Dell has quietly launched the new Dell Inspiron 14 5000 productivity laptop in Malaysia, and it’s equipped with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series processors. Given that there aren’t that many laptops in this segment with the excellent Ryzen processors on our shores, the Inspiron 14 is quite an interesting product; it doesn’t cost all that much either with a sleek design.
Two variants of the AMD-powered Inspiron 14 are offered here. The base model, which retails at RM2,899, comes with a Ryzen 5 4500U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The higher-end RM3,399 configuration, on the other hand, upgrades the processor to a Ryzen 7 4700U chip with double the SSD storage at 512GB. If you want the best value for your money, the Ryzen 7 model is the one to go for.
Beyond these hardware differences, both variants of the Inspiron 14 are identical to each other. They feature a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS screen with slim bezels surrounding it, giving the laptop a sleek, modern aesthetic. Dell doesn’t specify the exact screen-to-body ratio, but it does look good with a reasonably small bottom bezel. There’s also enough space for a webcam above the display.
Besides that, the Inspiron 14 is quite a thin and light laptop as well. It measures 18.4mm at its thickest point, and tipping the scales at 1.36kg, it’s an ideal machine for those who are always on the go. Sure, it’s not the lightest or thinnest productivity laptop in the market, but it doesn’t cost all that much money either.
Of course, what makes the Inspiron 14 particularly interesting is the fact that it’s powered by the Ryzen 4000 series chip. It offers good performance for the money, and given that it’s fabricated on a 7nm process, it is also a very power-efficient processor. This is especially impressive for the Ryzen 7 4700U, which is an octa-core processor; the Ryzen 5 4500U is a hexa-core chip.
But while the Ryzen 4000 chip’s power efficiency is great, we’re not entirely sure the Inspiron 14 will be able to offer respectable battery life. For one, Dell doesn’t have any quoted battery life for the laptop, and to top it off, it’s only equipped with a 40WHr battery. Considering that the Intel counterpart of the Inspiron 14 features a larger 53WHr battery, this is an odd disparity.
Nonetheless, we can only get a good idea of the laptop’s battery life in a full review; it’ll be interesting to see if the 40WHr battery is good enough.
The Dell Inspiron 14 5000 is now available for purchase in Malaysia on Dell’s online store. To recap, the Ryzen 5 4500U model retails at RM2,899, while the range-topping Ryzen 7 4700U configuration costs RM3,399.