Dell Inspiron 16 evaluate (Inspiron 16 5625 mannequin, with AMD Ryzen 7)

I used to be particularly focused on seeing what Dell managed to enhance with the brand new Dell Inspiron 16, after testing and liking the AMD Inspiron mannequin final 12 months. Particularly since they jumped on the 16:10 bandwagon and swapped out that 15” display for a bigger 16” one.

Apart from that although, the specs are very related on paper: similar battery, related dimensions, acquainted chassis, and virtually the identical IO.  The usual mannequin additionally has 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, just like the final mannequin I reviewed. The inputs and the audio system have been up to date, although.

Final 12 months, I criticized the laptop computer for having a mediocre display and a awful webcam.  I want I may say they solved these points on this 12 months’s mannequin, however alas I can’t.  However at the very least the CPU is noticeably higher, which was most likely the one different factor I needed to complain about.

So after a stable few weeks with the machine, I definitely have a robust opinion of it.  Briefly, it’s simply what I anticipated – the identical as final 12 months with some slight enhancements.  About what I’d anticipate for the associated fee.  Let’s dig into the main points and also you’ll see what I imply.

Specs as reviewed– Dell Inspiron 16 5625

Dell Inspiron 16 5625, 2022 era
Display screen16.0 inch, 16:10 format, 1920 x 1200 px reoslution, WVA, 60 Hz, matte
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 5825U, 8 core, 16 thread (4.5 GHz turbo)
VideoBuilt-in Vega Graphics
Reminiscence16 GB DDR4-3200 (2x 8 GB DIMMs)
Storage512 GB M.2 Hynix BC711
ConnectivityMediatek Wifi 6 MT7921 with Bluetooth 5.2
Ports2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (with DP and Powder Supply), HDMI 1.4, headphone/mic jack
Battery54 Wh, 65W charger
Dimension356.78 mm or 14.05” (w) x 251.9 mm or 9.92” (d) x 18.3 mm or .72” (h)
Weight1.87 kg (4.12 lbs)
ExtrasSD card reader (half-sized), fingerprint reader, HD digital camera, upwards-firing stereo audio system

Design and ergonomics

The general design of this 2022 Inspiron 16 shares a variety of similarities that I noticed within the Inspiron 15 mannequin final 12 months.  The chassis is sort of completely manufactured from aluminum and the design is mainly your typical skinny and lightweight pocket book that will have been referred to as a premium design 6-7 years in the past.  Now it’s the norm.

The lid and palmrest parts of the chassis are aluminum, whereas the underside cowl is plastic.  It rests contained in the shell very properly and blends completely with the encircling aluminum.

The lid is about as plain because it will get.  It’s a clean, matte gray anodized design with an embossed Dell emblem situated within the heart.  This being a 16” laptop computer, the lid is an enormous piece of aluminum and it’s skinny.  So there’s a little little bit of flex if you happen to push it on the middle.  That is regular in my eyes, however price reporting if you’re anticipating a sturdy steel brick right here.  The sides are sturdy sufficient, which is the place most individuals will seize it from.

The laptop computer is fairly symmetric with no surprises in weight distribution.  For a 16” laptop computer, this Inspiron may be very straightforward to deal with and is a reasonably affordable weight to hold round in any place, even when not as gentle as different choices.  Even grabbing the laptop computer from the nook whereas it was open, I didn’t detect any unusual creaks or discover any flex.

One factor I may complain about is the underside edges the place the underside cowl interfaces with the steel chassis.  They’re just a little sharp for my style.  Not lower your fingers sharp, however it’s one thing I observed once I picked up the laptop computer generally.

Opening the lid may very well be a one finger effort, however it would possibly take a second hand if the floor the laptop computer is on isn’t clean.  Any texture appears to hold up the silicone ergo-lift footpad that’s situated on the again fringe of the laptop computer.  This lifts the again of the laptop computer at a slight angle, making typing just a little simpler and optimizing the air consumption.  Efficient, however smaller footpads would have most likely completed the identical factor and would restore one finger opening.


As soon as open, you get take a look at the 16” panel and small bezels.  Centered above is a small HD webcam with a guide privateness shutter, in addition to a microphone array.  The bezel is small and is manufactured from the usual black plastic that you just usually see on finances laptops.

Down beneath are the keyboard and trackpad.  We’ll cowl these in additional element later, however the primary notable change this 12 months is dropping the Numpad for upward-facing audio system, which is an efficient transfer in my view.  The trackpad can be noticeably greater, which can be good.  The added depth from making this a 16” mannequin definitely helps.

Whereas I reward the robustness of the palm relaxation, for essentially the most half, I’ve to be just a little vital of the keyboard deck itself.  There may be some flex that’s observed once I typed on it.  It didn’t hassle me whereas typing in any respect, however strong-hitting typists are going to see the deck bounce often and it could or could not hassle you.  To me, it’s only a beauty annoyance.

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Like final 12 months, there’s a fingerprint scanner within the higher proper nook, which doubles as the facility button.  Dell places a sticker proper above it to let you know, since there’s no image on the button.  This and the opposite stickers are simply peeled off.

The underside is plastic, with some sufficient vent holes for the fan intakes.  There are separate footpads which can be used within the again when the ergo-lift foot isn’t in use.  They’re actually small, however it’s high-quality as a result of the laptop computer is shut and possibly off with the lid closed.


The IO is fairly good on this laptop computer.  There’s a regular energy barrel adapter on the left, with an HDMI 2.1 port proper subsequent to it.  There’s a single USB-A port adopted by a USB-C port.  Each of those help USB 3.2 and the USB-C additionally helps DisplayPort and PD 3.0.

On the suitable, there’s a headphone jack within the again nook.  A second USB-A 3.2 port is on the market as nicely.  Lastly, there’s a full-sized SD card reader.  Be aware that this accepts SD playing cards however they are going to be left hanging midway out – it’s not flush with the sting of the laptop computer along with your card in.  It’s a disgrace as a result of it seems to be like they might have made the area in the event that they tried.

On the finish of the day, the design is fairly good, particularly when factoring in the price of the machine.  I believe the typical consumer could be proud of it and it feels strong sufficient to final a number of years, supplied you are taking affordable care of your machines.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard and trackpad on this Dell Inspiron 16 5625 mannequin are each fairly good.

As I discussed earlier than, Dell opted for a TKL structure with a NumPad this time round, which is perhaps a deal breaker for people who depend on 10-key enter.  However I, however, recognize this transfer because it leaves room for higher upward-facing audio system.  It additionally facilities the keyboard with the trackpad.

Dell Inspiron 16 5625 keyboard and clickpad

The structure is fairly regular, with all of the keys being situated in the suitable locations.  Throughout all my use, I discovered the important thing journey and suggestions greater than sufficient to kind usually.  Actually, it took no effort to get used to this one – it’s one.

The one gripe I’ve is there’s some keyboard flex within the heart of the keyboard.  I believe I had this criticism on final 12 months’s mannequin really so it seems to be like they nonetheless haven’t completed a lot about it.  The foundation trigger is skinny aluminum keyboard deck, so except they add thickness someplace, it’s at all times going to be this fashion.  The excellent news is it didn’t have an effect on my typing in any respect – it’s simply an annoyance to see.

The keyboard is backlit with a number of totally different brightness ranges to select from, by way of the hotkey.  It’s ok for regular use, which is all that issues.  No RGB – simply white.

The trackpad is excellent, because it’s giant and registers multi-touch gestures nicely.  I had no bother with any monitoring clicks or faucets all through my use.  I recognize the additional floor in comparison with final 12 months, and it didn’t appear to get in my method whereas typing.

I couldn’t inform if this trackpad is plastic or not.  Often, I can really feel the distinction however the texture was very clean on this one.  Factor is, I couldn’t see a mirrored image on it, which is how I usually affirm it’s glass.

Display screen

Final 12 months, the Inspiron 15 mannequin received a mediocre display with washed-out colours, which in the end was a deal breaker for my spouse who does color-sensitive work.  However this 12 months they switched to a 16-inch 16:10 panel which is a more moderen Inspiron 16 kind issue – so the display must be higher, proper?  Sadly, no…

It’s a unique model of panel, however it mainly has the identical specs as earlier than.  So the viewing angles are good, however the max brightness is beneath common and the colours are simply poor. May very well be worse, positive, however by at present’s requirements, I’m stunned that they’d even make panels like this anymore.

I did use my X-rite i1 Show Professional sensor to confirm all of the specs.  Right here’s what I measured:

  • Panel HardwareID: BOE NV16WUM(BOE0A34)
  • Protection: 56.1% sRGB, 39.7% AdobeRGB, 40.8% DCI-P3;
  • Max brightness in the midst of the display: 265 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Gamma: 2.2
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1019:1
  • Native white level: 6632 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: .26 cd/m2.

So yeah, there you may have it – not the best.  If all you do is surf the web or edit paperwork, you most likely received’t even discover.  Particularly if you happen to’re coming from a display that’s of equal colour high quality.  However if you happen to’re coming from a laptop computer with at the very least 100% sRGB, you’re going to note the muted colours instantly.

The decrease most brightness might also be a difficulty for some.  265 nits is nice sufficient on your typical indoor setting, however it’s not going to be sufficient to make use of outdoors and even subsequent to a shiny window.


I additionally did detect just a little backlight bleed on my panel however it’s not the worst I’ve seen, primarily as a result of the max brightness isn’t that prime.  In order that’s a plus at the very least.  The opposite factor to say is that this panel is 60Hz.  That is fairly normal for laptops at this value vary, although.

On the time of my buy, there weren’t many display decisions for this sequence.  In truth, the one different selection “appeared” to be the very same panel, solely touch-enabled.  But it surely’s really the next gamut display as reported by a consumer within the feedback part and a few others on Reddit.  Maybe that’s an possibility everybody ought to lean in direction of, whether or not or not you need contact.  Particularly because it’s supposedly nonetheless matte.

So to sum up, I’m not overly impressed with this display.  But it surely’s not prefer it’s unusable and it is a finances laptop computer in spite of everything.  The actual fact is, at this value level, there is perhaps related laptops with higher display decisions on the market, and I’d look into them if screens are vital to you.

{Hardware} and efficiency

This Inspiron 16 mannequin has an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U octa-core processor that caps out at about 4.5 GHz Turbo.

That is an AMD Barcelo platform with Vega graphics, so it’s fairly quick when it must be and can be battery environment friendly, so it fits this mannequin simply high-quality for its supposed viewers. Don’t anticipate a lot in GPU efficiency in comparison with the newer RDNA2 AMD iGPUs, although.

My unit comes with 16GB of DDR4-3200Mhz RAM.  That is additionally acceptable for this mannequin because it’s a lot sufficient for many duties, together with gaming. In the event you needed to improve, although, you may have the choice for as much as 32 GB.

Upgrading the parts is fairly easy, however a barely delicate job.  Simply take away and/or loosen the Phillips screws and the corners will pop up.  Then pull on one of many corners to launch the clips.   The clips are plastic and never that thick, so that you would possibly break one if you happen to’re not cautious.

As soon as inside you’ll be able to see the fan, heatsink, and all of the upgradable parts.  On this mannequin, you get entry to each RAM slots and the SSD.  Discover that the SSD is just 30mm and has a bracket for it to suit.  It must be fairly straightforward to exchange with a regular 80mm SSD although.

This SSD is a 512GB mannequin from Hynix.  It’s a finances PCIe 3.0 SSD however it’s quick sufficient for something this laptop computer is designed for. I took some CrystalDiskMark readings in case you had been .

I don’t see something alarming with this {hardware} configuration.  It’s actually stability, contemplating that is most likely supposed for media consumption or maybe faculty.  The good half is you’ll be able to improve many of the components if wanted sooner or later.

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Let’s analyze the efficiency now.

I took some artificial benchmarks to get an thought of how nicely the CPU performs. First, right here’s the Cinebench loop check that runs the identical sustained CPU load for 15+ occasions, to be able to measure the CPU efficiency in longer demanding masses.

There are three energy profiles to select from, Extremely Efficiency, Optimized and Quiet, every with totally different energy caps and fan settings. Quiet mode will not be as Quiet as I’d anticipate, as defined additional down within the article.

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And right here’s how the laptop computer compares on this check to different related fashions and platforms, together with the earlier Inspiron 15 Ryzen 7 5700U mannequin.

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The facility modes contribute to many of the warmth era on this laptop computer.  By switching it to Quiet mode, you considerably decrease the TDP that the CPU places out.  You even have slower followers although, so it’s not like there received’t be warmth build-up.

You’ll get essentially the most out of your machine within the Extremely-Efficiency mode.  Underneath the heaviest masses, I solely hit 40dB(A).  However on common, beneath fixed load, it was extra like 38dB(A).  Even on this state of affairs, CPU temps solely hit 75C max, which is excellent.

I can’t actually work out the Optimized mode.  I believe it’s temperature-dependent as a result of the followers gave the impression to be at a relentless 35dB(A) it doesn’t matter what the load was.  However the CPU energy would drift decrease over time, because the load elevated.  Regardless, the temperature by no means breached 70C.

Quiet mode will not be so quiet.  In truth, it’s just about the identical as Optimized mode.  The primary distinction is you by no means actually hear any fluctuations in fan noise and the temperatures by no means attain greater than 60C.  That is principally due to the decrease energy limits.

The My Dell software program is the one strategy to change these energy modes.  I believe I discussed this in different evaluations, however I don’t significantly like this app as a result of it takes a variety of clicks and navigating to get to the choice you need to change.  I’d a lot want a hotkey.

For each day use, Quiet mode is ideal and presents good efficiency with balanced temperatures and fan noise.

And listed here are the opposite benchmarks.

Right here’s what I received in Extremely Efficiency mode, which permits the CPU to begin at 30W for a brief burst after which finally degree out at round 25W:

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 3182 (Graphics – 3498, Physics – 21648);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1267 (Graphics – 1109, CPU – 6633);
  • 3DMark 13 – CPU Profile: Max-5448, 16T-5449, 8T-4562, 4T-2987, 2T-1733, 1T-886
  • Superposition: Medium: 2200
  • GeekBench 5: Single-Core: 1469, Multi-core: 6947;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 82.98 fps, CPU 1711 cb, CPU Single Core 233 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 10123 pts, CPU Single Core 1465 pts;

Subsequent is “Optimized” mode.  On this mode, the TDP begins at 28W however then drifts downward and finally ranges off round 23W for sustained masses.  Right here had been my check outcomes:

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 3116 (Graphics – 3418, Physics – 17607);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1327 (Graphics – 1177, CPU – 4849);
  • 3DMark 13 – CPU Profile: Max-3398, 16T-3408, 8T-2829, 4T-1544, 2T-777, 1T-392
  • Superposition: Medium: 1767
  • GeekBench 5: Single-Core: 1380, Multi-core: 6360;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 73.14 fps, CPU 1347 cb, CPU Single Core 226 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 9219 pts, CPU Single Core 1341 pts;

In Quiet mode, the TDP just about hangs out at 17-18W and slowly drifts all the way down to 15W over a very long time for sustained masses.  Right here had been my outcomes:

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 2926 (Graphics – 3199, Physics – 16620);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1165 (Graphics – 1023, CPU – 5588);
  • 3DMark 13 – CPU Profile: Max-4664, 16T-4648, 8T-3893, 4T-2559, 2T-1551, 1T-874
  • Superposition: Medium: 1991
  • GeekBench 5: Single-Core: 1498, Multi-core: 6155;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 71.80 fps, CPU 1261 cb, CPU Single Core 231 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 8331 pts, CPU Single Core 1461 pts;

These outcomes are fairly good really.  Not the most effective “graphics” outcomes, however this configuration with the AMD Barcelo processor and Vega graphics will not be actually designed for GPU-intensive duties or gaming.

I particularly appreciated the Quiet mode outcomes, which is what I used totally on this laptop computer outdoors of operating the benchmark exams.  It’s a fast-enough configuration with low fan noise.

I did take some benchmarks with a number of older video games to present you an thought of what to anticipate, on the Extremely Efficiency profile.  See beneath for my outcomes:

Gaming Framerates
Skyrim (Extremely, FHD+) 31 fps avg, 29 fps low
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (FHD+, low Preset, Hairworks Off)20 fps avg, 16 fps low
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (HD+, low Preset, Hairworks Off)37 fps avg, 28 fps low
Portal Reloaded (4k+)60 fps

This isn’t a gaming laptop computer so it’s what it’s.  Video games are extra playable in HD than they’re in FHD and that is most likely an analogous CPU to what’s within the present Steam Deck.  So if gaming is a should for you and also you insist on this laptop computer, plan to decrease that decision to 720p.

The system is completely able to delivering the most effective efficiency potential with this platform, although, as proven within the following log from Witcher. Even in sustained masses, the CPU averages 25++ W of energy, with temperatures within the 65-70 C vary, and the GPU runs easily at its outlined clock velocity of two GHz, with out fluctuations.

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Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

This Dell Inspiron 16 has a easy, however environment friendly, cooling module.

A single fan takes up a big portion of the suitable facet of the laptop computer and is linked to the CPU by way of two warmth pipes.  The air consumption is taken in from beneath the laptop computer and the exhaust comes out on the hinge.


The excellent news is it really works completely high-quality.  I didn’t appear to have any overheating issues and I used to be continuously utilizing the laptop computer immediately on my lap.  I did run a few exams to take some thermal pictures: one whereas watching Netflix on battery and the opposite whereas enjoying a sport whereas plugged in.  Each appeared to be inside purpose.

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The Wifi module is a Mediatek MT7921 which is a Wifi 6 module.  It labored high-quality in all of my testing, reaching 511Mbps at distances of 25ft from my router. The module additionally has Bluetooth 5.2 which labored flawlessly for me.  I used my Airpods continuously and likewise a Bluetooth mouse every now and then.

As for the audio system, they’re really not unhealthy!  Not solely are they upward-facing, however additionally they get fairly loud, reaching 78dB(A) with my typical check track.  I additionally ran a bass check and was capable of hear sound as little as 30Hz.  That’s actually low contemplating there’s no sub!

I received’t say they’re the most effective audio system I’ve ever heard on a laptop computer, however they’re far above common for a finances mannequin and are even higher than some that I’ve heard on premium fashions.

The webcam however is fairly unhealthy.  There’s just about zero low-light correction so if you happen to don’t have a well-lit room, it’s both going to look pixelated or extraordinarily darkish to the purpose the place you’ll be able to’t make out a picture.  Effectively-lit pictures are high-quality, however it’s nonetheless missing colour.  There’s a shutter at the very least, which I’d completely shut on this one.

Fortunately there’s a fingerprint sensor on the facility button since there’s no face unlock.  It labored flawlessly for me.  Mixed with the auto-on function when lifting the lid, getting your machine from off to web prepared was very speedy.  Nothing to complain about there.

Battery life

This laptop computer has a 54Whr battery.  Fairly small for a 16” laptop computer, however they’re most likely making an attempt to reduce the load as a lot as potential.  At the least there’s a Ryzen processor inside to make issues extra environment friendly.

I took a sequence of battery life exams with the brightness at 30%, which is about 78 nits.  Right here had been my outcomes:

  • 5.4 W (~10 h 0 min of use)– idle, Quiet mode, display at 0%, Wi-Fi ON, backlighting off;
  • 9.3 W (5 h 48 min of use)– textual content enhancing in Phrase with gentle web use, higher battery mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 6.0 W (~9 h 0 min of use)–1080p 60Hz Youtube fullscreen in Chrome, Quiet mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 6.2 W (~8 h 43 min of use)– 1080p Hulu fullscreen video in Chrome, Quiet mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 12.3 W (~4 h 23 min of use)– heavy shopping in Chrome, Optimized mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 23.9 W (~2 h 16 min of use)– Gaming – Witcher 3, Optimized mode, 60fps cap, display at 50%, Wi-Fi ON.

I used to be fairly proud of the battery effectivity on this laptop computer, particularly since I had it by means of a latest hurricane the place I had no energy for an prolonged time period.  I typed up nearly this complete evaluate on a single cost and had loads of capability to spare.  In fact, I didn’t have Web both in order that contributed!

However actually, even the working exams had been high-quality.  Had this been a much bigger battery, these outcomes could be insane – However I’m comfortable with the effectivity as is.  In the event you’re planning on utilizing this for gentle work or faculty, it is best to have the ability to get by means of many of the day, if not all, on a single cost.

Worth and availability- Dell Inspiron 16

The mannequin I’ve is available on Amazon for $899 (ath this level, observe the hyperlink for updates on the time you’re studying the article).

It’s a good value, however you might discover higher offers on Dell’s web site, particularly if you happen to meddle with the system configuration.

There’s additionally a contact mannequin on the market which can run you roughly an additional $100.  That is probably just like the contact mannequin I had final 12 months the place it’s the identical bezel and matte display, simply touch-enabled.  I sort of appreciated it really.

Last thoughts- Dell Inspiron 16 5625 evaluate

It’s not excellent, however I do suppose there’s truthful worth within the Inspiron 16 this 12 months.  Truly, now that I’m completed with the evaluate, I went again and reviewed what I assumed final 12 months.  Little or no has modified with the laptop computer and my opinion hasn’t actually modified both.

In different phrases, I prefer it. Total, I believe the professionals far outweigh the cons of this laptop computer and the value is definitely justifiable.  I discovered this to be an ideal typer and I may doubtlessly work all day on this machine, supplied I don’t want a graphics card.

Moreover, there’s ample IO which simply isn’t accessible on the XPS fashions (right here’s our evaluate of the newest Dell XPS 15 mannequin).  That’s one thing to think about apart from price, if you happen to’re torn between these two fashions for some purpose.

In comparison with the earlier 12 months’s Inspiron, Dell upgraded the display side ratio on this era, but in addition transitioned to a extra minimalistic centered keyboard flanked by up-firing audio system. The 16-inch display is large plus and I actually recognize the additional actual property with out sacrificing the footprint a lot.  This 12 months’s mannequin is just a little bigger than final, although, as the previous mannequin was already very small for a 15 incher.

However I do have some reservations that many would possibly name deal breakers.  The display for starters may be very poor compared to what you get on the next-tier mannequin and even some opponents in the identical finances.  Go for that larger gamut touchscreen you probably have the room within the finances.  There’s additionally the flex in the midst of the lid and heart of the keyboard, which could make the mannequin really feel low-cost to some.

Hopefully, this helps you kind a greater opinion of the 2022 Dell Inspiron 16.  I believe many will probably be happy with this mannequin.  I received’t have this evaluate unit for for much longer, however I’m pleased to reply any questions if you happen to go away a remark beneath.

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Derek Sullivan – Evaluation Editor. Along with being a tech fanatic, I’ve a profession as a biomedical engineer. I get pleasure from taking issues aside, determining how they work, and discovering methods to make them higher. My different hobbies embody spending time with my household, “Do it your self” tasks resembling dwelling automation, and operating.