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Dell Inspiron i14RN-1227BK 14-Inch Laptop (Diamond Black)

by Dell
78 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core i3-2350M Processor 2.3GHz
  • 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 14-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Product Description

Introducing the new Inspiron 14R laptop. With a 14-inch display, 2nd Gen Intel Core processors and optional switchable lid designs, you get the look you want and the performance you need

Wrapped in curvy edges and smooth lines, the Dell Inspiron 14R (model i14RN-1227BK) seamlessly travels by your side without getting in your way. It features a 14-inch high-definition display and it weighs just over 5 pounds--perfect for taking along on your commute. The full-size, ergonomically designed keyboard gives your fingers plenty of space to stretch out and get comfortable.

Dell Inspiron 14R


Dell Inspiron 14R
High-definition 14-inch display.


Dell Inspiron 14R
Full-sized keyboard.

Change is easy with this latest version of the Inspiron R laptop thanks to a variety of optional interchangeable lids that enables you to personalize your laptop for style or just change of mood in just seconds (learn more below).

It's powered by a second-generation Intel Core i3 dual-core processor, which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. Additionally, this Inspiron laptop includes award-winning Intel Wireless Display functionality, which enables you to enjoying great image clarity and sound on your HDTV without plugging in any cables.

This Dell laptop features two speedy USB 3.0 ports--the latest development in USB data transfer technology. Perfect for transferring and retrieving large files between your PC and an external hard drive or digital camera, USB 3.0 offers the speediest, most efficient way get what you need from external devices. (It also comes with a standard USB 2.0 port and a combo USB 2.0/eSATA port, plus USB 3.0 is backward compatible.)

You also get Dell's innovative Stage software, which provides a one-stop entertainment hub. Download movies, play games, listen to your favorite songs, and stream radio stations with RadioTime. Connect with friends on social networks, and view their Facebook and Flickr photos together in a real-time photo stream (learn more below).

It comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. You'll also experience new ways to deliver your best work with Office Starter 2010 (learn more below).

SWITCH by Design Studio


Pop. Click. Switch.

Change your laptop lid in seconds with SWITCH by Design Studio swappable lids. Choose from over 20+ options. The SWITCH by Design Studio collection includes over 20 new eye-popping lids sporting vibrant colors and unique designs. Start the day with a Peacock Blue lid, and switch it out for a design-inspired look at night.

Carefully selected from Dell Design Studio's curated collections, the contemporary art and graphic designs available from SWITCH by Design Studio offer exclusive selections from outstanding independent artists, designers, and partners including OPI and Threadless and charitable partners, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and (PRODUCT)RED, where a portion of proceeds benefit each organization, respectively.

See more examples of SWITCH by Design Studio swappable lids.


Intel Wireless Display Capable

With integrated Intel Wireless Display technology, you'll be able to cut down on the cluttered mass of wires surrounding your work station and stop crowding around your laptop screen to enjoy vivid pictures, video and other content. You'll enjoy great image clarity and sound without sacrificing quality and without wires. Simply connect an optional adapter for Intel Wireless Display (such as the Netgear Push2TV PTV2000 and Belkin ScreenCast adapters) to your TV, follow a few simple steps, and you're off and running. Set it up once, and sharing your screen is as easy as pushing a button.



Stage software
Dell's innovative Stage multimedia software.

The Stage That Sets Itself

Dell Stage delivers the things that matter to you right to your desktop, with your most recent content always front and center. Seamlessly toggle between your favorite applications (photos, videos, music, Web pages and more) with ease, all from Stage's sleek, movie-reel style interface.

With Stage, you can easily edit and crop your photos, then share them with family and friends on Facebook or Flickr--no extra software required. Want to find that song you love? MusicStage lets you search your music collection by artist, title or even genre. And when you're ready to share your home movies, PhotoStage makes it easy to play and upload video files to Facebook.

When you buy a Dell system equipped with Stage software, you get a one-stop entertainment hub. Download movies, play games, listen to your favorite songs and stream radio stations with RadioTime. Connect with friends on social networks, and view their Facebook and Flickr photos together in a real-time photo stream. And SyncUP (powered by Nero) is the easy way to keep the smartphones, tablets and computers in your network in sync (requires download from Android Market).

Key Specifications

Intel Core i3

14-inch LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native HD 720p viewing

2.3 GHz Intel Core i3-2350M dual-core processor (3 MB L3 cache)

500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

6 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz; 8 GB maximum)

Intel HD Graphics 3000 for casual and mainstream gaming (supports Microsoft DirectX 10).

8x multi-format CD/DVD drive

1-megapixel HD webcam (1280 x 720)

Built-in stereo speakers with 4 watts of power (2W x 2) and SRS Premium Sound enhancement

6-cell battery

Chiclet-style keyboard

Touchpad with integrated scrolling and gestures

Dimensions and Weight: 13.5 x 9.7 x 1.35 inches (WxDxH); 5.3 pounds

Wireless & Networking

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks (requires Wireless-N router to optimize speed and range).
  • Intel Wireless Display capabilities enables you to wirelessly stream videos, photos and music from your hard drive, home network, or the internet straight to your HDTV.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity provides faster throughput while minimizing on power requirements. It's compatible with new Bluetooth 3.0-enabled devices as well as backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as printers and cell phones.
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100)

Connectivity & Expansion

  • 2 ultra-fast USB 3.0 ports with up to 10x the speed of USB 2.0 (and is backward compatible with your USB 2.0 peripherals).
  • 1 eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port (with PowerShare for charging devices even when laptop is off)
  • 1 standard USB 2.0 port
  • HDMI port for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theater receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable.
  • VGA video output (analog, RGB)
  • 8-in-1 Media Card Reader (supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS, MS-Pro, MMC, MMC+, xD)
  • Microphone and headphone jacks

What's in the Box

This package contains the Dell Inspiron i14RN-1227BK notebook PC, AC adapter, rechargeable battery, and printed documentation.


1-year limited hardware warranty; 24/7 phone support; mail-in service

Included Software

McAfee SecurityCenter with Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Firewall (30-day trial); Microsoft Office Starter 2010

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Windows 7 Home Premium

The Best Entertainment Experience On Your PC

Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want. For the best entertainment experience, choose a PC with Windows 7.

Windows 7: Your PC Simplified

  • Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
  • Find virtually anything on your PC--from documents to songs to email--just by typing a word or two with Windows Search.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want.*

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  • Helps protect against identity theft and malicious software with SmartScreen Filter.
  • Movies, TV, and videos look better and run more smoothly.

Create, Connect, and Share with Windows Live

Windows 7 and Windows Live bring it all together for free. Get the free set of programs that make it simple to create and share amazing photos and movies, organize mail, and stay connected with your closest friends.

  • Get free online storage with Windows Live SkyDrive.
  • Sync files on your PCs automatically with Windows Live Mesh.
  • Share photos during video chats with Windows Live Messenger.**
  • Easily edit photos. Combine the best parts of multiple photos into one perfect photo with Photo Fuse.

You can download Windows Live for FREE at

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Complete Your PC Experience with Microsoft Office 2010

  • Includes reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel with advertising. (Note that PowerPoint or Outlook are not included.)
  • Purchase Office 2010 today and get the most out of your new PC.


* Additional hardware may be required. Not available in all countries. (See for more information.)
** Requires a compatible microphone, speakers or headset, webcam, and broadband connection.

Product Information

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Screen Size14 inches
Max Screen Resolution1366x768
Processor2.3 GHz Core i3-2350M
Hard Drive500 GB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 3000
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand NameDell
Item model numberi14RN-1227BK
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight6.6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H19.09 x 13.31 x 4.29 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDIMM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Batteries:1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #16,229 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableJanuary 15, 2012
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

97 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Antonio Arce Arenales on March 8, 2012
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At this price, this machine is a steal. It has the capability of a full-fledged computer and the convenience of an extremely portable laptop. At just over 5 lbs. it's certainly heavier than a tablet, a Macbook Air or an ultrabook, but then again it has all the advantages of a "real" computer. Responsiveness is outstanding since Windows 7 is a great OS, certainly when compared to Vista. Even compared to Apple's OS X, Windows 7 performs quite well, although it is of course much more "labor intensive", which is another way of saying that it's not quite as user friendly. On the plus side, it provides what is possibly the most widely used software platform in the world. All in all you can't go wrong with this device if you are looking for something that provides heavy lifting computing power as compared to a tablet or even an ultrabook.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Luis Salguero on April 29, 2012
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Before choosing this laptop I researched the other options in amazon and other websites and I believe this one has the best value for the price.

A few things to note on it's favor:

- Did not come dead on arrival (DOA).
- Windows Installation was fast.
- Can run entertainment apps / casual and social gaming perfectly.
- I love the idea of being able to use different covers (I have not tried it yet).
- The trackpad's surface is one of the best I have used so far.
- The battery holds it's charge as described and intended.
- The internal speakers have great power, enough to watch a video in a medium-size living room without plugging other speakers.
- Wireless adapter is pretty strong, it can list-down wireless points that my desktop adapter can't.

Some downsides:

- Comes with the already-known Bloatware, simply uninstall all those pesky useless programs/games/antivirus.
- After modifying the mouse / trackpad settings I got a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) STOP Error: 0x000009f - DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE (This problem occurs because of a race condition between two bus resets.). However, after I updated Windows 7 everything seems to be in order now.
- It's glossy, expect a lot of fingerprints on it.
- Multi-gesture trackpad feature doesn't work 100%, it seems not to be so accurate.
- The Trackpad can get warm when running process-extensive software or features but not to a point it is uncomfortable.

I have yet to find anything that ruins my experience, reason why I scored the laptop a 5. I will update this review in case it's necessary and let you know.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By GMF on May 22, 2012
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I was in the market for a small laptop for school. Because the computer would be traveling as much as I do I didn't want to spent a lot nor did I want a overly large machine. I was contemplating on a net book before I came across this.

For the price you can't beat it. The Intel core i3 2.30GHz processor with 6G ram make it fast enough for just about everything you would possibly need it to do. The 446GB hard drive is large enough for most folks, just don't try to store your entire movie collection on there.

The reviews that I did read questioned a few things. One was over the graphic quality of the monitor. I found no issue with it. I'm sure for someone involved in editing photos or animation this laptop wouldn't do it, but for less than $500 your not going to get those sort of capabilities.

There are some bad reviews out there over the battery. Battery performance is based on how long the computer will hold power under the most ideal of circumstances. Heavy use, such as movie watching and gaming, and the use of outside peripherals will reduce your battery life. Even using the built in wi-fi antenna will reduce your battery life. This holds true for all laptops I have used over the years. Sony, Avertec, Toshiba, and HP were no exception. This is my first Dell computer.

There are only two issues that I have with the computer and they are minor. The first one is its lack of software. It does come with ms-office starter. Word on it has a lot of the functionality of it removed so for a student you will need to get another word processing program or update your starter edition. ( has one downloadable for free. It also doesn't come with copies of the software so you will need 3 recordable dvds in order to make your backups.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By San Juan Vet on April 15, 2012
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Bought one of these a few weeks ago to use for a sports club I administer. Needed a simple machine to do basic tasks- e-mail, web browsing, word processor....and to run a sports meet software. Great machine for these basis tasks. Price point is super, cheaper than many tablets or even in some cases a cell phone, and much more capable. Tested WiFi in an area where most cell phones and computers have trouble with weak signal, and this works great. Runs cool, battery life even with the basic battery is good, and weight is light enough to make it easily used on a...laptop. HDMI output is great, I hooked this up to my projector with no issues. Connectivity options for USB, HDMI, eSATA great for this price range. Overall this is a great price on a premium brand laptop with super solid features.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dr ramesh anand rao on November 9, 2012
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I recently bought this laptop, on paper it looked great, seemed good value for money. While setting up the laptop I noted that battery wasn't charging, I referred to help forum which advised me to upgrade bios. File was downloaded, I attempted to up grade but it didn't allow me to beacuse the battery needed to be at least 10% charged, after much effort I managed to upgrade however it still would not charge... I called dell who told me that mother board needs to be replaced... I take iss with the fact that I bought a new laptop, I didn't pay for one that needs repairing and so I think the laptop needs to be replaced as opposed to repaired.... After visiting multiple forums I found out that thousands have complained about the same charge fail issue and dell has not acknowledged that they are selling defective devices... I recommend without hesitation that NO ONE BUYS THIS LAPTOP!!!!
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