Dell’s Inspiron 11 3000 Series notebook is a thin and light laptop with a low starting price, but reasonably decent build quality. Dell introduced the notebook in September, and now it’s available for purchase for $380 and up.
While Dell’s eventually expected to offer models with prices as low as $350, those models will feature AMD processors. The models you can buy right now have Intel chips and optional accessories including a laptop sleeve or wireless touchpad.
Both of those models feature 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U dual-core Haswell processors, 2GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drives. They also sport 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen displays, Windows 8 software, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 50 Whr batteries.
Around the sides you’ll find 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, one Gigabit Ethernet jack, and a flash card reader.
The notebooks have spill-resistant keyboard, multi-touch touchpads, and measure 11.8″ x 7.9″ x 0.8″ and weigh 3.2 pounds.
Since there’s no solid state drive or Intel Core processor, these laptops aren’t technically ultrabooks. But they’re just about as portable as a typical ultrabook, and a lot cheaper.
Dell also plans to launch a cheaper model with an AMD processor soon.