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Dell Inspiron 13 5000 review: A rapid 2-in-1 ultrabook increased by Intel’s 8th-gen CPU

Dell’s Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 competence be a medium cousin to a company’s flagship XPS 13, though for a most some-more affordable cost it delivers quad-core opening in a slim shell—a unfit pretence merely a year ago. Despite a examination unit’s so-so battery life and low 13-inch display, a Inspiron 5000’s sprightly performance, reasonable cost and tablet-morphing abilities make it a compelling—and powerful—mid-range ultrabook.

Price and specifications

As common for Dell, a Inspiron 13 5000 indication we tested (officially a Inspiron 13 5379) comes in many flavors. We reviewed a $730 version, with a quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U processor, a 256GB solid-state drive, and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. A chronicle that differs usually in a 1TB tough expostulate (a opening downgrade) was offered for $620 on Amazon during presstime.

You can spend as small as $529 on a step-down indication with a dual-core Pentium 4415U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB tough drive. Going a other way, we could hack adult $999 for a top-of-the-line Core i7-8550U chronicle with 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a Windows Ink-compatible display.

Weighing in during about 3.5 pounds, a 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.8-inch Inspiron 13 5000 feels a tad complicated for a laptop with a 13-inch display. That said, a Inspiron 13 5000 gives we a reward in sell for a additional weight: a hold arrangement with a 360-degree hinge. Among a possibilities: we can pivot a arrangement all a approach around to spin a Inspiron 13 into a (heavy) tablet, lean a shade behind with a keyboard face-down, or even “tent” a laptop in an inverted V shape.

dell inspiron 13 5000 tent mode Melissa Riofrio/IDG

The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 sports a 360-degree hinge for use during many angles. 

(Note: There are also 15- and 17-inch versions of a Inspiron 5000, though they miss a 13-inch’s 360-degree swiveling display.)

Nifty stuff, though a genuine sorcery sits underneath a Inspiron 13 5000’s hood. Thanks to a 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor (Kaby Lake Refresh), a Inspiron 13 5000 is among a initial ultraportables to exaggerate loyal quad-core performance. As you’ll see in a moment—spoiler alert!—the benchmark formula don’t disappoint.

The Inspiron 13 5000 also comes with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 Core. Despite Intel’s new “UHD” label, it delivers radically a same ho-hum opening as a before generation’s Intel HD 620, improved matched for bland capability tasks than for gaming.


The Inspiron 13 5000’s 13-inch IPS arrangement works adequately, though a drawbacks paint one of a bigger sacrifices done to strike an affordable cost point. The 1920×1080 fortitude is flattering sharp, and a observation angles are decent (the shade starts to blur commencement during about 30 degrees or so from center). 

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