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Dell Inspiron 13 5301 in review: Stylish and compact subnotebook, but...

Inspired by Inspiron? The Dell Inspiron 13 5301 can definitely be described as compact and stylish. Our review of the Dell Inspiron 13 will reveal whether the 13.3-inch device with the Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe graphics, and 8 GB of RAM is also able to score points with other features such as impressive performance and endurance.
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Dell offers its current Inspiron 13 with a 13.3-inch Full HD display in four different configurations. Our review sample is the mid-range model with the Intel Core i5-1135G7. Besides the version that we tested with a 256 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, it's also available with a 512 GB SSD for an additional charge. Alternatively, the Intel Core i3-1115G4 with 256 GB of storage and the Intel Core i7-1165G7 with a 512 GB SSD are available.

All models are equipped with 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM. Dell refrains from using a dedicated GPU and relies on the Iris Xe Graphics with 80 EUs from Intel's 11th generation. In this review, we'll take a look at whether the Dell Inspiron 13 5301 can be convincing in casual everyday use as well as under full load; we'll also see how it fares in comparison with other 13.3-inch devices, some of which are more expensive, such as the Dell XPS 13 9305 or the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s.

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Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Processor
Intel Core i5-1135G7 4 x 2.4 - 4.2 GHz, 51 W PL2 / Short Burst, 15 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs - 1024 MB, Core: 1300 MHz, Memory: 1600 MHz
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4X-4266 SO-DIMM
Display
13.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, InfoVision M133NWF4 R0, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
OM3PDP3-AD NVMe KDI 256GB, 110 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: combo, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16 x 306 x 203 ( = 0.63 x 12.05 x 7.99 in)
Battery
40 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix HD widescreen webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard Light: yes, 45-watt power adapter, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.147 kg ( = 40.46 oz / 2.53 pounds), Power Supply: 260 g ( = 9.17 oz / 0.57 pounds)
Price
699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84 %
07/2021
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.1 kg16 mm13.30"1920x1080
88 %
05/2021
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.2 kg16 mm13.30"1920x1080
85 %
05/2021
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX450
1.3 kg17 mm13.30"1920x1080
86 %
01/2021
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.3 kg14.9 mm13.30"1920x1080
84 %
03/2021
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX350
1.3 kg17 mm14.50"2560x1600

Case: Subnotebook made of aluminum and plastic

Dell provides the Inspire 13 5301 with a high-quality aluminum case. Only the display bezel and the rear strip around the hinge are made of white and gray plastic, respectively, which is likely not to everyone's taste. Overall, however, the device looks quite elegant. There's nothing to criticize in terms of build quality.

When the device is opened, the rounded rear lifts the base a few millimeters in order to give the air vents space underneath the device to do their job. The hinges are adjusted with quite a bit of firmness, but they creaked slightly in our test device. They provide a good grip for the display, and it only wobbles slightly, but they prevent a one-handed opening of the device, which only weighs a good 1 kg.

Out of the five models compared here, the Dell Inspiron 13 5301 is the lightest device of all at around 1.15 kg. When it comes to their dimensions, the 13.3-inchers hardly differ except for a few millimeters. Our review sample is not the smallest or the thinnest, but it keeps up well in the field.

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Size comparison

322 mm / 12.7 inch 225 mm / 8.86 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs307 mm / 12.1 inch 195 mm / 7.68 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.3 kg2.76 lbs306 mm / 12 inch 203 mm / 7.99 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.1 kg2.53 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs299 mm / 11.8 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs

Connectivity: USB-C with DisplayPort and HDMI

As is typical, the ports are distributed across the left and right sides, where they are located in the rear area and are positioned with enough space between them. The configuration is solid for the device class, but there's no Thunderbolt port. Three USB ports are available, one of which is a 2nd generation USB 3.2 Type-C with DisplayPort and Power Delivery.

Left: Power supply, HDMI 1.4, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (DP/PD)
Left: Power supply, HDMI 1.4, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (DP/PD)
Right: microSD card reader, audio jack, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
Right: microSD card reader, audio jack, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A

SD card reader

We can only describe the microSD card reader as slow. With our 128 GB AV PRO V60 microSD reference memory card, it only achieves speeds of around 25 MB/s and is consequently far behind in the comparison field. This is sufficient if you just want to copy a few photos from a memory card. But larger amounts of data will require considerable patience.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
 
183 MB/s ∼100% +653%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (18.1 - 195, n=53, last 2 years)
77.6 MB/s ∼42% +219%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
  (AV Pro V60)
76.6 MB/s ∼42% +215%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
24.3 MB/s ∼13%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
22.2 MB/s ∼12% -9%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
 
189 MB/s ∼100% +573%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (23.5 - 206, n=52, last 2 years)
88.1 MB/s ∼47% +214%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
  (AV Pro V60)
86 MB/s ∼46% +206%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
28.3 MB/s ∼15% +1%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
28.1 MB/s ∼15%

Communication

In contrast, things look quite different when it comes to the Wi-Fi connection, even though the new Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is not on board. Nevertheless, the Dell Inspiron 13 performs extremely well with the 802.11ac standard, and it positions itself clearly above the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 module's average. Among the five devices in our comparison field, it's fast enough for a good third place ahead of the Dell Inspiron 14 7400 with Wi-Fi 6.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1427 (1280min - 1509max) MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1383 (1298min - 1426max) MBit/s ∼97% +5%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1315 (1111min - 1411max) MBit/s ∼92%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1234 (579min - 1368max) MBit/s ∼86% -6%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
940 (858min - 985max) MBit/s ∼66% -29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (49.8 - 1614, n=102, last 2 years)
863 MBit/s ∼60% -34%
Average Intel Wireless-AC 9560
  (309 - 1350, n=175)
685 MBit/s ∼48% -48%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
1492 (1304min - 1621max) MBit/s ∼100% +18%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1459 (1045min - 1609max) MBit/s ∼98% +15%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1266 (1216min - 1305max) MBit/s ∼85%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (240 - 1658, n=102, last 2 years)
955 MBit/s ∼64% -25%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
932 (921min - 944max) MBit/s ∼62% -26%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
784 (540min - 922max) MBit/s ∼53% -38%
Average Intel Wireless-AC 9560
  (312 - 1390, n=176)
697 MBit/s ∼47% -45%
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Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1266 (1216-1305)
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1492 (1304-1621)
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1458 (1045-1609)
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø932 (921-944)
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø783 (540-922)
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1315 (1111-1411)
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø941 (858-985)
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1427 (1280-1509)
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1383 (1298-1426)
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1234 (579-1368)

Webcam

A simple 720p webcam with two digital array microphones is installed in the bezel above the screen, which is about 1 cm thick. It doesn't offer a particularly good quality with a DeltaE value of just over 30, but it's sufficient for the usual applications like video calls.

ColorChecker
35.2 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
38.1 ∆E
37.5 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
29.1 ∆E
38.4 ∆E
45.1 ∆E
32.1 ∆E
36.7 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
27.1 ∆E
47 ∆E
30.5 ∆E
25.1 ∆E
30.7 ∆E
33.7 ∆E
34 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
32.9 ∆E
34.7 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN: 30.46 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 47.01 ∆E

Security

Apart from the fingerprint reader that is integrated into the power button located on the keyboard's upper right corner, there are no other security features. Even a Kensington slot is missing.

Accessories

Apart from the 45-watt power adapter, Dell doesn't include any accessories. The manufacturer offers various optional accessories like carrying cases, docking stations, and more, most of which fit various Dell devices.

Maintenance

Seven tiny cross-head screws on the underside block the way into the interior. However, there aren't many upgrade options due to components being soldered, such as the RAM, and the lack of free slots.

Warranty

Dell provides a one-year Collect and Return service by default. This is less than the usual two years offered by many manufacturers. Optionally, purchasing directly from Dell allows you to opt for various warranty upgrades including up to three years of Premium Support with onsite service, but this will cost you up to 180 Euros (~$214).

Input devices: Dell integrates a fingerprint scanner into the power button

Keyboard

Apart from just under 2 cm wide margins on the left and right, Dell uses the entire width to squeeze an appropriately large keyboard into the 13.3-inch laptop. It's placed very far into the back and near the monitor, which certainly leads to negative consequences (see the "Temperature" section).

The power button with the built-in fingerprint sensor is on the top right, and the four arrow keys as well as the "Page up" and "Page down" keys, which are about the size of three keys, are on the bottom right. Furthermore, the F1 to F12 keys with the usual double assignments for screen brightness, volume, etc., are at the top.

Typing on the keyboard is comfortable considering the small size of the laptop, even if the keys could certainly be a bit larger for users with thicker fingers. The typing noise is nice and quiet. Even the space bar, which is often a rattling noisemaker in many laptops, remains pleasantly restrained.

The keyboard's backlight can be adjusted to two levels, and it makes the keys easy to recognize even in the dark, although it could gladly be a bit more uniform.

Touchpad

The touchpad is centered below the space bar, and due to the lack of a number pad, it's also almost at the center of the device. It's slightly recessed into the case, and it measures 10.5 cm in width and 6.5 cm in depth. Therefore, it's sufficiently large and responsive enough to make quick mouse pointer jumps from one side to the other as well as pixel-accurate inputs.

The two mouse buttons at the bottom are responsive all the way to the center, with no perceptible separation between the two buttons. Noise is also kept very much within limits here. Click noises are quiet and fairly high-quality sounding.

Display: Not particularly good, but matte

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The Dell Inspiron 13 5301 is equipped with a 13.3-inch (diagonal of 33.8 cm) display with an LED backlight. It has a resolution of Full HD, i.e. 1920x1080 pixels, in a 16:9 aspect ratio. The display is matte and anti-reflective. Alternate display variants aren't offered by Dell.

The display has quite an even brightness distribution, so no differences are visible to the naked eye. Screen bleeding is also within limits, so the panel displays black content without noticeable brightening at the edges. 

295
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
InfoVision M133NWF4 R0
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 310 cd/m² Average: 288.6 cd/m² Minimum: 17 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 270 cd/m²
Contrast: 1373:1 (Black: 0.22 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.35 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 4.07 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
98% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
63% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
63.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
98.1% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.17
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
InfoVision M133NWF4 R0, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Sharp SHP14AE, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
CMN139D, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
InfoVision M133NW4J R0, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Chi Mei CMN1411, IPS, 2560x1600, 14.50
Display
3%
4%
4%
3%
Display P3 Coverage
66.28
66.43
68.05
65.82
sRGB Coverage
98.1
97.12
-1%
97.61
0%
97.23
-1%
97.4
-1%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
63.4
67.07
6%
67.53
7%
69.22
9%
67.89
7%
Response Times
-22%
800%
-17%
29%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
37 (17, 20)
55 (25, 30)
-49%
66 (30.4, 35.6)
-78%
43 (19, 24)
-16%
29 (2, 27)
22%
Response Time Black / White *
23 (13, 10)
27 (10, 17)
-17%
28.8 (11.6, 17.2)
-25%
27 (13, 14)
-17%
15 (4, 11)
35%
PWM Frequency
1000 (100)
996 (20)
0%
26040 (40)
2504%
Screen
9%
8%
28%
-4%
Brightness middle
302
486
61%
423
40%
369
22%
360
19%
Brightness
289
446
54%
405
40%
334
16%
327
13%
Brightness Distribution
88
77
-12%
83
-6%
83
-6%
83
-6%
Black Level *
0.22
0.4
-82%
0.23
-5%
0.14
36%
0.45
-105%
Contrast
1373
1215
-12%
1839
34%
2636
92%
800
-42%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.35
2.54
24%
3.2
4%
2.02
40%
2.04
39%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.27
4.34
18%
5.8
-10%
3.05
42%
4.69
11%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.07
2.34
43%
4.7
-15%
2.34
43%
2.84
30%
Gamma
2.17 101%
2.28 96%
1.99 111%
2.44 90%
2.34 94%
CCT
7084 92%
6864 95%
6362 102%
6552 99%
6360 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
62
-2%
61.9
-2%
63
0%
62
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98
97
-1%
97.5
-1%
97
-1%
97
-1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.04
1
1.08
0.92
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / 2%
271% / 166%
5% / 19%
9% / 1%

* ... smaller is better

Light and compact devices like the Dell Inspiron 13 are ideal for on-the-go use. A bright display is important to prevent working outdoors from becoming a torture. Unfortunately, our review sample can't really convince with a brightness of about 290 cd/m² when plugged in and 270 cd/m² when running on battery power.

The Dell Inspiron 13 5301 also lags a bit behind the expectations and its competitors at times when it comes to the rest of the metrics in the test. Among other things, this applies to color reproduction (DeltaE > 3), even when it achieves a solid value with a 63% AdobeRGB coverage. This wouldn't be enough for professional graphics editing. However, the Dell Inspiron 13 wasn't originally designed for this anyway. The measured contrast and black level results are solid, but they can't keep up with the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s, for example.

Calman - Grayscales
Calman - Grayscales
Calman - ColorChecker
Calman - ColorChecker
Calman - Saturation
Calman - Saturation
sRGB: 98%
sRGB: 98%
AdobeRGB: 63%
AdobeRGB: 63%
 

As mentioned, brightness is not particularly high, but the Dell Inspiron 13 5301 can still be used well outdoors. This is mainly due to the matte display. Furthermore, the image can be recognized perfectly even from very oblique viewing angles.

Despite the moderate brightness, everything is easy to view outdoors when there's no direct sunlight
Despite the moderate brightness, everything is easy to view outdoors when there's no direct sunlight
As usual, the IPS display is viewing-angle stable
As usual, the IPS display is viewing-angle stable

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
23 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 35 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
37 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.1 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 1000 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 14825 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Performance: Tiger Lake CPU with room for improvement

The present configuration of the Dell Inspiron 13 5301 is equipped with the Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU, the corresponding Intel Iris Xe GPU with 80 EUs, and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM. In addition, there's a 256 GB SSD. Performance-wise, this is the mid-range configuration of the current Inspiron 13 generation. If you need even more performance, you can alternatively get the top variant with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 and a 512 GB SSD. For slightly less money, Dell also offers the lowest-priced version with the Intel Core i3-1115G4 and 256 GB of storage.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
HWiNFO

Processor

The built-in Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU is based on the Tiger Lake architecture and therefore belongs to Intel's latest processor generation. The CPU is positioned below the Intel Core i7-1165G7. Its four cores work at base clock rate of 2.4 GHz and a Turbo clock rate of 4.2 GHz. According to HWiNFO, the CPU has a theoretical PL1 of 15 watts and a PL2 of 51 watts on paper. In our tests, however, it achieved a maximum power consumption of just over 42 watts.

In our comparison field, which is mostly equipped with the same processor, the Dell Inspiron 13 5301 lands at the lower end of the field. In most benchmarks, the device is unable to entirely reach the CPU average of all devices that are equipped with the chip, but it usually positions itself just below it instead. This means that Dell isn't fully exploiting the CPU's potential. Nevertheless, it's a positive thing that the benchmark results were only about 10% lower on battery power.

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Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø627 (601.14-719.68)
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø650 (584.31-733.42)
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø687 (682.5-699.4)
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø738 (638.72-894.73)
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø709 (659.11-772.92)
Cinebench R23: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1397 Points ∼100% +11%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1172 - 1372, n=22)
1324 Points ∼95% +5%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1308 Points ∼94% +4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (424 - 1526, n=31, last 2 years)
1303 Points ∼93% +3%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1259 Points ∼90%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5447 (4192.8min - 5447.26max) Points ∼100% +37%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1230 - 9164, n=34, last 2 years)
5280 Points ∼97% +33%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (2786 - 6136, n=23)
4484 Points ∼82% +13%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4301 Points ∼79% +8%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
3972 Points ∼73%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
544 Points ∼100% +8%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
519 Points ∼95% +3%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
506 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (442 - 527, n=29)
506 Points ∼93% 0%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
504 Points ∼93% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 591, n=103, last 2 years)
418 Points ∼77% -17%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2167 Points ∼100% +40%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1863 Points ∼86% +20%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (979 - 2382, n=29)
1763 Points ∼81% +14%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1679 Points ∼77% +8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 3839, n=104, last 2 years)
1584 Points ∼73% +2%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1548 Points ∼71%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
218 Points ∼100% +10%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
206 Points ∼94% +4%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
198 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (86.2 - 205, n=32)
192 Points ∼88% -3%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
183 Points ∼84% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (31 - 228, n=107, last 2 years)
166 Points ∼76% -16%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
86.2 Points ∼40% -56%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
908 Points ∼100% +26%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (431 - 925, n=33)
777 Points ∼86% +8%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
773 (659.11min - 772.92max) Points ∼85% +7%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
733 (584.31min - 733.42max) Points ∼81% +2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (82.3 - 1674, n=112, last 2 years)
725 Points ∼80% +1%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
720 (601.14min - 719.68max) Points ∼79%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
699 (682.5min - 699.4max) Points ∼77% -3%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=88, last 2 years)
904 Seconds * ∼100% -22%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
741 Seconds * ∼82%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
686 Seconds * ∼76% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (499 - 1044, n=27)
686 Seconds * ∼76% +7%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
630 Seconds * ∼70% +15%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
600 Seconds * ∼66% +19%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5146 MIPS ∼100% +9%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5045 MIPS ∼98% +7%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4718 MIPS ∼92%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3924 - 4867, n=29)
4650 MIPS ∼90% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4579 MIPS ∼89% -3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 5507, n=90, last 2 years)
4235 MIPS ∼82% -10%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
24447 MIPS ∼100% +30%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
22004 MIPS ∼90% +17%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (14745 - 24873, n=29)
21187 MIPS ∼87% +12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3267 - 44827, n=90, last 2 years)
20287 MIPS ∼83% +8%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
18841 MIPS ∼77%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
18588 MIPS ∼76% -1%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1589 Points ∼100% +14%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1495 Points ∼94% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1304 - 1428, n=27)
1394 Points ∼88% 0%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1392 Points ∼88%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1360 Points ∼86% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (293 - 1740, n=93, last 2 years)
1151 Points ∼72% -17%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5649 Points ∼100% +15%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5233 Points ∼93% +6%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4927 Points ∼87%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4899 Points ∼87% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3475 - 5472, n=27)
4802 Points ∼85% -3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 7590, n=93, last 2 years)
4186 Points ∼74% -15%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6.37 fps ∼100% +27%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3.57 - 7.6, n=26)
5.82 fps ∼91% +16%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5.64 fps ∼89% +13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.65 - 11, n=86, last 2 years)
5.23 fps ∼82% +4%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5.01 fps ∼79%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Subnotebook
  (12.9 - 281, n=77, last 2 years)
70.1 s * ∼100% -31%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
58.8 s * ∼84% -10%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
55 s * ∼78% -3%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
53.6 s * ∼76%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (45.9 - 58.8, n=28)
52.1 s * ∼74% +3%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
21.5 s * ∼31% +60%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.544 - 2.21, n=83, last 2 years)
0.753 sec * ∼100% -17%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.651 sec * ∼86% -2%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.641 sec * ∼85%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (0.619 - 0.69, n=27)
0.639 sec * ∼85% -0%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.606 sec * ∼80% +5%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.577 sec * ∼77% +10%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
720 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
94.9 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
198 Points
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System performance

In terms of the system performance measured by benchmarks, our review sample often falls slightly short of the expectations raised by the CPU/GPU average. The comparison candidates usually perform better. However, thanks to the powerful new Intel CPU, the device still definitely manages to position itself above the subnotebook average.

In everyday use, the common tasks of a subnotebook, such as browsing the Internet, streaming videos, and running office applications, are certainly possible without issues or restrictions. Only the RAM with its modest size of 8 GB can sometimes be a bottleneck.

PCMark 10 / Score
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5160 Points ∼100% +14%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4855 Points ∼94% +7%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
4692 Points ∼91% +4%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
4641 Points ∼90% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (4026 - 4794, n=26)
4577 Points ∼89% +1%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
4529 Points ∼88%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (790 - 5890, n=103, last 2 years)
4060 Points ∼79% -10%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
9514 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (8149 - 9828, n=26)
9383 Points ∼99% +2%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
9360 Points ∼98% +2%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
9217 Points ∼97%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
9047 Points ∼95% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2544 - 10492, n=103, last 2 years)
8288 Points ∼87% -10%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8026 Points ∼84% -13%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8623 Points ∼100% +36%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
8312 Points ∼96% +31%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
6349 Points ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
6276 Points ∼73% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
6265 Points ∼73% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (5544 - 6487, n=26)
6227 Points ∼72% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1304 - 9410, n=103, last 2 years)
6139 Points ∼71% -3%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4960 Points ∼100% +15%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
4703 Points ∼95% +9%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
4617 Points ∼93% +7%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4489 Points ∼91% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (3548 - 4866, n=26)
4460 Points ∼90% +4%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
4308 Points ∼87%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 5945, n=103, last 2 years)
3638 Points ∼73% -16%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5007 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
6639 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3021 points
PCMark 10 Score
4529 points
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DPC latencies

The Dell Inspiron 13 5301 shows low latencies in our standard test. This places the device far ahead in the test field and makes it well-suited for real-time audio. That said, this still remains only a momentary snapshot.

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LatencyMon
LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
2377.1 μs * ∼100% -364%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
910 μs * ∼38% -78%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
819 μs * ∼34% -60%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
511.8 μs * ∼22%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
12.3 μs * ∼1% +98%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The OM3PDP3-AD NVMe KDI SSD installed in our review sample has a relatively modest capacity of 256 GB, especially since only just under half of this is available out of the box. Users who don't find this to be enough can also get the Dell Inspiron 13 5301 with the same or a better CPU and with 512 GB of SSD storage space.

In terms of performance, the hard drive performs solidly. It can't keep up with the Samsung SSDs in the larger and more expensive Dell Inspiron 14 7400 as well as the Dell XPS 13 9305. The SSD also has to admit defeat to the HP Envy 13-ba1475ng with its Intel storage device, but it positions itself well ahead of the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s. After a weak start, the read speed increased continuously in the test.

Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
 
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Global Average -3
 

CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
5%
-12%
-38%
36%
-3%
Write 4K
156.7
136.9
-13%
133.5
-15%
184.3
18%
127
-19%
118 (12.9 - 1107, n=1281)
-25%
Read 4K
48.45
47.34
-2%
39.66
-18%
39.9
-18%
42.72
-12%
45.8 (7.44 - 3738, n=1280)
-5%
Write Seq
1205
1150
-5%
906.71
-25%
211.3
-82%
2025
68%
1254 (98.6 - 5205, n=1252)
4%
Read Seq
1583
2052
30%
1480.65
-6%
1319
-17%
2205
39%
1433 (218 - 5378, n=1251)
-9%
Write 4K Q32T1
328.4
433
32%
446.2
36%
220.5
-33%
465
42%
351 (15.2 - 1707, n=1283)
7%
Read 4K Q32T1
422.3
293
-31%
335.15
-21%
255.9
-39%
376.4
-11%
387 (17.4 - 1580, n=1283)
-8%
Write Seq Q32T1
1255
1148
-9%
975.4
-22%
221
-82%
3020
141%
1509 (59 - 5623, n=1283)
20%
Read Seq Q32T1
2544
3427
35%
1874
-26%
1202
-53%
3478
37%
2314 (141 - 9006, n=1283)
-9%
AS SSD
169%
77%
-29%
212%
-103%
Seq Read
2088.92
2629
26%
1608
-23%
1425
-32%
2891.04
38%
1230 (32.9 - 5739, n=2528)
-41%
Seq Write
684.91
1270
85%
659
-4%
114
-83%
1397.76
104%
818 (14 - 4909, n=2532)
19%
4K Read
39.32
65.2
66%
51.27
30%
36.8
-6%
56.1
43%
34.2 (0.23 - 266, n=2522)
-13%
4K Write
141.76
182.5
29%
151.81
7%
117.1
-17%
138.44
-2%
90.3 (0.2 - 11894, n=2523)
-36%
4K-64 Read
501.07
1032
106%
322.06
-36%
238.5
-52%
1137.08
127%
619 (0.096 - 2959, n=2521)
24%
4K-64 Write
157.36
1257
699%
799.71
408%
125.7
-20%
1904.43
1110%
556 (0.044 - 3859, n=2519)
253%
Access Time Read *
0.112
0.07
37%
0.077
31%
0.159
-42%
0.052
54%
1.044 (0.018 - 433, n=2461)
-832%
Access Time Write *
0.067
0.023
66%
0.046
31%
0.037
45%
0.022
67%
0.849 (0.016 - 291, n=2496)
-1167%
Score Read
749
1360
82%
534
-29%
418
-44%
1482
98%
828 (6 - 3587, n=2313)
11%
Score Write
368
1567
326%
1018
177%
254
-31%
2183
493%
775 (4 - 4414, n=2313)
111%
Score Total
1441
3573
148%
1797
25%
834
-42%
4359
202%
2010 (19 - 9134, n=2312)
39%
Copy ISO MB/s
733.1
1430
95%
960.8
31%
870 (10 - 3697, n=1674)
19%
Copy Program MB/s
495.31
782
58%
753.06
52%
303 (8 - 2694, n=1664)
-39%
Copy Game MB/s
185.16
1177
536%
896.21
384%
567 (10.7 - 5984, n=1665)
206%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
87% / 109%
33% / 45%
-34% / -33%
124% / 138%
-53% / -67%

* ... smaller is better

CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2544 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1255 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 422.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 328.4 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1583 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1205 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 48.45 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 156.7 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7: Ø1720 (855.22-2322.77)
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ: Ø3527 (3155.58-3541.04)
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8: Ø1508 (1361.06-1568.26)
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD: Ø2023 (1723.02-2043.15)
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR: Ø3520 (3210.32-3538.94)

Graphics card

Dell refrains from using a dedicated GPU in the Inspiron 13 5301. Instead, the manufacturer utilizes the CPU's onboard graphics. As is well known, though, the 11th generation Iris Xe Graphics with 80 EUs (Tiger Lake) offers a considerably higher performance than the old Iris Plus G7 of the Ice Lake generation. The clock rate is between 400 and 1,300 MHz, and the clock rate of the 1 GB graphics memory is 1,600 MHz. In our tests, the GPU was supplied with a maximum of 21 watts, meaning that Dell isn't making full use of the 25-watt TDP limit.

In the 3DMark benchmarks, the review sample usually manages to position itself above the GPU average. However, the same graphics unit performs a little better in the Dell XPS 13 9305 and the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s.

On battery power, the device achieves a score of 5,182 points in 3DMark 11 and is therefore only very slightly behind the score obtained with the laptop plugged in. Consequently, Dell hardly throttles the GPU on battery power.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6208 Points ∼100% +10%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
5978 Points ∼96% +6%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
5641 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (4013 - 6120, n=24)
5491 Points ∼88% -3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (410 - 12199, n=100, last 2 years)
4010 Points ∼65% -29%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
24453 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (13867 - 30894, n=21)
22130 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1652 - 53539, n=80, last 2 years)
17327 Points ∼71% -29%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4705 Points ∼100% +10%
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4571 Points ∼97% +7%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4555 Points ∼97% +7%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4371 Points ∼93% +3%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4260 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (2087 - 4846, n=26)
3785 Points ∼80% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (313 - 8743, n=103, last 2 years)
2757 Points ∼59% -35%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1595 Points ∼100% +29%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1351 Points ∼85% +9%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1298 Points ∼81% +5%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1240 Points ∼78%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (743 - 1408, n=24)
1165 Points ∼73% -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (116 - 3276, n=85, last 2 years)
949 Points ∼59% -23%
3DMark 11 Performance
5711 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
79338 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
14751 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3750 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1367 points
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Gaming performance

It should be clear to everyone that the Dell Inspiron 13 5301 is not a gaming laptop. This is also confirmed by the corresponding benchmarks, where the device sometimes finishes just below the GPU average and at the bottom of the test field.

In The Witcher 3 and other games like Dota 2 Reborn and X-Plane 11, it only achieves playable frame rates at the lowest graphics settings. This might be enough for a short on-the-go session of a rather older game or a less demanding favorite. But nothing more (as expected)...

The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
112 fps ∼100% +85%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (36.1 - 92.2, n=18)
65.3 fps ∼58% +8%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
60.6 fps ∼54%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (9.1 - 160, n=66, last 2 years)
58.4 fps ∼52% -4%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
65 fps ∼100% +62%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
56.4 fps ∼87% +40%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
47.7 fps ∼73% +19%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (23.7 - 56.4, n=21)
42.6 fps ∼66% +6%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
41.9 fps ∼64% +4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.9 - 92, n=54, last 2 years)
41.4 fps ∼64% +3%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
40.2 fps ∼62%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
35 fps ∼100% +53%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
26.1 fps ∼75% +14%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (7 - 52.8, n=52, last 2 years)
23.3 fps ∼67% +2%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
22.9 fps ∼65% 0%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
22.9 fps ∼65%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (11.3 - 31.7, n=21)
22 fps ∼63% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
18.5 fps ∼53% -19%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
HP Envy 13-ba1475ng
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
18 fps ∼100% +57%
Dell Inspiron 14 7400-VY8JW
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
15.3 fps ∼85% +33%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.13 - 30.1, n=38, last 2 years)
13.3 fps ∼74% +16%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
12 fps ∼67% +4%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (7 - 14.1, n=16)
12 fps ∼67% +4%
Dell Inspiron 13 5301-0D0XN
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
11.5 fps ∼64%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
11 fps ∼61% -4%

The frame rates in The Witcher 3 remain constant over the test period and are slightly above the level reached by the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s.

The Witcher 3 FPS diagram

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