Dell Inspiron 14 Review

The Dell Inspiron 14 is a 14-inch screen portable laptop built for those on a budget.  It’s not the most powerful, best built or slickest looking portable laptop out there, but it’s price to feature set makes it attractive and Dell’s flexible online configuration means you can build the Inspiron 14 to suit your costs and needs.  This Dell Inspiron 14 reviewed here is the latest Inspiron 1440 model marketed on the Dell website as just the plain old Inspiron 14.  This review will cover the pros and cons for the Inspiron 1440 when used as a student notebook.

Dell Inspiron 14

I recently reviewed the Dell Studio 14z that is a laptop targeted at students.  Three major complaints with the Studio 14z were the fact it did not have an optical drive, there is no media card reader built-in and there is no VGA port.  The Inspiron 14 has all of these features, however, it is not as powerful as the Studio 14z and the design and components used in the Inspiron 14 are cheaper.  It just depends on your needs as to whether the Studio 14z or Inspiron 14 suits you better, comparisons will be made in order to help you with that decision if you are trying to decide between the two.

Here are the specs of the Inspiron 1440 laptop under review:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200 2.0GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1MB Cache)
  • Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • Hard Drive Storage: 250G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • Memory: 3GB DDR2, 800MHz
  • Screen: 720P Bright, Glossy, widescreen 14.0 inch WLED display
  • Battery: 6-cell 48WHr Lithium Ion Primary Battery
  • Wireless: Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g
  • Ports: 3 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, 34mm Express Card slot, VGA port, headphone port, microphone port, AC adapter port
  • Optical Drive: 8X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
  • Weight: 5.0 pounds without adapter, 5.8lbs with adapter
  • Dimensions:
    • Width: 13.3″ (339.0mm)
    • Height: 1.0″ (25.4mm) front / 1.5″ (38.9mm) back
    • Depth: 9.4″ (238.0mm)
  • OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with free upgrade to Windows 7 available
Inspiron 14 box Dell Inspiron 14 box contents

Dell Inspiron 14 Design

The Dell Inspiron 14 is pretty ordinary in terms of looks.  It basically looks like an oversized version of all the Inspiron Mini laptops that Dell sells.  The inside of the laptop is silver and looks like the plastic it is made of, the keyboard is black and there’s a single indicator light to show power is on.  There are no media buttons or other fancy finishes.  The one thing you can configure to add a bit of personalization and flair is a different color lid from the default Obsidian Black, the $40 color upgrade options are as follows:

  • Cherry Red
  • Alpine White
  • Ice Blue
  • Jade Green
  • Passion Purple
  • Promise Pink
P1010606 Studio 14z versus Inspiron 14

As you can see in the above picture, the lid finish on the Inspiron 14 is glossy and therefore will reflect any light in a room and also pick up fingerprint marks.  The red Studio 14z seen next to the Inspiron 14 does not have a glossy lid and that is a major benefit in my opinion.


One big complaint I do have with the Inspiron 14 is the fact there is only one indicator light on the laptop and that’s to indicate power is on.  There is no hard drive activity indicator light or battery charging indicator light.  This is quite annoying as many people are used to having these lights and rely on them to tell when the hard drive is working (such as during bootup) and be sure the power jack is plugged in and the battery is charging.

The power brick that comes withthe Inspiron 14 was quite small to my pleasant surprise and it has an attractive blue indicator light to show it is plugged in and receiving power.

Inspiron 14 power brick

Dell Inspiron 14 Construction and Weight

The Inspiron 14 is made entirely of plastic, though it by no means feels cheap.  You can pick this notebook up using one hand on the corner and it will not bend and flex like is often true with cheaper laptops.  The lid does feel a little thin and a bit flimsy, but there’s still enough protection that when pushing on the back of the lid no ripples were produced on the screen.  The keyboard is also quite solid, there’s a slight amount of flex on the right side if you push down hard on the enter key, but since this is above the optical drive this is forgivable and the amount of flex is not noticeable during normal typing.

P1010625 Dell Inspiron 14 next to studio 14z
Studio 14z on the left, Inspiron 14 on the right

As seen in the pictures above, the Inspiron 14 (on the right in both pictures) is slightly thicker and also has a higher profile than the more svelte Studio 14z.

The one thing you have to be careful of with the Inspiron 14 is not dropping it, I don’t think the plastic body would survive a drop so well, but as long as you’re careful that’s a non-issue.

The Inspiron 14 I purchased came with the 6-cell battery and weighs in at almost exactly 5.0lbs, with the power adapter included the carrying weight totals 5.8lbs.  This is definitely a portable weight for putting in your backpack and carrying around campus, but not as light as some other 14-inch laptops such as the Dell Studio 14z that weighed 4.5 lbs without the adapter and 5.4lbs with.

Dell Inspiron 14 weight Dell Inspiron 14 with power brick

Dell Inspiron 14 Keyboard

The Inspiron 14 keyboard is full sized and what you’d be used to with a desktop keyboard. The keys on the Inspiron 14 are flat and somewhat cheap feeling, there isn’t much springiness to them and the key press travel distance is short.  Because of this I wouldn’t call the feel of pushing a key very satisfying.  That said, the keyboard is firm and does not suffer from sponginess or flexing that you often find in cheaper laptops.  Overall the keyboard feel is fine and if you’re not picky (like I am) then nothing about this keyboard will bother you.

Dell Inspiron 14 keyboard

One of the more interesting features of the keyboard is that F1 – F12 keys in the top row function first and foremost as media buttons, just like they do with an Apple Mac computer.  For instance, you hit F11 key for Play, F8 key for volume down, F9 key for volume up, F4 key for screen brightness down and F5 key for screen brightness up.   While this is convenient, it has the problematic side effect of forcing keyboard junkies to hold down the “Fn” key plus desired Function button to perform that buttons typical “normal” operation.  So for those PC users who like to use keyboard shortcuts such as F5 to refresh a browser (a very popular keyboard shortcut) they are forced to hold down the “Fn” key plus “F5”, and that’s almost impossible to do without removing your hands from the typing position.  Depending on who you are you may or may not like this, and if you’ve ever used a Mac before you are probably already familiar with this keyboard functionality.

Dell Inspiron 14 Touchpad and Mouse Buttons

The Dell Inspiron 14 has a good sized touchpad, the buttons are also a decent size but somewhat cheap feeling, though still get the job done.  The touchpad is responsive, the only issue I really had was the vertical scroll on the right hand side of the touchpad seemed to need a lot of pressure applied to trigger vertical scrolling.

Dell Inspiron 14 Ports

The Inspiron 14 has a pretty standard array of inputs and outputs and includes all of your basic ports, though it does not have more advanced digital ports such as HDMI or DVI out.  Below are pictures of each side of the Inspiron 14 notebook and the ports you get:

Inspiron 14 left side

Above is pictured the left side with the power jack, VGA monitor out port, Ethernet port, and two USB 2.0 ports

Dell Inspiron 14 front edge

On the front of the Inspiron 14 is the 7-in-1 media card reader slot.

Dell Inspiron 14 right side

On the right side of the Inspiron 14 is the ExpressCard 34 slot, optical drive and one vertically oriented USB 2.0 ports.

Dell Inspiron 1440 back edge

On the back is simply the battery slot and heat vent.

Worth mentioning is that the bottom of the laptop is sturdy and offers a detachable compartment on the underside for easy access to the memory and PCI-Express mini card slot so it’s easy to get to and upgrade both memory and your wi-fi card (stored in the mini card slot) should you so choose.

Dell Inspiron 1440 under side

Dell Inspiron 14 Screen

Dell Inspiron 14 screen Dell Inspiron 14 screen 2

When you purchase the Inspiron 14 via you can choose between a 14-inch 720p LED backlit screen or higher resolution 900p LED backlit screen.  The actual screen resolution of 720p equates to 1280 x 720 while the 900p is 1440 x 900 resolution.  With the high resolution screen you have the benefit of getting crisper images and fitting more on your display at once, but if you have poor eyesight then the smaller text and icons that are inherent to 900p might deter you.  The fact the 900p resolution screen is a $75 upgrade will cause many people just go with the base 720p configuration.

Inspiron 1440

The 720p variety screen I got with the Inspiron 14 is nice.  The LED backlit screen is thin and although not blazing bright or as bright as the Studio 14z screen, is certainly adequately bright at the highest setting.  There are no quality or performance issues with the screen, no flicker or noticeable refresh and no dead pixels to speak of.  One thing to note is that the only option you have is for a glossy style screen which means the screen will reflect light, especially when dark colors are being viewed on the screen and there is a lot of light in the room.

Dell Inspiron 14 Speakers

The speakers on the Dell Inspiron 1440 are not half bad for a small laptop. The max volume level is more than loud enough, but at the top volume it is distorted.  As you would expect the bass from the speakers is poor, but the highs and mids are decent.

Dell Inspiron 14 Performance

The Dell Inspiron 1440 is not billed as a performance power house or desktop replacement style laptop, rather it is sold as a laptop that will perform well enough to do all of your basic tasks while you’re on the road.  Tasks such as web browsing, checking email, basic graphics editing, word processing, playing 2D games will be handled flawlessly by the Inspiron 14.  More demanding tasks such as 3D gaming, heavy graphics editing, watching HD video or running several demanding programs at once will certainly cause the Inspiron 14 to slow down.  If you get the fastest P8600 2.40 GHz Core 2 Duo processor with the Inspiron 14, it can certainly help performance, but the lack of any dedicated graphics options means that for 3D related work and gaming you’re really going to struggle.

For most students though the basic Intel Pentium 2.0Ghz dual core processor option should be just fine for your needs, and it keeps the price down, the next available Core 2 Duo upgrade option costs an extra $100.

When configuring the Inspiron 14 just make sure to get at least 3GB of RAM.  There is no option for a faster 7200RPM hard drive, which is a shame, so you’ll just have to go with a 5400RPM hard drive of your choice.  Accessing the hard drive on the left side of the laptop is easy so if you want to upgrade to a faster hard drive later on by purchasing one from you can certainly do that easily.

For those into benchmark results here are a few benchmark results from popular benchmarking tools and the scores from the Inspiron 14 as compared to the Studio 14z:

Dell Inspiron 14 (Intel Pentium Dual Core, 3GB RAM, Intel graphics) Dell Studio 14z (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz, 3GB RAM, Nvidia 9400 graphics)
PCMark Vantage 2,437 3,520
3DMark 06 751 2,081
Windows Experience Index 3.2 4.8

Obviously the Studio 14z takes the cake here in the performance competition, but you pay more for that.

Dell Inspiron 14 Battery Life

The Inspiron 14 is available with three battery options: 4-cell, 6-cell and 9-cell.  The more cells you get the more battery life you get.  It also means higher cost and greater weight.  I went down the middle of the road by getting the 6-cell battery and am pleased that I did.  The 6-cell battery does not stick out from the back of the laptop at all and doesn’t add much weight over the 4-cell.  I got exactly 4 hours of battery life on the Inspiron 14 with the screen at the second brightness level, wi-fi on, Vista power saver mode enabled and doing simple tasks such as surfing the web and typing up documents.  If you increase screen brightness the battery life drops significantly, with the brightness at the middle setting and in Vista balanced mode power setting the battery life was closer to around 3 hours and fifteen minutes.

Dell Inspiron 14 Recommendation and Conclusion

The Dell Inspiron 14 is a no frills budget portable laptop.  I can’t find a lot wrong with it for the price.  The major complaints would be the fact there are no newer digital output ports such as HDMI, no status indicator lights other than power, the look is pretty plain and finally if you configure a Core 2 Duo processor the price quickly jumps.  Positives include that the weight and size are good and you get an optical drive and media card reader that are missing from the more expensive studio 14z.  The Inspiron 14 screen is nice, and you are able to upgrade to a higher resolution 920p screen if you choose.  The bottom line with the Inspiron 14 is that it can serve perfectly well as a student laptop and gives you good bang for the buck, though it may not have cutting edge features it at least offers all of the basics you’ll need and at a price that’s right.

If you’re considering the Dell Inspiron 14 you should also check out reviews of the HP dv4t 14-inch laptop and Dell Studio 14z 14-inch laptop.

Score: 7.5 / 10

Inspiron 14 Purchase Information

You can buy the Dell Inspiron 14 direct from for the starting price of $449 with various configuration options.

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About AJ

I'm a big believer in the importance of technology usage in education, but not just having blind faith in technology gadgets and using them in a school setting for the sake of it. I review and write about technology devices such as laptops and tablets that have a clear purpose and provide a learning advantage for students.


102 Responses to Dell Inspiron 14 Review

  1. lappie August 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    Great review. I’ve been waiting for a review of this unit for some time. You said that the notebook does not have any light indicator to show when the laptop is charging or when it is finished charging (battery full). Does the light on the AC adapter/charger change color when the laptop is fully charged?
    Also could you tell me how the heat dissipation is on this laptop? Do the palmrest get hot on this laptop? I’ve noticed some laptops where the palmrest can get uncomfortably hot.
    Again, thanks for a great review!

  2. AJ August 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi there, thanks for the feedback. The light indicator on the power brick simply glows if the adapter is plugged in, it does not offer any indication as to whether the laptop is actually charging (for instance, you can plug it into the wall and not plug it into the laptop and it’ll still glow blue). Heat was not a problem with the Inspiron 14, at no time did I find the laptop getting more than just a bit warm, never uncomfortable. The fan was sometimes audible as it was cooling the laptop down, but nothing bad.

  3. Christine August 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    Great review. Thank you for the information and pictures.

    ps. I love that it is a glossy finish, fingerprints or not 🙂

  4. Denise August 25, 2009 at 7:27 am #

    Why didn’t u tlk about tha webcam?and is the webcam clear? Or any good…Thank You

  5. Tina August 26, 2009 at 3:31 am #

    I am a High Schooler looking for a good laptop. Im planning on getting the Dell Inspiron 14 but im not sure what to have added on like wether i should get the 4-cell, 6-cell, or 9-cell. It simply has to allow me to do my homework, research && talk to my friends + family. Do you think this computer is good for me or is there another computer you reccomend for me? I do not plan to spend more than a thousand($1,000) but I would rather stay around $500-700. Please reply soon && Thank you for your review it helped me out a lot.

  6. Tina August 26, 2009 at 3:32 am #

    I forgot to ask how the Webcam workss…..Its a really important factor for a few of my classes! Thannkksss again!!!

  7. AJ August 26, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    @Denise and Tina: I didn’t get the Inspiron 14 with a web camera built-in since I don’t need one, so I can’t really comment on it. However, I found a comment on the Dell website from one user that says “The webcam is also very clear, you would think it’s not a 1.3 mp but 2 mp” so it sounds like it is quite good.

    @Tina: It sounds like the Inspiron 14 will fit your needs as a High School student, I would recommend getting the 6-cell battery in case you want to use the laptop away from an outlet for a few hours. Such as when sitting on a couch, at a kitchen table or when taking it to a friends house maybe. If you spend $600 – $700 on the Inspiron 14 you can get it nicely configured.

  8. Sato August 28, 2009 at 1:27 am #

    Hi AJ,

    A really nice review you have done there. Appreciated.
    But can you please update the review? Im not sure about the model no. but the New Inspiron 14 has got many options in it which you havent approved:
    7200rpm Hard Drive
    Ati HD4330 512MB(DDR2) Graphics
    many more.

  9. AJ August 28, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi Sato, it does look like Dell now allows you to configure a faster hard drive but there is no other graphics card option other than Intel based on what I can currently see on the U.S. Dell site:

  10. Techeese August 29, 2009 at 8:03 am #

    Thanks for this review AJ now i know what to expect from this laptop.
    I’ll be getting this as a student laptop.

  11. Jennifer August 30, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    Great review AJ! I just bought this laptop from Dell’s website a few weeks ago. I’ve been pretty happy with it. Right now my only complaint is that my space bar doesn’t always register a space when I hit it. There seems to be kind of a dead spot near the right side of the space bar (as I always space with my right thumb) that sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t. Kind of frustrating. Otherwise, I think it’s great for people that are using it for word processing, web browsing and other simple tasks (great for students).

    Regarding the battery charging indicator: the one indicator light that the laptop has does indicate the battery is charging when the laptop is turned off and plugged in to charge. Once the laptop is fully charged, the indicator light will turn off. You’re right that the light doesn’t indicate charging when the laptop is turned on.

  12. meghana September 1, 2009 at 4:07 am #

    hey der…i hav booked dell inspiron 1440….n following r the config..
    -Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T6500 (2.1GHz, 1
    800MHz FSB, 2M)
    -Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium 64 bit SP1 1
    Edition (English)
    -QFE for VHP64SP1 1
    -Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium 64 bit SP1 1
    (English) DVD Media Included
    J -Dell(TM) Dock Software 1
    -Dell(TM) Support Center (64-bit OS) 1
    -Ebay 1
    -MOD-SRV,SW,INSP,1440 1
    -System Driver DVD Kit 1
    -14.0 ” High Definition (1366×768) LED Display wit 1
    h TrueLife(TM)
    -Integrated 1.3 mega pixel web cam 1
    -Camera Software Kit 1
    -Camera Software 1
    -Ziba Purple with High Gloss 1
    -3GB (1X1GB + 1X2GB) DDR2 SDRAM 1
    -320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive 1
    -8X DVD + /-RW Drive with DVD + R double layer wri 1
    te capability
    -Power DVD 8.2 1
    -Cyberlink PowerDVD Software 1
    -MOD,BZL,DVD + /-RW,1440,B/I 1
    -Roxio Creator 10 1
    -Integrated Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator X 1
    -65w 3 pin Adapter 1
    -Power Cord (250V) IND
    -Dell Wireless 1397 802.11b/g Half Mini Card 1
    -Intel Core 2 Duo Label 1
    -Integrated CREATIVE Sound Blaster(R) X-Fi MB Audi 1
    o Software Solution
    -CREATIVE Sound Blaster(R) X-Fi MB

    and so on……what do you think of it??? have i done a mistake by se;ecting it…or it is pretty good….i have jus graduated….?? please reply need ur help…thnx waitin for ur reply…..if possible pleease mail me on ..

  13. AJ September 1, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    I think that looks like a great configuration for the Inspiron 1440, nice selection.

  14. Dany September 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    Thanks AJ for a very brief and nice review..I’m planning to buy one in the following week. For normal usage, how long the battery will run on? Can the glossy finish marks our fingerprints easily?


  15. meghana September 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    hey thnx….AJ…was so scared after reading ur review..could not sleep properly…jus kept thnkin whether i took a wrong situation..hope this thng works out well..!!! thnx..

  16. badj September 5, 2009 at 3:52 am #

    it’s a great choice…i just puchased one…but i’m kinda frustrated now because i’m having a problem with it…it is just yesterday i got BLUESCREEN error…i think i need to go to a dell service center to have my inspiron check

  17. Sara September 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    Do you know if the dell inspiron 14 in passion purple will be a non-glossy finish like the red inspiron 14z or a glossy finish like the black??


  18. AJ September 7, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    @ Sara – All of the Inspiron lid finishes are glossy, the Studio 14z colored finishes are non-glossy.

  19. bazell September 8, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    considering purchasing this machine, but am concerned that it does not have enough processor speed, as this is one of the drawbacks indicating in many reviews in addition to yours.
    now, i suppose i would consider myself an “average” user as my computer knowledge is fairly limited and the newest game i’ve played was Diablo 2, but i do intend to use my laptop for intensive entertainment purposes (music/movies/etc.) on top of the basic functions that i know this machine will support such as internet-surfing and word processing. do you think this is still the right computer for someone who wants to do moderate to heavy downloading and viewing.

    i should note that i’ve been thinking i’ll customize it at the website with 2 or 3 GB Memory but minimal disk space to opt for an external hard-drive.

    this all sound copacetic? thoughts? suggestions?

  20. amey September 15, 2009 at 1:37 am #

    ijust bought this inspiron 14 and i turnout to work just great,im a college student and it really suits me..

  21. meghana September 16, 2009 at 3:32 am #

    m gettin by this weekend..hope it works well..!!! hey amey…hwz ur lapptop?? whts ur config??

  22. Sunny September 20, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    hey there. Thank so much for your great review. it was really thourough and it answered many questions i had about the studio and the inspiron.
    I am a high school student and I wont be planying games or editing videos etc so i think the inspiron 14 will be perfect for my needs. There is a good promotion on so I am planning to get this configuration.

    Lid Design $85
    Vista home Premium bit 64
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T6600 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
    500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
    14.0” High Definition+ (900p) Bright LED Display with TrueLife™
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz
    48 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
    Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half Mini-Card with Netgear WGR614 Wireless G Router
    Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Internal (2.1)
    Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam w/facial recognition

    This is all for around $950 which i think is a really great deal
    i have a couple of questions.
    **Since this has more upgraded components, will it be significantly heavier than the 5 lb starting weight?
    **For the 900p Hi-Def screen, you said that the print is smaller, is there an option to enlarge the contents on the screen as things would appear on a 720p screen?

    Thanks. Your review was really helpful is helping me to decide between the studio 14z and inspiron 14.

  23. AJ September 21, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    hey Sunny, to answer your questions:

    1) The weight will be the same, the upgraded components you chose do not weigh more, they’re simply better technology for the same weight.

    2) You can always set text and icons to a larger size within Windows, you could also set the screen resolution to be 720p but setting the resolution to something other than the native screen resolution usually makes text and icons look a bit stretched or blurred, so best to just use Windows to do that.

    Great choice on the Inspiron 14!

  24. allen September 27, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    HI! I’ve just bought my inspiron 1440 few days ago before i’ve read AJ’s review. i often use this for doing office works and video chatting. the webcam does great with its 2.0mp output although it is just a 1.3mp. I’m using a dual core processor and it’s doing well in multi tasking.My 320gb hard drive saves lot of works and downloaded songs too. the 6 cell battery also last up to 3 hours. When you buy one, ask your dealer if you could get an additional 2gb memory upgrade for free just like what ive got that made a total of 4gb of RAM.

    It’s worth buying this Inspiron 1440!

  25. student September 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    Hi, I just purchased the inspiron 14 and have found that the audio has a lot of background noise and it sounds fizzy. Do you know if all the inspirons 14s are like this or if it’s just the problem specific to my laptop?

  26. Francy October 3, 2009 at 7:05 am #

    I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful review! It answered a lot of my questions. I’ll get this very soon!!!

  27. KT October 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    Hey.. Nice review you’ve got there.. I just wanna ask bout the processor for the laptop.. Is ur Ins 14 with 1.3GHZ processor? If it is.. Is it fast? Did u had any troubles on ur loading speed or anything?

    Thx.. 🙂

  28. Michelle October 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    AJ – Thank you for taking your time to provide this review. Im considering purchasing this as a gift for my HS Senior as a resource for her to take to college. This is primarily to be used for typical word processing tasks and internet. My only concern is her vast collection of music and use of Itunes. What configurations would you suggest for this type of usage?
    Thanks in advance for your time.

  29. rahul October 18, 2009 at 7:55 am #

    hi thanx for the information..i have customised the configuration of dell inspiron is it??
    Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz / 800MHz FSB / 2MB)
    Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Premium 64bit (English)
    4GB (2x2G) Dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM
    320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
    1 Year Complete Cover Accidental Damage Protection
    Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 (802.11a/g/n) Half Mini-card
    Integrated CREATIVE Sound Blaster(R) X-Fi MB Audio Software Solution

  30. AJ October 18, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    @Michelle, the only thing you’ll really need to make sure the iTunes collection has enough room on the laptop is to configure it with a hard drive that’s 250GB or more. Even though you think she may have a lot, I doubt it’s more than a few GB worth but since upgrading to a larger hard drive space is cheap it doesn’t hurt to have more. For using Word and Internet just make sure to get 2GB of RAM and pretty much any processor will do. If you can afford a $60 upgrade to the Core 2 Duo then do it, but if not then no big deal. The Inspiron 14 comes with Windows 7 now and that’s a better performer than Vista, so good time to buy.

  31. AJ October 18, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    @Rahul – that configuration looks great, I wouldn’t change a thing.

  32. Jason October 20, 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    Thanks for a very informative and useful review of the Inspiron 14. Even two months after your review was posted, I haven’t seen any other reviews besides this one!

    Minor detail- I think there’s a minor error in listing the resolution of the two available displays. You listed them as 1280×720 (720p) and 1440×900 (900p). They are actually 1366×768 for the 720p and 1600×900 for the 900p.

    Since this review, Dell has introduced a third 14″ consumer model. In addition to the Studio 14z and Inspiron 14, they now have the Inspiron 14z as well. It falls between the Inspiron 14 and Studio 14z in terms of weight, thickness and features. The most unique feature of the Inspiron ‘z’ models is the CULV processors used in them. As a result, they have significantly better battery life than either of the other two.

  33. Ralf November 5, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    hi AJ. i just want to ask if Microsoft Office is installed in this computer? i’m thinking of buying this, but i might think twice if there wasn’t ms word, excel, and whatnot. thanks for replying.

  34. AJ November 5, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    Ralf, there is a trial edition of MS Office that you can use 30 times before buying and you can configure the Inspiron 14, but it is also limited in what it can do unless you pay to unlock it (I think the price is around $199). I don’t know of any laptop that comes with MS Office these days.

  35. Ralf November 5, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    oh. well thanks. i guess i’ll just pay more.

  36. Sem November 6, 2009 at 7:19 am #

    Laptop is good, for basic things.
    But have a big problem, FAN LOUD sometimes is terrible, if someone found a solution for this, will be gr8.

    Nice review btw.

  37. Sue November 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    I just bought a dell 1440, like 2 months ago. My indicator light used to be blue, now its like a creamy white, and laptop will not turn on at all, Any clue to what the problem is

  38. Suzi Q November 22, 2009 at 8:07 am #

    AJ – Thanks for the great review! I just bought this laptop last week and reading your review was reassuring. So far, I’m enjoying it a lot!

  39. RandomOne November 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm #

    Hey, I loved your review, it was perfect.
    It answered majurity of my questions.
    What Im trying to find out is if this game called Mabinogi will work on this laptop, will it work? And if it works, what will the performance be? Oh, my dad is coming back from his deployment in December, and thats when Im getting my new laptop, Ive been doing a lot of research, and Ive come down to the Inspiron 14. The only question I have now, is the game Mabinogi. If you wanna know the requirements for this game to work, here it is:
    Go to download, and it has the requirements all the way down, you wont miss it.

  40. AJ November 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm #


    Yes, the Inspiron 14 will definitely be able to run Mabinogi, it’s not a demanding 3D game and the system requirements are far surpassed by the Inspiron 14.

  41. random:) November 26, 2009 at 4:57 am #

    Thanks for the informative review… I’ve ordered mine already, it has a 2.26 ghz, and 4 gb of RAM, with a 9 cell battery and 320 gb of memory… i was just wondering, hows the durability of the laptop? since the laptop is cheaply built, does the buttons start to drop after a few months? thx

  42. Tiago November 28, 2009 at 1:10 am #

    Very good your review!
    I’m from Brazil and would like to ask a question..
    I wonder if the outside air behind the notebook can damage the LCD?
    You can not take more pictures? or video?
    could send by email?

    The notebook is really wonderful!

  43. RandomOne November 28, 2009 at 7:31 am #

    Thanks AJ!
    Mean A LOT to me!
    I can definately tell my dad I want this one now.
    Will the game effect the speed of the laptop?
    And yah, from random:)’s question, how long will the laptop last?
    I’d like to have it for a long time, so hope the durability is long enough.
    I cant wait till’ December, thanks for the review AJ, thanks a bunch!

  44. NEED HELP GIRL! December 5, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    Hey. I have the same laptop but it died today. What I mean is that I can’t turn it on anymore. It was perfectly fine before. I guess the battery is okay. But the charger! Usually when I plug it in it lights up blue but now, it doesnt light up blue. 🙁 HELP ME!!!

  45. mo December 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    i got this laptop 4 days ago, being a web designer & developer this Dell baby seems to be great when i need portability + performance. it can be a substitute for my core2duo pc for at least 2-4hours doing light works.

    my only concern is the touchpad & the left palm rest heats up. it make’s me worried. i think that part is poorly built.(if anyone knows why then correct me)

    BUT, i think the laptop cools it down a bit or can control the heat.

    it doesn’t really blows much heat but being a DELL? hmm..(you might think twice as i am)

    but overall i’m happy.

    i’m thinking of getting a replacement if it’s really an issue.

    Google “dell 1440 touchpad heat” & you’ll find similar issues from users with experience having Dell laptops. or search on

    My specs:
    windows 7-dualcore2.0GHz-320GB-2G RAM

  46. Ashlee December 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    There is actually a very small indicator light to show when the battery is charging. It goes off when the laptop is fully charged.. And you can just hover over the battery and it will tell you anyway =)

    I got mine for college and I love it. =) It also came with Microsoft Office Home and Student Preinstalled.

  47. Sophie December 19, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    This laptop is great, i bought it just for a recommendation and i’m happy for the desition. The only thing I didnt notice was the media keys, replacing the F’s. It’s really annoying and I’ve tried to find something to reverse that, with no results. I work a lot with the F’s, maybe someone here has something to repair that.

  48. AJ December 19, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    Sophie, to change that (invert the function keys) do the following:

    While it’s booting up tap the F2 key and it will go into a setup screen with a tree view selection on the left, one of them will give you the option to toggle the F keys behavior.

  49. Sophie December 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow, now I deeply in love with my 1440. Thanks AJ!

  50. AL December 23, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    Hello AJ.. just want to ask where we can get the free upgrade to windows 7 with my current vista??

  51. AJ December 23, 2009 at 10:19 am #

    Al, the free upgrade is only for those that purchased a Vista OS machine after June, you can get the upgrade here:

  52. AG December 23, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    hey AJ,thank you for the great clears up a lot of things.Overall do you think this laptop can be a suitable replacement to,or better than, my desktop which i have been using at home, which has a Celeron 2.4 Ghz processor and 1 gb RAM ?
    i use it for programming in java, MATLAB, SQL ,for watching videos/movies and playing basic 3d games which a 1gb machine with onboard graphics can support.

  53. AJ December 24, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    hey AG, if you’re used to using a Celeron powered computer with 1GB of RAM then the Inspiron 14 will actually be quite a step-up in overall performance for you. It will definitely serve your needs for programming/running Java, Matlab and using for entertainment purposes. Good luck with your buying decision!

  54. AKG December 25, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    How about the Sound/Audio quality for Dell Inspiron 14″ laptop? I am going to buy this laptop, but I heard that there is some internal Sound Volume issue with few dell models ? Please advise.

  55. AL December 26, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    Hello AJ, uhmm.. can you tell me if Inspiron 1440 is the same with Inspiron ALBA SK…??

  56. Elena January 1, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    Hi AJ, I’m from NZ and purchased my Inspiron from an authorised dealer. My specs are Intel Core Duo/2.1 GHz/4GB RAM/320 GB SATA/512 Radeon card. I have Vista and am waiting for my free upgrade to Windows 7. I just wanted to check whether it’s something I need to worry about or not: sometimes the keyboard in unresponsive, I have to apply pressure or restart the laptop. It’s not very responsive in general, but I guess it’s because the buttons don’t have a lot of travel. Or maybe because the processor is busy, but I can’t be sure because there are no indicator lights. Also, I had this laptop for over a week and every now and again there’s a sharp clicking sound coming from inside…
    By the way, I have a blue light on the cable when it’s plugged in and a white light on the front panel, it will glow amber when low battery. It will glow constant white when laptop switched off and charging. The webcam is quite good, and you don’t have to apply a lot of pressure to trigger vertical scroll, just configure touchpad scroll to widest option and to run your finger up and down to activate, rather than circular motion of clockwise or anti-clockwise.

  57. AJ January 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Elena, how long is the keyboard unresponsive for? If you start typing and you don’t see text appear, does it appear a couple of seconds later? It’s not abnormal for a computer to slow down a bit and the text you type appear a couple of seconds after you type (this is called buffering while the processor is working on something else). However, if you’re typing and the text never appears this definitely sounds abnormal and something you should contact Dell about. Sounds like you got a different charger to the one I got, it’s much nicer to have visual feedback to tell you when the laptop is charging.

  58. Elena January 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi AJ, thanks for such quick response. The keyboard is unresponsive for a few seconds, sometimes I have to treat the keys as on a typewriter (bang on them quite hard rather than just tap them). I wonder whether an upgrade to a lighter (apparently) Windows 7 would help with this.
    I’m also concerned with the clicking noise I talked about as it sounds like something is shortening there, but there’s no change in screen appearance when it happens.
    I haven’t tried it, but do you think my specs are good enough to try and play WoW: Wrath of the Lich King? Thanks!

  59. AJ January 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    That keyboard behavior just isn’t normal, and shouldn’t be affected by your OS, you should call Dell and describe the problem to them before your warranty expires, the keyboard may need replacing or need to be seated properly if it wasn’t installed right. Maybe try using an can of air blast to make sure there’s no debris under the keys (such as food crumbs if you eat while close to the laptop).

    For WoW: Wrath of the Lich King, with your configuration that includes a Core 2 Duo and dedicated graphics, you have enough power to play this.

  60. MJ January 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    AJ, thanks for this thorough review. Regarding Elena’s keyboard issue, I have the same problem with my Dell Inspiron 1440. In fact it is doing it right now. As I type normally as I would on any computer, some letters and spaces just randomly don’t input to the cursor. You then have to constantly backspace to correct the spelling. I don’t know if the same happens in msword. It appears to happen mainly within an internet explorer window or email text entry field. The suggestion to call Dell is all well and good, but I dread speaking with a support person halfway around the world speaking broken english from a script. Been down that road too many times, but will probably have to do it again to at least get a replacement. Tried to find mention of this issue on the web and only one other forum addressed it, but with no answer. No clicking noise, however, as with Elena.

  61. Elena January 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    Hi MJ, since my last post the keyboard hasn’t played up yet. At least, I think that all those missed letters and spaces are a result of me not applying enough pressure to the keys. I rang local customer support number here relating a different issue: searching for my missing free upgrade to Win7, only to be put through to Phillipines where I spent 30 mins on the phone, 20 mins of which I spent spelling out my details to the rep there over and over again. Sigh!

  62. jyoti January 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    hey guys,thnx a lot for all d info..aftr reading all ur reviews sure dell inspiron 14 is worth buyng..n im thnkful 2 my mom dad for it…4 giving me as a Birthday Gift !!

  63. brandi January 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    can i play sims 2 on the 1440? without it freezing up..please let me know asap, i am going to get one today!

  64. MJ January 8, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    Elena, glad the keyboard is working. Can’t say the same for me. It is terrible when it begins skipping as you type. I will update this forum when I get around to calling Dell. Just too busy right now.

  65. hannah January 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    Hi AJ,
    Thanks for your reivew. When you first purchased your laptop, did you hear any noise besides fan? I hear little noise that comes from hard drive, but I wasn’t sure if this is normal.

  66. Irene January 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    Thanks for the info,,mine is PASSION mom bought it for 35,, expensive for me.:)
    anyway, thankS!!;)

  67. Maegan January 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi Aj,

    Such a comprehensive review. I’m about to buy an Inspiron 1440 with the following scpecs:

    Dell Inspiron 1440 (614N)
    Intel Dual COre T4300 (2.0 GHz)
    GMA x4500hd Graphics Card
    14″ (1366×768) LCD Display
    2 GB DDR2 Memory
    320 GB SATA HDD
    8x DVD RW
    Wireless 802.11B/ G, LAN
    Built in Card Reader
    Built in 1.3 MP Webcam
    6-cell battery
    Free DOS
    OS – Windows 7

    Would you have any additional inputs on other disadvantages I should expect? Or probably a commendation if specs above looks good enough. Thank you.

  68. MJ January 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    Just an update on my situation with the keyboard. I installed the free Windows 7 CD two days ago that I registered for after buying this machine in August with Vista installed. It appears that all is well, no more skipping and backspacing with everyday typing. I guess something in the OS wasn’t right and Windows 7 fixed it. This is a nice machine for a great price. 500 gb hard drive; 4 gb RAM; Pentium Dual Core 2 ghz; 64 bit OS; built-in webcam, wireless; Microsoft Office (for students) at a discount.

  69. Elena January 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    my keyboard is fine, except for the volume controls: the mute button works only occasionally. It looks like each time I hit the key it registers as if I hit it twice… any suggestions?? 0_o

  70. Jo January 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    My keyboard is VERY insensitive! I’m using the DELL inspirion 4 right now.

    I’m typing at he speed and style of ow I usuall type. Forall the computers and laptop I used so far,my pressure s fine. Words ppear in full.

    I’ll not backspace to correct any error. You can see from my coment how insenstive the keys are. I totally hate it coz even as i type my very sort email @, ‘ve got 3 letters not sensed. I i ust my laptop or re alleyboards from this series like that?

    It makes me slow down in etting work done when I’ve to constantly go back to correct my mistake.

    I’m from Singapore and I bought this laptop during an IT exhibition. Should I give DELL a call? It’s a pity coz I just finished transferring all my files from the old laptop to this new one.

    And for that above paragraph with no error, I’ve to go back tochange 8 mistakes.

  71. prvn January 25, 2010 at 1:25 am #


    I recently bought Inspiron 1440,one thing, though there is no problem with battery, it is loose and doesn’t fit correctly even if its locked. Is this common issue or should i need to call dell customer care….any suggestions?

  72. Elena January 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    Hi prvn, I think such things as batteries should sit snuggly, even if you don’t have problems with the power supply, it could still be unsafe. I think you should give Dell a call.

  73. prvn January 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi Elena, thanks for you suggestion,:)

  74. azz January 27, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    Hi Aj, i just bought the dell inspiron 1440 with these specifications:

    Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2 GHz)
    GMA x4500hd Graphics Card
    14″ (1366×768) LCD Display
    2 GB DDR2 Memory
    320 GB SATA HDD
    8x DVD RW
    Wireless 802.11B/ G, LAN
    Built in Card Reader
    Built in 1.3 MP Webcam
    6-cell battery
    Free DOS

    i just used the laptop for few days and i found out that there is a problem with the laptop..i usually heard the cracking sound in not sure whether it is coming from the processor or fan..the other thing is i had a problem while playing football manager 2010..i suspect it’s because of the graphic card, but the game does not require high graphic addition, when im running chess titans the laptop suddenly turned to bluescreen displaying “dumping physical memory” this problem frequently happened to my previous laptop (acer) i thought the problem will be settled after i bought the new one with greater specs than how do you think with this problem? is the problem serious?

  75. MJ January 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    To Jo:
    My keyboard gave me the same problems- skipping letters and spaces at random. After upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 with the free CD (I had to register for the free CD), the keyboard is trouble-free. I did nothing else but this upgrade, and can’t explain it, and have since forgotten how bad it was. Hope this helps

  76. Terrie January 31, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    I just purchased my Inspiron and I am very pleased. Worth the money =)

  77. prvn February 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Hi Elena,

    I called up Dell customer care, regarding the battery fitting loosely, i was told that the design of the system is itself that way and there will be no problems. Also, Dell support informed me that they had received similar complaints, and they had checked the same with designing team. I am bit confused now whether to go for a change……

  78. Elena February 7, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    Hi prvn, I suppose it depends on your definition of loose. I just held my laptop up in the air while typing this, and there’s some movement where the clips that click into place are. I suppose that’s natural but the contacts aren’t affected. Hope that helps, but if you’re unhappy it would always pay to take it to a service shop and have it checked. If it was me and I was concerned I would just take to my local computer shop just the get reassured by the tech guys there that that’s normal and not too loose to be concerned about.

  79. SB February 18, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Excellent review! Still deciding on what laptop to purchase.

    One question: If you opt for a 9-cell battery, does it add bulk to the laptop?
    I understand that the laptop will be heavier, but will the battery stick-out the back or side of the laptop? From the way the lid opens, it would seem like the battery cannot stick-out the back. . .

    Anyone’s input/feedback would be great!

  80. Syed razi February 24, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    I just need t o know that Dell Inspairon 1440 having dual core can be upgraded to core two duo in future? inshort if i buy dual core processor note book can upgrade core two dou

  81. Syed razi February 24, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    I would be highly thankful if some one can reply me ASAP since i am going to purchase this

  82. zak89 March 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    @Syed – While it is technically possible to upgrade a laptop CPU, it is not a easy job – however depending on your usage you may not even notice a difference between a Pentium Dual Core and a Core 2 Duo at the same clock speed.
    Memory and hard drives are very easily replaced on most Dell laptops, but I wouldn’t recommend upgrading the processor unless you are very familiar with laptop hardware upgrades.

  83. jasmine March 12, 2010 at 4:21 am #


    Can anyone help me with this question:
    i have dell 1440 but i dont know how to enable or activate the bluetooth ?

    Thank in advance


  84. Yuriy March 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    This could be a great deal if it had graphics from nVidia or ATI Radeon.
    Todays models have it, but the price is so high, that you can buy a studio 14 with i7.
    The prices have to be more reasonable.

  85. vera March 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    hi Aj, (or anyone who knows anything about sound cards)

    i have a dell inspiron 1440 laptop
    the config is

    windows home basic
    intel core 2 duo cpu t6600 2.20 ghz
    3gb ram
    64 bit system type

    i have a question about the sound card. currently my device manager says i have ‘IDT High Definition Audio CODEC’. do you know if this is a full duplex supported sound card? i have searched for dell inspiron 1440 compatible drivers for windows 7 but it says dell has not come out with any yet. please tell me if you know where i can download one online? also, if i do download one online how do i install it? will it mess up my laptop?

    PLS reply. i desperately need some help with this one

  86. lola March 14, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    my new inspirion should arrive this week with the following and i’m hoping i have what i need – i mainly use the iTunes, like to write on Word, email, web browsing/shopping, some spreadsheets, watch tv/movies, burn music – all mostly personal use.

  87. PDK March 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Hey AJ

    Thanks for the post. The review was excellent and pretty uselful to me. I just purchased the system!!!!! 🙂

  88. Ralf March 25, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    hi AJ. can i ask what difference the CORE i3 makes with this laptop? does it make it better than dual core or core 2 duo?

  89. AJ March 25, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    @Ralf: it’s definitely an improvement to have Core i3, you would see faster performance and about the same battery life. Check out a review I did of the Sony VAIO CW to see how the Core i3 benchmarks compare to the Dell Inspiron 14 here.

  90. James March 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    Hi, I was wondering if you could help me decide which of these laptops is best for me.

    1. Dell Inspiron 14
    2. Compaq Presario CQ40-416AU
    3. Emachines EMD725-442G32Mi

    I’m a Communications Engineering student and I would like to use the laptop both for casual gaming (NBA2k10, Red Alert, etc) and Matlab. I’am also on a budget and I would like to get the best configuration possible for my money.

  91. Hieu March 31, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    @James: I’m an EE Engineering student. From my exp, I think Inspiron 14 is perhaps the best choice of among 3 listed. If you run some heavy programs like Mathlab or ADS, it’s a bit slow for complex compilation and simulation, but still results will come out eventually (of course, NOT that very slow :D, so dont worry, mine is with CPU T4500). Compaq CQ40 series has been complained a lots for poor quality (I dont have one but my mates do and most of them regreted). Emachines, you could save several bucks, but I doubt about its performance.

    However, if you arent in a hurry, dont buy now, save some more cash and go for Core i3. It’s significant faster :] (a modest example, same source code, simulation with my T4500 took around 25s for completing, while with I3, only slighty more than 15s. But around USD200 difference will be there.

  92. john April 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    hi there , my ispiron 1440 wont install the sound blaster and the other sound driver .what should i do?

  93. Michael April 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    I ordered mine today. The lack of LED status lights is a big plus in my book as I find them distracting. Thank you for posting your review!

  94. John June 29, 2010 at 5:28 am #

    I noticed the same hard drive noise that others have mentioned. I actually returned one because the hard drive was noisy & seemed to repeatedly spin up and down while I was working. The replacement that I got makes the exact same noises, so I figured that it is probably just normal for the unit….though I suppose only time will tell.

  95. yo yo August 13, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    I have a dell 1440 and its AWSOME!!!!!! the speakers arent half bad:-). I am REALLY happy with the webcame!!!!!!!!! i like the settings for either projecter only or both or etc. I also like u can ejct by the button, turn off wireless connection, and the bettery enjecter. The bad thing about it is that it says 6 hours, but its ONLY 3 hours:-(. GTG byeeee!!!!!!

  96. racy August 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    i found this laptop very bad. it has many problems like less battery backup, getting hang when more that 3 simultaneous application are run, processor heating, big problem with cd rom and one of my usb port doesnt work. but it has good webcam quality. also sound quality is poor than in other model of dell. so i suggest not to buy this model

  97. echo9 October 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Hey Guys 🙂 !!
    I have a 1440 back @ my home.. as of now am working on my compaq 6608au.

    Was just wondering if i want to switch over to my dell 1440 can i directly swap their hard drives with each other? (i can’t make the hard drive image & then copy it to the other as both of them are nearly full & don’t have any free space left in ’em).
    I have Windows 7 ultimate in both of my laptops.

    Please suggest.. 😐 ??

  98. steven December 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    i looked on the dell website for the inspiron 1440 and it said they didnt have it in stock do they still make it anymore?

  99. AJ December 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    @steven: the Inspiron 1440 is no longer made and has been replaced by the Inspiron 14R

  100. Erik Garneau July 25, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    I just ordered mine, can’t wait to get it!!

  101. sethunath August 27, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    inspiron 1440 has got the worst battery and disk drives

  102. Casey March 10, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    I just bought my Dell Inspirion 14z yesterday. I started it up and registered it last night before going to bed. I started it up this evening…nothing! I’ve had it just over 24hrs. It turns on and says DELL on the screen. THAT’S IT! I pushed F12 and now I’m running diagnostics on it. Regardless of the Diagnostic outcome, I’m taking this POS back to the store first thing in the morning and buying a different brand.

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