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CES: Dell refreshes its line of Inspiron R notebooks

15R and 17R models are now thinner and lighter with improved battery life
Thu Jan 10 2013, 18:02

CES: COMPUTER MAKER Dell refreshed its Inspiron R notebook line at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas today.

Offering a more compact size and being 17 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than previous models, the revised Inspiron 15R and 17R notebooks feature full HD displays that support 1920x1080 resolution and have an anti-glare finish.

dell inspiron 15r 17r notebooks announced at CES

The notebook PCs are powered by Intel's third generation Core processors and support up to 8GB of RAM with hard drive options up to 1TB. They both come with Intel's HD 4000 integrated graphics, but can be upgraded to Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics cards with either 1GB or 2GB of video memory.

Dell said it has improved battery life by offering options of larger battery packs for the notebooks.

"We started by introducing larger battery capacities for the 6-cell versions of these laptops and we augmented that by utilising the ultra-low voltage versions of Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 processors," Dell said.

Dell also boasted that the Inspiron 15R and 17R notebooks support higher end features like 3x3 dual-band wireless support based on the WiFi N standard, Bluetooth 4.0 support, HDMI 1.4a and stereo speakers with Waves Maxxaudio 4 processing that was introduced in the firm's higher end line of laptops, the XPS.

The two fresh Inspiron models also come with built-in DVD drives and support Intel's wireless display standard WIDI, meaning that they are ready for many different types of entertainment.

The Inspiron 15R and 17R notebooks are available now with variable specifications from Dell's website. They come standard with a silver brushed aluminium finish, but can also be ordered with optional blue, red, or pink coloured brushed aluminium finishes.

The Inspiron 17R, which measures 28mm thick and weighs 2.73kg, starts at £429.99, while the Inspiron 15R measures 25mm thick, weighs 2.22 kg, and starts at £399.99.

Though it has been widely reported that Dell's Inspiron R series have the option of a touchscreen in the US, we have contacted a Dell spokesperson who said this feature is not available to customers in any regions. However, we are awaiting final confirmation from Dell that this is the case.

The Inspiron R line up wasn't all that Dell unveiled at CES. It also announced its Latitude 10 Essentials Configuration, a fresh version of its recent Windows 8 tablet aimed at small businesses, which is priced to be more affordable.

Configured with a 32GB or 64GB SSD and Gorilla Glass display, the Latitude 10 offers a "secure, manageable and durable enterprise-ready tablet option", according to Dell, and the firm believes it can make the device appeal to SMBs with this new package.

However, this version of the device announced lacks a swappable battery and support for optional Wacom stylus input as seen on the original Latitude tablet.

The Latitude 10 Essentials Configuration is available in the 64GB configuration today at £430, while the 32GB version will be available in the coming months at £391, Dell said. µ


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