This year more and more business laptops start to adopt two-sided narrow bezels, and the Dell Vostro 14 5481 is one of them.
|14.0-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS screen
|Intel Core i5-8265U 1.6 GHz (up to 3.9 GHz)
|NVIDIA GeForce MX130 2GB GDDR5
|8GB DDR4 2666MHz
|128GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD
|2x USB 3.1, 1x USB 2.0, USB Type-C,1x RJ45, an HDMI, a SD card reader, 3.5mm audio/mic
|1.55kg (without AC adapter)
Dell Vostro 14 5481 has an extremely similar appearance design to Vostro 14 5471. Although it features a 14-inch display, thanks to the narrow bezel design, it is about a 13-inch laptop’s size.
The Vostro 14 5481 is the first laptop that adopts narrow bezel design among the Vostro series. With a 7.75mm narrow bezel on both sides, it still places the camera over the display.
Besides, this business laptop’s thickness is 18.13mm, and it weighs 1.55kg. Among 14-inch laptops, it shows great portability.
It’s top and back covers use the metal material. The metal back cover brings this laptop a better heat dissipation performance.
Compared to its predecessor, this laptop’s biggest change is its narrow bezel design. This design has greatly improved the laptop’s portability and visual shock.
The laptop features a 14-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 pixels and 1080 pixels. This anti-glare display delivers a distinct image. Besides, it provides a wide viewing angle. We use the Spyder5 Elite to test this full HD display. According to the test results, this display’s sRGB color gamut reaches 65%, NTSC color gamut is 46%, and brightness is 231nit. The results show that this 14-inch display reaches the mainstream level among same-level laptops.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Its full-size keyboard features moderate key travel. In general, this keyboard brings a good hand feel. In the meanwhile, the keyboard supports two-level white backlit. In this way, the user can easily type in low light. As for its touchpad, it supports Windows multi-gesture operation.
The component in the top right corner is the power button. Its fingerprint reader module is integrated into this power button. As we all know, the fingerprint reader is quite important to business laptops. This fingerprint reader guarantees the user’s data security. According to our test, this fingerprint reader can recognize the user’s fingerprint accurately. With this fingerprint reader and Windows Hello, this laptop can provide a more excellent and data-security user experience.
As a business laptop, the Vostro 14 5481 owns a diverse variety of ports. On the left side, this laptop provides the power interface, a multi-function Type-C port, the HDMI port, two USB 3.1 ports, and the 3.5mm audio port. The ports on the right side include a lock slot, an RJ45 port, a USB 2.0 port, and one SD card reader.
In general, Vostro 14 5481 has a good performance with regard to its display, keyboard, fingerprint reader, and port.
The i5-8265U processor’s core code is Whiskey Lake. Built on the 14nm manufacturing process, this chip has four cores and eight threads. Its frequency is 1.6GHz which can reach up to 3.9GHz. Besides, its L3 cache is 6GB, and TDP is 15W. On the CINEBENCH R15, the chip’s multi-core score is 553cb, and its single-core score is 160cb. According to the test results, the i5-8265U chip has good performance.
GeForce MX130 2GB DDR5 is an entry-level graphics card. Based on the 28nm process, it has a GM108 core and 384 unfiled shaders, with bus width 64 Bit and GPU clock reaching 1109MHz. On the Sky Driver of the 3DMARK, this graphics card’s final score is 7378. Judged from its score, this GeForce MX130 2GB DDR5 has better performance than GT940MX.
The 128GB PCI-E SSD supports NVMe protocol. On CrystalDiskMark, this SSD’s sequential read speed is 1497MB/s, and sequential write speed reaches 798MB/s. According to the results, this PCI-E SSD has much better performance than SATA SSD.
On AIDA64, the i5-8265U processor’s TDP is around 15W with its core temperature around 78℃ under the mode of the Stress CPU and stress FPU.
Under the Work accelerated mode of PCMARK8, the battery life is up to 5 hours with WiFi connection. If the user goes on a business trip with it, the laptop can work approximately 9 hours. Besides, this battery supports fast charging. The laptop can get 80% charged within an hour.
As Vostro’s first narrow-bezel business laptop, the Vostro 14 5481 has quite a good performance. This affordable business laptop boasts an outstanding appearance design. In addition, it provides a good display and keyboard. Most importantly, this laptop has a two-year warranty. For businessmen, the Vostro 14 5481 is a good choice.