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Dell Inspiron 14 5447 (5000 series)

Introduction

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.

Specifications

For specifications from Dell see Dell's PDF

NameDell Inspiron 14 5447 (5000 series)
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7-4510U (2 GHz, Turbo to 3.1 GHz)
Screen14” 1366 x 768 Touchscreen
RAMUp to 16GB DDR3L (1600 MHz)
HDD1 TB SATA3 (5400 rpm)
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400
Network10/100 Ethernet
Intel® dual band wireless-AC 3160
Bluetooth 4.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYesSee notes.
TouchpadYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveN/A
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesI 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.
BluetoothNot Tested
USBYesBoth USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 worked fine.
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamYes

Notes

Screen:
- 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.

Summary

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.


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dell_inspiron_14_5000_5447.txt · Last modified: 2015/09/15 20:42 by adam
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