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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 is slightly lighter and more compact, which may be better for portability, and it features a discrete Nvidia graphics card that is better suited for tasks requiring more graphics processing power, such as light gaming or graphic design. The screen has a higher resolution, although it lacks a touchscreen. On the other hand, the HP Envy x360 15" has a larger screen with touch capability, making it ideal for users who benefit from hands-on interaction, like digital artists or those who like to take notes directly on the screen. It also comes equipped with an AMD Ryzen processor with integrated graphics, which is well-suited for general use and can handle moderate engineering tasks. Both laptops have similar battery life and are capable of handling everyday tasks and engineering applications, but the deciding factors are likely to be the need for a touchscreen and portability versus slightly better graphic performance and higher screen resolution. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Dell Inspiron 14 5420
  • Very good portability
Advantages of the HP Envy x360 15"
  • Very good speakers

Key differences

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Screen Quality

6.5
Inspiron 14 5420
Envy x360 15"
6.2
14.0in
SIZE
15.6in
2240 x 1400
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
279.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
271.0 nits
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 has a better screen than the HP Envy x360 15" for general use, and engineering and design.

Portability

Very Good
Inspiron 14 5420
Envy x360 15"
Good
14.0in
SIZE
15.6in
3.4 lbs
WEIGHT
4.4 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 has very good portability, while the HP Envy x360 15" has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$971
Inspiron 14 5420
Envy x360 15"
$560
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The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 has a price of $971 and the HP Envy x360 15" costs $560.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.6
Inspiron 14 5420
Envy x360 15"
7.7
2240 x 1400
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
279.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
271.0 nits
10.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
10.0 Hours
7.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
8.2/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.6/10
The HP Envy x360 15" and Dell Inspiron 14 5420 are both good for general use.

Gaming and AI

6.4
Inspiron 14 5420
Envy x360 15"
6.2
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
8.7/10
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 and HP Envy x360 15" are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

7.1
Inspiron 14 5420
Envy x360 15"
7.1
6.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.9/10
4.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
3.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 and HP Envy x360 15" are both good for engineering and design.

Content Creation

7.5
Inspiron 14 5420
Envy x360 15"
7.6
6.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.9/10
2240 x 1400
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The HP Envy x360 15" and Dell Inspiron 14 5420 are both good for content creation.

Software Development

7.4
Inspiron 14 5420
Envy x360 15"
7.5
6.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.9/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2240 x 1400
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
7.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The HP Envy x360 15" and Dell Inspiron 14 5420 are both good for software development.

Battery

10.0 Hours
Inspiron 14 5420
Envy x360 15"
10.0 Hours
The Dell Inspiron 14 5420 has 10 hours of battery life. The HP Envy x360 15" has 10 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

7.0
Inspiron 14 5420
Envy x360 15"
7.2
The HP Envy x360 15" and Dell Inspiron 14 5420 both have good build quality.

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How the Dell Inspiron 14 5420 and the HP Envy x360 15" compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Dell Inspiron 14 5420HP Envy x360 15"
Dell Inspiron 14 5420HP Envy x360 15"

GENERAL

Price
$971
$560
Release Date
May 1, 2022April 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
12.4'' x 9'' x 0.7''14.1'' x 9'' x 0.72''
Weight
3.4 lbs4.43 lbs
Width
12.36"14.07"
Depth
8.96"8.99"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-1255UAMD Ryzen 7 7730U
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
45
RAM Slots
20
Storage
512 GB512 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours10 Hours
Battery Capacity
54 Wh55 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2240 x 14001920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
279 nits271 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7/107.2/10
Portability Score
8.3/107.7/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Premium Business Laptop
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
6.5/108.8/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
7.5/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
7.5/108.4/10
Webcam
1080p1080p
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 Ports
00

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Dell Inspiron 14 5420

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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."

HP Envy x360 15"

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Matt Elliott | January 2023
"Despite its good looks, stellar webcam and comfortable keyboard, the Envy x360 15 is hard to recommend because of its dim, 16:9 display. If the display isn't an issue for you, just be sure to wait for a good sale price. Otherwise, a more modern two-in-one with a 16:10 display such as the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 or Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 provides a larger workspace without adding much to the size and weight of the system."

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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.

About HP

HP, also known as Hewlett-Packard, is an American technology company that develops personal computers and computer peripherals. In the laptop industry, HP is known for its entry level Essential series laptops, its mid-range Pavilion, Envy, and Victus series, and high-end Omen and Spectre series, in addition to its business-oriented EliteBook, ProBook, and Dragonfly series laptops. HP laptops generally undercut other mainstream competitors in terms of price, placing itself as the value-oriented mainstream brand.

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