Dell Inspiron 5620 - Full Review with Pros and Cons
After a long time, Dell finally released it’s Intel 12th generation chips powering laptop and they seem promising this time around. With the Introduction of Dell Inspiron 5620 at Rs. 51,990 Dell Aims to deliver good performance at a very affordable price. Let’s check out the new laptop and see what’s the bells and whistles all about.
Build and Quality
This laptop does not try to look apart. This is a very tried and tested design and Dell is sticking with it. The Dell Inspiron 5620 looks like any other Dell laptop in the past, which is boring but functional. The plastic does not feel very cheap but the body may start getting scratches after a short duration of time. The pattern on the either side of the keyboard looks sleek but overall, the fact cannot be denied that a good quality plastic could have had complimented the laptop. Where credit is due, the shell is made of aluminium which helps dissipate the heat easily.
The hinge is good and it does not wobble much, though the single-handed lift is not possible. The second problem with the design starts when we consider the weight, it starts at 1.87 kilos which is on the higher side for this range if laptop. Competition easily offers around 1.4 kilos and lesser and so should have been the case with Dell. But considering the screen size, its just acceptable. Overall, not so unimpressive build for the price point.
Ports, I/O and Connectivity
Moving on to ports, the Dell Inspiron 5620 feels like every main box has been checked. The port list includes 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 Type-C port with Power Delivery and DisplayPort, 1 Audio jack, 1 HDMI 1.4 port & a power adapter port. Everything considered, the port selection is good and every mainstream laptop at this price should have these ports as standard.
On to the wireless connectivity options, this laptop supports Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (6GHz) AX211 2×2 Bluetooth 5.2 Wireless Card. This is one of the areas where Dell has excelled and for a good reason. Either wireless or wired the connectivity options do not feel lacking.
On the maintenance front, The Dell Inspiron does support RAM expansion. This does come in handy as the base RAM model starts at 8 GB. The accessibility is also not hard with the bottom screws unscrewed we can access the motherboard.
Keyboard– The Dell Inspiron 5620 has a proper qwerty keyboard and has a full-function key row. What it does not have is a full numeric keypad and someone considering a big laptop would want a dedicated numeric keypad. For what it’s worth the keyboard experience is nice and the key does have good travel. There is a backlighting which is a boon if you are a user who uses a laptop in an unevenly lit condition.
Trackpad– The trackpad is good enough and is flush with the surface with clicky buttons. It seems that the windows trackpads are finally catching up with their Apple counterparts and this is evident from this laptop.
The webcam is a 1080p at 30 fps FHD camera and with Dual-array of microphones the video calling experience is a breeze.
Coming towards the display, this is one of biggest highlights of this laptop. Sporting a 16” display is a rarity at this price and 2022. 16” display does seem like an overkill if you don’t have smaller bezels. This adds to the overall dimensions of the laptop as well as the weight. The Dell Inspiron 5620 has a 16″, FHD+ 1920×1200, 60Hz, non-Touch display. With support of Wide Viewing Angle, 250 nit & ComfortView technology this seems like a decent option. For the price point and targeted audience, this display is a no brainer. But OLED options in the same range makes this display look like an underwhelming option.
The lack of OLED and high refresh rate is also acceptable but 250 nits of maximum brightness seem a little too low for 2022 standards. A few people might have liked a higher refresh rate and we also agree with that statement.
Jumping on the performance part, the Dell Inspiron 5620 has an all-new Hexa-core 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-1215U with 10 MB cache, 8 threads and up to 4.40 GHz Turbo. This Hexa-core processor sits above Intel® i3 11th gen and Ryzen 3 5300U. The biggest advantage of the newer processors is the performance. This laptop flies with light to medium tasks and Intel has done a commendable job at keeping the thermals in check. Heavier tasks do take a toll on performance. That being said, the laptop runs cool and does not tend to heat up except while charging.
Gaming is also an area which has to be avoided in this laptop. The Intel UHD Graphics does not help much in gaming means the gaming experience is something one might not want to experience on this laptop. Though better than previous generation, still a long way. For day-to-day light-weighted usage, it is fine, but with heavy multi-tasking and gaming, this laptop should not be your choice. The laptop runs efficient keeping the battery life in check.
Tuning to the speakers’ section, the Dell Inspiron 5620 has a good media consumption experience. The Stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro, 2 W x 2 provide decent sound quality and the 16-inch display enhances the overall experience. For movie watching, music or even casual video calls, the speakers are quite capable enough.
Lastly, the battery on the Dell Inspiron 5620 is good. It is a 54 Wh 4 cell unit is not large but given the new efficient processor, it lasts quite a lot. On the charging front, it has a 65 W power adapter which is included in the box and charges the device in around 1.5-2 hours. This is on-par with the competition and is one of the places where laptop does impress a lot.