Better without dedicated GPU - The Dell Inspiron 14 3493 in Review
Dell's 14-inch laptop offers decent or even good battery life, an NVMe SSD and a powerful Ice Lake Core i7 processor. Due to thermal constraints, the dedicated MX230 graphics chip is only able to put its full potential on display for brief periods.
Dell's 14-inch laptop is powered by a Core i7-1065G7 processor and a GeForce MX230 graphics chip. While the CPU performs well and offers enough performance for office workloads and web browsing, the GeForce GPU disappoints. Its clock speed begins to fluctuate after a short time. Thus, playing games is not possible. The only sensible use case for the GPU are applications that only stress it briefly.
For most prospective buyers, an Inspiron model without a dedicated GPU is likely a better choice. While the integrated Iris Plus Graphics G7 GPU cannot fully exhaust its capabilities either, it is able to deliver consistent performance, which makes gaming at least somewhat possible - provided the RAM is running in dual-channel mode.
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
Translator:Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 398 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.