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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you need a laptop with higher storage capacity and more RAM, which enhances performance for intensive engineering tasks, you should consider the Dell Inspiron 16 5625. However, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 is lighter and more portable, making it a better option if you often carry your laptop around. Both laptops have touchscreen displays with different aspect ratios that may affect your viewing experience—Dell's screen is wider, while Microsoft's has a taller display. The Dell's larger screen size could also be more comfortable for multitasking and productivity. Keep in mind, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 generally costs less than the Dell Inspiron 16 5625. Additionally, Dell offers Windows 11 Pro, potentially a better fit for business environments, while Microsoft provides Windows 11 Home, suitable for general use. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Dell Inspiron 16 5625
  • Good for engineering and design
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3
  • Excellent portability

Key differences

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Software Development

7.5
Inspiron 16 5625
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.0
6.7/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.3/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
7.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The Dell Inspiron 16 5625 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 are both good for software development, though the Dell Inspiron 16 5625 is somewhat better.

Screen Quality

6.2
Inspiron 16 5625
Surface Laptop Go 3
6.8
16.0in
SIZE
12.4in
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
265.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
337.0 nits
The Dell Inspiron 16 5625 has a better screen than the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 for software development, and content creation, while the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has a better screen for general use, gaming and AI, and engineering and design.

Portability

Good
Inspiron 16 5625
Surface Laptop Go 3
Excellent
16.0in
SIZE
12.4in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
2.4 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.6in
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has excellent portability, while the Dell Inspiron 16 5625 has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.0
Inspiron 16 5625
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.8
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 and Dell Inspiron 16 5625 both have good build quality, though the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has somewhat better build quality.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.7
Inspiron 16 5625
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.2
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
265.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
337.0 nits
8.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
8.0 Hours
7.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
9.2/10
The Dell Inspiron 16 5625 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 are both good for general use.

Gaming and AI

6.4
Inspiron 16 5625
Surface Laptop Go 3
6.2
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.5/10
The Dell Inspiron 16 5625 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

7.2
Inspiron 16 5625
Surface Laptop Go 3
6.9
6.7/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.3/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Dell Inspiron 16 5625 to be good for engineering and design, while the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 is only fair.

Content Creation

7.6
Inspiron 16 5625
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.2
6.7/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.3/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Dell Inspiron 16 5625 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 are both good for content creation.

Battery

8.0 Hours
Inspiron 16 5625
Surface Laptop Go 3
8.0 Hours
The Dell Inspiron 16 5625 has 8 hours of battery life. The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has 8 hours of battery life.

Cost

$715
Inspiron 16 5625
Surface Laptop Go 3
$700
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$1,000

$1,200

The Dell Inspiron 16 5625 has a price of $715 and the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 costs $700.

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How the Dell Inspiron 16 5625 and the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Dell Inspiron 16 5625Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3
Dell Inspiron 16 5625Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3

GENERAL

Price
$715
$700
Release Date
January 1, 2022October 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.1'' x 9.9'' x 0.68''11'' x 8.1'' x 0.62''
Weight
4.12 lbs2.49 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 5825UIntel i5-1235U
Graphics
Vega 8 Iris Xe
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
45

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
54 Wh41 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"12.4"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 12001536 x 1024
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
265 nits337 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7/107.8/10
Portability Score
7.7/109.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
10/107.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteN/A
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
7/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
8/108.4/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesNo
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
21
USB-C ports
11
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
21
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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Ultrabook Review

Derek Sullivan | January 2023
"I think there is fair value in the Inspiron 16 this year. Very little has changed with the laptop and my opinion hasn’t really changed either. In other words, I like it. Overall, I think the pros far outweigh the cons of this laptop and the price is certainly justifiable. I found this to be a great typer and I could potentially work all day on this machine, provided I don’t need a graphics card."

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3

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PCMag

Joe Osborne | October 2023
"When it comes to affordably priced laptops, the numbers after the dollar sign are crucially important—more so than in any other price category. By increasing the starting price of its Laptop Go line by $200 and not changing much else, Microsoft irrevocably altered the calculus surrounding the decision of whether to buy the Surface Laptop Go 3. Sure, it has a newer processor and longer battery life, but don’t think for a second you’re not paying dearly for that extra RAM and SSD capacity at that new price."

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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 Microsoft

Microsoft is an American technology corporation. Microsoft is best known for their Windows operating system and Surface laptop series. The Surface Laptop is their standard notebook offering, while their Surface Go, Surface Pro, and Surface Studio are their 2-in-1/tablet offerings in order of increasing capability. Although Microsoft charges a premium price tag for their laptops, buyers can expect a well integrated and packaged device since Microsoft develops the Windows operating system.

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