August 17, 2010 by yogi2raj
The Dell Inspiron N4010 is an entry-level laptop in terms of hardware, performance and functionality, but, in terms of aesthetics, this one is a head turner for sure. As a matter of fact, it’s the aesthetics and overall design that make it a total winner. What’s most exciting is the price, it retails for about Rs 35,800.
Both the models, the 14R and the 15R enjoy the same privilege, aesthetics, they look truly stunning, and certainly appear to be worth more than what they’re priced at. While there are various colors to choose from, our test unit (N4010) has a gun metal brush finish (Dell calls it the Obsidian Black) on the lid and the wrist rest. The lid is of a darker color and the wrist rest is light, and both surfaces have fine horizontal lines giving the machine an all-metallic stylish look. However, there’s a major downside, or is there? The entire unit is glossy, which is turning the laptop into a finger print magnet.
Usually it’s the Dell Studios and XPSs that boast rock solid build quality, but it seems the Inspirons are following the trail. So much so, that this machine’s ruggedness can be compared to that of the Acer Aspire 4740 and 5740 series of laptops, except that the Aspires have a matte finish. With a solid chassis, stable screen, and very good hinges, there’s almost nothing to complain about the N4010. Another plus point is the ergonomics; it was like typing on a regular desktop keyboard. So the only matter of concern is the overly glossy body.
When it comes to hardware and features, there’s nothing extraordinary about this machine, except that, it features 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive, a combination that’s uncommon in laptops priced similarly. Though it doesn’t brag in the features department, it still has everything that makes a well equipped entry-level laptop for home and office use. In fact, even business people and professionals who want entry-level performance on the move may go for it. Also, a 2.4 Kg laptop is rather convenient to carry for long hauls.
With an Intel HM55 chipset, the N4010 runs off a Core i3-330 CPU, and with sufficient memory and ample room for office documents and multimedia content, there’s nothing lacking, well almost nothing. The 14-inch glossy screen (1366×768) with onboard Intel graphics should suffice for light multimedia and office work. At this price, we’re not considering the absence of discrete graphics a downside, but it would have been great to have a dedicated GPU. Nevertheless, the N5010 features a discrete ATI Radeon HD 5470, has a larger screen and is only slightly more expensive. (37,800).