Inside Dell Inspiron 14 5490 – disassembly and upgrade options
An everyday laptop that offers quite the upgradability, actually.
Dell Inspiron 5490
- Intel Core i7-10510U
- NVIDIA GeForce MX230 (2GB GDDR5)
- 8GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
There are 9 Phillips-head screws you need to remove before you can remove the bottom plate. Interestingly, two of them stay attached to the panel, and as you unscrew them, they lift it up, so you can start your prying and picking from there.
Battery-wise there is a 51Wh unit.
3. Memory and storage
There are 4GB soldered to the motherboard, and you can upgrade with up to 16GB for a total of 20GB of DDR4 memory, that works at 2666 MHz. As of the storage – it supports PCIe x4 drives via its M.2 slot.
4. Cooling system
So, the cooling solution is nothing special – basically, there is a single (yet bulky) heat pipe that cools down both the CPU and the GPU via a single fan – something very common with these notebooks.