Review: Dell Vostro 14 That Falls Short


If you are looking for a machine that will be perfect for the boardroom – the Dell Vostro 14 5000 is right for the job. It has all the ports that a road warrior would want – which includes both VGA and HDMI for display output, USB ports and a LAN port for cabled connectivity. There is even an SD slot for times you need to copy out image files from an SD card.

 

Good Performance, Bad Storage 

This is the first work laptop in the market with the new Intel Kaby Lake processor. It performs relatively well in our tests. However, the use of the spinning 1TB SATA HDD did see stutters while using the machine throughout the day. We may be spoiled by SSDs, but the performance for the machine is sub-par thanks to the spinning drive.

 

Great Keyboard Experience 

If you need to type for long period of time – the keyboard on the Vostro 14 is the best so far we have ever tried for a machine this size. The 1.9-mm key travel means that each tap is nicely weighted and balanced, without feeling mushy or clacky. While it is not a full-sized keyboard with the number pad – the key spacing on the Dell Vostro 14 is nice for long typing sessions. 


3 Key Points

Secure Fingerprint 

The fingerprint scanner is situated right next to the keyboard – so you can secure your data with a swipe

Thin and lightweight

Thanks to its 1.59KG weight, it is no chore bringing the device around the neighborhood.

Low storage
Yes you get 1TB of storage, but it is a slow 5400rpm drive – we wish this is a SSD model to speed things up

 

 


Specs

Price: RM 3,599

Dimensions (HxWxD): 340 x 240 x 18.5mm
Weight: 1.59Kg
Processor:  Intel Core i7 7500U processor @ 2.70GHz
Memory (RAM): 8GB
Storage: 1TB SATA HDD
Operating System: Windows 10
Display: 14.0-inch HD (1,366 x 768) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
GPU: Nvidia 940MX
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, GSM/HSPA/LTE
Ports: USB 3.0 x 3, HDMI x 1, VGA x 1, LAN x 1 

Benchmark Score

PCMark Benchmark – 2638
3DMark – Timespy – 608                 

 Score

Value – 7

Price – 7

Features – 8

Design – 7

Usability – 7

Total – 7.2 (unfortunately does not meet our minimum points for an award) 

Verdict: A business laptop that looks ok, but suffers from bouts of indecisiveness in performance

Reviewed by: Sharil A. Rahman

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