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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Inspiron 14 5401 Argent to surf the Internet?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this Inspiron 14 5401 Argent. This Inspiron 14 5401 Argent is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. The material used by Dell are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 14 inches size. The processor at the heart of this laptop, a Core i3-1005G1, is a rational choice. Dell basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. Moreover, because of this processor, you can be sure that you have a tool that allows you to navigate the Internet correctly. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it Inspiron 14 5401 Argent is a fair one. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Inspiron 14 5401 Argent, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 256 Gb, Dell considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 6 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. This laptop is in the middle of the range for its autonomy. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
The Inspiron 14 5401 Argent- the right model for streaming and videos ?
Dell has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. This Inspiron 14 5401 Argent is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1920×1080. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.4 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
For the sound part, the Inspiron 14 5401 Argent is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
This Inspiron 14 5401 Argent, equipped with a processor Core i3-1005G1, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. A mid-range element with the latest components (chipsets) ensuring better compatibility with your peripherals. You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
On the application side, Dell chose to let you do it. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 on which you can install the software you need. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD G1, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Dell. Indeed, it Inspiron 14 5401 Argent has only ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. Dell promises 6 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
Inspiron 14 5401 Argent the right choice for travelling connected ?
Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in Dell the design of this Inspiron 14 5401 Argent. We tested several functions depending on their intended use : for holidays, weekends, or continuously on public transport for work. The bottom line is this : What makes this one of the best laptops to carry is the balance between weight, size and the set of components chosen by Dell.
Its weight of 1.4 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. The 14 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
No backlit keyboard on this Inspiron 14 5401 Argent. Not really necessary.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
By equipping this model with a processorCore i3-1005G1, the manufacturer is on a par with most of its competitors; it is in the average range and it allows a contained power consumption.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. This is an estimate for average current use; you can consider that the actual range will be around 75%.
An autonomy of 6 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Dell was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Its 14 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.
The Inspiron 14 5401 Argent- the right model for audio or video editing ?
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. With this Inspiron 14 5401 Argent, you can be sure you have the right machine. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Dell has designed an interesting product. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
Generally speaking, for occasional use, the choice of processor Core i3-1005G1 makes it possible. With its 4 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
The designers of Dell have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The Inspiron 14 5401 Argent has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
In terms of autonomy,the Dellkept it simple. For 6 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. That’s pretty much what the other laptops do.
For the connector part, the Inspiron 14 5401 Argenthas the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
It Inspiron 14 5401 Argent is consequently well designed for this type of use. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
The Inspiron 14 5401 Argent for online or local games.
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. With this Inspiron 14 5401 Argent, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Our tests have shown that for Dell this computer is not intended for playing video games. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.256 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
A better access to wifi on this Inspiron 14 5401 Argent that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.4 Kg.
Please note that with an autonomy of 6 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
In the end, we do not recommend this Inspiron 14 5401 Argent for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
Inspiron 14 5401 Argent the right choice for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, Inspiron 14 5401 Argent it’s still a good product. Here are the main reasons.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It’s not Inspiron 14 5401 Argent equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model, with its 1.4 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Dell chose the matt tile option for this Inspiron 14 5401 Argent that does not reflect light. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 256 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Inspiron 14 5401 Argentcan be quickly filled.
In short, the Inspiron 14 5401 Argent is an average choice. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
The Inspiron 14 5401 Argent in conclusion
This Inspiron 14 5401 Argent will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– travel use
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing