This review is of the Dell Inspiron 13 i7348-4286SLV Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC (ad) that does not come with Microsoft Office 365. There are a plethora of these Dell Inspiron 13 laptops out there, and there are ever multiple versions of the Dell Inspiron 13 i7348. Differences include whether they are 2 in 1, whether they are i5 or i7 I am reviewing the one that is i5 and no Office 365. This is essentially the lower end model and I would think the others are probably slightly better because of increased capabilities, however, they also have higher prices. Having said that, the laptop is actually on sale right now on Amazon and the Microsoft Store.
I should mention that I am a fan of Dell’s laptops in general and am writing this on an older Dell Inspirion 17 model that I have been using as my regular laptop since January 2011. I have notably not been a fan of Windows 8, although Windows 8.1 is a little better. I am excited for Windows 10 and basically everything Microsoft has been doing lately (there essentially awesome again!).
My first impressions of the new Dell Inspiron 13 are that it looks kind of generic, but well done. There isn’t really anything too flashy about the design. It is an all silver body that looks very reminiscent of the newest Macbooks. It seems like everyone is copying parts of Apple designs lately (Microsoft certainly made some similar stuff in Windows 10). I like that the screen is quite thin and the bottom body part of the laptop angles nicely (that also is quite thin).
The display looks quite good. It is a 13.3 inch Full HD IPS LED touchscreen (1920 x 1080) display. That isn’t really a blockbuster display spec, but I find that I can’t really tell the difference in good displays unless they look bad, which this one doesn’t. Some of the new displays have so many pixels it doesn’t really look right or work, whereas this on is sort of the middle ground of HD where everything just looks good on it. I did use the power savings that dims the screen a bit (it was on by default) and the colors still look good.
About the size, I think 13 inches is about right for a two-in-one. Any bigger would maybe be too big when using it as a tablet. 13 inches makes it portable, while still being big enough as a laptop.
Delving Into the Specs
Display: 13.3 in Full HD IPS LED touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support
Processor: Intel Core i5-5200U 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.70 GHz
Memory: 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
Hard drive size: 500GB 5400 RPM SSHD
OS: Windows 8.1, 64-bit
Optical Drive: None
Media drive: 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)
Audio: Waves MaxxAudio Pro
Video: Intel HD Graphics 5500 with shared graphics memory
Ports: 2 USB 3.0 (1 powered), 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, Headphone/Microphone jack
Battery: 3-cell 43WHr (up to 8 hours)*
Camera: 720p HD webcam
Dimensions: 12.99 x 8.74 x 0.75 in (329.94 x 221.99 x 19.05 mm)
Weight: 3.58 lbs (1.61 kg)
Keyboard travel: 1.3 mm
Touchpad dimensions: 106 x 66 mm
Built-in passive stylus included
Security lock slot
These specs basically make this a mid range laptop or two-in-one. As mentioned, you can upgrade to i7 and I would be shocked if they didn’t start putting this out with Windows 10 on it in the future (you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free with Windows update).
Using the two-in-one
I think the Dell Inspiron 13 (ad) is very solidly built and should stand up to quite the beating. That has kind of been my experience with most Dell products. Provided you try to keep them in decent condition, they last a long time. It still kind of feels like a laptop despite being a two-in-one. It obviously isn’t as portable as tablets or as the Microsoft surface, but that is always the case with two-in-ones. So Portability isn’t that great, but it is better than most laptops.
Battery life seems to be a little lower than average. It says it is supposed to last 8 hours, but I had it on the power saving setting and I burned through it in around five hours, maybe a little less. That’s really not that great. I did watch some videos in that time frame (to test the display out) and that does burn more power than just normal browsing.
Everything else about this is great. The design, functionality, capabilities, display, durability, noise, heat, etc. are all really good.
Based on what I’ve seen of this two-in-one, I think it is a terrific product and it might just be the best in its class. It is comparable to the Yoga 3, but I would put it ahead of it if not just based on the fact that Lenovo had been including Superfish SpyWare on their products. It also has a much better price than the Yoga 3.
I would be comfortable in recommending this product to anyone interested in a two-in-one, or even for people looking for a laptop to consider. It isn’t built for gaming and maybe isn’t as great as the MacBook Pro, but it compares very well to most laptops. That is especially true when you look at the price. For a mid range laptop it might be on the slightly higher end, but then you need to consider that it is a two-in-one with a touchscreen, which I think is worth the little bit extra.
It also really isn’t all that expensive when you consider that it is both a mid range laptop and a decent tablet. For around $800 at the time or writing, it is down quite a bit from the $1299 it started at and is cheaper than the Yoga 3, which again I think is there main competition. I think this two-in-one is actually quite the steal at the moment when taking everything into account. I also am a fan of Dell computers and trust that company a bit more than some other manufacturers out there.
I would recommend the Dell Inspiron 13 i7348 (ad) to anyone in the market for a mid-range laptop or a two-in-one. I imagine this would be great for college students or for people that work on the go.
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series 13.3-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop (i7348-4286SLV)
- Very good price considering what you are getting.
- Nice overall design.
- Battery only last 5 hours.
- Portability is okay, but not as good as a tablet.