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[9]: Is it OSsified?
by woegjiub on Wed 18th Sep 2013 14:56 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Is it OSsified?"
woegjiub
Member since:
2008-11-25

If you don't want to be swapped into metro, don't assign metro apps as defaults for opening files...

It's only not ready because the apps aren't there, which is a good enough reason to add boot to desktop back in, but probably not why they did it.

The point is, it is perfectly funcional and useful, including without a touchscreen. It's just different.

You don't need to interact with it, despite it being a much more consistent and modern interface.
The old desktop is still there, with improvements.
The underlying OS is faster and more powerful than ever.
I don't like the company, but there is no denying they've definitely made some vast improvements here.

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RE[10]: Is it OSsified?
by hamster on Thu 19th Sep 2013 08:10 in reply to "RE[9]: Is it OSsified?"
hamster Member since:
2006-10-06

If you don't want to be swapped into metro, don't assign metro apps as defaults for opening files...


Trust me, i havent.


It's only not ready because the apps aren't there, which is a good enough reason to add boot to desktop back in, but probably not why they did it.


I call bs. It's not ready because people dont' want to mess around with a shitty touch interface on a none touchscreen.


The point is, it is perfectly funcional and useful, including without a touchscreen. It's just different.


I have yet to find anything i find usefull in metro, modern ui or what ever it's called today.


You don't need to interact with it, despite it being a much more consistent and modern interface.
The old desktop is still there, with improvements.
The underlying OS is faster and more powerful than ever.
I don't like the company, but there is no denying they've definitely made some vast improvements here.


Sadly i do have to interact with it. The os boots into it. As i am testing an app in diffent versions atm i have to reinstall the app quite often so i cant just add a shortcut to the desktop.

Which improvents is it you have found on the desktop?
More powerfull..?

I do not care much for Microsoft either but thats not relevant. They relased a pile of crap and thats what i have a problem with, as long as they still force it down the neck on most people via oem deals...

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RE[11]: Is it OSsified?
by woegjiub on Thu 19th Sep 2013 12:02 in reply to "RE[10]: Is it OSsified?"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Trust me, i havent.

Then change the default from the metro app to a non-metro app?
You would have had to do the same thing for images.

I call bs. It's not ready because people dont' want to mess around with a shitty touch interface on a none touchscreen.

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.

I have yet to find anything i find usefull in metro, modern ui or what ever it's called today.

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.

Sadly i do have to interact with it. The os boots into it. As i am testing an app in diffent versions atm i have to reinstall the app quite often so i cant just add a shortcut to the desktop.

Which improvents is it you have found on the desktop?
More powerfull..?

I do not care much for Microsoft either but thats not relevant. They relased a pile of crap and thats what i have a problem with, as long as they still force it down the neck on most people via oem deals...

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.

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.

Edited 2013-09-19 12:04 UTC

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