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Dell Inspiron 14 5425: Stylish, fast, enduring office laptop

Ryzen 5 power meets long battery life
Ryzen 5 power meets long battery life
Dell's 14-inch laptop scores points with a powerful Ryzen 5 APU (Zen 3), 16 GB of RAM and very good battery life. Good: USB-C Power Delivery is supported. The 16:10 display (1,920x1,200 pixels) only provides poor color-space coverage.

With the Inspiron 14 5425, Dell adds a stylish 14-inch office all-rounder to its lineup. The most affordable models in the range are available for about 600 Euros (~$618). At the time of conducting our review, our test model would cost between 730 and 850 Euros (~$753 to ~$876).

The laptop is powered by a Ryzen 5 5625U APU (Barcelo), which provides more than enough performance for office and Internet applications. It also allows users to play computer games that aren't too demanding in terms of hardware requirements. The APU is supported by 16 GB of RAM (DDR4-3200, dual-channel mode). It's possible to expand or replace memory.

Storage space (512 GB SSD, PCIe 3, M.2-2230; M.2-2280 models also fit) isn't overly generous, but it should be sufficient in most cases. Swapping the SSD is possible if necessary.

The included power adapter doesn't necessarily have to be carried around: One battery charge (54 Wh) is sufficient for Wi-Fi runtimes of almost 13 hours - a very good rate. Should you need more power, you can also use a universal USB-C charger instead of Dell's proprietary power adapter.

The 16:10 display (1,920x1,200 pixels, IPS) is disappointing overall. Although it offers stable viewing angles, a matte surface and decent color reproduction, its brightness, contrast and color-space coverage are too low. A laptop in this price range should deliver more in this regard.

Our review of the Dell Inspiron 14 5425 provides additional information along with many benchmark results.

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Sascha Mölck, 2022-08-12 (Update: 2022-08-12)