11z pc mag

Dell may have just unveiled the Inspiron 11z this morning, but the folks at PC Magazine have already posted their early impressions of the laptop after spending some hands-on time with it. here are some of the highlights:

  • Dell isn’t grouping the laptop with its netbooks, even though it has a smaller screen than the recently discontinued Inspiron Mini 12
  • The Inspiron 11z will be available in up to 7 different colors
  • The laptop is wider than the Inspiron Mini 10v, but almost as thing
  • A 6 cell battery option will be available later
  • The keyboard is 92% full size
  • The touchpad is identical to the Inspiron Mini 10v touchpad with integrated mouse buttons
  • The 11z is HD-ready and sports an HDMI output

PC Magazine didn’t have time to test the battery, but estimates that the 3-cell battery should run for between 2 and 3 hours.

In other news, Dell has posted a series of photos of the new laptop on Flickr, and offers more information in an official blog post. The laptop will be available in the UK and france on August 25th.

via Netbooked

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7 replies on “Dell Inspiron 11z gets the hands-on treatment”

  1. I hope they offer a intel 5100 upgrade option and a Ubuntu option. If so I’ll make it my 3rd inspiron.

  2. Everything is just so good about 11z, but Acer 11.6 timeline (1810/1410) seems better. Though costly, it completely hides 6 cell battery inside its body. Though 11z looks a lot more trendy. Lets wait for full reviews.

  3. With a CULV chip and Vista Home Premium, it makes sense that they’re not grouping it with the minis.

    I have to say, if Intel’s strict rules on netbooks simply mean that we’re going to get faster, better systems at the same form factor and price point, but they technically aren’t netbooks (to Intel), I think I can live with that.

    1. I agree. I’ve never thought that the defining characteristic of a
      netbook was the processor. It’s always been the size and price.
      Granted, 11.6 inches is pretty large for a netbook by last year’s
      standards. But can you imagine having been able to find an 11.6 inch,
      3 pound laptop for $399 a few years ago?

      1. I remember first seeing a Sony TZ-series Vaio (also an 11″) in Best Buy a few years ago, and being blown away by the form factor — I hadn’t realized full-function (more or less) computers had gotten that small. Of course, it was $2200, so there was no way I was going to be buying it any time in the foreseeable future.

        I remember looking around, and at the time, there was pretty much nothing at all under $1500 that was in that ballpark.

        At the rate things are going, it’s possible that there will be as many entry-level 10″ or 11″ systems sold at retail as 15″ in a couple of years, which is just fantastic.

  4. The 11z has an interesting keyboard layout with big arrow keys and an added row for page up and down to the right. And “Ctrl” is left “Fn” right, which is a plus too.

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