Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Sep 2013 15:11 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

With Intel's new Haswell chip, manufacturers can choose to either build slimmer notebooks or try to optimize battery life as much as possible. Dell has clearly shown its dedication to the latter with the new Inspiron 11 3000 series. Budget notebooks don't always have big batteries, but Dell claims the $379 Haswell version of the Inspiron 11 lasts up to eight hours and 20 minutes on a single charge.

Something I've been pondering for a while: if we can have high-quality tablets and smartphones at low prices, why can't we have high-quality laptops at said prices too? Cheap laptops are almost always crap, but this Inspiron 11 actually looks like it could reverse the trend. Since I don't really need an expensive laptop anymore, a cheap but still relatively high quality 11" laptop is right up my alley. Is anyone aware of any alternatives?

Also, when did Dell find the design stick?

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RE[12]: Is it OSsified?
by hamster on Thu 19th Sep 2013 13:51 UTC in reply to "RE[11]: Is it OSsified?"
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Then change the default from the metro app to a non-metro app?
You would have had to do the same thing for images.

When using win7 my browser opens pdf files just fine. Why cant win8 just do the same..?

I fail to see how it's a purely touchscreen interface.
It works perfectly well with a keyboard and mouse.
It just reduces visual clutter, in order to improve appearance and aid focus.
It's the direction *all* modern design is headed, as you would have seen on most prominent websites.

Aid focus? If one needs to focus on a start menu i'd say the creator made a bubu

It's a tiling interface, making it vastly superior to stacking interfaces.
I was talking about the desktop, though. They've definitely improved explorer and admin functionality quite a lot.

As i nolonger have to play sysadm on windows systems i do not know much about the administration. But as a user i have found nothing has improved.

8.1 has boot to desktop, the upgrade is coming soon.
Inevitably, Visual Studio and MS Office will be moved there, though.
The operating system itself uses less resources, more efficiently.
The main improvements on the desktop are the added functionality in explorer and the improved dual monitor handling, as well as the deliciously flat theme.
It's a pile of crap *in your opinion*.
The OS itself is leaner and meaner, with less visual clutter and more functionality.

Ofcause it's my oponion. I do not get paided to talk up some crazy shit as we could suspect others do.

What added functionality are we talking about here? The ability to switch to a touch start menu or something usefull? Please do tell. I aparently missed something...

Sure, the new environment needs to mature, gain some more applications.
However, you've not actually pointed out anything objectively bad about it.
You've simply stated that you hate it, and that "it's crap".
Give some reasons for the hatred of metro apart from the youth of the platform.
Once the apps are there, it'll be more productive than the desktop due to tiling and modern design choices reducing visual noise.

I do not like the fact that my start menu needs to be fullscreen. I have yet to read just one good argument as to why thats needed.

I don't care if metro is young or not. It does not help me getting my work done faster so why should i go for a change?

How can a new start menu make me more productive?

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