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Dell Inspiron 13

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 reviews of Dell Inspiron 13. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability and price. The performance and size are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the touchpad. Some have doubts about the connectivity and sound.

portability, size, performance, price, usability

sound, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron 13 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (

Dell Inspiron 13 Review


Once opened the Inspiron 13 provides a conservative, black plastic design. The buttons along the top edge are touch sensitive but don't light up with a soft glow when pressed like the media buttons on the XPS line. The black colored keyboard and...

Attractive design ; Solid build quality ; Acceptable performance ; Good battery life ; Solid keyboard ; Great price

Only two USB ports ... even $300 netbooks have three USB ports ; Pentium dual core processor is a little weak ; Keyboard is a little cramped and touchpad is a little small ; Palm rest plastics look cheap and easily pick up skin oils ; Slot-loading...

While issues like cheap palm rests and a noisy slot-loading drive won't bother most people, the limit of two USB ports and use of Pentium dual core instead of a Core 2 Duo processor might make some potential customers look elsewhere. In the end, the...

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : ZDNet (

Dell Inspiron 13


The Dell Inspiron 13 is great for those hampered by a tight budget, but who still want a competent and power-efficient thin-and-light notebook with a decent design.

Excellent battery life, Good value for money

Previous-generation chipset, Heavy for a thin-and-light

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Sasha Muller (

Dell Inspiron 13


it might be tempting to do all your Christmas shopping online, but sometimes it's nice to see what you're spending your hard earned cash on. Dell seems to have come round to this point of view, and in a departure from its usual direct selling approach...

Lucky for some. It's not big, but it is clever - a fine blend of power and practicality at a keen price.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Darius Chang (

Dell Inspiron 13


The Dell Inspiron 13 is great for those hampered by a tight budget, but who still want a competent and power-efficient thin-and-light notebook with a decent design.

Excellent battery life ; Good value for money

Previous-generation chipset ; Heavy for a thin-and-light

Service and Support Dell offers a one-year local warranty for its notebooks, which covers both parts and labour. Should there be a problem with the laptop that cannot be resolved via telephone or the online help service, the company will send a...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Darius Chang (

Dell Inspiron 13


Excellent battery life, Good value for money

Previous-generation chipset, Heavy for a thin-and-light

The Dell Inspiron 13 is great for those hampered by a tight budget, but who still want a competent and power-efficient thin-and-light notebook with a decent design.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review (

Good Laptop


I have: - Intel Core 2 Duo - Memory of 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 - Size: 250GB SATA Hard Drive - I had the option of choosing a 9 cell battery for free - price of $850 before tax I took my time looking for a 13 inch laptop because I wanted a...

Aug, 2009

Consumer review (

I love it!


I own one of the first XPS desktop computers that was made. Since I don't always do all my computer work at a desk anymore my husband said I needed my own smaller portable one. So I picked one that I can pick up with one hand. It must also be pink or...

Aug, 2009

Consumer review (

Love this Laptop!


In the last eight months, I've been looking for a laptop this lives up to the name "laptop". Had the Dell 1720 (large screen but frankly, not very portable, more like laptop and a half). Tried the HP Mini 10 (way too small screen and lousy storage),...

Aug, 2009

Consumer review (

Fairly Good Overall.


I have a Dell Studio 17 inch laptop with less memory and lower processor speed than this Inspiron 13. I needed the 17 inch in my office and wanted a smaller, yet more powerful laptop for personal/business use. So, I got this Inspiron 13 with 2.4ghz...

Jul, 2009

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Inspiron 13


This lappy doesnt have a good gaming card. If u getting this laptop make sure u get Nvidia card else this laptop doesnt work for games. Gets heated pretty easily.I bougt this laptop coz i had same issue with Hp pavilion laptop but dell also has same...

Jul, 2009

Product Specifications

DELL INSPIRON 13- NOTEBOOK - Pacific Blue - Intel® Celeron® 560 (1MB cache/2.13GHz/533Mhz FSB), 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 250 GB SATE HD, 8X Slot Load CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive),Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100,Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini-Card, Glossy, widescreen 13.3" LCD (1280x800) w/ 2.0M pixel Camera, Built-in Bluetooth capability (2.0 EDR), Microsoft Works ,Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic Edition SP1


Audio system:HD + MaxxAudio / MaxxAudio / MaxxAudio Pro / Waves MaxxAudio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2
Speakers manufacturer:Waves

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery Capacity:43 / 50
Battery capacity (Watt hours):43 / 50
Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:11.4
Number of battery cells:3
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB


Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92
Video capturing speed:30


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver


Color of product:Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Convertible (Fold-back screen) / Convertible (Folder)
Housing material:Aluminium
Intel segment tagging:Home Office
Market positioning:Business
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1)

Dimensions & Weight



3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel Pitch:0.00602 x 0.00602 / 0.00846 x 0.00846
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:13.3in
Diagonal Size (metric):33.8cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.31 / 3.34
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:45 / 65
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 16 / 2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 11.2/12 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1616 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 5500
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Inspiron

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:Belgian
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM


Color:Pacific blue


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):867
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598.4 - 420000
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3 / 1.30
Operating altitude:-598.4 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1

Other Features

Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4a
Microphone in: No
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.31 / 3.34
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:45 / 65
Power auto-sensing:Y


Bus type:DMI2
Clock Speed:1.86GHz
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
PCI Express configurations:2x4 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:i3-4010U / i5-4210U / i5-5200U / i7-5500U
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Broadwell / Haswell
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.7 / 2.2 / 2.4
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:i3-4010U / i5-4210U / i5-5200U / i7-5500U
Processor Number:T2390
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-5500 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i3-4000 Mobile Series / Intel® Core™ i5-5200 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0 / D0 / F0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100 / 105
Type:Pentium Dual Core

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75107 / 81016 / 85212 / 85214
Processor code:SR16Q / SR1EF / SR23W / SR23Y
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Noble
Password protection:BIOS / Y
Password protection type:BIOS


Bundled software:McAfee LiveSafe 1YR
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Language:English / Spanish
Trial software:Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office, McAfee LiveSafe


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256
Storage media:HDD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 500

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA X3100

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.66 / 8.74
Height:0.748 / 0.764
Weight:3.66 / 3.68