The very last thing in the world students heading out into summer vacation want to think about right now is the fact they'll have to go back to school in a few months. Parents, however, know the back-to-school season is coming, and they're the ones Dell is pitching its "tailored line-up of Inspiron laptops" to, including Dell's first Inspiron Ultrabook model, the 14z.
Dell is calling its new Inspiron One 2320 all-in-one PC the "ultimate stay-connected desktop for families" equally suited for hammering away at homework assignments, keeping track of expenditures, and for watching movies and music. Pitching the homework angle might prove a tough selling point for school age kids, even if it makes mom and pop smile, but there's plenty more you can do with it.
Dell decided it was time to revamp its wardrobe and the first thing to go were those old digs the OEM's consumer laptops were known to sport (Studio series notwithstanding). The new Inspiron 13z and 14z laptops bring a fresh look to the table, along with an ultrathin profile and second generation Intel Core processor options of the i3 and i5 variety.
It's still too early to call it a 'Fusion frenzy,' but we are seeing an increasing number of notebooks being built around AMD's Fusion platform. One of the newest entries is Dell's M102z ultraportable. The M102z rocks an AMD E-350 processor with AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics and a slightly-larger-than-netbook 11.6-inch screen.
The Inspiron M501R And M5030 laptops have more in common than just their AMD processors. Both the laptops boast a 15.6-inch display, 4GB of RAM and 320GB hard drive (up to 500GB). To boot, both carry sub-$1000 price tags. However, the M501R ($799.99) packs a heavier punch with a quad-core Phenom N930 processor and ATI Mobility Radeon HD550 graphics. The M5030 features an AMD Athlon II P320 processor and Mobility Radeon HD425 graphics.
In what Dell describes as "fashion meets function," the OEM has introduced an octuplet of color configurations for its refreshed Inspiron desktop line. That's more than what's found in some crayon boxes and includes Piano Black, Pure White, True Blue, Formula Red, Tangerine Orange, Spring Green, Plum Purple, and Promise Pink. The Promise Pink is a collaboration with Susan G. Komen for the Cure program to fight breast cancer - for every Promise Pink laptop or Mini Dell sells, it donates $5 to the cause.
The colorful Inspiron desktop line also includes a wide range of processor selections, such as Intel's Celeron, Core 2 Duo, and Core 2 Quad, and AMD's Sempron, Athlon, and Phenom X4 CPUs. Other configuration options include integrated Intel graphics or discrete ATI Radeon graphics, up to 8GB of memory, up to 750GB of storage on the slim tower and up to 1TB on the mini-tower, optional 19-in-1 media card reader, optional HDMI port, 6 USB 2.0 ports, and dual optical drive options.
Dell says its new slim and mini-tower Inspiron desktops debut today in China, with U.S. availability expected this spring starting at $299.
For the most part, netbooks have nipped at the heels of standard notebooks in terms of price, with some models running upwards for $500. Consumers have been willing to pay the premium for an ultra-portable, low-power PC, but weren't these things supposed to ultra-affordable, too?
Dell says yes, who now offers the Inspiron Mini 9n for just shy of two C-notes. On the outside, the Mini 9n comes with a glossy 8.9-inch LED display with a 1024x600 resolution and 'Obsidian Black' chassis. Underneath the hood sits a familiar Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz, 512KB cache, 533MHz frontside bus), 512MB of DDR2-533, a 4GB SSD, Intel GMA 950 graphics, WiFi, and Ubuntu 8.04.1 pre-installed.
For a little more oomph, the standard Mini 9 runs $100 more and trades in Ubuntu for Windows XP, beefs up the RAM to 1GB, and doubles the SSD storage capacity to 8GB.
First unveiled last month during CES, there has been some question as to when Dell's Inspiron Mini 10 netbook would actually ship. Two weeks ago, Paul Synott, one of Dell's UK representatives, said the Mini 10 would be released on February 27th, and that's beginning to look a lot more likely now that Dell has updated its website with a Mini 10 product page.
According to Dell, the Inspiron Mini 10 will come configurable with either an Intel Z520 (1.33GHz, 512K L2 cache, 533MHz frontside bus) or Z530 (1.6GHz, 512K L2 cache, 533MHz frontside bus) Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2-533MHz RAM, Intel GMA 500 graphics, 120GB or 160GB hard drive, WiFi, 1.3MP webcam, 3-in-1 card reader, and a 3-cell battery. On the software front, the Mini 10 will come with Windows XP Home w/ SP3.
Externally, Dell says its Mini 10 will sport a keyboard 92 percent the size of a standard laptop, along with a 10.1-inch glossy LED display with a 16:9 aspect ratio (1024x576). There will be six color options and five artist designs to choose from.
A couple weeks ago I received a Dell Inspiron 6400 from a friend of mine. I was told that he used Windex directly on the screen, which dripped into the bottom of the LCD (between the screen and the housing). It now has a small, permanent “white fire” pattern on the bottom-center of the LCD screen. It appears not to be a physical effect, as I cannot see it when the laptop is off, but I can see it even when the backlight is turned off. What should I do to fix my display?