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Dell Inspiron 13 5368 Convertible Review

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 09/03/2016

Fold mode. Despite Surface Pro 4 convertibles with laptop power, manufacturers are throwing 360-degree laptops with standard processors onto the market. With a price tag of price of 1000 Euros (~$1115), they are not exactly cheap. Additional interfaces and maintenance have their price. How does Dell's 13.3-inch model fit into this field of competition?

Dell Inspiron 13 5368 2-in-1
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 2-in-1

For the original German review, see here.

Laptops that can be turned into a "fat" tablet via a 360-degree hinge are no longer an innovation. However, it seems that this niche is growing since every reputable manufacturer offers such devices. 13-inch models are typical, but 15 and 17-inch convertibles, such as Dell's Inspiron 15 5568 or Inspiron 17 7778 2-in-1 (currently being tested), also exist. The 15 5568 is the 15-inch sister model of our review sample. How does the more manageable 13-inch convertible fit into the field of competition, which are characterized by a relatively high price, 3K resolutions, and very slim devices?

The competition also offers 13-inch laptops with a 360-degree function in the medium to upper price range (up to 1000 Euros/$1115). The Microsoft Surface Book Core i7’s exorbitantly high price excludes it from the comparison. However, the Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N with a starting price of 900 Euros (~$1004) is included. HP offers its 13-inch Spectre x360 13 that costs at least 1100 Euros (~$1227) and comes with a 2560x1440 pixel screen. Asus' 360-degree bundle is cheaper, but it comes with a Core m: the ZenBook UX360CA costs just under 800 Euros (~$893). Lenovo's Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK marks the top end of 360-degree devices with a minimum price of 1300 Euros (~$1450), features 3200x1800 pixels and is much slimmer than the review sample - with the same performance. Brand new and currently being tested: Asus' VivoBook Flip TP301UJ  costs only 650 Euros (~$748) and comes with a Core i3.

Dell Inspiron 13 5368 (Inspiron 13 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 1000 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, 20.19.15.4463
Memory
16384 MB 
, dual-channel
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, 10-finger capacitive, AUO B133HAB, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8, 256 GB 
, 130 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone/microphone, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Sensors: gyroscope
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.4 x 324.8 x 224.4 ( = 0.8 x 12.79 x 8.83 in)
Battery
42 Wh Lithium-Ion, SMP Dell P/N 3CRH35B, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 9 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1.2 MP 1280x720 + infrared
Primary Camera: Windows Hello
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.616 kg ( = 57 oz / 3.56 pounds), Power Supply: 336 g ( = 11.85 oz / 0.74 pounds)

 

Case

The Inspiron is encased inside a slim plastic casing that is not particularly warp resistant. The upper shell encloses the sides, and a base tray is fitted from below. The construction can be twisted easily using both hands, and the underside can be dented in some places. The quality differences are quite obvious compared to Dell's 7000-series that are more elegant with their aluminum finish and more robust build.

The hinges do their job as they should. Although they allow the lid to rock marginally, they keep it in position firmly enough to keep it in place stably when carrying the laptop around. Despite the magnets under the wrist rest, the lid is not fixed in the tablet mode - neither mechanically nor magnetically. Thus, the user has to always cope with a wide gap that interferes when using the "Tablet". On the other hand, we could hardly open the closed "Laptop" with one finger since the two magnets secure the lid very well. Too bad that this is not the case in both directions.

With a weight of 1.6 kilograms (~3.5 lb), the Inspiron 13 5368 is one of the heavyweights in its class. Lenovo's Yoga 900 and the ZenBook UX360CA are both 300 grams (~11 oz) lighter. The direct, equally-priced rivals weigh only 100 grams (~3.5 oz) less. Due to the fundamentally different design, which has a lateral hinge on the display, the Aspire R13 has the biggest dimensions among the 13-inch devices.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The interface positioning is good, but unfortunately Dell has omitted a modern Type-C USB that is installed in HP's Spectre x360 13the Yoga 900 , and the ZenBook UX360CA.

Power-in, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, headphone/mic
Power-in, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, headphone/mic
Power-on, volume control, card reader, USB 2.0, cable lock
Power-on, volume control, card reader, USB 2.0, cable lock

SD Card Reader

We test the performance of the installed card reader with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference SD card. It achieved a maximum transfer rate of up to 24 MB/s when copying large data blocks, while 20 MB/s can be expected with standard JPG image files (approx. 5 MB each). This is slow even though the rivals are not brilliant either. Fast SD readers have achieved 60 to 80 MB/s in some test laptops.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP EliteBook 820 G3
 
73.7 MB/s ∼100% +261%
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
 
27.9 MB/s ∼38% +37%
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
 
20.4 MB/s ∼28%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
 
14.3 MB/s ∼19% -30%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP EliteBook 820 G3
 
86.89 MB/s ∼100% +251%
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
 
37.17 MB/s ∼43% +50%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
 
25.2 MB/s ∼29% +2%
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
 
24.73 MB/s ∼28%

Webcam

In addition to a webcam, the Inspiron is equipped with a small infrared module that makes face recognition possible via Windows Hello. Recognition should be more reliable with the infrared sensor than with older photo webcams. Regardless of Windows Hello, the camera does not produce useful pictures even in the best daylight conditions. Outlines blur quickly and areas are very faded. This is not even suitable for EBay photos.

Webcam 1280x720 and infrared camera for Windows Hello
Webcam 1280x720 and infrared camera for Windows Hello
Strong noise (click for original)
Strong noise (click for original)
Vague areas (click for original)
Vague areas (click for original)
Reference Canon EOS 1100D (click for original)
Reference Canon EOS 1100D (click for original)

Communication

In terms of network, the buyer has to rely on a basic configuration with Intel's Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac) that also includes Bluetooth 4.0.

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Accessories

No accessories are included and so far no Inspiron-specific products can be found on the corresponding shop site. Apart from tools such as Dell Audio or Twitter, Dell does not install any special software. This is praiseworthy since manufacturers often preload a trial version of Intel's McAfee security package that massively intervenes with network activities and is often a source of interference.

336 gram, ...
336 gram, ...
... 45-watt power supply
... 45-watt power supply

Maintenance

Removing the base plate is an easy undertaking. The working memory, the battery and the Wi-Fi module can be easily replaced. It is also possible to clean the fan.

Open with a small Phillips screwdriver
Open with a small Phillips screwdriver
Lift off the base plate on the underside
Lift off the base plate on the underside
Caution! Risk of damage! Use a putty knife
Caution! Risk of damage! Use a putty knife
... and opened
... and opened
Base plate
Base plate
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 opened
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 opened
Two RAM banks
Two RAM banks
Screw-fastened battery
Screw-fastened battery
Storage device in the 2.5-inch SATA format
Storage device in the 2.5-inch SATA format
Speaker and magnet
Speaker and magnet

Warranty

The warranty is limited to one year, including pick-up and hardware support. It can be extended to a total of four years (two years: 69 Euros/~$77; three years: 109 Euros/~S122; four years: 159 Euros/~$177). Dell also offers a Premium Support that involves a 24 hour, on-site (remote diagnosis) and automatic support (software troubleshooting). As with the standard warranty, the periods range from one to four years. This will cost 69 Euros (~$77) for one year and 151 Euros (~$168)  for four years.

In addition to these warranties, an accidental damage insurance can be added for 37 Euros (~$41) directly when ordering. It covers accidental damages caused by liquids, drops, electrical surge, and screen damage.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard convinces with its firm stroke and clear pressure point. The generous key spacing makes it possible to type quickly despite the keys' short drop. Unfortunately, the short drop affects the feedback. The keys are not concave, but rather completely flat. The relatively dull surface is a positive aspect.

Touchpad

Inputs are detected everywhere, and the touchpad always responds even in its corners. The lightly roughened surface provides enough grip. Unfortunately, the keys incorporated into the lower area have only a very short yet crisp drop. Gesture control does not ruin the overall satisfactory impression; all inputs are implemented smoothly and quickly.

Touchscreen

The capacitive multi-touchscreen easily detects all ten fingers simultaneously. Drag and drop gestures also function without any problems.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Dell Inspiron 13 5368 Full HD IPS: Subpixels
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 Full HD IPS: Subpixels

The AUO panel's resolution of 1920x1080 pixels is moderate by today's standards. Some rivals feature 3K (the Aspire R13 R7, the HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng) if not even 4K (Yoga 900 13ISK). As usual, the glossy touchscreen has a hardened surface and 10-finger detection, i.e. up to 10 points can be identified at the same time (industry standard). Higher resolutions lead to a better workplace convenience depending on the user. However, these panels also consume more power. The battery life of such 3K or 4K models is typically shorter than that of FHD versions. Dell, however, does not offer such a high-resolution option.

240
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 240 cd/m² Average: 229 cd/m² Minimum: 14 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 239 cd/m²
Contrast: 1000:1 (Black: 0.24 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.75 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
57.39% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 36.79% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.5
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
AUO B133HAB, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
Sharp LQ133T1JW02, , 2560x1440, 13.3
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
LG Philips LGD0000, , 2560x1440, 13.3
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
AUO B133HAN02.7, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
3200x1800, 13.3
Response Times
11%
42%
32%
20%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44 (20, 24)
36 (12, 24)
18%
24 (11, 36)
45%
29 (15, 14)
34%
38.8 (18.4, 20.4)
12%
Response Time Black / White *
31 (15, 16)
30 (8, 22)
3%
19 (10, 28)
39%
22 (5, 17)
29%
22.4 (9.2, 13.2)
28%
PWM Frequency
1000 (10)
192 (30)
1316
Screen
36%
17%
8%
-6%
Brightness middle
240
320
33%
324
35%
302
26%
319.8
33%
Brightness
229
308
34%
324
41%
298
30%
302
32%
Brightness Distribution
92
91
-1%
90
-2%
90
-2%
88
-4%
Black Level *
0.24
0.17
29%
0.34
-42%
0.21
12%
0.835
-248%
Contrast
1000
1882
88%
953
-5%
1438
44%
383
-62%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.75
3.18
33%
4.36
8%
6.33
-33%
2.68
44%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.09
9.91
-9%
11.89
-31%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.3
4.13
4%
4.62
-7%
8.13
-89%
2.35
45%
Gamma
2.5 96%
2.03 118%
2.18 110%
2.52 95%
2.09 115%
CCT
5893 110%
6752 96%
6857 95%
6811 95%
6975 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36.79
65
77%
60
63%
60
63%
57
55%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57.39
98
71%
93
62%
93
62%
88
53%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
24% / 32%
30% / 22%
20% / 12%
7% / -1%

* ... smaller is better

Although the screen has a good contrast, it is not brilliant otherwise. The luminosity of 229 cd/m² is fairly low, especially for a system that is also to be used in bright environments. The sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces are only covered to a small degree; the AUO panel is not suitable for professional image editors. CalMAN, and the analysis with the photospectrometer also reflects this: The DeltaE in the Grayscale of 4.3 is slightly too high although not extreme. The graph displays a minor red/greenish tint that is, however, only seen when compared with the color cards directly. The Grayscale DeltaE can be completely eliminated via calibration, but that of the colors remains at just below 4.

In the comparison, the screens of the convertible rivals look better. The Spectre x360 13 in particular shines with high brightness and almost complete sRGB coverage. It has the fastest response times. The Aspire R13 with 3K is almost on par: its extremely high contrast is paired with sRGB coverage.

sRGB coverage 57%
sRGB coverage 57%
AdobeRGB coverage 37%
AdobeRGB coverage 37%
CalMAN Grayscale pre-calibration
CalMAN Grayscale pre-calibration
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
CalMAN ColorChecker pre-calibration
CalMAN ColorChecker pre-calibration
CalMAN Grayscale post-calibration
CalMAN Grayscale post-calibration
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps post-calibration
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps post-calibration
CalMAN ColorChecker post-calibration
CalMAN ColorChecker post-calibration

The combination of the glossy touch surface and relatively low brightness thwarts working in the sun. It might still be possible in the shade, but we could not recognize anything in bright sunlight.

Outdoors (shade)
Outdoors (shade)
Working in sunlight is impossible
Working in sunlight is impossible
Good view in the shade
Good view in the shade

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
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 16 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 79 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 24 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 64 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.3 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 not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Thanks to the installed IPS panel, it is possible to view the screen from every position without distortions. In addition, the 360° hinge ensures a proper work position.

Viewing angles: Dell Inspiron 13 5368 with AUO B133HAB, IPS
Viewing angles: Dell Inspiron 13 5368 with AUO B133HAB, IPS

Performance

The Inspiron 13 5368 is sold with a Core i3, i5 and i7, and with either an SSD or a hard drive. The i3-model is almost a bargain at 620 Euros (~$692), particularly since the FHD panel is standard for all models. The review sample based on Core i7 is currently priced at 1000 Euros (~$1115).

System info CPU-Z CPU
System info CPU-Z Cache
System info CPU-Z Mainboard
System info CPU-Z Memory
System info CPU-Z SPD
System info Latency
System info GPU-Z Intel HD Graphics 520 (IGP)

Processor

Cinebench R15 Multi @2.8 GHz
Cinebench R15 Multi @2.8 GHz

Intel's Core i7 6500U (2.5 GHz) first clocked at 2.9 for 30 seconds before settling at a consistent 2.8 GHz. This is a relatively good utilization of the Turbo range. Demanding applications will not be a problem. Dell has apparently set fairly high limits in the temperature tables. It clocks at 2.8 GHz at 80 degrees Celsius (~176 degrees Fahrenheit). The full performance is retrievable in battery mode. Cinebench R15 achieves even slightly better OpenGL scores here.

The computing power of Dell's Inspiron 13 5368 outperforms that of its rivals. Even Acer's Aspire R13 R7 based on an identical i7 SoC is outrun in single-threaded tests. Performance-driven users will not be making a mistake here. On the other hand, the Core i5 6200U is only less than 15% slower, and thus the i7's higher price is not always worthwhile.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
Intel Core i7-6500U
130 Points ∼63%
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
Intel Core i5-6200U
113 Points ∼55% -13%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
Intel Core i7-6500U
104 Points ∼50% -20%
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
Intel Core i7-6500U
87 Points ∼42% -33%
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
Intel Core m3-6Y30
85 Points ∼41% -35%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
Intel Core i7-6500U
321 Points ∼10% +3%
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
Intel Core i7-6500U
312 Points ∼10%
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
Intel Core i7-6500U
287 Points ∼9% -8%
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
Intel Core i5-6200U
284 Points ∼9% -9%
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
Intel Core m3-6Y30
208 Points ∼7% -33%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
130 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
312 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
43.77 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

According to PCMark, the application performance is also higher than that of the rivals. All systems are equipped with SSDs, making the comparison relevant. The Inspiron also reaps in more points from the benchmarks than Lenovo's Yoga 900 and the Aspire R13 with an identical SoC. The difference of approximately 25% compared with the fanless Asus ZenBook UX360CA is interesting. That is a clear performance loss that has to be accepted for a longer runtime, lower weight, and silence. Currently, the ZenBook costs 800 Euros (~$893).

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
4577 Points ∼70%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
3971 Points ∼61% -13%
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
3863 Points ∼59% -16%
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3496 Points ∼54% -24%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
3699 Points ∼61%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
3161 Points ∼52% -15%
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
2837 Points ∼47% -23%
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
2727 Points ∼45% -26%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3699 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4577 points
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Storage Device

The SSD from Toshiba contributes to the decent system performance. However, it is not particularly fast in direct comparison with models by Lite-On or Samsung. On the contrary: Samsung's PM871 SSD and Lite-On's CV1-8B256 are somewhat better on average. The high read rate of 512, which is better than that of the other SSDs in the comparison is remarkable. In practice, users will probably not notice a difference among the SSDs. They ensure that programs are opened quickly and copying is fast in all listed convertibles.

Dell Inspiron 13 5368
Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
Lite-On CV1-8B256
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
Lite-On CV1-8B128
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
13%
-17%
-19%
19%
Write 4k QD32
200.9
261.2
30%
73.9
-63%

73.9
-63%

131.8
-34%
96.78
-52%
Read 4k QD32
333.6
277.6
-17%
31.85
-90%

31.85
-90%

207.7
-38%
313.8
-6%
Write 4k
81.42
81.59
0%
75.55
-7%

75.55
-7%

62.03
-24%
100.1
23%
Read 4k
23.77
32.66
37%
30.88
30%

30.88
30%

31.89
34%
36.34
53%
Write 512
267.9
353.9
32%
264.5
-1%

264.5
-1%

144.1
-46%
424.5
58%
Read 512
428.3
355.3
-17%
396.2
-7%

396.2
-7%

353
-18%
413.4
-3%
Write Seq
270.1
354.4
31%
264.5
-2%

264.5
-2%

182.9
-32%
459.5
70%
Read Seq
479
507.3
6%
491.8
3%

491.8
3%

497
4%
513.9
7%
Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
Sequential Read: 479 MB/s
Sequential Write: 270.1 MB/s
512K Read: 428.3 MB/s
512K Write: 267.9 MB/s
4K Read: 23.77 MB/s
4K Write: 81.42 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 333.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 200.9 MB/s

Graphics Card

The HD Graphics 520 GPU is integrated into the SoC. This iGPU does an unusually good job thanks to its dual-channel memory interface. It clearly outruns all other rivals in the graphics benchmarks. Dell's device can be recommended to anyone who, for example, uses Intel's Quick Sync for encrypting videos. More information can be found on our detailed page about the HD Graphics 520.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
1490 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
1415 Points ∼3% -5%
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
1382 Points ∼3% -7%
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1326 Points ∼3% -11%
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1326 Points ∼3% -11%
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
714 Points ∼1% -52%
3DMark - 1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
7945 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
7843 Points ∼4% -1%
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
7439 Points ∼4% -6%
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
7439 Points ∼4% -6%
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
6808 Points ∼4% -14%
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
5510 Points ∼3% -31%
3DMark 11 Performance
1658 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5937 points
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Gaming Performance

Games are not normally a big issue for iGPUs, but we noticed unusually "strong" frame rates here. Other HD 520 GPUs are 8 to 15% slower, and it is even 45% in Asus' VivoBook Flip TP301UJ with a Core i3 ("Thief"). Therefore, older games or ones with low requirements should not be a problem on the Inspiron, although not in the native Full HD, but rather in the HD resolution (1366x768) at most. More gaming details can be found on our page about the HD Graphics 520.

Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Lowest Preset
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
17.3 fps ∼100%
Asus VivoBook Flip TP301UA-DW006T
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF128HCHP
14 fps ∼81% -19%
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
8.4 fps ∼49% -51%
BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 Medium Preset
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
32.2 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
29.6 fps ∼92% -8%
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
27.3 fps ∼85% -15%
Asus VivoBook Flip TP301UA-DW006T
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF128HCHP
24.3 fps ∼75% -25%
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
20.2 fps ∼63% -37%
Thief - 1024x768 Very Low Preset
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
24.3 fps ∼100%
Asus VivoBook Flip TP301UA-DW006T
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF128HCHP
13.3 fps ∼55% -45%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 59.832.227.5fps
Thief (2014) 24.315.112.6fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 17.311fps

Emissions

Fan during idle and load
Fan during idle and load

The noise emissions during normal use - even with some load - are very low. 31 dB(A) is inaudible. The fan produces this rate when installing programs or copying. When the SoC is strained, this increases to a consistent 40 dB(A), which is quite audible.

Noise Level

Idle
29 / 29 / 29 dB(A)
Load
31 / 40.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   ECM8000 + Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29 dB(A)

Temperature

Stress test Prime95 + FurMark @1.3 GHz
Stress test Prime95 + FurMark @1.3 GHz

Although the fan is mostly inactive (idle), the chassis heats up moderately to a maximum of 33 degrees Celsius (~91 degrees Fahrenheit). During the stress test, the temperature and the fan noise increase noticeably, but it does not exceed 50 degrees Celsius (~122 degrees Fahrenheit). The highest waste heat temperatures are near the SoC and the heat pipe. The wrist rest is always cool with 28 to 32 degrees Celsius (~82 to ~90 degrees Fahrenheit) in both idle and load.

Can the Core i7 also uphold its Turbo clock in the stress test? No - the thermals throttle the clock to 1.3 GHz during Prime and FurMark. This is a multi-core stress test. It seems that the GPU gets the priority; it clocks stably at 748 MHz (of 1050 MHz). The SoC's waste heat is then 73 degrees Celsius (~163 degrees Fahrenheit). However, it is unlikely that this throttling would be an issue during routine use; the Cinebench tests were performed at 2.8 GHz. Therefore, throttling will only be an issue when the CPU and GPU are loaded simultaneously.

 30.8 °C
87 F
32.7 °C
91 F
31.2 °C
88 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
31.7 °C
89 F
29.3 °C
85 F
 
 27.1 °C
81 F
28 °C
82 F
27.8 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 32.7 °C = 91 F
Average: 29.9 °C = 86 F
31 °C
88 F
34.1 °C
93 F
30.7 °C
87 F
29.9 °C
86 F
33 °C
91 F
31.6 °C
89 F
28.5 °C
83 F
28.9 °C
84 F
27.8 °C
82 F
Maximum: 34.1 °C = 93 F
Average: 30.6 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  34 °C = 93 F | Room Temperature 22.9 °C = 73 F | Fluke 62 Max
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 6500U: idle waste heat upper side
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 6500U: idle waste heat upper side
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 6500U: idle waste heat underside
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 6500U: idle waste heat underside
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 6500U: stress test waste heat upper side
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 6500U: stress test waste heat upper side
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 6500U: stress test waste heat underside
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 6500U: stress test waste heat underside

Speakers

Unfortunately, the speakers' sound is somewhat thin and mid-heavy at high volumes. Low tones or differentiated trebles are not shown to an advantage. The speakers in both Aspire R13 R7 and Asus UX360 are quieter.

The microphone recordings are noise-free; voice is recorded clearly and at a consistent volume even when the speaker is moving around in the room and at a distance of two meters (~6.5 ft) from the device.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.1342534.735.83135.435.74039.134.6503334.26334.5358035.234.510038.136.412536.741.616030.552.220028.359.425028.365.43152765.740026.265.450025.567.563025.271.280024.675.9100024.47712502472.4160023.777200023.574.9250023.767.6315023.470.5400023.372.1500022.972630023.759.980002557.21000022.554.51250022.457.3160002259.3SPL36.484.6N2.860.3median 24.4Dell Inspiron 13 5368median 65.7Delta2.37.239.136.833.739.137.936.337.137.936.237.735.836.233.633.833.633.631.932.832.431.930.831.229.830.828.429.328.528.428.530.433.428.531.835.439.331.835.439.14235.441.14547.841.1505458.45054.359.263.254.358.263.467.858.258.163.667.358.160.665.870.260.669.374.277.669.364.169.67364.159.564.868.459.554.6606454.656.161.665.556.155.260.564.355.254.159.363.254.153.258.562.853.248.553.956.148.543.748.952.543.744.249.553.144.245.851.355.545.855.56165.255.552.357.762.152.371.676.780.371.623.732.741.323.7median 54.1Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746Nmedian 59.2median 63.2median 54.16.86.56.96.8hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Dell Inspiron 13 5368 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 6.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 50% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75 dB)
Analysis not possible as minimum curve is missing or too high

Frequency diagram in comparison (check boxes above can be turned on/off!)
Rate 1: Pink Noise 100% volume; Rate 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Inspiron's power consumption is relatively low due mostly to its very dim backlight brightness when idling. Power consumption is otherwise average when under load. 32 Watts in the stress test (load max.) indicate a decent Turbo utilization. The Spectre x360 13-4104ng throttles slightly more here. The fanless ZenBook based on the less power-hungry Core m3 presents the biggest difference in power consumption. Its idle requirement is slightly higher, which is due to its higher brightness.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.26 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.4 / 6.1 / 6.8 Watt
Load midlight 29 / 31.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
6500U, HD Graphics 520, Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
6500U, HD Graphics 520, Lite-On CV1-8B256, IPS, 2560x1440, 13.3
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
6200U, HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP, IPS, 2560x1440, 13.3
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
6Y30, HD Graphics 515, Lite-On CV1-8B128, IPS with 72% NTSC, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
-39%
-6%
13%
Idle Minimum *
4.4
6.2
-41%
3.9
11%
3.4
23%
Idle Average *
6.1
8
-31%
7.4
-21%
7
-15%
Idle Maximum *
6.8
11.6
-71%
9.2
-35%
7.6
-12%
Load Average *
29
40
-38%
28.1
3%
19
34%
Load Maximum *
31.9
36.6
-15%
27.6
13%
20.1
37%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Dell states a runtime of six hours, but our recorded four hours in the Wi-Fi test using reduced brightness (150 cd/m²) does not reflect this. There is still some elbow room since the idle test stopped after 11 hours. Thus, six hours is quite possible by economizing on power and disabling Wi-Fi modules. However, we can no longer speak of a workplace scenario.

The Inspiron 13 5368 is depleted after almost 1:30 hours during load. However, users will probably only produce this stress scenario when rendering videos or archiving. The battery is recharged within 2:15 hours, also in idle mode. That is an appropriately fast recharging time for laptop conditions.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 14min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 00min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 26min
Dell Inspiron 13 5368
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 42 Wh
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 49 Wh
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 56 Wh
Asus Zenbook UX360CA-FC060T
6Y30, HD Graphics 515, 54 Wh
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 66 Wh
Battery Runtime
19%
108%
97%
47%
Reader / Idle
674
669
-1%
1027
52%
844
25%
WiFi v1.3
240
382
59%
500
108%
386
61%
403
68%
Load
86
85
-1%
239
178%
128
49%
H.264
393

Pros

+ fast response times
+ very good Turbo range
+ low noise development
+ easy maintenance

Cons

- poor battery life
- moderately bright screen
- low color space
- inferior webcam
- short key drop

Verdict

In review: Dell Inspiron 13 5368-3188. Test model courtesy of Dell Germany
In review: Dell Inspiron 13 5368-3188. Test model courtesy of Dell Germany

Dell's Inspiron 13 5368 does not achieve the highest score, and thus it is unlikely that it would find its way into the Top 10 Convertible chart. Performance is not the reason - the Core i7 and SSD configuration outperform all other rivals and the Turbo is utilized very well. The shortcomings start in the build: the flexible chassis that does not close magnetically in Tablet mode, the keyboard's slight weaknesses, and the touchpad's short drop. Furthermore, the weight of 1.6 kilograms (~3.5 lb) is relatively high, the screen is only moderately bright, and Type-C USB could improve connectivity. Although these aspects are still tolerable, the total points reduce the overall score. Dell's Inspiron 13 5368 displays its biggest drawback in the Wi-Fi runtime of just four hours. The rivals run for six to eight hours here.

The overall total of small drawbacks cannot compensate for the advantages in performance, maintenance, and the screen's decent contrast. Ultimately, we are facing - in terms of computing – a potent convertible all-rounder that is not too expensive compared with its rivals at a price of 1000 Euros (~$1115). Here, HP's Spectre x360 13 and Acer's Aspire R13 R7 have more to offer, particularly in terms of  build. Lenovo's Yoga 900-13ISK features an even more elegant design but it is also unreasonably expensive. Asus' ZenBook UX360CA-FC060T has a slim, high-quality casing, but suffers under its clattering keyboard.

Dell Inspiron 13 5368 - 08/26/2016 v5.1
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
44 / 80 → 55%
Weight
68 / 35-78 → 77%
Battery
75%
Display
82%
Games Performance
57 / 68 → 84%
Application Performance
87 / 87 → 100%
Temperature
90%
Noise
94%
Audio
68 / 91 → 75%
Camera
31 / 85 → 37%
Average
72%
79%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Jentsch, 2016-09- 3 (Update: 2018-05-15)