Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022): Two-minute review
The Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022) is the slightly larger version of the laptop from our Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 (2022) review, with much the same bells and whistles, including fully foldable, touchscreen and the same kind of gates. It’s a bit more expensive starting at $1,000 (£780 / AU$1,600), which is mainly due to the larger screen size and generally higher specs.
Its larger size also makes it a bit heavier, and both factors mean that while it’s certainly still portable, you’ll probably need a bigger bag to carry it around. The aluminum chassis feels sturdy and robust, which compensates for the weight gain. The ports on the sides are a wide variety, including two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, one headset port, one HDMI 1.4 port, and an SD card slot.
The touchscreen is glossy and responsive, with a vibrant FHD+ display that’s perfect for both work and gaming, and the webcam is solid 1080p HD, meaning when you show your face in a Zoom meeting, it’ll be crystal clear . It also has a mechanical slider to cover the camera, which is always a good feature from a privacy perspective.
The keyboard and touchpad have an almost velvety quality that, along with the large size of both, makes typing on the machine much easier. As with the 14-inch version, the bezels on the side of the screen are thinner at the sides but thicker at the top.
Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 has a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1235U and Intel Iris Xe Graphics like its counterpart, making it well-rounded in both work and play, even if it isn’t as powerful as many of the entries on the list. our best laptop list. However, it still has a lot of kick to it.
That said, this laptop is made for mid-range gaming at best, so it’s out of the question to run titles like Cyberpunk 2077 or Dirt 5, although other benchmarks usually got excellent scores compared to the competition.
Battery life is much better in this larger version of the Inspiron 2-in-1, thanks in large part to the larger battery, with an average life of over 11 hours when tested for normal work with the PCMark10 battery test and more than 13 hours when testing using our HD movie test. This battery is exceptional and easily lasts a whole day at work without recharging, not to mention how fast it charges thanks to its fast charging technology.
Like the 14-inch version, the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022) is a great laptop for those who need a machine that can handle work and even a few games, without necessarily breaking the bank. Our only real complaint is that it doesn’t come with a stylus, but considering how much you save on the retail price, you can afford to drop some extra cash at checkout and still get ahead of what’s easily one of the best 2-in-1 Laptops of the Year.
Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022): Price and Availability
- Available in many regions
- The price is a bit steep
Currently, the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022) is available at a starting price of $1,000 (£780 / AU$1,600), which is a bit steep for a 2-in-1, and the price can go up to $ 1,550 (£1,130 / AU$2,900) with the highest spec configuration. It is also readily available in the US, UK and Australia in almost every configuration.
There are some minor upgrade differences between the three regions, such as operating system, available hard drive space, and keyboard color. But in general, they are largely similar, especially with the CPU and GPU type and configuration.
And while it may start out a bit more premium than other 2-in-1s in its class, for the performance you get, even at the base specs, this is excellent value.
Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022): Design
- A bit heavy but well built
- The touchscreen and display are great
- Good port selection
Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022) Key specs
Here is the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022) configuration sent to Ditching for review:
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-1235U
Graphic: Intel Iris Xe graphics
RAM: 8GB DDR4
Screen: 16″, FHD+ 1920×1200, 60Hz, Touch, Wide View, 300 nit, ComfortView Plus
Storage: 512GB SSD
Ports: 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 2 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, 1 x headset (headphone and microphone combo) port, 1 x HDMI 1.4 port, 1 x SD card slot
Connectivity: Intel Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Camera: 1080p at 30 fps, FHD camera
Weight: 5 pounds | 2.27 kg
Dimension (W x D x H): 14.05 x 9.91 x 0.63 in | 35.7 x 25.2 x 1.6 cm
The Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 is well designed, with a heavy and strong aluminum chassis offset by a thin figure. Its thin build, large screen size and strong chassis make it feel more resistant than the average 2-in-1, which is generally much more fragile. However, it is thanks to that sturdy design that we have a 2-in-1 that weighs five pounds. In terms of style, choosing silver or dark green colors helps to make the laptop stand out more against the sea of black laptops on the market.
As with any 2-in-1, the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 has a touchscreen, and good quality too. It responds well to any touch command, with no lag between the touch command and its execution. The only drawback is the glare, which appears in spades when exposed to direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the Inspiron 16 2-in-1 does not come with a stylus.
The screen itself is 1080p FHD+ with a 1080p webcam, which translates to beautifully rendered colors that are useful for work or play and a good camera that shows your face with minimal pixelation. The mechanical slide for the camera is at the top center of the bezel, which would otherwise look a little too thick, serves a purpose here and is a great privacy feature.
While this keyboard doesn’t have a number pad, its simplicity suits the nature of the machine. The color of the keyboard can be adjusted between black or gray upon purchase, and there’s a nice backlight that comes in handy for dark or dimly lit areas. The keys and touchpad are well sized and have a silky velvety quality that grips your fingers and makes it easier to type and less likely to make typos.
The laptop’s port situation is very varied, with two USB Type-A and Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, one headset (headphone and microphone combo) port, one HDMI 1.4 port, and one SD card slot. This confirms the flexible nature of the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 as a machine that can handle work-related tasks, gaming and more. And the 16-inch version doesn’t have the same problem of having a hard time removing a Thunderbolt 4 charger from the port as the 14-inch version.
Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022): Performance
- Performs very well everywhere
- Tablet mode is great
- Solid HD webcam
Here’s how the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022) performed in our series of benchmark tests:
3DMark: Night Raid: 13,908; Fire Attack: 3,896; Time spy: 1,574
Cinebench R23 Multicore: 8,086 points
Geek Bench 5: 1,677 (single wire); 6.968 (multicore)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 5,283 points
Battery Life PCMark 10: 11 hours and 28 minutes
Battery life (USA Health Reports movie test): 13 hours and 30 minutes
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (1080p, high): 22 fps; (1080p, Low): 51 fps
As for its specs, the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022) has some of the best performance of any 2-in-1 we’ve tested all year. The 14-inch version is already excellent compared to most of its competitors and this 16-inch version is even more so. It balances streaming, multiple documents, video/voice calls and more, all without lag. It is also capable of playing low and mid-range games like Sid Meyer’s Civilization VI and on the higher settings it can hit at least 50 FPS.
In the other benchmarks, the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 outperformed the 14-inch version in almost every test except for two. The first was the Geekbench single-core test, in which it underperformed the 14-inch laptop by almost 50%. And the second was the Civilization VI benchmark, in which the 16-inch scored 10 frames less than the 14-inch. Despite these quirks, the 16-inch still outperforms its counterpart in real life.
Switching to tablet mode is where this 2-in-1 really shines, as the 16-inch FHD+ display makes almost any image vibrant and colorful. Meanwhile, the touch controls themselves are just as responsive as using the trackpad and keyboard, even when playing games that support it. This is where our frustration mounts as it is such a missed opportunity for the laptop to have a tablet pen as it would fit perfectly as another method of working or gaming.
The webcam is also pretty good, with a 1080p HD resolution and stable at 30 FPS. Many laptops close to or for the price of the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 either don’t have a camera at all or it’s a low-quality 720p. It’s refreshing to see a laptop take its webcam game seriously and provide users with a good quality that is well suited for video chats and large-scale video meetings.
The sound quality, while nothing special, is surprisingly competent with a four-speaker setup that makes the gaming and streaming experience more immersive. Most of the intricacies of the music or sound effects in gaming come into their own, and when streaming every piece of sound design and music comes through with the same level of quality.
Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022): Battery Life
- Battery life is phenomenal
- It lasts regardless of your activities
The battery life for the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022) is amazing, especially for a device powered by Alder Lake. At its lowest, it lasts 11 hours and 30 minutes as it is continuously worked on through internet browser, document editing, social media browsing and conference calls. And playing a colorful and complex movie non-stop until the battery ran out took an even more impressive 13 hours and 30 minutes.
A larger and more powerful laptop that boasts longer battery life than its smaller version is a machine that uses its extra space wisely. By allocating space to make the battery bigger, much more lithium-ion battery can be accommodated in the chassis, 65 Wh for the Inspiron 14 2-in-1’s 54 Whr.
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Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2022) Report Card
|Where the||While it’s a bit expensive overall for a 2-in-1, the performance here is good enough that the price is more than justified.||4.5 / 5|
|Design||The laptop is beautiful with a beautiful screen and elegantly machined aluminum. Unfortunately, that makes it a bit heavy.||4.5 / 5|
|Performance||While you won’t be able to play a ton of games on this, the Inpiron 16 2-in-1 offers plenty of performance, especially for productivity-based tasks.||4.5 / 5|
|Battery life||Battery life for the Inspiron 2-in-1 is easily one of its best features, managing all-day battery life that other Alder Lake-powered laptops struggled to manage.||5 / 5|