14″ Dell Inspiron i3452-5600BLK via Amazon
DELL Inspiron i3452-5600BLK is a 14 inch entry level smart looking laptop that is designed for basic on the go computing with up to decent 7-8 hour battery life at a rather low price level for those that will mainly be using it for simple tasks like surfing the internet, checking their emails, typing up word documents, watching movies or listening to music and not for playing very demanding games or editing multimedia. It comes with a dual core Intel Celeron processor (2M cache) at 1.6GHz up to 2.16GHz speed, 2GB DDRL SDRAM for low end multitasking on a single DIMM (low amount and adequate at this level and you can have up to 2-3 browsers open at once), 32GB eMMC flash drive for your important files (not much as you will be relying more on Cloud storage and you can install a 64GB SD card on its full size SD card slot to expand memory capacity) with fast boot-ups and a bit of snappiness overall and the latest 64-bit Windows 10 Home operating system with the new Edge browser and One Drive cloud storage.
14 inch high definition Truelife LED-backlit display with 1366×768 pixel resolution with vibrant enough natural colours and good contrast is enough size and quality for streaming and watching movies online and the standard integrated Intel HD Braswell GPU at twice the speed of the previous Intel HD Bay Trail is still basic graphics of light games and simple day to day multimedia tasks like video and photo viewing. Sound quality is also sufficiently loud through its double speakers but do not expect deep bass or clarity of high end computer speakers and this is significantly improved by using good quality wireless speakers or headsets. It has a 720p resolution decent high definition webcam for video chats with friends and family or for taking still snapshots to share on Facebook, Instagram etc. Black Dell Inspiron is very lightweight and comes in a slim and compact case (total weight is 4.2 pounds) and will fit in any backpack or bag. It has a minimalist design- doesn’t have the most flashy appearance of those very expensive machines but has a very solid build quality. Keyboard is unusually nice to type on just like high end machines and the display stays at the position you choose with the reliable hinges.
It doesn’t come with a DVD Optical Drive, built-in Ethernet (you may use a USB adapter) or the older style VGA port but an HDMI output, 802.11bgn wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 at 2.4GHz, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port and a 3-in-1 Media Card Reader. When you first take it out of the box and start using it, you may find it downloading stuff and installing updates for a while but then everything will be fine as long as you do not expect to run very heavy programs on it or run the current demanding games of 2014-2015. The lithium ion battery is the replaceable variety and can last up to 6-8 hours in light use in theory and if you select the bright screen setting and wireless on/watching a video etc. you can still expect solid 4 to 5 hours. It stays cool and silent after several hours of running as it has a great fanless design. Windows 10 is a brand new OS with new features and way of doing things you may need to get used to but learning curve seems to be short as it brings together the best of Windows 7 and 8.1. Celeron N3050 is only low end with a Passmark benchmark score of just 809 as of today so you can only perform your basic daily tasks with it, memory is only 2GB (which you can replace with a free 8GB card as there is no other free slot) but you are not slowed down with a mechanical hard drive and what you have is a nice looking simple things machine for students or light home users at a low price.