Dell Introduces New Inspiron Laptops

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Dell is taking the wraps off of a handful of new Inspiron notebooks today, ranging from the budget Inspiron 11 to the mid-to-high-end Inspiron 7000 series. The company is actually getting rid of its old style of Inspiron branding altogether and rechristening its notebooks into three categories–the 3000 series, 5000 series, and the aforementioned 7000 series–but today it’s only officially unveiling a select few.

Dell Inspiron 11The Inspiron 11 belongs to that lower-end 3000 series of Inspiron laptops, and as such it starts at just $350. That’s not going to very impressive specs, of course, but it will get you an 11.6-inch, 1366×768 touchscreen display, your choice of an AMD processor, 500GB of storage, and a battery that Dell claims will get you more than 8 hours of juice. If you fork over $30 more, you can get a configuration with either an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 chip. Either way, the laptop is 0.82 inches thick and 3.15 pounds heavy.

Dell’s more technically impressive refreshes come in the Inspiron 7000 series, which are available with 14-, 15- or 17-inch touchscreen displays. Those screens default at 1366×768 as well, but Dell says that an option to bump that resolution up to 1920×1080 will also be available. They’ll all sport Intel’s newest Haswell chips, ranging from a Core i3 to a Core i7, while the two larger models can be configured with discrete GPUs too. SSD storage options are available as well.

Dell Inspiron 11The key features with the Inspiron 7000 notebooks, though, are their designs and battery life. Dell has fitted the three laptops with thin aluminum coats, along with Gorilla Glass displays and backlit keyboards. The 14-inch model comes in at 0.6 inches thin, while the 17-inch model measures at 1.1 inches. And depending on your configuration, Dell says you’ll get anywhere from 8 to 12 hours of battery life.

The three Inspiron 7000 laptops will be available beginning on September 26. The 14-inch model will start at $700, while the 15- and 17-inch models will both start at $850. Higher configurations of those three machines can cost up to $1100. The aforementioned $350 Inspiron 11, meanwhile, will come out on October 2.


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