Even for the notebook segment of general use, not enough today for a laptop at a reasonable price and decent specifications. Discerning consumers want more than a simple-looking machine, which is probably why Dell introduced laptops with interchangeable covers to allow more user customization. The Dell Inspiron 14R is one of the company’s latest laptops to sport as a feature.
The wages are not free. It costs S $ 69 for an additional lid with a more attractive and there are nine different styles on the Dell website. However, this is an improvement over the standard three colors offered by Dell.
Unfortunately, the only custom cover option can only add a touch of style to the Inspiron 14R with its design otherwise simple average hardware. It is a workhorse laptop with a comfortable keyboard competent, but budgetary constraints of this segment shows the quality of your screen and the thick, plastic waste.
A starting price of S $ 1,149 is dominant enough doubt consumers expect too much from this laptop. Our Dell Inspiron 14R comes in black and dark cover of glossy plastic easily marred by fingerprints and small scratches.
The palm rest is made of shiny material itself and as you can imagine, it’s not a pretty sight after prolonged use. The chiclet keyboard design is the same style as found in recent laptops from Dell and as previously mentioned, was comfortable to type on, especially with the arrow keys full size.
The Inspiron 14R feels rather thick, though its 2.2 kg weight is average for this segment. The removable battery is part of the design and not stand out as some other laptops. The multitouch touchpad works properly basic gestures like pinch to zoom and scroll with two fingers, but as is often the case, the small size of the touch screen does not endear to users.
As we have seen in some laptops, there is a useful indicator LED just above the touch screen that illuminates when its functionality is deactivated through a hotkey Fn.
Dell Inspiron 14R
S$1,149 (for the Core i5 2430M version)
Processor (as reviewed) Core i5 2410M processor
Memory 4GB, 1,333MHz DDR3
Hard drive 640GB, 5,400rpm
Chipset Intel HM67
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6630M
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
Dimensions (W x D) 343 x 248mm
Screen size (diagonal) 14 inches (1,366 x 768)
System weight (with AC adapter) 2.2kg
With two front-facing speakers and a “SRS Premium Sound” label, the Inspiron 14R gave us some hope that this laptop would have a decent sound quality. However, although we had no complaints about the volume range of the 14R, which experience some distortion at higher volume settings.
Given the typical width of a 14-inch laptop, no excuse for manufacturers to skimp on ports and connectors. Therefore, it is not uncommon that Dell has equipped this notebook with a good number of connectors. Among them, we find two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA / USB combo and two VGA and HDMI. This notebook also supports wireless display technology from Intel, which means it can transmit 1080p video with surround sound system home theater compatible.
We liked having two USB ports 3. 0, while the eSATA / USB combo is a nice bonus for those who had invested in the interface. However, with USB 3. 0 and the Ethernet port on the back of the unit, you get a sense of chance on the position of ports and connectors.
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