Among other things, that means you can now get an 11.6 inch or 13.3 inch Dell Inspiron convertible notebook with a Skylake chip, which should offer improved graphics, longer battery life, and slightly better CPU performance.
Dell continues to offer entry-level 11.6 inch convertibles priced as low as $350, but those models feature Intel Celeron or Pentium Braswell processors (basically a more powerful version of the architecture used in Intel Atom chips).
To get a Skylake model you’ll want to opt for a version that sells for $600 or more to get an 11.6 inch notebook with a screen that folds back 360 degrees for use in tablet mode, a Core i3-6100U processor, and a 128GB solid state drive.
Dell offers models with 4GB or 8GB of RAM. Both models feature 1366 x 768 pixel IPS displays, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 43 Whr batteries which Dell says should provide up to 11 hours of battery life.
The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series with Core i3 Skylake features a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot, HDMI 1.4a and a case that measures about 0.8 inches thick and which weighs about 3.1 pounds.
These 13 inch convertibles are priced at about $500 and up. Unlike the 11.6 inch models, all of Dell’s new Inspiron 13 7000 Series notebooks feature Skylake chips, although the entry-level model has a Pentium Skylake chip. Pay a little more and you can get a model with a Core i3-6100U or Core i5-6200U processor.
Models are available with up to 8GB of RAM, 500GB of hard drive or 256GB of solid state storage, and 1366 x 768 pixel or 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS displays.
These notebooks measure about 0.75 inches thick and weigh about 3.7 pounds. They’re powered by 43 Whr batteries, and for some reason Dell says you should only expect up to 6 hours of battery life — or a little over half of what you’d get from the 11.6 inch models.
Other features include two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an SD card slot, a passive stylus, HDMI 1.4a, and 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
This convertible laptop is about the same size as the normal Inspiron 13 7000 Series, but it’s available with more powerful hardware and features a more premium design.
Dell offers models with Core i5-6200U and Core i7-6500U processors and up to 1TB of hard drive of 256GB of solid state storage. Each model has 8GB of RAM, a 13.3 inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and a 43 Whr battery which Dell says is good for up to 9 hours of battery life.
I’m still confused as to why the non-special version of the laptop has an estimated battery life that’s 3 hours shorter.
Other features include a 0.75″ thick and 3.7 pound body, two USB 3.0 ports and one uSB 2.0 port, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI 1.4a.