Two-in-one laptops are many today and I can see the reason behind that: people want these machines! It’s convenient to have only one physical unit which actually turns from laptop into a tablet when you choose so. Dell i5368-1692GRY is such a device, and in this review I will tell you if it’s worth your money or not…
The strong points
The number one good thing about Dell i5368-1692GRY is the screen (also various user reports confirm this). The diagonal is compact 13.3 inches and resolution nothing but the “golden” 1920×1080 (= Full HD). Images and better yet, movies, will look crystal-clear on this touch display. Viewing angles are 160 degrees from sides. The hinge turns 360 degrees which means the computer will also operate in several modes such as laptop, stand and tablet. A webcam with 720p video resolution is available on top of the screen.
Performance for day-to-day tasks, such as surfing the web and light multimedia, is wonderful. The number one component is Intel Core i3-6100U, the dual-core processor of 2.3GHz clock speed (and no turbo). It surely belongs to the entry-level series of i3s but is of the latest generation, so performance is plenty – around 3500 CPU Mark points earned, the same than older Core i5s did. Memory should also be sufficient for you as one 4GB DDR4 2133MHz stick is installed. You can upgrade to a maximum 16GB by using two modules.
The weak points
Hard drive on a laptop is not normally a bad idea, but on 2-in-1 device I think SSD would be much better. Indeed, Dell i5368-1692GRY boasts only a spinning 1TB 5400RPM (SATA 3) hard drive. For pure storage it’s excellent but this kind of drive breaks easier and is slower than a solid-state drive. Yet, you can always replace it with SSD if you have the know-how!
You guessed right, this Dell does not have great graphics performance, just the integrated Intel HD 520. You can use only low settings on newer games, for example GTA 5 would get 25-30FPS played on low-medium settings and 720p resolution (yep, no Full HD!). The good thing is, if you throw older ones like Minecraft or World of Warcraft here, they will run without hitches at higher settings too.
Other important features and benefits
On Dell i5368-1692GRY, you can not remove the battery (without disassembling half of the laptop). The 4-cell 56Whr battery is going to last 5-6 hours if you browse the web and can dim the screen a bit. That’s not an excellent duration but alright at this price point.
Ports included are one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and one HDMI-out (yep, you can connect HDTV to this laptop!). There is no DVD burner installed but you can get an external one. Card reader for SD cards is included.
The computer doesn’t have RJ-45 port to connect to Internet with cable but you’re good to use the high-speed 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card.
Backlit keyboard isn’t available.
Dell i5368-1692GRY is a laptop for person without too heavy programs who still wants to enjoy the 2-in-1 functionality. See, the entry-level Core i3 processor tackles all the web surfing and light multimedia tasks with ease, but intense gaming would be a bad idea on this rig due to integrated graphics solution. There is a huge terabyte hard drive which offers all the space in the world you want (however doesn’t serve the files as fast as SSD would). As the price isn’t that bad I can recommend it for somebody looking for a decent home/multimedia laptop!