At CES 2013 Dell took the opportunity to unveil a new set of Dell Inspiron Laptops which they made available immediately in the US and Canada. Some will also ship internationally. Dell improved performance on the line and bumped up the battery life while scaling down the thickness of the machines.
The new Inspiron machines run on ultra-low voltage Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, giving them better battery life than the earlier versions thanks to using only 17 watts of electricity. The 4-cell battery will make the machines thinner than an inch. They also offer a slightly thicker model with a 6-cell battery for an extra charge on most of these machines, except the Inspiron 17R, which ships with the larger battery. The smaller size means a lighter laptop as well.
Dell put a number of other features in these machines including…
- 3×3 dual-band wireless using Wi-Fi N standards
- Bluetooth 4.0 for longer more dependable connections
- HDMI 1.4a support
- Speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 4 that comes from the high-end XPS line
- Built-in DVD drives
An Intel Wireless Display connection lets users connect their computer to a display without a cable so long as the monitor includes the same Intel Wi-Di standard via an included receiver or an add-on.
Inspiron 15 and 17
Dell built these systems with the price conscious consumer in mind. They come with either a 15″ or 17″ display. International buyers will also get a 14″ option.
All of the systems come with the above features as well as a minimum of 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. They also ship with the Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics chips. Buyers can opt for an NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics card with 1 or 2GB of video memory.
Dell ships these budget notebooks with a matte black finish and chiclet or island style keys on the keyboard.
The 14″ international model and the 15″ model that ships worldwide comes with a 720p WLED display. The resolution is 1366×768. The 17″ model gets a 1600×900 resolution display, better than 720p but not quite 1080p.
The Dell Inspiron 15 weighs 4.96lbs with the 4-cell battery and 5.19 with the 6-cell. It starts at $429.99 in the US. The Dell Inspiron 17 costs $499.99 and weights 5.82lbs or 6.03lbs with either the 4 or 6-cell battery.
Inspiron 14R, 15R and 17R
The Dell Inspiron 14R, 15R and 17R offer a little more color than the above systems. The chassis comes with brushed aluminum in Moon Silver, Peacock Blue, Fire Red, and Lotus Pink.
Buyers can order these systems with a full 1080p display all over and an anti-glare finish outside the US. The machines otherwise come with the same specs as the first group of systems.
The Inspiron R computers start at $549.99 for the Dell Inspiron 15R, with the 4-cell battery weighing 4.89lbs. The 6-cell battery adds a little weight and cost. The Dell Inspiron 17R starts at $699.99 and weighs 6.02lbs with the standard 6-cell battery and basic display.