Dell 14" Inspiron 2 in 1 Vs Latitude

A family member is looking for a 14" all rounder laptop around $700-$800.
We have narrowed it down to the following 2 models:

  1. $699 Dell Inspiron 14 5000 14 inch FHD Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop - i3-8145U 2.10GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Win10 Home (new and sealed)


  1. $699 Dell Latitude 5480 14" Laptop i5-6440HQ 2.6GHz 8GB Ram 256GB SSD | 1YR WTY (Refurbished)

The family member is keen on the 2 in 1 function and so is favouring option #1.
Although I see the benefits of the 2 in 1 function (as my daughter has a Dell XPS13 2 in 1 which is awesome), I see the following benefits of option #2.
1. The Latitude has double the SSD 128 vs 256GB. I'm concerned the 128GB SSD is pretty small. I guess she could use cloud storage as well.
2. The processor in the latitude has better benchmarking than the Inspiron 2 in 1 even thought he i3 8145U is two generations newer.
3. The build quality of a Latitude is usually better than an Inspiron.

Just wondering others input on which would be a better all rounder for basic internet/netflix/photo storage type applications.


  • Option 2 is not labelled correctly but I it looks fine when I go to edit. You get the picture….

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    • Acer Aspire 3 A315-54-35CL 15.6" Laptop (128GB) $599

      Yeah, saw that one. However, I was thinking for the extra $100 it would be worth the extra 4GB of RAM and double the SSD to 256GB.

      • But refurb, 14" vs 15.6"

        • True. Ah, that's the other thing. She is dead set on 14".
          I set up my 13", 14" and 15" laptops next to each other and she def wants 14".

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    I have a works latitude, and bought a 14 5482 a few months ago.

    The build isn't massively different, the latitudes aren't all that but seem to work well enough, although mine being attached to a dual monitor setup at work, I forgive the shockingly low res screen they can come with.

    The 14 I like for a few reasons:

    You can put a second hard drive in it and increase the nvme to 1tb (not done yet, will do when theres a deal, just dropped a samsung 870(860?) evo 1tb 2.5 into it from the last cashback offer for files/photos. )

    you can bump the ram up cheaply (crucial etc). I'm running 2 x 8GB 2666 (but with this Gen intel, they run at 2400, just did it as priced the same and so they are a match) if you want dual channel ram going on.
    the screen (model dependent, mine does) supports proper pen input, isn't overly bright, but is full HD which for 14" is fine for me.
    Battery life's pretty good, same as latitude for my use, but none of them have giant batteries.
    for the price I got the i7-8565u and an mx130 2gb, which works well enough. I don't game but the thing starts and works well.
    Backlit keyboard, latitude is subjectively better feel but also smaller so I prefer the 14.

    Neither are bad machines, but I like the ability to open the laptop as wide as I want without reaching hinge limit, the pen, the better internal hardware, and I still get 1 day support for 2 years, better than the works dell.

    Disclaimer, I did have a few teething problems with the 14 but Dell did eventually fix these up under warranty so it's all good, my 4th dell now (bought the mrs a standard ryzen 15'6" laptop for home working) and replaced my 13 5000 series and previous 13 7000 series with this.

    They're no XPS/Spectre, but then again, you're not paying XPS money.

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    What is your main motivation behind the 2-in-1?

    The Dell Inspiron Series has terrible build quality. However, for $699 it isn't that bad.

    I have a HP Spectre x360 ap0000tu, i5-8th gen, 256gb ssd, which has this 2-in-1 feature.

    I ONLY use the 2-in-1 feature for when I have to take notes through one-note with the HP Pen, and I use my laptop a lot everyday for a variety of purposes.

    Main reason I bought it was so I did not have to purchase something like an iPad with an Apple Pencil to write, because with Uni being largely online, it helps to be able to annotate digital files and make notes on slides rather than print everything out or something.

    The 2-in-1 feature on windows is bad, it will never make it feel like some sort of tablet. Sure, in the beginning you will try to trick yourself into thinking it is good and you need it, but after a while you will lose interest in it, considering it to be a gimmick rather than something useful.

    DM me for a Dell Advantage Coupon, gives you an automatic $60 discount regardless of what other coupons you have used. I have no use for it, so might come in handy for you.

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      My eldest daughter (12) has a Dell 13 XPS 2 in 1 for high school and she loves it. She uses it in teepee form for skype calls and uses the tablet mode quite a bit. The other family member has seen this and is therefore keen on the 2 in 1 side of things.

  • To close this thread out she purchased a Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 Laptop 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-10110U Processor (4MB Cache, up to 4.1 GHz), 8GB, 128GB SSD for $788 thanks to @thriftysach coupon code.

    cheers guys

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