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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did? Me thinks you mis-spelled "will"
by themwagency on Tue 17th Sep 2013 15:59 UTC
themwagency
Member since:
2013-03-06

>"Also, when did Dell find the design stick?"

did? Me thinks you mis-spelled "will"

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Yeah, this looks like a Mashup of the Inspiron N series of late (which was ugly and very low quality) frankensteined with an Air-like PC. Not excited at all based on the downward slide in quality I've seen in Dell.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Keep in mind the price point. The XPS series is much better quality.

But regardless of quality, its ugly as heck. Maybe a"style stick" is something they use to beat pretty things until they are ugly in the Netherlands? I mean, nothing ever looks great after being hit with a stick.

Edited 2013-09-17 19:25 UTC

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talaf Member since:
2008-11-19

I'd say that the pro line from Dell went up in quality, if anything.

No idea about Inspiron laptops though...

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