Dell Inspiron 13 5000 Review – Almost Had it

The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 is an intriguing sort as it is a laptop/tablet hybrid device wherein its touch capacitive screen is attached to a 360-degree hinge. With it, it allows the screen to be completely flipped around to assume a tablet-like form. While this is nothing new, what’s surprising about this particular machine is that Dell has made it this way while letting the device assume a low-cost profile. It also has a smart design with a wide range of options for its hardware specs. However, it is ultimately let down by its very unimpressive display.

Dell Inspiron 13 5000 Review - Almost Had it

The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 Would be an Excellent Low-Budget Device, if it Weren’t for its Screen

Dell has been known to have made great-looking products in the past, and the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 follows that trend. It still features the familiar gun-metal gray in which encases almost the entire the device. Although this is just a paint finish found on the plastic chassis, it still manages to assume a look that is nothing short of great.

To complete the overall look are nice little touches. There is the back of the screen and the keyboard surround are both one piece of plastic. Hence, there are no seams whatsoever to break up the cleanliness of its looks. In a similar note, the screen surround uses a contrasting black-colored plastic that does do a pretty good job in blending in, especially when the screen isn’t turned on.

However, the Inspiron 13 5000 is not thin nor is it light. It comes with dimensions of 325 x 224 x 204-millimeters, and it has a weight of 1.62-kilograms. Hence, it makes itself noticeably larger and heavier than many ultrabooks that you can find within today’s market. For comparison’s sake, it is even heftier than that of Dell’s own XPS 13, or the Lenovo Ideapad 710S.

While there are many great things to say about this particular hybrid device, it all comes crashing down to Earth when you turn on the screen. Once the display fires up, it is already clear right off the bat that it has some serious issues. For instance, when you view the images being displayed straight on, the colors on the 1,920 x 1,080 resolution panel does seem pretty accurate with a decent level of contrast. But once you just veer off slightly off axis, and in any direction as well, then there will be an annoying graininess to the image quality that will be introduced.

Hence, it does make you wonder as to of all the things that the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 would lack, it would have to be its display. Hence, it would be like throwing all the niceties of it out the window, all because of its very poor display performance.


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