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Dell refreshes Inspiron R laptops

Dell updates Inspiron laptop line with Sandy Bridge processors and interchangeable lids

With Samsung releasing 3 new product lines yesterday and announcing the release of the Series 9 laptops, Dell seems to be striking back. According to a press release by Dell, their Inspiron R laptop line has been updated with the latest Intel processors and other features.

According to a press release by Dell the Inspiron R will be available in 14”, 15.6” and 17.3” models and have been updated with the latest Sandy Bridge processors. As a result, both the 15R and the 17R models will have access to Core i3, i5, and i7 processors while the 14R version will make do without the Core i5 option. Other than that, the Insprion R notebooks can be outfitted with up to 8GB of RAM, up to 640GB of storage, and will come with SRS Premium Audio.

As for the graphics capabilities, all 3 models will come with integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics along with either a Radeon HD 6470M (14R and 15R), a Radeon HD 6630M (only 14R), or an NVIDIA GeForce GT525 with 1GB of RAM (15R and 17R models) and 2GB of RAM in the 17.3” Inspiron 17R. Another feature introduced by Dell today is their Inspiron SWITCH interchangeable lids. The colorful lids can be easily clipped on and off and will come in over 20 different designs to offer maximum customizability.

Seeing as the Insprion R laptops are Dell’s mainstream notebooks, the pricing seems to be in line. With the 14R and 17R starting from $579.99 and the 15R starting from $529.99, the new Inspiron R laptops could provide quality value. Add onto that the SWITCH lid designs ($19 for normal patterns, $29 for Design Studio patterns) and you could end up with a uniquely colorful machine.

SWITCH lid design introduced for Inspiron laptops


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-03-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)