TIN BOX FLOGGER Dell Computers CEO Michael Dell was on hand to show off a raft of new products to try and recapture market share lost to Acer and HP last year. As expected the company concentrated on notebooks.
Introducing Intel Core i3 and i5 processor based models throughout the Inspiron line with "immediate availability" and sporting 14, 15 and 17-inch screen sizes and a rainbow of colours, Dell hopes these units will revitalise its mainstream offerings. Aside from the new CPUs, graphics will mostly be powered by the Mobility Radeon HD4330 from ATI. It's pretty standard issue after that with units already available at the Dell Store.
Dell also took the opportunity to beef up its Mini 10 netbook. The device will now sport a "high definition" display with high-def acceleration. Continuing with the entertainment theme, the Dell Mini 10 will have a built-in digital TV tuner. Should you wish to output this to a screen bigger than 10-inch then Displayport connectivity is provided.
The final act in this notebook fest was the Alienware M11x, a gaming noteboook with an 11.6-inch screen. What was interesting was the admission of concentration on graphics power over CPU processing heft in the M11x design. 35W of the total thermal output will be from the Nvidia GT335m chip. As is popular these days, two GPUs are present allowing for what Dell says is over six hours of battery life on the integrated graphics and just over two hours when the discrete chip is enabled. Switching between the two will not require a reboot. Thankfully HDMI output is provided so you don't have to game on a screen size that hasn't been used by gamers since the early 90s. Availability will be Spring 2010 and prices are expected to be just under $1,000.
As an "and finally", Michael Dell decided to empty his pockets and reveal some interesting pieces including a fully working slate device as well as the Dell Mini 3i mobile phone running Android. The Dell Mini 3i smartphone will be sold over in the US on the AT&T network with Dell saying it's keen to support operator services, meaning there might not be an unlocked, contract free version of the Dell Mini 3i handset at launch.
Dell's previous foray into the PDA market was with the Axim which didn't really do that well so it'll be interesting to see how Dell markets the Mini 3i differently.
Can the Dell's new Inspirons stop its slide down the PC market share rankings in 2010? Well, we didn't see anything that blew our socks off. µ