for a model with integrated graphics or get the nine-cell battery.
Summary: Introduction Dell has come out with its few limited edition models, among them Dell Inspiron 14R Special Edition has proved that it is a worth purchasing computing device in the series. It is much more powerful and also leads in terms of look-wise & performance.