14-inch rapid multi-tasker. The Inspiron 14 Plus packs a lot of power for a 14-inch laptop with its 12th gen Core-H CPU and GeForce RTX graphics. It’s a good solution for users who want something more powerful than a standard Ultrabook yet cheaper than an Asus Zephyrus G14 or Razer Blade 14.
Dell has introduced three separate 14-inch Inspiron 14 7420 models for 2022: the standard Inspiron 14 7420, Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1, and Inspiron 14 7420 Plus. This review focuses on the Plus model which carries much faster Core H-series processors and discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics designed for power users dissatisfied with the usual Core-U series Ultrabooks.
Our specific review unit comes with the Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H CPU and GeForce RTX 3050 GPU for approximately $1400 USD retail. Other SKUs with the Core i5-12500H, RTX 3050 Ti or integrated graphics, and smaller 54 Wh battery are planned, but all configurations come with the same 2.2K 2240 x 1400 resolution panel.
Competitors include other high-performance 14-inch laptops like the Asus VivoBook Pro 14, HP Pavilion 14 Plus, Schenker Vision 14, HP Envy 14, or the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14. The Razer Blade 14 and Asus Zephyrus G14 can also be considered alternatives, but they are significantly more expensive.
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Intel Core i7-12700H 14 x 1.7 – 4.7 GHz, 80 W PL2 / Short Burst, 38 W PL1 / Sustained, Alder Lake-P
, 8 GB soldered + 8 GB DDR5-4800 SODIMM, Dual-Channel
14.00 inch 16: 10, 2240 x 1400 pixel 189 PPI, InfoVision 140NWHE, IPS, Dell P/N: DGJ24, Controller: IVO8C45, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Intel Alder Lake-P PCH
Intel Alder Lake-P PCH – cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset, Card Reader: MicroSD
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.87 x 314 x 227.5 ( = 0.74 x 12.36 x 8.96 in)
64 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Primary Camera: 2.1 MPix
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, My Dell, CinemaColor, Update, Digital Delivery, Customer Connect, 12 Months Warranty
1.669 kg ( = 58.87 oz / 3.68 pounds), Power Supply: 496 g ( = 17.5 oz / 1.09 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.
The chassis can be best described as a smaller version of the Inspiron 16 7620 Plus since they both share the same visual design language. The materials used for the metal chassis and layer of Mylar over the clickpad and palm rests are similar to the larger Inspiron as a result. It’s a smooth matte feel from top to bottom that almost mimics the smooth metal outer lid of an XPS 15.
The weakest aspect of the skeleton is perhaps the lid as it twists quite readily. Minor creaking is audible when twisting the base and applying pressure on the keyboard center will slightly warp its surface as well. Though this model retails for almost as much as a Dell XPS 15, don’t expect it to be built as strongly as one.
One might expect the Inspiron 14 Plus 7620 to be larger and heavier than the Inspiron 14 7620 2-in-1, but that’s not really the case. Its footprint is identical to the 2-in-1 version while being just a hair thicker and heavier despite the significantly more powerful hardware inside. Nonetheless, it’s still heavier and larger than most other 14-inch laptops like the HP Envy 14, Asus Zenbook 14X, or Schenker Vision 14 all of which also carry discrete Nvidia graphics.
Port options are identical to the Inspiron 16 Plus 7620 albeit the full-size SD reader has been swapped for a smaller microSD one. We appreciate the support for Thunderbolt 4 as neither the competing HP Pavilion Plus 14 nor Asus Vivobook Pro 14 OLED support Thunderbolt even though they have USB-C ports.
Transfer rates from the integrated spring-loaded MicroSD reader are slow much like what we observed on the Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1. Moving 1 GB of pictures from our UHS-II test card to desktop takes about 45 seconds.
An Intel AX211 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. Though we experienced no issues when paired to our 6 GHz network, transmit rates would be slightly more unsteady than receive rates as shown by the graph below.
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1305 (1032-1456)
; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1422 (1154-1500)
the 2 MP webcam offers a similar picture quality as the 2 MP webcam on the standard Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1. A physical privacy shutter comes standard while Windows Hello and IR are not supported.
The bottom panel pops off fairly easily with a Philips screwdriver and a sharp plastic edge. Once inside, users can service the battery, 1x M.2 2280 storage slot, 1x DDR5 SODIMM slot, and M.2 WLAN module. Note that 8 GB of RAM comes soldered on all SKUs meaning users can add just a single module for a maximum RAM capacity of 40 GB.
There are no extras in the box other than the AC adapter and paperwork. The usual one-year limited warranty applies if purchased in the US.
The typing experience is the same as on the Inspiron 16 Plus 7620, Inspiron 16 7620 2-in-1, or Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1 as all four models share the same keyboard keys and Mylar clickpad. Even the primary and secondary key symbols and size of the clickpad (11.5 x 8 cm)are identical between the models regardless of any screen size differences. In short, the keys have adequate feedback and moderate clatter save for the Space key which feels a bit too shallow. Similarly, the clickpad surface works reliably for standard cursor control while its integrated keys are too soft and spongy when dragging and dropping.
While other 14-inch laptops typically aim for 1200p, 1800p, or 2160p native resolutions, the Inspiron 14 Plus 7420 come standard with a relatively uncommon 2.2K or 2240 x 1400 panel instead. Core attributes are otherwise solid including the full sRGB coverage, ~1000:1 contrast ratio, and decent response times for its size class. It’s a bummer that OLED or glossy options aren’t available to boost colors or sharpness even further.
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 350 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 325.8 cd/m² Minimum: 18.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 331.1 cd/m²
Contrast: 1142:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.23 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3, calibrated: 0.63
ΔE Greyscale 3.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.5
69.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.3% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
68.8% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)