Today Dell announced the Inspiron R series of entry-level laptops. The Inspiron brand is Dell’s most affordable and most popular line. Today’s refresh brings three new models with four new colors to the lineup, as well as Adamo-inspired design choices, like the redesigned screen hinges.
Available in four metallic paint colors: Mars Black, Peacock Blue, Tomato Red and Lotus Pink, the new Inspirons represent the first generation of affordable laptops using Dell’s new hinge design. The screen hinges on the Inspiron R are set forward an inch or so from the back of the machine. This allows the screen to open further back while maintaining a design aesthetic that no other manufacturer has.
The new laptops come with the Dell Dock, a software add-on that Dell’s been installing on their new laptops for the past several years. Despite being part of the value-oriented segment, Dell includes a number of features on the new laptops that belie their inexpensive roots. Core i3 and Core i5 processors are available, as are features like Intel’s new Intel Wireless Display standard, which wirelessly connects the laptop to nearby screens, such as projectors or HDTVs.
- Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs
- 14-, 15- and 17-inch displays
- Built-in memory card readers
- Up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Up to 640GB SATA HDDs
- Optional discrete ATI Radeon graphics with 1GB of video RAM
- Built-in webcam
- Synaptics touchpads
- Dedicated 10-key number pads on 15- and 17-inch versions
The new laptops are available now at Dell.com, starting at $449. Select configurations will be sold at retail in Fry’s Electronics stores starting on June 25th.