Dell’s Inspiron 13 5000 notebooks tend to be mid-rang devices with decent specs and underwhelming design… but in recent years the company has made a habit of borrowing some premium design elements and bringing them to these mid-range laptop computers.
The 2019 series, for example, feature thin and light designs, an aluminum palm rest, optional support for NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete graphics, and a starting price of $580.
Dell is also introducing a new model with built-in support for 4G LTE and a starting price of $730. The new laptops are available now in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and China, and they should be coming to North America soon.
The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 (5390) measures about 12.1″ x 8.1″ x 0.6″ and has a starting weight of 2.59 pounds — although that goes up to 2.74 pounds and 0.7 inches thick if you opt for a model with LTE.
Dell will offer Intel Core i3 through Core i7 Whiskey Lake options, and every laptop in this family features a 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display.
The computer has a spill-resistant keyboard with an option for backlit keys. There’s also optional support for a fingerprint reader, which is built into the laptop’s power button.
Ports include HDMI 1.4b, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, a headset jack, and a microSD card reader.
Memory options are nothing to write home about — you can get 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM and it’s not user upgradeable. But the computer does support speedy PCIe NVMe solid state storage: Dell will offer 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB options.
A few other new touches include lid-open sensor that will turn on the laptop when you open the screen, even if it’s turned completely off.
Inspiron 13 5000 (5390)
Inspiron 13 5000 (5390) with LTE