Latest release in the range Dell, we’ve been running tests onInspiron 14-5480…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
Inspiron 14-5480 enough for internet use?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. With this Inspiron 14-5480, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Dell is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
With a 14 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. Even if it is not equipped with a touch screen, this model is still easy to use. A point that could be impeding, for some users,with this Inspiron 14-5480 if you have to work on the road.
The materials used for the screen, keyboard and touchpad still seem to be of good quality. It is hoped that the other internal components of this laptop are future-proof; usually a lot of attention is Dell paid to the design of its products and the one tested should benefit from this.
With a processor Intel Core i5-8265U, Dell offers an already outdated technology. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Your computer will work better and longer.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 256 gigabytes will be enough. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Last point about the autonomy. the Inspiron 14-5480 can work 5 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. In other words, you will have to keep this Inspiron 14-5480 most of the time connected to the power cable.
Is Inspiron 14-5480 okay to watch videos ?
With this laptop, Dell offers a product oriented toward general use. This Inspiron 14-5480 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.
Equipped with a small screen size, 14 inches, it has a resolution format 1920×1080. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.48 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Inspiron 14-5480 will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
For the sound part, the Inspiron 14-5480 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. 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.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Core i5-8265U that is several years old now. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not Dell installed by default. There’s only the operating system. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Dell didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. Indeed, it Inspiron 14-5480 has only 5 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Inspiron 14-5480 seems inappropriate. That’s only 5 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
The Inspiron 14-5480- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
Its weight of 1.48 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. With a 14 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Unfortunately, it is not Inspiron 14-5480 equipped with a touch screen as standard models. If you’re only doing it with the mouse, don’t forget it in the satchel. The alternative could be the keyboard trackpad.
The backlit keypad of this Inspiron 14-5480 is simple and convenient for when you’re in a taxi or a dimly lit subway. And our test – in the secretary-like way (thus intensive) – showed that it was of good quality.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. The rendering on screen is good. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor Intel Core i5-8265U; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
The result is a poorer autonomy. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
With 5 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Reduce the risk of breakage when traveling with an OS installed on an SSD, and storing on a standard HD, this model provides a total of 256 Gb of space. This double disk technology allows to record the operating system on the principle of the usb key, and to store personal data on a standard disk but more resistant in time. With an absence of moving mechanical parts on the OS and startup part, it means less risk in terms of fragility and generated heat that can cause the laptop to fail. If you still run out of space, all you need to do is buy an external drive.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. With a screen of 14 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 5 possibilities. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Finally with the Inspiron 14-5480, Dell deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The Inspiron 14-5480 to make audio or video editing.
Not really designed for video editing or music. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Dell has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Intel Core i5-8265U that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
For audio and video editing use, it is interesting to have a laptop combining hard drive and SSD; hard drive for large storage capacity, SSD for fast flash memory. It offers a total available storage space of 1 256 Gb, the best available. It’s one of the best on the market right now. The short film scenes you will have created will be stored locally without any problems. And if necessary, via its USB port, you can transfer files at high speed to external drives.
With 5 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the Inspiron 14-5480has the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
As you will have understood, it Inspiron 14-5480 proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
Inspiron 14-5480 the right choice to play online?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this Inspiron 14-5480, 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.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Our tests have shown that for Dell this computer is not intended for playing video games. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 256 Gb.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.48 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 5 hours available.
In the end, we do not recommend this Inspiron 14-5480 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
The Inspiron 14-5480 for office automation.
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Dell may have put a rather low computer on the market. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Dell has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It is equipped with Windows 10.
It’s not Inspiron 14-5480 equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model, with its 1.48 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
If you plan to use your computer at the end of the day, in total darkness or semi-darkness, opt for a backlit keyboard such as the one offered on the Inspiron 14-5480.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. 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 14-5480can be quickly filled.
So, in summary, it appears that it Inspiron 14-5480 is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
Finally, the Inspiron 14-5480….
The conclusion of the test Inspiron 14-5480 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. 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
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks