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Dell Inspiron 14R review: Dell Inspiron 14R

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Juice box
Dell Inspiron 14R Average watts per hour
Off 0.39
Sleep 1.24
Idle 10.62
Load 41.39
Raw kWh 44.52
Annual power consumption cost $5.05

Annual power consumption costs
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
$4.75 
Dell Inspiron 14R
$5.05 
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
$5.23 

Our Dell Inspiron 14R ran for 2 hours and 58 minutes on our video-playback battery drain test using its included six-cell battery. Battery performance under three hours is usually our cut-off point for acceptability, but we grant a bit of consideration to this laptop's dedicated graphics. Still, it's nowhere near what we'd call an all-day laptop.

Dell includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, which includes on-site service. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $119, with additional fees for extras such as accidental damage protection. Support is accessible through Dell's 24-7 toll-free phone line, and a well-maintained support Web site with an online knowledge base, FAQs, and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
680 
Dell Inspiron 14R
793 
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
834 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
126 
Dell Inspiron 14R
131 
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
139 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
140 
Dell Inspiron 14R
173 
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
185 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
261 
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
197 
Dell Inspiron 14R
178 

System configurations:
Dell Inspiron 15R
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

Dell Inspiron 14R
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Gateway NV59C09u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core i3 M330; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 128MB (Dedicated) Intel Media Accelerator HD; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dm4-1003
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,695MB (Total) Intel MHD; 320GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core i3 M330; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 128MB (Dedicated) Intel Media Accelerator HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Lenovo Ideapad Y460
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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