Dell has unveiled new versions of its Inspiron laptops at CES. The new generation of Inspiron notebooks are optimized for improved battery life without sacrificing overall performance all in a smaller package for greater portability. These laptops are available for purchase starting today, but pricing and availability will vary by region.
Each of the new Inspirons offer i3, i5, and i7 processor options. The notebooks also offer additional features including, 3×3 dual-band wireless support, Bluetooth 4.0 support, HDMI 1.4a support, and stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 4 processing that has been previously introduced in Dell’s XPS laptop line. Additionally every Inspiron notebook is outfitted with built-in DVD drives, Intel wireless cards that support Intel’s wireless display standards, and multi-touch touch pads optimized to work with Windows 8.
These systems are designed for users who want a majority of the features offered in the Inspiron line for an affordable price. These laptops are offered with either 15″ or 17″ displays in the United States, while some regions outside of the U.S. offer an additional 14″ model. In addition to the features mentioned above all of the notebooks come with a black matte textured finish inside with a Chiclet style keyboard. All systems also support up to 8GB of RAM and hard drive options up to 1TB of storage with Intel’s HD 4000 integrated graphics. However, each notebook also offers an upgrade option to discrete NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics cards with either 1 or 2GB of video memory.
Both the 14 and 15 Inspiron models offer 720p WLED 1366 x 768 displays, while the Inspiron 17 offers a 900p WLED 1600 x 900 display.
The Inspiron 15 starts at $430, and the Inspiron 17 starts at $500.
For those who want additional features and options there is the R Inspiron series, though the availability of the 14R is only in select regions. All R Inspiron notebooks come standard with the Moon Silver brushed aluminum finished, but can also be ordered with optional Peacock Blue, Fire Red, or Lotus Pink brushed aluminum color finishes. Additionally, the mainstream 15R and 17R models can also be ordered with the optional full HD displays that support 1080p (1920 x 1080 resolution) with anti-glare finish.
The Inspiron 15R starts at $550, and pricing for the 17R begins at $700.