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The 5447 is the 2014 model of the 14“ Inspiron 5000 series. Spec vary a bit, the specs below are what my model was. Overall this is a pretty decent machine for running Linux. I tested it with Linux Mint 17.2 and a bit with Debian 8 Jessie.
For specifications from Dell see Dell's PDF
|Name||Dell Inspiron 14 5447 (5000 series)|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7-4510U (2 GHz, Turbo to 3.1 GHz)|
|Screen||14” 1366 x 768 Touchscreen|
|RAM||Up to 16GB DDR3L (1600 MHz)|
|HDD||1 TB SATA3 (5400 rpm)|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4400|
Intel® dual band wireless-AC 3160
|Wireless||Yes||I got very poor connection and dropping connections at one of my favorite public wifi spots. I think this quite possibly is from a faulty wifi card or antenna though, and the reason I return this laptop.|
|USB||Yes||Both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 worked fine.|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
- Touchscreen worked great out of the box, no configuration needed. Unfortunately web browsers don't have great touch support yet, so using the touch on the web browser isn't going to work nicely. Chromium-based browsers have an experimental touch mode that can be enabled and it works great, but it seemed to disable itself after every reboot.
- When I scrolled quickly down pages it seemed to tear a tiny bit, it wasn't a perfectly smooth scroll.
- Closing the laptop did make the screen go off and it seemed to sleep, but the battery drained much quicker than I expected. So I don't think that is configured correctly out of the box.
The media buttons (brightness, volume etc) worked correctly. My model did not have the optional backlit keyboard so I don't know how that works.
Overall there is nothing major that would hinder a person from running Linux on this laptop. A few minor annoyances that I found (which quite possibly can be resolved by more configuration) but overall it works fine with Linux.