The concept of using a laptop as a tablet has been around for centuries now, but I’ve never really been sold on the idea, especially since how thin you make a 2-in-1 can still be compared. gets cumbersome in a real tablet. I’m probably in the minority here, even after all these years, this category is still alive and going. Today we’ll look at Dell’s latest refresh, called the . is called Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1. This new model has Intel’s 11th generation CPU and a revised design. With prices starting from Rs. 52,900, should you consider Dell’s new 2-in-1 for your next purchase? let’s find out.
Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 Design
The new Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 feels grown up and exudes the strong vibes of the company’s premium business-focused Latitude series. It is available only in this Platinum Silver color which looks very professional. The fit and finish of all the panels are great, and the quality of the materials used feel very premium. The device is quite slim (16.32 mm) even when closed, and not too heavy at around 1.5kg.
For a thin 14-inch laptop, the Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 offers a decent selection of physical ports. There’s a full-size HDMI port and two USB ports (USB 3.1 Gen 1), along with a USB Type-C port (USB 3.2 gen 2), a microSD card reader, and a headphone jack. The laptop can be charged via the provided power adapter or Type-C port.
The keyboard on the Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 is one of its best features. The keys are quiet, have good travel, and are very comfortable even for avid typists. The Function (Fn) keys have shortcuts for volume, brightness, etc. and the power button has a fingerprint sensor integrated into it. The latter can be used to unlock the laptop even in tablet mode. The trackpad is quite spacious but I felt a little lack of responsiveness.
Being a 2-in-1, the display can be turned 360 degrees backwards, turning the laptop into a tablet. As always, the device can be used between tablet and laptop in different modes, such as ‘tent’ mode. One came bundled with the Dell Active Pen (PN350M) variant that Dell sent me for review. This is a handy accessory for a laptop that can be used as a tablet.
The 14-inch display has full-HD resolution and relatively narrow bezels all around. Covering the glass causes a lot of distracting reflections and even indoors, and I had to turn up the brightness a bit to use it comfortably. I like that the Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 has a physical privacy shutter for the webcam.
Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 Specifications & Software
Dell offers a variety of configurations for the Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1. My review unit had an 11th generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM (4GB x2) and a 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD. This configuration is priced at Rs. 72,490 in India. Dell offers other options with Intel’s Core i3 and Core i7 CPUs, more RAM and even a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX350 GPU. Depending on the configuration you choose, the prices range from Rs. 53,000 all the way up to Rs. 91,000.
The Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 ships with Windows 10 Home, which is upgradeable to Windows 11. You get a trial of McAfee LiveSafe, and a full version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019 pre-installed as well. There are also a number of programs from Dell, including Dell Mobile Connect, Cinema Color, and Support Assist.
Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 Performance and Battery Life
As a productivity machine, the Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 was a pleasure to use during the review period. Windows 10 is fast, booting up is fast, and everything feels smooth. Your fingers will thank you for this keyboard, as it is soft and comfortable, and I really enjoyed using it. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the trackpad, which felt a bit unresponsive and can be finicky to use at times. I also found the touchscreen very responsive and Dell’s stylus did a good job with it. Colors and viewing angles of the display are more than satisfactory but maximum brightness is a bit low.
The Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 delivered excellent benchmark performance. I got a solid 3,879 points in PCMark 10 and 2,814 in 3DMark Fire Strike. Real-world test scores were also pretty good. It took 2 minutes and 59 seconds to compress a 3.24GB folder of mixed files in 7zip, and just over 12 minutes to render a BMW test scene in Blender.
This particular version of the Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 isn’t really designed for gaming, but the integrated GPU can handle simple titles from the Microsoft Store or Steam. I tried some old classics like Half-Life 2: Episode 2, which went just fine.
All variants of the Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 have a 3-cell 41WHr battery, which in my experience wasn’t enough to deliver a full workday of battery life. Even with frugal use, I was able to get about four and a half hours of non-stop use out of this Core i5 version. With a few breaks in between, you can walk a little longer, but don’t expect too much. The Rapid Battery Eater Pro test lasted an hour and 53 minutes. If you are working from home, battery life should not be a big concern. Also, you can use a high-wattage power bank with Type-C output to charge this device, but be aware that it will be slow.
The Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 is a premium convertible laptop at a good price. If you don’t need 2-in-1 functionality, Dell also has a standard Inspiron 14, with minor changes in specifications. The Inspiron 14 (5410) 2-in-1 offers excellent build quality, a comfortable keyboard, a bundled stylus (with a few configurations), a responsive touchscreen, and relatively little weight. Battery life isn’t great, the trackpad could have been more responsive, and maximum display brightness isn’t as high as I would have liked. Dell has some stiff competition in the form of the HP Pavilion x360, another 2-in-1 laptop with very similar specifications and pricing.