Dell Inspiron 13 5368 Unboxing and First Thoughts

We covered the launch of the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 and now we’re going to unbox this lovely notebook and offer you our first thoughts. Right now, it’s probably the most affordable 360-degree flipback touchscreen notebook with high end specs. 

[Check out our full review here.]


Dell Inspiron 5368 Full Specs

  • 13.3-inch FHD (1920×1080) Truelife LED-Backlit Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angles-IR Camera
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500 U Processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.10GHz)
  • 8GB Dual Channel DDR4 2133MHz (4GBx2)
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Stereo speakers tuned with MaxxAudio by Waves
  • McAfee Security Center 15 month subscription
  • 1Yr ProSupport: 24◊7 phone support, NBD Onsite Service
  • 42WHr, 3-Cell Battery (Integrated)
  • SRP Php 52,690.00

First Thoughts

The gun-metal plastic color, black bordered display, and black keys on grey frame give the Inspiron 13 a low key, conservative look that borders on enterprise level serious. This clearly is not aimed at the color and modern-look-conscious, but we like how the notebook’s design avoids the “dated” look of ThinkPads and the MacBook-ish aura of other brands.

It is thinner than many notebooks and is light enough for you to explore the flipback feature: sturdy double hinges let you bend the 13.3-inch display all the way back until it lays flat against the rear of the keyboard. This Yoga feature allows for at least four configurations – laptop, tablet, tent, and display mode. The hinges are tough, and don’t feel like they’d give in despite all the bending we did with it.

The keyboard looks nice, well-spaced out, rubbery-bouncy enough, but not annoying-shallow. No keys are shaped weird (too narrow, or too long) and are misplaced. The Delete key is where it usually is, not replaced by a power button as in some laptops.

The touchpad is generously large and has a satisfyingly deep click to it – you can tell it’s plastic, not glass, but it doesn’t feel cheap.

The ports you need are all here – 3 USB ports, HDMI, and a full-sized SD card for photographers.

The display looks huge since the bezels are all black, so all your attention is into that sharp 13.3-inch Full HD Display you know you want to watch movies on.

We hope this notebook doesn’t heat up, because it feels good to type on when on your lap.

Upon boot, the function keys serve as “extra” keys first (volume rocker, media player, brightness adjustment, etc.), with the F1-F12 keys accessible by pressing Fn plus one of the F keys. This is great for media consumption.

With the lid closed, there’s a small flex on the lid’s center, but nothing worrying. The middle of the keyboard barely flexes, which is great since we know the build is plastic. This is some premium solid plastic body that Dell came up with. Good design.

And that’s it for our quick look. We’ll be back with the full review after we’ve spent time working on our posts using this lovely laptop.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for