There has been a lot of budget convertibles made available for those who can’t afford a Zenbook or Spectre. To address these consumers Dell decided to offer another one of their 2-in-1s, Inspiron 5379 0V24H to compete against machines like Lenovo Yoga 720 and Inspiron 7000 13 from the very Dell itself.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.8 GHz
- GPU – Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Memory – 16 GB DDR4
- Screen – 13.3-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) with 10-point touchscreen
- Storage – 512 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – Despite its affordable price tag, it’s configured pretty heftily. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7 processor which is accompanied by 16 gigs of RAM and a spacious 512 gigs of SSD. The solid state drive though is not as fast as the SSDs found in some of the other notebooks. But it by no means stays behind in terms of processing power (it, in fact, left most of the contenders behind in the tests).
- Handling – Unlike some of the others Inspiron 5379 doesn’t explicitly feels hollow or cheap even though it’s made of plastic, not metal. And the best thing about it is that it’s 360° foldable which lets it convert from the traditional netbook mode to tablet mode or anything in between.
- Battery – While the relatively smaller 42 Wh battery pack isn’t anything out of the world it can certainly withstand a single day of your college usage. Under web surfing tasks in medium brightness, it was alive for nearly 7 hours which can be considered as average.
- Display – The display turns out to be a mixed bag of results. While the contrast ratio was somewhat good the colour coverage was pretty poor at only 60% (sRGB standards). The brightness is found to be pretty darn low as well making it highly incompatible for using outdoors.
- Ports – While it makes sure to include the bare essentials it missed out some as well. While it includes 3 USB type-A ports it doesn’t provide even a single type C-port, let alone the Thunderbolt 3 enabled port.
- Portability – But being a good 2-in-1 doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be very lightweight. It’s in fact quite heavy even as a 2-in-1. Despite its all-plastic chassis it weighs even more than 2 kg (5.06 lbs, to be precise) which is somewhat higher than the Yoga and Inspiron 7000.
One thing to keep in mind while considering this laptop is that it’s a budget notebook. And as a result, Dell had to inevitably cut many corners on this laptop. But it doesn’t sacrifice its power in exchange for anything; that’s a big plus. It’s certainly worth checking out if you want a cheap Zenbook replacement.