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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a laptop with more storage out of the box and some extra graphics performance for casual gaming or light media creation, the Dell Inspiron 14 5420, with its additional GPU, might be the better choice. However, the Dell Latitude 5430, despite having less storage, provides you with enhanced business features like hardware ray tracing and premium business laptop appearance, which could be beneficial if you're looking for a laptop for professional needs. It also boasts a marginally better battery life and portability score, meaning it might be easier to carry between meetings or on commutes. Both laptops are suited for general use and light engineering tasks, but if those specific professional or graphical features don't matter as much, the additional storage on the Inspiron may offer a more immediate benefit. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Dell Inspiron 14 5420
  • Good for engineering and design
  • Very good battery life
Advantages of the Dell Latitude 5430
  • Very good speakers

Key differences

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Screen Quality

6.5
Inspiron 14 5420
Latitude 5430
6.1
14.0in
SIZE
14.0in
2240 x 1400
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
279.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
248.0 nits
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 has a better screen than the Dell Latitude 5430 for general use, and engineering and design.

Cost

$971
Inspiron 14 5420
Latitude 5430
$880
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$600

$800

$1,000

$1,200

$1,400

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The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 has a price of $971 and the Dell Latitude 5430 costs $880.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.6
Inspiron 14 5420
Latitude 5430
7.4
2240 x 1400
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
279.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
248.0 nits
10.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
9.0 Hours
7.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
8.2/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.4/10
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 and Dell Latitude 5430 are both good for general use.

Gaming and AI

6.4
Inspiron 14 5420
Latitude 5430
6.1
4.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
3.6/10
2240 x 1400
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
6.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
8.0/10
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 and Dell Latitude 5430 are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

7.1
Inspiron 14 5420
Latitude 5430
6.8
6.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.4/10
4.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
3.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Dell Inspiron 14 5420 to be good for engineering and design, while the Dell Latitude 5430 is only fair.

Content Creation

7.5
Inspiron 14 5420
Latitude 5430
7.3
6.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.4/10
2240 x 1400
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 and Dell Latitude 5430 are both good for content creation.

Software Development

7.4
Inspiron 14 5420
Latitude 5430
7.2
6.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2240 x 1400
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
7.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 and Dell Latitude 5430 are both good for software development.

Battery

10.0 Hours
Inspiron 14 5420
Latitude 5430
9.0 Hours
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 has 10 hours of battery life. The Dell Latitude 5430 has 9 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
Inspiron 14 5420
Latitude 5430
Very Good
14.0in
SIZE
14.0in
3.4 lbs
WEIGHT
3.0 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Dell Latitude 5430 and Dell Inspiron 14 5420 both have very good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.0
Inspiron 14 5420
Latitude 5430
7.4
The Dell Latitude 5430 and Dell Inspiron 14 5420 both have good build quality.

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How the Dell Inspiron 14 5420 and the Dell Latitude 5430 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Dell Inspiron 14 5420Dell Latitude 5430
Dell Inspiron 14 5420Dell Latitude 5430

GENERAL

Price
$971
$880
Release Date
May 1, 2022May 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
12.4'' x 9'' x 0.7''12.7'' x 8.4'' x 0.76''
Weight
3.4 lbs3.01 lbs
Width
12.36"12.65"
Depth
8.96"8.35"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-1255UIntel i5-1235U
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
44
RAM Slots
22
Storage
512 GB256 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours9 Hours
Battery Capacity
54 Wh58 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14"14"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2240 x 14001920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
279 nits248 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7/107.4/10
Portability Score
8.3/108.4/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Premium Business Laptop
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
6.5/108/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
7.5/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
7.5/108/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
22
USB-C ports
12
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
23
Thunderbolt Version
N/A4

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Nick Ross | March 2023
"If laptops were food, then the Dell Inspiron 14 5420 is arguably a Big Mac. There are cheaper and more expensive options, but this arguably represents the baseline of quality and value in the world of mobile computing… something that’s underlined by the attractive $1,279 price tag."

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About Dell

Dell is a highly recognizable American technology company, and is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. Their laptops are very popular for both personal and professional use, and they also own the Alienware brand which makes mid to high end gaming laptops. Their premium XPS range of laptops offer great build quality and portability, while Latitude and Precision laptops are known for reliability, repairability and performance for business users.

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