Inside Dell Vostro 14 3401 – disassembly and upgrade options

Dell Vostro 14 3401 is an unpretentious device and if you are curious what is hiding beneath the bottom plate – well, the process isn’t hard at all.

Check out all Dell Vostro 14 3401 prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.


1. Remove the bottom plate

For popping up the bottom panel, you have to undo just 7 Phillips-head screws. However, there are two captive screws on the back corners for even easier bottom plate prying.


2. Battery

The battery comes with a modest capacity of 42Wh.


3. Мemory and storage

When it comes to upgradability, this laptop definitely has something to offer – it comes with two RAM SODIMMs, a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot, and a SATA slot for regular SSDs or a big HDD for backup.


4. Cooling system

The cooling is the bare minimum for that kind of device – a single fan, one heat pipe, and a tiny heat spreader.

Check out all Dell Vostro 14 3401 prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

Dell Vostro 14 3401 in-depth review

Some of the non-expensive devices are actually the backbone for a lot of manufacturers when it comes to overall sales. It's hard to fall in love with these machines but in most cases, they are designed to be on the budget side and they will be used in the office as a workhorse or maybe they are a good match for people who just want something for the casual daily routine tasks. That's the case with the Dell Vostro 14 3401 - it doesn't cost that much, it's an unpretentious 14-incher that will do the job in certain situations like watching videos, browsing the Web, editing documents, etc. It's[...]

Pros

  • Has MicroSD card slot, and a well-populated I/O
  • The screen offers comfortable viewing angles and a good contrast ratio (BOE097C)
  • Thin and light body
  • Affordable
  • Decent battery life
  • Has two RAM slots, as well as an M.2 and SATA slots

Cons

  • Bad cooling solution
  • Covers only 52% of the sRGB color gamut (BOE097C)
  • The CPU and GPU frequencies throttle down under their base clocks during heavy stress
  • Noisy
  • Uses PWM, which can be fixed by our Health-Guard profile (BOE097C)
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