HP Pavilion 14 Intel vs Dell Inspiron 14 5000 (5402): Which To Buy?

hp pavilion 14 vs dell inspiron 14 5402

This is the comparison of HP Pavilion 14 Intel version and Dell Inspiron 14 5402 laptops. Both the laptops are 14 inches budget laptops for casual works. We will see which one is better for productivity works considering all the features and the price range of them.

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HP Pavilion 14 IntelDell Inspiron 14 5402
PROSPROS
Contrast-rich and bright display.
Lightweight.
Solid performance.
Ergo lift hinge system.
Solid build design.
CONSCONS
Mediocre battery life.
Not great for heavy work.
No dedicated GPU.

SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLAYHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
Type14″ diagonal, FHD, IPS, micro-edge, BrightView, 250 nits, 45% NTSC display14.0-inch FHD Anti-glare LED Backlight Non-touch Narrow Border WVA display
Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
LCD Backlight TechnologyLEDLED
Monitor Features250 nits, 45% NTSC
PROCESSORHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
CPUIntel Core i7-1165G711th Generation Intel Core i3-1115G4 Processor, 11th Generation InteL Core i5-1135G7 Processor, 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 Processor
Clock SpeedUp to 4.7 GHzUp to 4.1 GHz, 4.2 GHz, 4.7 GHz
Cache12 MB L3 Cache6 M, 8 M, 12 M Cache,
MEMORYHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
Speed3200 MHz3200 MHz
TechnologyDDR4 SDRAMDDR4 SDRAM
Size16GB8GB, 16GB
HARD DRIVEHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
Storage512 GB + 32 GB128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
Spindle SpeedPCIe NVMe M.2 SSD + Intel Optane memoryM.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
AUDIO & VIDEOHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
Graphic ProcessorIntel Iris Xe GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics with shared graphics memory, Intel Iris Xe Graphics with shared graphics memory
SoundAudio by B&O, Dual speakersStereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio Pro ALC3204, 2 W x 2 = 4 W total
CameraHP Wide Vision HD Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone720p at 30 fps HD camera, dual-array microphones
OPERATING SYSTEMHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
TypeWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 Home
CONNECTIONSHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
Ports1 SuperSpeed USB Type-C 10Gbps signaling rate (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge);
2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate;
1 AC smart pin;
1 HDMI 2.0;
1 headphone / microphone combo
2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port,
1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (DP/PowerDelivery),
1 Headset (headphone and microphone combo) port,
1 HDMI 1.4 port,
1 Power-adapter port
Memory cardMicro SD media card readerMicro SD card reader
COMMUNICATIONSHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
Wireless ProtocolRealtek RTL8822CE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 comboIntel Wi-Fi 6 2×2 (Gig+) and Bluetooth 5.1
Wired ProtocolEthernet
BATTERYHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
Capacity41 WHr 53 WHr
Cells3 Cell 4 cell
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
Width12.8 in12.65 in
Depth8.53 in8.51 in
Height0.67 in0.66-0.70 in
Weight3.4 lbs3.15 lbs
MISCELLANEOUSHP PAVILION 14 INTELDELL INSPIRON 14 5402
ColorNatural silver aluminumPlatinum Silver
KeyboardFull-size, backlit, natural silver keyboardSilver Backlit Keyboard, English US
AVAILABLE OPTIONSOption-1
Option-2
Option-3
Option-4
Option-1
Option-2
Option-3

INTRODUCTION:

HP Pavilion 14 Intel

This Pavilion series is especially for students and office work purposes, this latest Pavilion 14 gets that job done. This one has the latest 11th gen processor coupled with Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Dell Inspiron 14 5402

The Inspiron 5402 has the latest design with good thermal management. This 14-inch thin and light laptop will be more beneficial for the students and office workers.

DESIGN & BUILD:

HP Pavilion 14 Intel

It’s solidly built. It really feels quality even if it looks dated with its large bezels. The keyboard characters are very hard to make out on the silver model, there is a severe lack of contrast between the color of the key characters and the keys themselves, both with and without the backlight.

Dell Inspiron 14 5402

This particular model comes in a platinum silver color. The outside is brushed aluminum, it’s metallic and feels cold to the touch. On the back of it, there are screws to remove the back cover.

There is a hinge mechanism, as you open up the laptop it lifts from the surface and it’s sitting at an angle. So, this allows for a comfortable typing position as well as better airflow. It doesn’t fold all the way down, this is not a 2-in-1.

The backlit keyboard is laid out very nicely. There is a nice and big trackpad. Also, the power and fingerprint reader combined into one button. The trackpad is nice and sensitive, it’s very responsive. The keyboard is also nice and comfortable to type in and it’s also responsive.

HP Pavilion 14

DISPLAY QUALITY:

HP Pavilion 14 Intel

I like that you can upgrade the display to a bright 400 nit color accurate one, in fact, I’d recommend you do that as it’s a pretty cheap upgrade. Also, I always recommend a minimum screen size of 14 inches for laptops with a 16×9 aspect ratio display, I just feel a 13.3 inch is too small to get a lot of work done and use as your primary device. This laptop has a roomy 14-inch screen and it has no noticeable backlight bleed, dead pixels, or PWM flickering used to lower the brightness.

The white balance on the display is ludicrously off. When I put the display white on the laptop and compare it to other ones, it just is way off. You can actually see how everything else has a red tint to it, this is because it expects the Pavilion screen to be white which it just isn’t. You probably won’t notice this as much in everyday use.

Dell Inspiron 14 5402

The Inspiron 5402 has a 1080p wide viewing angle anti-glare display which can also be used outdoors easily. The bezels are so thin as this has a narrow border display. The display options available here don’t have a touch feature. The viewing angle, color gamut, and brightness are good enough considering its price range.

FEATURES:

HP Pavilion 14 Intel

The model I have for comparison is the upgraded version with the intel i7 1165G7 processor with a dedicated Nvidia MX450 graphics, the upgraded 400 nits full HD screen, 16 GB of RAM, and a one terabyte SSD.

I’d strongly recommend you avoid the model with the dedicated graphics and only buy the configurations with the RAM in dual channel. When it comes to picking between the i5 and the i7 version, I personally don’t think the additional cost of the i7 version is worth it for a budget laptop like this one. This laptop actually can take advantage of the i7’s high boost performance in extremely short bursts but I really feel it’s negligible because the processor quickly drops below the 3.8 gigahertz or Core max at the i5 when you run it for more than a couple of seconds. So, it’s probably going to be a small performance increase for most people and it’s a pricey upgrade for a budget laptop.

The trackpad in the Pavilion is very good. The fingerprint reader works well. The keyboard is quite decent with a satisfying click although it does feel shallow. Wi-Fi speeds were good but audio latency wasn’t great. I discovered that the RAM and SSD are both upgradeable.

The laptop has USB-C charging, plenty of the ports you’ll actually need. The USB-C is the faster 10 gigabit, the USB-A’s are the slower ones. The sound is good enough even though the speakers are downward facing and get a little muffled if you use them on a blanket. I did use it like that and still found the sound to be loud and clear enough.

The laptop will not drive a 4K 60hz external display by DisplayPort over USB-C cable without changing a bar setting. It was able to natively drive a 4K 60hz external monitor using HDMI.

Dell Inspiron 14 5402

On the inside, there is a speaker grille is located at the bottom of the screen. The inside also fills brushed aluminium. The bezels seem very small. There’s a webcam and Iris camera located at the top. The Wi-Fi 6 is fast.

On the right side, there are three ports available. There’s the micro SD card reader, there’s one of the two USB ports, and there’s the microphone combo jack. On the left side, there are four ports available; one is the power, then the HDMI, the second of the two USB, and then the display port.

The webcam that comes with this device is HD, it’s not even 720p. The speakers are somewhat okay, they’re not really super loud. It only has two-watt power on the two speakers, so it’s just sufficient for the users of the laptop.

Dell Inspiron 14 5402

PERFORMANCE:

HP Pavilion 14 Intel

I was super excited to test the processor to turn Intel’s 11th gen plus paired with Nvidia’s MX450 graphics. I thought we would have a really powerful and capable all-around budget laptop on our hands. I discovered that the 16 GB of RAM was in single-channel mode meaning that reduced memory bandwidth will significantly limit the laptop’s performance. I opened up the back just in case there was an empty ram slot that I could add a second stick to but there wasn’t. HP informed me that only the model with a dedicated Nvidia graphics had this issue anyway.

Even though this laptop is gimped with only single-channel RAM, it did perform very well in certain performance tests such as Geekbench and Cinebench which likely aren’t that dependent on memory bandwidth. The reason is when you look at the processor usage, the i7 in this unit hit an impressive 4.7 gigahertz drawing 36 watts of power. After the CPU hit 97 degrees celsius, the laptop reduced its power draw eventually running at 2.9 gigahertz or cores drawing 22 watts. Unfortunately, for other tests such as PC Mark, things didn’t look as good. I did check the SSD speeds in case the low scores were to do with that and the SSD was quite fast, so I believe this was probably due to the single-channel memory holding their laptop back. Even though the MX450 graphics did give the laptop a substantial boost but due to the RAM issue, the dedicated graphics just didn’t offer as much benefit as I would have hoped.

In the Premiere Pro Export test, this laptop performed worse than Asus Zenbook 14 with the slower MX350 graphics and AMD’s Ryzen processor. Since the MX450 graphics isn’t really enough to bump this laptop into a gaming laptop zone, you can play AAA titles on it.

In terms of thermals when under max load for a duration of time, there is a noticeable gap in scores for a long run and it was one of the warmer feeling laptops under load, both the keyboard deck and the underside of the laptop. Fan noise under load was around the middle of the pack, so very audible but not as loud as Lenovo’s Ideapad. However, when running lightweight tasks like browsing the web, this laptop remained very comfortable and cool to the touch. Occasionally on the right side palm rest, I did feel a bit of warmth which was noticeable but not uncomfortable. The laptop’s fans in casual use did come on occasionally and although the fan noise wasn’t overly loud, unfortunately, it was high pitched so it was noticeable and a little disturbing. Overall though, this laptop felt much more comfortable to use than other thinner and lighter laptops that had the same Intel CPU.

Even though it seems like this one is a bit on the heavy side, I personally found it very comfortable to use on a lap and to carry around. In fact, I personally prefer the trade-off of a slightly thicker laptop for better cooling and more comfortable use. 

When the fans do come on during lightweight tasks are high pitched but luckily they don’t come on a tone. The webcam sucks even in excellent lighting conditions. This laptop miserably failed in the Linux test, I literally could not boot ubuntu. It crashed numerous times at various stages and when I finally got the installer going, the trackpad wasn’t recognized.

Dell Inspiron 14 5402

As I run through some benchmarks on this laptop, I do notice that the bottom of the laptop is getting a little bit hot. It’s not uncomfortably hot to the touch. However, it does have adaptive thermal engines which automatically adjust based on how you are holding the device. So, if you have it on your lap, it will automatically adjust the thermals and if you have it lying flat on the surface, then it takes full advantage of that and uses the full power.

I run the Geekbench 5 in the XPU benchmark and compute benchmark categories, the score for the CPU single-core is 1465 and for the multi-core, it’s 4175. The top-scoring single-core results are getting 20 to 35 compared to 1475. In the multi-core category are getting 62,000 compared to our 4175. For the compute benchmark OpenCL score is 12449 and if we look at the benchmark some of the top-scoring chips are getting more than 2,00,000 compared to our 12,000 scores on our intel chipset.

In the Cinebench single-core, it actually manages to do quite well, it’s in the top five category scores at 1160 compared to the top 12 list. However, when it comes to multi-core, it actually is the worst-performing of the bunch. it’s scored merely at 3720, this actually gives an indication of the graphics performance of the CPU.

BATTERY:

HP Pavilion 14 Intel

The battery life is okay. In the real-world, browsing the web and using it in a light way, I got around six hours that was with the screen brightness set near the max. I could probably hit close to seven if I turned it down a bit. Unfortunately, this laptop has a small 43-watt hour battery.

Dell Inspiron 14 5402

The battery is a 53-watt hour battery, so that should last you up to nine hours with a single charge and it has the express charge which gives you 80% charge in just about half an hour.

HP Pavilion 14

WHICH TO BUY?

The performance of this Pavillion 14 will be totally fine for casual users, students, and even some lightweight programming but get the model with dual-channel RAM and the laptop remains comfortably cool to the touch for tasks like browsing the web, office works, etc. If you are an office worker looking for a device that will last you for a few years and if you do not require too much CPU or graphics-intensive workload, then this might be something that you could consider. However, if you are a student looking to invest in something that has a better build quality and will last you for a few years in this price range, you might also want to consider this for a budget range laptop. I’ve been able to get some decent use cases out of this device from light gaming sessions at 1080p and 30 frames per second to some video editing in DaVinci Resolve.

In my opinion, both laptops are good to buy for normal and casual works. So, it depends on you, which particular feature in either of these laptops attracts you more.