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.
i’d buy that for a dollar
I just ordered one. I’ve been seriously considering getting a chromebook, but need (operational) Citrix for logging in to the office. This is right in my price range, and as a young professional, I’m excited for it. Between this, my desktop (old school, I know) and my smartphone, I should be set! No need to dish out 800-1200 for a laptop that you are gonna throw around and ding up.
they should add ubuntu to get the price down to 300 or less.
Originally, I thought I saw where these might have a 1.7 ghz Pentium chip. I wonder if that is still in the future.
Also I wonder if they will add 802.11 ac. I believe that Toshiba NB15t will have 802.11 ac built in. However, I believe its Cerelon is Atom and not Haswell based.
Looking at the upcoming 15W chips, it seems to me that Dell could offer a number of different options and price points to make this machine really special.
A tempting offering from our friends at Dell!
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