Any red flags with this laptop for $399?

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Inspiron 14 5000 Laptop

  • Intel i5-8265U 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 14″ 1920×1080 Full HD Narrow Border IPS Display
  • 8GB (1x 8GB) 2666MHz DDR4 RAM (2 DIMM slots, max 32GB supported)
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • 2.5″ SATA III hard drive bay (empty)
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C (DisplayPort/PowerDelivery)
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1x HDMI 1.4b
  • 1x Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)
  • SD card reader
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Dual band 802.11ac WiFi (1×1) + Bluetooth 4.2
  • 3-Cell 42 WHr Battery
  • Weight: 3.26 lbs
  • Windows 10 Home 64-B

It is $399 right now after coupon code DBLTINSP14

Not real up on most Dell models and thought the price was little to good to be true. Thanks

Comments (32)

32 responses to “Any red flags with this laptop for $399?”

  1. Pbike908

    Wow -- Looks like a solid deal. I have owned Dell laptops in the past, however, not recently and at that point they were problematic. Dell has reportedly improved their quality since I last owned one. If I were in the market for a laptop, or was going to recommend one to a friend I would certainly suggest that one take hard look at this one -- especially at that price point.



  2. Sprtfan

    I ended up ordering this instead. I wasn’t sure about posting links like this before or I would have included one for the computer in the first post. The cost is higher but prefer the touch screen and form factor. HP Pavilion x360 14" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 1080p for $550


    https://slickdeals.net/f/13275484-hp-pavilion-x360-2-in-1-14-fhd-ips-i5-8265u-8gb-ddr4-256gb-pcie-2x2-wifi-bluetooth-4-2-549-99-costco?src=SiteSearchV2Algo1

  3. lvthunder

    I guess it depends on what you are going to do with it and how long you want it to last. 256GB hard drive is really small these days.

  4. simont

    And Paul was just complaining (with good reason) that there are no good $500 machines. As long as you are not expecting gaming performance, this is a pretty good deal.

  5. earlster

    I don't see anything wrong with it, this is a solid configuration for day to day use. Not a gaming or hard core developer machine, but great for email, web and office tasks. As well as the occasional photo management and other medium heavy use.

    We are using Dell laptops at work and they 'just work' for the most part, I would go to BestBuy, see how the keyboard and touchpad work for you and then go and buy it. That price is a steal. And with the empty drive bay you can always add more storage when needed.

    There is also a 2in1 model if you want a touch screen, but the coupon doesn't seem to work for that.

    • Sprtfan

      In reply to earlster:

      Touchscreen was one of those things that I didn't expect to use but I'm not sure if I can give up now once I've gotten used to it. Might end up waiting for something with a touchscreen since I have more time to look but I'm afraid I may end up regretting not getting it.

  6. Orin

    I have a real bad taste in my mouth when it comes to Dell. We're a Dell only house at work and I'm in IT. We've been buying XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops for the past 4 years. I've had 9 swollen batteries that push up the trackpad and can warp the keyboard.


    Dell has done nothing to help us since the laptops that this has happened on are out of warranty.


    Dell also deems the battery as a non user replaceable part, so they don't sell the batteries. So I have to buy them from places like Parts-People and LaptopBatteryExpress. And even then, sometimes the batteries arrive and the Dell XPS system will detect the battery but refuses to charge it or use the battery for power, turning the system off when it's unplugged. This has never happened with batteries from Parts-People, but I will no longer buy batteries from vendors on NewEgg because this has happened most of the time. I'm still trying out LaptopBatteryExpress. Their 50 / 50 at this point. This likely happens because it's not a true OEM part (I think Parts-People only sells true OEM).


    That said, I have a few Inspirons in service and none of them have had this problem yet. Only XPS series laptops. Time will tell.


    Even though I love the XPS 13 2-in-1 models along with many Latitudes, I don't know if I could ever bring myself to buy a Dell for home use that doesn't have a user replaceable battery. As far as I know, none of the current models have user replaceable batteries. At the same time, this seems to be what all manufacturers of laptops and phones are doing with most of their systems. I'm really disappointed about it.

  7. jimchamplin

    That’s not bad at all. I’m a Thinkpad guy myself, but Dell does some good stuff, and they’re built Lin the same facilities as most Lenovo systems, so...

  8. jwpear

    Late to this and I see you've already purchased something, but wanted to say that the battery is the biggest red flag to me. I've had two Inspiron 7000s--the top end of the Inspirons. I bought one for myself several years ago for about $650 on sale. And another for my father-in-law. Dell puts a cheap battery in these things. Within a year, you're getting half the battery life as you were getting when new. We both saw this. I ended up replacing the battery in mine, but then sold it after getting a Surface Book 2. My father-in-law still has his. He just lives with the low battery life by working near a power source so he can plug in.


    The other thing that bugged me was the screen was not very bright. That's highly personal in terms of whether one likes or dislikes a bright screen. I have an astigmatism and am getting to the age where I have near vision focus issues. A brighter screen helps make text clear. The Inspiron was just a little too dim for me at times when working near strong light sources--outside or near a window.


    A really good thing about the Inspiron is that it is serviceable. That's a really nice benefit of this cheap(er) computer. It is a shame you have to go down market for that feature.

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