Welcoming the presence Arrandale generation Intel processors (Core i3/i5/i7), Dell also released a series of new notebooks. One is the Inspiron 1464. This 14-inch notebook targeting the home segment and priced at a relatively affordable. Aware that the appearance is now a major concern, Dell Inspiron 1464 design with a cool design. The conventional black is always available but Dell also offers other variations with attractive colors such as blue, red, and pink. The material used glossy plastic materials that luxury, but not easily contaminated fingerprint like other notebook.
Build and Design
The design of the Inspiron 14 hasn’t changed much in the last year since Dell released the Inspiron 14, Inspiron 14z and Studio 14z laptops. As mentioned in the specifications above, our review unit comes with the newer Intel Core i3 330M dual core processor. We’re calling this laptop the “Inspiron 14″ in our review, but it’s worth mentioning that Dell markets this system as the “Inspiron 14″ as well as the “Inspiron 1464.” You can also find this system selling on the Dell website under the older configuration name “Inspiron 1440″ with older Intel processors. Of course, there’s also the Inspiron 14z (also called the Inspiron 1470) that uses the Intel CULV processors for extended battery life.
Moving beyond the superfluous model names for essentially the same laptop, the Inspiron 14 looks like an average budget notebook with a 14-inch display. The plastic construction, average screen resolution, and lack of a backlit keyboard certainly don’t give this laptop the same premium look and feel as the Dell Studio 14z. You might think that the palmrests and area surrounding the keyboard are made of metal at first glance, but upon closer examination you’ll find that it’s just plastic with a fancy metallic finish. The Inspiron 14 feels
reasonably durable despite the fact that the notebook chassis is constructed from relatively thin plastics.
The touchpad and palmrests suffer from flexible plastics as does the keyboard itself. The working surface of the laptop essentially bends under heavy pressure, so durability wasn’t the main focus for the designers. The screen lid also suffers from thin plastics and if you press on the lid with your fingers while the laptop is on you will create screen distortions.
When closed the Inspiron 14 looks relatively thin compared to budget laptops from several years ago, but the weight of the 6-cell battery makes this system a bit too heavy to qualify for the “thin and light” category today. The “Promise Pink” screen lid gives the Inspiron a nice candy-covered look, but Dell charges a $40 premium for the privilege of selecting pink instead of black. On a more positive note, Dell donates $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every pink Inspiron 14 that they sell. Sure, $40 is a little excessive for just sticking a chuck of colored plastic on a notebook, but it’s nice to know that your purchase is helping a good cause.
The bottom of the notebook features the battery and single access plate for the RAM and wireless card. Removing the hard drive requires more in depth disassembly. There isn’t much to talk about here other than to briefly mention the location of the two speakers on the bottom of the front edge (more on that later). The bottom of the Inspiron 14 likewise suffers from the same flexible plastics mentioned previously in the review. You won’t notice it if you aren’t squeezing the laptop, but if you’re running to a class or a business meeting with the laptop in your hands you might feel it “bending” under the pressure from your fingers. In short, the Dell Inspiron 14 looks cool and is probably durable enough for desktop replacement work, but the heavy use of thin plastics certainly doesn’t help the laptop feel as durable as it could be.
Screen and Speakers
The 14-inch high-definition (1366 x 768) panel on the Dell Inspiron 14 isn’t quite as nice as the vibrant 1600 x 900 screen used on our review unit of the Studio 14z. The colors on this screen are generally good but contrast wasn’t as impressive. The LED backlighting in our review unit is pretty even and offers a range of brightness settings.
Honestly, since all 11-inch notebooks/netbooks come with 1366 x 768 resolution displays we feel it’s time to make 1600 x 900 the “minimum” resolution of 14-inch notebooks. Horizontal viewing angles are extremely good, so you won’t have any trouble sharing a movie with the person sitting next to you on a plane. Vertical viewing angles are average or below average with colors quickly washing out when viewed from above and colors beginning to distort and invert as you move the screen back.
Once again, the stereo speakers on the Inspiron 14 class of notebooks failed to impress me. The stereo speakers produce average sound quality and are located beneath the front edge of the notebook palmrests firing downward at your lap. I usually call this type of audio “crotch speakers” because the speakers aren’t pointed up toward the user. If you’re using the Inspiron 14 on a desk then the audio from the speakers “bounces” off the hard desk surface and it sounds okay, but if you’re using this PC as a “laptop” then the sound is going to be muffled. Bottom line, the speakers aren’t horrible but the location isn’t helping matters. You’ll probably want to use a good set of headphones with this notebook, and the headphone jack produces
clear, distortion-free sound.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard has full-sized keys with acceptable key spacing and an excellent depth to the key throw. Each key has a textured black finish and a relatively flat surface. The keyboard isn’t as firm as it could be, so if you type with a lot of force you might have to worry about keyboard flexing or lightly bouncing while you type. The only minor aggravation is that the keyboard isn’t available with optional backlighting, making it harder to type in a dark classroom or dorm room. I felt a little cheated since the Dell Alienware M11x comes with a LED-backlit keyboard and sells for the same price as this Inspiron 14. Still, as long as you type with gentle fingers and don’t work in dark rooms then you should find the keyboard on the Inspiron 14 to be
The multi-touch, gesture-based touchpad is pretty average for a 14-inch notebook and the dual touchpad buttons have deep feedback with quiet clicks. The touchpad itself is an ALPS model that uses Dell proprietary touchpad drivers. The touchpad was reasonably responsive with good sensitivity and very little lag. Touchpad accuracy was a bit off at times, but that may be correctable by tweaking the drivers. My biggest problem with the touchpad is the flexible plastics. There is a gap of about 1/8 inch or more beneath the touchpad surface, and if you use the “tap to click” feature then you will feel the touchpad “bounce” when you press down on the touchpad to tap. Again, if you use a gentle tap then this probably won’t bother you. We just don’t like to see flexible plastics on a laptop in this price range.
Ports and Features
The port selection on the Inspiron 14 is pretty average for a budget 14-inch notebook with one or two exceptions. Dell included three USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI video out ports, Ethernet, and a multi-format
memory card reader. Unlike the Studio 14z, which sacrifices an optical drive for the sake of portability, the Inspiron 14z includes a standard 8x CD/DVD burner with dual-layer support. The Inspiron 14 lacks an ExpressCard slot, FireWire, and eSATA, so if those ports are important to you then you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Equipted with middle-class processors, the performance of Dell’s Inspiron 1464 is adequate for an application that relies on the ability of the processor. But because it only uses the onboard Intel graphics HD, this notebook is not suitable for gaming applications.
Own their own battery endurance for granted, because it only lasted 1.5 hours when playing HD video.
Test Dell Inspiron 1464
(Intel Core i5 M540, RAM 3GB DDR3-533, VGA Intel HD, 14,1 inch, baterry 48Wh) Byon Alverstone M2341
(Intel Core i3 M330, RAM 2GB DDR3-533, VGA Intel HD, 14,1 inch, baterry 48Wh)
Sysmark 2007 154 131
PCMark Vantage 5278 3028
Cinebench R10 7273 5920
Video Encoding 10 minutes 34 seconds 12 minutes 55 seconds
Audio Encoding 1 minutes 30 seconds 1 minutes 59 seconds
3DMark Vantage 252 173
Play HD Video 1 hour 24 minutes 1 hour 54 minutes
Battery Eater (Texting) 4 hour 1 minute 3 hour 21 minutes
Dell Vostro 1464 Specifications
Screen 14,1 inch, 1366×768 pixel
Processor Intel Core i5 M540 (GHz, dual core, 6MB L2 cache)
Memory 2GB DDR3-533 (1 from 2 slot)
Chipset Intel HM55
Graphic card Intel HD (1204MB)
Harddrive 250GB, 5400rpm, SATA-II (Seagate)
Sound card Realtek ALC269
Optical drive DVD Writer
Facilities WiFi a/g/n, HDMI, Ethernet, USB (3x), webcam, card reader
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
Battery 48 Wh
Dimensions 34,1 X 24,3 X (3,2 – 3,7) cm
Weight 2,2 kg
Guarantee 1 year
Price range 7,5 million Rupiah
Different from the Ordinary
Typically, the operational menu (such as brightness and volume) is a secondary function of the Function button. But in this notebook, that menu is the main menu.
Shortcuts One of the unique software on this notebook is the Dell Dock, which floated the screen contains a shortcut (shortcut) to a variety of popular applications. It felt easy, in our opinion.
Because the graphics onboard Intel HD has HDMI standard facilities, you will find that port in this notebook.
• Speedy performance
• Modern Core i3-based configuration
• Size and weight make it a versatile laptop
• Good speakers
• Little bloatware
• Sleek yet understated design
• Comfortable keyboard and touchpad.
• Battery life is not quite satisfied.
• The area is hot armrest
• Fan noise loud enough
The latest Intel mobile platform, a pleasing design, and booming audio highlight the Dell Inspiron i1464-4382OBK, a versatile 14-inch mainstream laptop.
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