CES 2013 | Dell updates Inspiron 15, 17, 15R and 17R Notebooks
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CES is getting ready to wrap up and Dell is closing things off with a bang by presenting their updated Inspiron 15, 15R, 17 and 17R notebooks. The notebooks, which have already been made available in Germany, are optimized for better power consumption and are noticeably thinner than previous generations.
With regards to energy savings, the updated lineup will now use ultra-low-voltage (ULV) versions of Intel's Core i3-3217U and Core i5-3317U CPUs, giving the laptops a significant boost in battery life. As for graphics, the Inspiron 15 goes with Intel's integrated HD graphics, while the Inspiron 17 features a 1GB AMD Radeon HD7670M. On the other hand, the R versions pack a bit more punch, featuring a 2GB HD 8730M.
The entire updated lineup supports dual-band WiFi 802.11.n, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI 1.4a and come with MaxxAudio4 stereo speakers. Skype and H.264 capabilities also come pre-installed, allowing for HD video and audio chatting. The R series also stand out in their overall appearance, coming in a silver aluminum casing with options for blue, red and pink colors. Otherwise, the Inspiron 15 and 17 are available in a matte black housing, but also support up to 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB of disk space.
There is no current pricing or release info so far for the US, but the upgraded notebooks should be available very soon.