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[Review] Dell Inspiron 14 ‎i5406-7207GRY-PUS: Almost Perfect

Dell Inspiron 14 i5406-7207GRY-PUS review
  • 💾 2-in-1 with a lightweight design
  • 💾 Crisp and clear Full HD display
  • 💾 Powerful Intel Core i7 processor
  • 💾 Built-in fingerprint reader
  • 💾 Dell Active Pen not included
  • 💾 No Thunderbolt support
Featuring high-powered 11th-Gen Intel Core processors, Dell's Inspiron 14 lineup of 2-in-1 laptops will exceed your expectations as they boast an extremely lightweight design while performing smoothly even when working on demanding productivity scenarios throughout the day.

Amongst the most appealing features of the top-rated convertible we're about to cover in this review of the Dell Inspiron 14 ‎i5406-7207GRY-PUS, we'd like to highlight the excellent picture quality of its 14-inch screen, the ultrafast performance of its SSD drive, the versatile connectivity options, and its competitive price point.

Without further ado, today we get ready to uncover everything there is to know about a convertible that features top-notch specs, and we help you figure out if it's the right laptop for you or if you're better off looking in another direction. 

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Tech Specs of Dell Inspiron 14 ‎i5406-7207GRY-PUS

Tech Specs
Brand/ModelDell Inspiron 14 ‎i5406-7207GRY-PUS
Dimensions 12.70 x 8.74 x 0.71 inches
Weight 3.42 pounds
Display IPS | Touchscreen | 14'' | 60 Hz
Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
ProcessorQuad-Core Intel Core i7-1165G7 
RAM 12 GB (DDR4)
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 512 GB (SSD)
Battery Life 53 Wh | 4-cell
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
2x USB-A 3.2
1x USB-C 3.2 | DisplayPort
1x HDMI 1.4b
1x 3.5 mm combo audio jack
1x SD card reader
Fingerprint reader
HD webcam with privacy shutter

Design, Display, and Keyboard

Dell Inspiron 14 i5406-7207GRY-PUS performance
The Dell Inspiron 14 ‎i5406-7207GRY-PUS sports a premium and sturdy Titan grey aluminum chassis, which is extremely lightweight, weighing just 3.42 pounds while measuring a mere 0.71 inches in thickness. 
As you would expect on a convertible such as this one, the laptop at hand packs a 360-degree hinge which allows you to easily switch from tablet mode to laptop mode and everything in between.

Unlike models on the lower end of the market, the hinge used on the ‎i5406-7207GRY-PUS would seem to be made of durable materials, meaning you could use it daily without the laptop breaking a sweat. 

As for the display, it packs a narrow-bezel 14-inch IPS screen with excellent viewing angles as well as Full HD resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:9, so you can watch your favorite content with a crisp resolution. What's more, color representation is actually quite good with vivid colors and deep blacks, something that you would expect from a convertible on the high-end of the spectrum such as this one. 

If we are being perfectly honest, we are surprised that Dell didn't opt for a 2K resolution but it's likely that they opted to prioritize battery life and portability over a higher resolution which would've - almost inevitably - affected these elements. 

With that in mind, if you prefer a convertible with even higher color accuracy, you might consider the ASUS ZenBook Flip S13 UX371EA-XB76T, as it boasts a 13.3-inch OLED display with higher brightness (up to 400 nits) and a far better resolution (4K). It also comes in an even lighter form factor, and brings storage to 1 TB. Essentially, it's in a whole different league.

Coming back to the laptop at hand, as you would expect, it's also compatible with its own brand of stylus. We don't really use this feature for the most part, so we can't speak to this aspect of the experience. 

The backlit keyboard is not only comfortable to type on but also very helpful in dim-light settings as the keys themselves light up and not just around the keys as seen in other laptops.

The Dell Inspiron 14 ‎i5406-7207GRY-PUS is powered by the 11th-Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with four cores, 8 threads, and a 12 MB SmartCache memory while reaching a burst frequency of up to 4.70 GHz when running demanding workflows.

The formula is completed by a generous 12 GB DDR4 RAM which on paper, as stated by some users who already bought it, means that it's a great laptop for personal and professional use as it performs smoothly when working on photo/video editing, text editing, coding, schoolwork, and virtualization, amongst other demanding tasks.

Moving onto the graphics department, we've got the Intel Iris Xe Graphics integrated GPU allowing you to stream 4K videos smoothly through an external monitor and play non-demanding games in Full HD resolution.

This is a very good set of internal specs and one that promises to deliver lightning-fast performance for pretty much any type of user. Be it a student, a professional, or anything in between, as long as you don't need a dedicated graphics card (like gamers of professional-grade video editors), this laptop offers an excellent and extremely portable alternative.

Finally, much like the recently reviewed ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TM420UA-DS52T, this model features a silent and ultrafast 512 GB solid-state drive (SSD) with up to 3200 Mb/s of reading/writing speeds so you'll be able to transfer heavy data, run Windows apps, and open files at blazing-fast speeds.

Connectivity and Extras

Moving onto the connectivity, the ‎i5406-7207GRY-PUS doesn't skimp on solutions to keep your productivity going as it comes with two USB-A 3.2 ports, an HDMI 1.4b, and a single USB-C 3.2 with DisplayPort support, so you can connect a second monitor if you need to.

In addition to that, it has a fingerprint reader on the power button for easy login on Windows, an SD card reader, and an HD webcam with a privacy shutter for video calls.

As for the wireless connections, it features Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 standards providing up to three times faster connections and less latency when browsing the web.

Did you know...
In case you haven't changed your laptop in the last few years, you should know that the previously Wi-Fi 802.11ax is now simply known as Wi-Fi 6 after the Wi-Fi Alliance updated its name to make it easier to remember for users.

Battery Life

The battery life of the Dell ‎i5406-7207GRY-PUS is powered by a 53 Wh lithium battery, which offers a respectable 6 hours of video playback, and it can significantly reduce under certain power-intensive conditions.

Specifically, many buyers of this laptop are claiming battery life to be along the lines of 3-4 hours. In our experience, it's always best to assume that the battery life on a laptop is roughly 20-25% below what the company advertises. In that regard, you would be wise to expect roughly 4 hours of battery life under standard usage scenarios.

Verdict: Should you buy it?

Overall, the Dell Inspiron 14 ‎i5406-7207GRY-PUS reviewed today is a 2-in-1 laptop with a premium finish and lightweight design for you to get things done faster everywhere you go, as it boasts a powerful Intel processor, generous RAM, and a blazing-fast SSD storage.

Also, the touchscreen is crisp and offers an excellent color reproduction to enjoy multimedia and do most day-to-day tasks fluently. Couple that with a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint reader, and an ample selection of ports and connectivity options and you've got yourself a convertible that's primed for success.

If there's one aspect we would've liked Dell to work more on, that would be the battery life. Nonetheless, if we want a powerful convertible with a compact form factor and lightweight design, then this is something we're going to have to come to terms with. If battery life is not that big of an issue for you then this is a great option, otherwise, we would suggest considering other options.