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: Resolution
by CapEnt on Tue 17th Sep 2013 18:08 UTC in reply to "Resolution"
CapEnt
Member since:
2005-12-18

No manufacturer really expends a dime anymore developing descent laptops, except for the ultra high end market.

Even current up-to-date mid range models still ships with TN panels, has light leaks, max resolution around 720p, lacks 5GHz wi-fi radio, no NFC, meager 2,5" touchpads, cheap thin plastic enclosures, slow HDDs with 40mbps max, beg-me-cry batteries with less than 45KWh, too big power bricks with crap connectors, poor cooling, full of bloatware... and the list goes on.

Currently, this market is in a sorry state. The average quality of current laptop lines made by big manufacturers is something that we expect only from 40 bucks tablet market.

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RE[2]: Resolution
by project_2501 on Tue 17th Sep 2013 21:06 in reply to "RE: Resolution"
project_2501 Member since:
2006-03-20

This is why the macbooks are doing better than some might think. I know many people who didn't set out to get macosx or even apple ... but they feel they have to just to get a decent well design well built laptop of any brand or OS.

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RE[3]: Resolution
by lucas_maximus on Wed 18th Sep 2013 11:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Resolution"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Yes I am considering a MacBook Pro for this very reason.

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RE[3]: Resolution
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 18th Sep 2013 11:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Resolution"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

This is why the macbooks are doing better than some might think. I know many people who didn't set out to get macosx or even apple ... but they feel they have to just to get a decent well design well built laptop of any brand or OS.


...combined with an unwillingness to look beyond the 2 or 3 best-known Windows OEMS and/or do the 5 minutes of research necessary to figure out that business laptops are a much better value on the Windows side of the fence.

Macbooks only measure up favorably when they're compared against bargain-basement, consumer-grade garbage (which is probably why that's the comparison you see most often). Compare Macbooks against, say, a high-end Thinkpad of similar specs/price/vintage and it doesn't look so hot anymore. There's a line between high-end and over-priced... I tend draw that line *just* below laptops that lack even an OPTION for a matte screen, despite a $3k-plus sticker price.

And that's only general-purpose use, I'd LOVE to see someone try to use a Macbook in the type of situation that the Toughbook is designed for.

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