New: Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 quick review (i5379 5043GRY PUS, 5893GRY PUS)

Overall rating
PROS:
  • 8th Generation intel core i5 processor
  • IPS display with great viewing angles
  • Nice backlit keyboard
  • Infra red camera
CONS:
  • Huges bezels
  • A bit heavy for its size
  • Gets hot when using resource-intensive applications

Packing Intel’s freshly baked eighth-generation processors, the Dell Inspiron 13 5379 is a new mid-range 2 in 1 laptop that has plenty of power to replace your desktop, yet still manages a slim design to be your mobile companion.

Design and Features

Just like the previous generation, Dell kept the design on the Inspiron 13 5000 sleek and professional. The dark gray exterior finish is matched with a smooth matte black inside surrounding the screen, and although the chassis is all plastic, it’s built solidly and has no flex,  and thanks to the matte finish, the laptop does not attract finger prints. As most 2 in 1 laptops, the Inspiron has a 360-degree hinge that lets switch between laptop, tablet, and tent modes. However, it’s very unlikely that you will use the Inspiron 13 5000 as a tablet: weighing 3,44lbs (1.5Kg), it’s heavier than its competitors.

One of the best things we love about the Inspiron 13 5379 is the island-style keyboard which is particularly responsive and is also backlit. There is also an IR camera with face recognition that works with windows hello.

Connectivity wise, this laptop has an average amount of ports: 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, card reader and an Ethernet port. There is no USB type C.

Screen and Audio

Dell equipped the Inspiron 13 5379 with a full HD IPS panel, the display is very sharp and colors are accurate, but it’s really something that you’d either love on first sight or simply hate on this laptop: it’s a little dim and not suitable for an outdoor use. But for a laptop at this price range, we didn’t expect a high end IPS panel either.

Audio on the other hand is not something where you’d expect the Inspiron 5379 to shine; this is mainly due to the size of the laptop and also to speakers being placed under the chassis.

Performance and battery life

With an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor and 8GB of RAM, the Inspiron 13 5379 takes advantage of Intel’s latest technology. This particular quad core processor has a score of 7572 on CPU benchmark, and has a base clock speed of 1,6Ghz, but can go up to 3.4 GHz if needed. You will notice no lag when multitasking with this laptop. The RAM is upgradable up to 16GB (DDR4 2400Mhz). The Inspiron 13 comes with Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics.

However, be aware that 1TB version  (5043GRY PUS) is considerably slowed down by the traditional 5400RPM hard drive: this translates into slow boot times and slow file transfer times. If you are into video editing for example or simply want more responsiveness, it is highly recommended upgrading to an SSD later or choose the SSD version.

Battery life is within the category average: with normal use, expect the dell Inspiron 5379 to last about 8 hours.

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Dell Inspiron 13 5000 i5379-5043GRY-PUS specs:

Processor: Intel Core i5-8250U
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory: 8GB (Up to 16GB DDR4 at 2,400MHz)
Single storage: 1TB 5,400RPM HDD, or 256GB SSD for the i5379-5893GRY-PUS
Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 Touch (IPS)
Audio: Waves Maxx Audio Pro
2x speakers
Connectivity: Wireless AC 1×1 ( + Bluetooth 4.1)
Ports: 1x Headphone / Microphone combo
1x HDMI 1.4a
2x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x SD card reader
Cameras: 720p webcam
Infrared camera (touch only)
Backlit keyboard: Yes
Battery: 42 Whr 3-cell
Dimensions:
(in inches)
8.85 (D) x 12.76 (W) x 0.77 to 0.80 (H)
Starting weight: 3.72 pounds
Color: Era Gray

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