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Dell Inspiron 14-7437 FHD Ultrabook Review Update

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 09/08/2014

A round bundle. A slim aluminum casing plus a Core i7 processor and Full HD screen equal a 14-inch laptop from Dell. The bundle is rounded off with very good battery runtimes. Has Dell created a strong device?

For the original German review, see here.

We tested the Inspiron 14 7437 in 2013. The device convinced with its good overall performance and very good battery runtimes then. Only the screen did not awe us and seemed inappropriate for the device. Now we are looking at an Inspiron model with a Full HD screen. Our report reveals whether the new screen is a good match for the laptop.

Rivals of the Inspiron are devices like the Toshiba Satellite U840T and Lenovo IdeaPad U430. However, 13.3-inch laptops, such as the Asus Zenbook UX302LA and Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite, are also contenders.

Since both Inspiron models have an identical build, we will not go into detail about casing, input devices, connectivity or speakers. Corresponding information can be found in the review of the Inspiron HD model.

Display

The first Inspiron 14 model we tested was shipped with a simple HD screen, which was not convincing in its whole. The present Inspiron now features a better screen. It operates with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and has a brightness of 222.3 cd/m². Although the screen offers a higher brightness than the HD model in the first Inspiron (189.6 cd/m²), it is not a really good rate. We would have expected a rate beyond 250 cd/m² here. Neither the Satellite (177.4 cd/m²) nor the IdeaPad (195.6 cd/m²) offer a good brightness rate - quite the contrary.

236
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
254
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 260 cd/m² Average: 222.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 75 %
Center on Battery: 201 cd/m²
Contrast: 1827:1 (Black: 0.11 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.2 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.68 | - Ø
55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 1.89
Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (FHD)
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SSD CM851 mSATA 32 GB + Seagate ST500LT032-1E9142
Dell Inspiron 14-7437
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
Toshiba Satellite U840T-101
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch 59372369
GeForce GT 730M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LX005-1CW162 500 GB + 16 GB Flash
Screen
-81%
-64%
-112%
Brightness
222
190
-14%
177
-20%
196
-12%
Brightness Distribution
75
82
9%
79
5%
85
13%
Black Level *
0.11
0.28
-155%
0.22
-100%
0.5
-355%
Contrast
1827
704
-61%
859
-53%
426
-77%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.2
10.51
-102%
9.18
-77%
10.84
-108%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.68
11.46
-211%
9.84
-167%
11.39
-210%
Gamma
1.89 127%
2.32 103%
2.63 91%
2.23 108%
CCT
6385 102%
7116 91%
11873 55%
14005 46%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
37.6
-32%
35.89
-35%
36
-35%

* ... smaller is better

Inspiron 14 vs. sRGB
Inspiron 14 vs. sRGB
Inspiron 14 vs. AdobeRGB
Inspiron 14 vs. AdobeRGB

The screen's available brightness is not particularly awe-inspiring. That is different in contrast (1827:1) and black level (0.11 cd/m²). We rarely ascertain such extraordinary rates. It clearly outperforms its sister model (704:1; 0.28 cd/m²), the Satellite (859:1; 0.22 cd/m²) and above all the IdeaPad (426:1; 0.5 cd/m²). The Inspiron's screen cannot reproduce either the sRGB or AdobeRGB color spaces. The coverage rates are 75% (sRGB) and 55% (AdobeRGB).

The Inspiron is shipped with a well-adjusted screen ex-factory. We calibrated the screen ourselves, but there was no improvement. The screen has an average DeltaE 2000 shift of 5.2 in state of delivery. A rate of less than 3 would be desirable. However, the screen does not exhibit a bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)

Unlike the conventional TN screen in the Inspiron HD model, the Full HD screen comes with an IPS panel. Consequently, the screen is legible from every angle. The screen's highly reflective surface makes outdoor use difficult, if not impossible. The laptop should therefore primarily be used in shadowy surroundings.

The Inspiron outdoors
The Inspiron outdoors
Viewing angles: Dell Inspiron 14
Viewing angles: Dell Inspiron 14

Performance

Dell has a 14-inch ultrabook in its product line with the Inspiron 14-7437. An Intel Core processor provides enough computing power for routine applications, such as office and Internet. Our review sample is sold for approximately 880 Euros (~$1139). Other configurations are also available. The currently lowest-priced model in this line features a Core i5-4210U processor, HD screen and 6 GB of working memory for about 730 Euros (~$945).

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
System information: Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (FHD)

Processor

The processor in the Inspiron comes from Intel and is dubbed Core i7-4510U. This dual-core processor clocks with a base speed of 1.7 GHz and can be boosted to 2.8 GHz (both cores) and 3.1 GHz (one core only). The processor is a slightly faster version of the Core i7-4500U CPU that was installed in the Inspiron's HD model that we tested. The Core i7-4520 operates with a 200 MHz higher base speed and 100 MHz faster Turbo levels. Both CPUs have a TDP of 15 watts.

The processor's full computing power is only available in single-thread applications. The CPU processed these with 2.8 GHz. One core is occasionally boosted to 3.1 GHz. The multi-thread tests were performed with 2.4 to 2.5 GHz. Consequently, the Turbo is not quite used to its full extent. The behavior is identical in both AC and battery modes.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.38 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.66 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
21.68 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
117 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
240 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
24.2 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (FHD)
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SSD CM851 mSATA 32 GB + Seagate ST500LT032-1E9142
1.38 Points ∼63%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite 905S3G-K01DE
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
0.34 Points ∼15% -75%
Toshiba Satellite U840T-101
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.11 Points ∼50% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch 59372369
GeForce GT 730M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LX005-1CW162 500 GB + 16 GB Flash
1.11 Points ∼50% -20%
Sony Vaio SV-F14A1M2E/S
GeForce GT 735M, 3337U, Toshiba MQ01ABD075H
1.11 Points ∼50% -20%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 900X3G-K01
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
1.13 Points ∼51% -18%
Acer Aspire S7-392
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, 2x Kingston SMSR150S3256G (RAID 0)
1.19 Points ∼54% -14%
Dell Inspiron 14-7437
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
1.32 Points ∼60% -4%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (FHD)
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SSD CM851 mSATA 32 GB + Seagate ST500LT032-1E9142
2.66 Points ∼13%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite 905S3G-K01DE
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
1.03 Points ∼5% -61%
Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch 59372369
GeForce GT 730M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LX005-1CW162 500 GB + 16 GB Flash
2.44 Points ∼12% -8%
Asus Zenbook UX302LA-C4003H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680 + 24 GB SanDisk SSD U100 Cache
2.47 Points ∼12% -7%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 900X3G-K01
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
2.48 Points ∼12% -7%
Sony Vaio SV-F14A1M2E/S
GeForce GT 735M, 3337U, Toshiba MQ01ABD075H
2.5 Points ∼13% -6%
Toshiba Satellite U840T-101
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.52 Points ∼13% -5%
Acer Aspire S7-392
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, 2x Kingston SMSR150S3256G (RAID 0)
2.74 Points ∼14% +3%
Dell Inspiron 14-7437
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
2.77 Points ∼14% +4%

System Performance

The system runs very smoothly, and Windows also boots quickly. The combination of a conventional hard drive and SSD cache are noticed here. All this is even rounded off by the good PCMark benchmark scores. The PCMark 7 score is very good because this test particularly benefits from the SSD cache. That is not the case in PCMark 8, and thus the scores can be compared better. PCMark 8 has an extra benchmark for the hard drive.

PCMark 7 Score
4486 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2559 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2752 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3524 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (FHD)
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SSD CM851 mSATA 32 GB + Seagate ST500LT032-1E9142
4486 Points ∼56%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite 905S3G-K01DE
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
2162 Points ∼27% -52%
Sony Vaio SV-F14A1M2E/S
GeForce GT 735M, 3337U, Toshiba MQ01ABD075H
2981 Points ∼37% -34%
Asus Zenbook UX302LA-C4003H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680 + 24 GB SanDisk SSD U100 Cache
3320 Points ∼41% -26%
Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch 59372369
GeForce GT 730M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LX005-1CW162 500 GB + 16 GB Flash
3937 Points ∼49% -12%
Toshiba Satellite U840T-101
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4300 Points ∼53% -4%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 900X3G-K01
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
4898 Points ∼61% +9%
Acer Aspire S7-392
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, 2x Kingston SMSR150S3256G (RAID 0)
4970 Points ∼62% +11%
Dell Inspiron 14-7437
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
5057 Points ∼63% +13%

Storage Devices

A hard drive from Seagate is built in. It has a capacity of 500 GB and spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. A 32 GB SSD cache in the mSATA format is additionally installed. The cache ensures swift loading of frequently used applications. CrystalDiskMark recorded a read speed of 101.5 MB/s, and HD Tune delivered an average transfer rate of 86 MB/s. Those are good rates for a 5400 rpm hard drive. The high 4k read rates are noticed favorably. The cache is noticed here.

Samsung SSD CM851 mSATA 32 GB + Seagate ST500LT032-1E9142
Transfer Rate Minimum: 40.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 112.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 86 MB/s
Access Time: 18.3 ms
Burst Rate: 113.5 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1.5 %

Graphics Card

The HD Graphics 4400 core supports DirectX 11.1 and clocks with speeds ranging from 200 to 1100 MHz. Since the working memory operates in dual-channel mode, the 3DMark benchmark scores are roughly 20% better than in laptops that only operate with one memory module and use the HD Graphics 4400 GPU. The Satellite is clearly defeated because it sports a weaker GPU. The IdeaPad achieves the best results owing to its GeForce GT 730M core.

3DMark 06 Standard
6009 points
3DMark 11 Performance
910 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
41635 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4518 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
574 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (FHD)
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SSD CM851 mSATA 32 GB + Seagate ST500LT032-1E9142
910 Points ∼3%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite 905S3G-K01DE
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
470 Points ∼2% -48%
Toshiba Satellite U840T-101
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
683 Points ∼2% -25%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 900X3G-K01
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
886 Points ∼3% -3%
Acer Aspire S7-392
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, 2x Kingston SMSR150S3256G (RAID 0)
925 Points ∼3% +2%
Asus Zenbook UX302LA-C4003H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680 + 24 GB SanDisk SSD U100 Cache
952 Points ∼3% +5%
Sony Vaio SV-F14A1M2E/S
GeForce GT 735M, 3337U, Toshiba MQ01ABD075H
1762 Points ∼6% +94%

Gaming Performance

Computer games are not the main application field of the Inspiron. Some games can nevertheless be occasionally played. However, users will have to be satisfied with a low resolution and low (to in some cases medium) quality settings. There are models available in the "light and thin" laptop category that allow regular gaming. An example from the 13.3-inch sector would be Asus' Zenbook UX32LN with a GeForce 840M graphics core, and from the 14-inch sector Lenovo's IdeaPad U430 with a GeForce GT 730M GPU.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 3721.513.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 23.815.913.6fps
Thief (2014) 13.68.57.2fps

Emissions

System Noise

The Inspiron only produces a little noise over the entire load range. The fan is sometimes inactive in idle mode, and only the hard drive's noise is audible. The fan does not speed up excessively during load; we measured a noise level of 36 dB(A) during the stress test. This looks the same in the IdeaPad, and the Satellite produces the highest noise when under load.

Noise Level

Idle
31.2 / 31.6 / 31.6 dB(A)
HDD
31.3 dB(A)
Load
36 / 36 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Inspiron 14 in the stress test
The Inspiron 14 in the stress test

The Inspiron's temperature development is very restrained. The temperature on the single measuring points stayed below 30 °C in idle mode. It only surpassed 40 °C on three measuring points during the stress test. The latter is not very surprising because both the CPU and GPU are throttled. The Satellite and IdeaPad achieve considerably higher temperatures. That was expected in the case of the IdeaPad because it sports a dedicated graphics core.

Both the CPU and GPU were throttled in the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour). The CPU reaches speeds of 1.1 to 1.2 GHz, and the graphics core operates with 800 to 850 MHz. This is the case in both AC and battery modes. The CPU's temperature settled to approximately 68 °C in AC mode.

Max. Load
 35.1 °C45.1 °C43.8 °C 
 29.4 °C32.6 °C31 °C 
 28.4 °C28.2 °C30.6 °C 
Maximum: 45.1 °C
Average: 33.8 °C
37.8 °C40.2 °C32.3 °C
32.7 °C33.8 °C31.8 °C
31.6 °C30.6 °C29.8 °C
Maximum: 40.2 °C
Average: 33.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  47.3 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-360
 23.3 °C29.3 °C29.1 °C 
 25.6 °C26.4 °C26.7 °C 
 25.2 °C25 °C27 °C 
Maximum: 29.3 °C
Average: 26.4 °C
28.7 °C28.4 °C27.6 °C
27.7 °C27.3 °C26 °C
27.5 °C26 °C25.6 °C
Maximum: 28.7 °C
Average: 27.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  27.3 °C | Room Temperature 22.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Inspiron treats itself to considerably more energy than its HD-sister model. We assume that that is due to the higher-resolution screen. Both devices are on par during load and consume almost the same power under both medium load (via 3DMark06) and full load (stress test via Prime95 and Furmark). It is noticed here that the processor and graphics core in both laptops are throttled in the stress test. The Satellite and IdeaPad consume more energy in total, which is not surprising. Toshiba's laptop uses an Ivy Bridge processor that is not quite as moderate as the Haswell processor in the Inspiron. Furthermore, the GPU and graphics core in the Satellite are not throttled as strongly as those in the Inspiron. The IdeaPad features a dedicated graphics core that requires more energy than the GPUs installed in the contenders.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.3 / 8.6 / 10.6 Watt
Load midlight 29.3 / 29.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The Inspiron's battery lasted for 13:11 h in idle mode. The IdeaPad (11:43 h), and particularly the Satellite (7:03 h) shut down earlier. Idle mode is ascertained with the Battery Eater Reader's test; the screen is set to minimum brightness, the energy-saving profile is enabled, and the radio modules are off. The Inspiron stops running after 2:10 h of load. The IdeaPad (2:13 h) is on par, and the Satellite (2:43 h) lasts longer. The load runtime is determined using Battery Eater's Classic test. The screen's brightness is set to maximum, the high-performance profile and the wireless modules are enabled.

Dell's laptop shut down after 6:27 h in the Wi-Fi test. Again, it clearly surpasses the Satellite (4:03 h) and the IdeaPad (5:29 h). For this test, websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds, the energy-saving profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². We check the video playback time by running the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The energy-saving profile is enabled, the radio modules are off, and the screen's brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The Inspiron lasted for 6:33 h. This test was not performed with the contenders.

In total, the Inspiron provides very good battery runtimes. Apart from the idle test, it is on par with its HD sister model. The runtime of our three comparison laptops can be compared well because their batteries have a similar capacity (Dell: 56 Wh; Toshiba: 52 Wh; Lenovo: 52 Wh).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 11min
WiFi Surfing
6h 27min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 33min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 10min
Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (FHD)
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SSD CM851 mSATA 32 GB + Seagate ST500LT032-1E9142
Dell Inspiron 14-7437
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Micron RealSSD C400 (MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12)
Toshiba Satellite U840T-101
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch 59372369
GeForce GT 730M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LX005-1CW162 500 GB + 16 GB Flash
Battery Runtime
-12%
-20%
-8%
Reader / Idle
791
563
-29%
423
-47%
703
-11%
Load
130
121
-7%
163
25%
133
2%
WiFi
387
389
1%
243
-37%
329
-15%
H.264
393

Verdict

Dell's Inspiron 14 is largely identical with the Inspiron model that we previously tested. Dell ships a strong ultrabook with a quality aluminum casing. The processor is absolutely sufficient for taking care of office and Internet applications. The laptop runs quietly in total and does not get excessively warm either. The Inspiron can match the very good battery runtimes of its HD sister model. The high-contrast, Full HD, IPS screen overall fits better to the Inspiron, and it boosts its quality impression at the same time. Buyers who are interested in the Inspiron should ignore the HD model and take the Full HD version.

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Specifications

Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (FHD) (Inspiron 14 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4400, Core: 200-1100 MHz, 10.18.10.3621
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, dual-channel, soldered
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, 10 point multi-touch, LG Philips 140WF1, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
Storage
Samsung SSD CM851 mSATA 32 GB + Seagate ST500LT032-1E9142, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 420 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.3 x 345 x 240 ( = 0.6 x 13.58 x 9.45 in)
Battery
58 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, chiclet, Dell Backup and Recovery, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), Ms Office (trial), Windows Essentials 2012, 12 (Kauf direkt bei Dell), 24 (Kauf bei anderen Händlern) Months Warranty
Weight
2 kg ( = 70.55 oz / 4.41 pounds), Power Supply: 273 g ( = 9.63 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
899 Euro

 

Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (picture: Dell).
Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (picture: Dell).
Lid's back side (picture: Dell).
Lid's back side (picture: Dell).
The keyboard backlight has two brightness levels.
The keyboard backlight has two brightness levels.
Though there is no maintenance cover, the underside can be removed.
Though there is no maintenance cover, the underside can be removed.
The Inspiron's hardware.
The Inspiron's hardware.
Two fans discharge the waste heat.
Two fans discharge the waste heat.
Replacing the hard drive is possible.
Replacing the hard drive is possible.
A 58 Wh battery ensures long runtimes.
A 58 Wh battery ensures long runtimes.
Good: Two Wi-Fi antennas are installed.
Good: Two Wi-Fi antennas are installed.
The BIOS battery could also be replaced.
The BIOS battery could also be replaced.

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Pro

+Decent application performance
+High-contrast, Full HD, IPS screen
+Attractive aluminum casing
+Very good battery runtimes
 

Cons

-No maintenance cover

Shortcut

What we like

The very good battery runtimes, the casing, and the Full HD screen.

What we'd like to see

A few more interfaces wouldn't hurt.

What surprises us

Rather than installing a standard slot for a Kensington lock, Dell uses a Noble security lock slot.

The competition

Toshiba Satellite U840T, Lenovo IdeaPad U430, Sony Vaio Fit SV-F14, Asus Zenbook UX302LA-C4003H (13.3-inches), Acer Aspire S7-392 (13.3-inches), Samsung ATIV Book 9 900X3G-K01DE (13.3-inches), Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite 905S3G-K01DE (13.3-inches).

Rating

Dell Inspiron 14-7437 (FHD) - 03/08/2016 v5
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
88 / 98 → 90%
Keyboard
79%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
40 / 80 → 50%
Weight
63 / 67 → 91%
Battery
94%
Display
81%
Games Performance
51 / 68 → 75%
Application Performance
63 / 92 → 68%
Temperature
91%
Noise
91%
Audio
40%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
70%
81%
Office - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-09- 8 (Update: 2014-09-12)