These 2-in-1 notebooks are hot these days, I must admit. Many people want laptop and tablet but don’t want to carry two different devices. So they resort to a convertible laptop like Dell Inspiron i5378-5743GRY. It might be a good idea to buy it, but even a better idea is to read this review before making your decision!
How’s the performance?
The best thing in the engine room is Intel Core i7-7500U. Perhaps you already know that it belongs to the 7th generation family, so the processor is very new (late 2016). It’s just a dual-core model, however the clock speed starts from a high 2.7GHz and goes even higher, 3.5GHz, with the help of turbo. The i7-7500U gets around 5300 score in CPU Mark. Only a handful, if any, 2-in-1 laptops get more points (= have better processors)!
You’ll most likely be happy with the 8GB DDR4 2133MHz memory the laptop offers. In case you’re not, feel free to add another RAM stick inside. The maximum memory will be sixteen gigabytes which is sufficient even for the most demanding of users!
The 1TB 5400RPM hard drive probably gives you mixed feelings. Now, there is definitely a lot of actual storage space offered – the one terabyte can take, for example, two hundred thousand images of JPEG quality. But the old technology also means subpar performance in comparison to modern SSDs. But there’s a remedy: upgrade to solid-state drive and speed up the system a lot that way!
Is this a good computer for gaming?
I must disappoint the players a bit, Dell Inspiron i5378-5743GRY isn’t a true gaming laptop. Its graphics are only handled by the Intel HD 620 which unfortunately is the dreaded integrated engine. Luckily, it’s not the slowest of the slowest, so some gaming performance is present: for example, throw GTA 5 here and experience mediocre ~30FPS on low presets 1366×768 resolution. Another example, CS: Go, will have smooth +40 frames even on maxed out settings!
How are the ports and connections?
Dell Inspiron i5378-5743GRY is equipped with ports that should satisfy most people. Featured are three USB connectors, two are USB 3.0 and one is USB 2.0 (the difference is in transfer rates a.k.a performance). Naturally HDMI-output can be found on this unit as well, hook up extra monitor to that if you like.
A minor disadvantage is the missing RJ-45 port. So connecting to Internet with cable happens only if you buy an adapter. But the laptop has a nice built-in WiFi adapter, a dual-band 802.11ac standard one, which also works with Bluetooth 4.0.
There is no optical drive, a common theme among 2-in-1 models. But external drives work well here.
Might be you find the SD card slot useful. Transferring files, or even temporarily expanding storage, works with that.
Miscellaneous yet important things
The battery specs of Dell Inspiron i5378-5743GRY are 3-cell 42Whr. It will translate to a ca. 6 hours operating time which is pretty average for 2-in-1 models. Bear also in mind the battery is integrated.
It’s the 13.3″ Full HD touch display that looks sweet. Because of the resolution and IPS panel type, the image looks sharp and colors real. And when you turn the screen all the way, it will lay flat and act as a tablet. The laptop’s one webcam is located in the top panel, capturing 720p video.
Yep, the unit has a backlit keyboard!
Due to its convertible nature, there are many things you can do with Dell Inspiron i5378-5743GRY. But the laptop is most useful in the hands of a seasoned (power) user who finds good use for its solid performance. The i7 processor leads the show while the DDR4 memory is an excellent companion for it. I’ll also give props for the crystal-clear 13.3″ Full HD display. What you don’t want to do is play Triple A games on it, but for other uses the Dell is just spot on!