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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Asus Transformer Book T100
by Luke McCarthy on Tue 17th Sep 2013 15:43 UTC
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Like the look of this. It's Bay Trail not Haswell so it might not be up to your performance requirements. Biggest downside is the small and limited storage options.

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RE: Asus Transformer Book T100
by Drizzt321 on Tue 17th Sep 2013 15:54 in reply to "Asus Transformer Book T100"
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2013-09-17

Actually, according to http://www.theverge.com/products/inspiron-11-3000-series/7332, it has a Celeron 2955U, which according to http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Celeron_Dual-Core/Intel-Mobile%20... is a Haswell chip. To be sure, it's a very low end, but still Haswell which will probably have a pretty decent bump over Bay Trail, especially in the graphics department.

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