Dell is launching a new entry-level Windows laptop with an 11.6 inch display, an Intel Braswell processor, and a starting price of $199.
The new Inspiron 11 3000 Series is a 2.6 pound fanless laptop with a 1366 x 768 pixel matte display (with limited viewing angles ) and support for up to a Pentium N3700 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of solid state storage or 500GB of hard drive storage, and up to a dual-band 802.11ac WiFi card.
Of course, the basic $199 model won’t have all of those features. The entry-level model has a Celeron N3050 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
Each model has a 32 Whr battery, a spill-resistant keyboard, HDMI, headset, and microSD card ports, as well as one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port.
Dell will offer the Inspiron 11 3000 Series in blue, white, and red colors.
The laptop ships with Windows 10 in most markets, but in select regions Dell will also offer the Inspiron 11 3000 Series with Ubuntu Linux.
Wonder if this is upgradeable … the stream 11 and others are not, but this one has different configurations …
Matte display, Linux compatibility, and at-least 4GB of SDRAM. This just ticked three big ones off my check-list. The one thing it doesn’t have is a user removable battery. Now, let’s see if it will come with 32 and 64-bit drivers too. Nice find… David
As of my post time on 03 June 2016, the Dell U.S.A. order page for this laptop is severely limited in options. It looks like another announcement BAIT – and what you can actually buy SWITCH.
All the order options on the Dell U.S. page for this laptop are the same except for one option with 4GB SDRAM instead of 2GB SDRAM.
2GB SDRAM, 32GB SSD, Celeron Dual Core, $199, Order Code (Alpine White): FNCWH101SW
4GB SDRAM, 32GB SSD, Celeron Dual Core, $229, Order Code (Bali Blue): DNCWH105B
There are NO options for a larger SSD or HDD or a processor faster than a Celeron offered – as originally announced.
Note however, here in Indonesia the Dell Indonesia page for this same laptop series indicates there ARE more options:
Celeron N3050 or Pentium N3700 and 2GB SDRAM or 4GB SDRAM.
32 GB eMMC Storage or 500GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
But typical with Dell, I have been unable to actually find these machines available for sale locally. The local resellers have no-clue.
In a live chat session with Dell USA today, the Dell Agent could NOT provide me with a primary Dell Indonesia Distributor contact at all (bad).
I downloaded the service manual from Dell for this laptop, and indeed it shows the SDRAM is socketed (SODIMM). So it may be possible to field upgrade the SDRAM. (Thumbs-up to Dell for actually providing a downloadable service manual).
Note however: In typical Dell fashion, there is a footnote (1) on the posted memory specification – with NO footnote actually provided! What this usually means to me is that there is a STRONG chance there is actually NO SODIMM socket to upgrade the memory. Instead, the memory is probably soldered on-board to prevent you from upgrading.
Another thing: In-fact this laptop comes ONLY with Win-10 64-bit. there are no 32-bit Windows drivers available. So it is best to AVOID the 2GB SDRAM limited models.
Also, at announcement Dell claimed Ubuntu compatibility in some countries (countries not specified), but there are NO Linux drivers available on the Dell Web site. So Linux compatible drivers are a crap-shoot as far as I’m concerned.
So my conclusion is that the Dell announcement of this laptop was a typical bait-and-switch. Too bad – Dell could have swept the market (especially in countries like Indonesia) with the originally announced specs and options. But the upgrade options are obviously just marketing vapor-crap.
What a waste of time. Money that was in my wallet ready to go to Dell for these laptops (yes multiple laptops) – just stays in my wallet.
The red one is so ugly
Pretty Plastic-y looking .. but Wal Mart will love em!
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