Print Edition - 2018-03-06 | et cetera
Business and productivity
- The Dell Vostro 5468 is an affordable and handy laptop intended for business buyers. At Rs 74,000, is this the best budget business laptop available?
Mar 6, 2018-
The Vostro 5000 series is among the latest, most affordable and handy laptops from Dell. The Dell Vostro 5468 is a portable and lightweight laptop from the company that is specifically targeted for business purposes. In this review, we will see how the Dell Vostro 5468 performs in real life.
Since the device is impressive at first sight, I will elaborate on the design first. The Dell Vostro 5468 has a simple and generic design. The Dell Vostro 5468 measures in at 14 inches, accompanied by a stylish design and sleek looks. The device is pretty light at just 1.5 kg, making it very easy to carry around. The grey metallic chassis makes it look premium and attractive.
The power button on the device lies in the top right corner, which has a LED indicator to show if the power is on. The trackpad is also quite decent with good tracking and gestures for scrolling, switching through tasks and the likes.
The right side of the laptop houses an SD card slot, a USB 3.0 port, a VGA port, while the left side is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet, an HDMI and a charging port, ensuring that the connectivity options this device provides are quite impressive.
Furthermore, the keys are placed at a good and comfortable distance from each other, making it easier for the users to type. This is good news for the students and business people who have to type a lot. The keys feel comfortable while typing, even for prolonged periods of time. In the overall design department, this device definitely gets a thumbs-up.
The Dell Vostro 5468 comes with a Full HD matte display which is bright and has sufficient contrast and saturation.
The display quality is good while watching movies and videos, so I’ve had my share of movie experience while using this laptop. Similarly, viewing images in the 1080p display yields good results as well. The contents are visible under sunlight too, so even working outdoors isn’t a problem with this laptop.
One of the major concerns for me as a user on any device is the battery and Dell Vostro 5468 gives you around five hours of life once fully charged.
This five hours of battery life, however, is applicable only under normal usage. While playing videos it gave me a life of exactly four hours, which meant I was able to finish two movies without plugging the charger in. Similarly, while I played Battlefield for an hour, the battery drained significantly and then left me with around two hours of time for normal use. But all things considered, the battery life on this device is quite good.
Next thing is the storage. The version I am currently using has 4 GB of RAM and 1 TB of Hard Drive. You can always install an SSD with its vacant M.2 Slot. If you are a content creator, adding an SSD would be a wise choice. You also have a free RAM slot in case you need more memory. So, you have the choice to get more memory for your device when you need it. The great thing about his device is that its system can grow to accomodate your needs.
The Dell Vostro 5468 is powered by a dual-core 7th generation processor that runs at a base clock of 2.5 GHz and can go high up to 2.7 GHz. The CPU is accompanied by Intel’s 620 shared graphics and a dedicated Nvidia 940 MX graphics card for better performance. If you will be using this one for gaming, you would certainly want to play at medium to low settings. But, as this device is not made for gaming purposes, this was expected.
For its price of Rs 74,000, multitasking is also quite good on the device, as running multiple programmes does not slow down the computer and switching between tasks is smooth and fast. What’s commendable is that switching from games to other tasks also has a smooth transition. You won’t have to worry about your device freezing while aggressively switching from one task to another.
As far as throttling is concerned, the device holds up pretty well in normal usage. The only time I felt the device getting warm was when I started gaming, although it’s a pretty regular flaw in laptops.
As I already mentioned, visuals look good on this device which is further aided by good sound quality from its two speakers. The speakers are loud enough and the audio is well balanced, considering its small size. Additionally, the built-in webcam allows you to collaborate with your business partners easily.
This device is marketed for business purpose, such as, using MS Office, handling social media and the likes, so the fact that this device can do much more is definitely a plus. Gaming, in particular, was not bad at medium to low settings and it can be used as an entertainment device as well. The insides of this device are up to date and powerful enough to run anything you could need as a business user. In addition, the 7th Gen processor will run anything you throw at it and the SSD will follow through with a similar performance.
The Dell Vostro 5468 definitely serves the needs it was built for—that is for on-the-go business workers who have a modest budget. For a normal user like myself who does more office related work, a wide range of entertainment activities and a little bit of gaming, the device proved to be an excellent choice for its decent price.
Dell Vostro 5468 specifications in a nutshell:
- Display: 14 FHD display
- RAM: 4GB DDR3
- Hard disk capacity: 1TB with expandable SSD
- Operating system: Windows 10
- Processor series: Core-i5
- Processor number: i5-7200U
- Graphics: Intel 620 shared graphics along with a dedicated Nvidia 920 MX graphics
- Price: Rs 74,000
Published: 06-03-2018 08:11