TAIPEI: DELL HAS USED Computex 2015 as a platform to launch stacks of laptops and a couple of desktop all-in-ones (AIOs), and we were invited to its secret hotel suite in Taipei to take an exclusive look at them.
The full line-up in the fresh portfolio comprises of the Dell Inspiron 5000 and 7000 Series 2-in-1s, Inspiron 15 7000 Series notebooks,and Inspiron 20 & 24 3000 Series AIO desktops.
However, the key device in its announcement is the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series, a laptop/tablet hybrid with a 360 degree hinge, akin to the Lenovo Yoga line-up of notebooks, meaning it can rotate between four modes: tablet, laptop, tent and stand mode.
"The latter is perfect for resting on an airplane tray table to watch movies at an optimal angle, no matter how far back the facing seat is reclined," Dell said.
Featuring a 15.6in display, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1 is powered by Intel Braswell processor options packed into a brushed aluminum chassis measuring just under 20mm thick, with improved battery life of almost 9 hours. It also boasts a True Color IPS display with wide-viewing angle screen and a backlit, full-sized, spill-resistant keyboard.
In our preview of the device, we found it to have a premium feel while not seeming too heavy. We were also so impressed with how easily the screen rotated for a laptop of this size.
The Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1s will be available from 23 June in the US, starting at $549.99 (about £420). As you'd expect from an American company, there's no UK pricing or availability confirmed just yet.
Another worthy mention in Dell's announcement at Computex is the Inspiron 5000 Series, an entry-level notebook which is available with a broad array of processor options from Intel and AMD, depending on what floats your boat.
The 14, 15 and 17in notebooks come with HD resolution displays, firm keyboards that Dell say are "easy to type on for hours", and optional touch display is available in either FHD 1080p resolution on the 15" and 17" models.
Customers can also choose from premium options such as a precision touchpad, backlit keyboard and True Color, and a range of chassis finishes: Beijing Red, Standard Black, Theoretical Gray, Alpine White, and Sky Blue.
The new Inspiron 14 and 15 5000 Series will be available in early-August, Dell said, but didn't say in which markets or for how much.
The firm's new AIO Inspiron 20 & 24 3000 Series are aimed as those looking for a shared device in the home, or in education.
The Inspiron 20 features a 19.5in HD+ display with Intel Braswell processors, while the Inspiron 24 comes with a 23.8in Full HD wide-angle display with IPS technology with AMD or Intel Braswell processors. Both sizes come with the option of AMD Radeon R-series graphics.
"The slim, streamlined design allows the desktop to effortlessly fit into any room in the house, while a host of useful features match a family's budget and needs," said Dell.
The AIOs will both be available in both black and white when launched, however, while the larger Inspiron 24 will hit the US market on 2 June in the US starting at $479.99, the Inspiron 20 3000 Series will be available beginning in October in the US starting at $329.99.
While in the briefing, Dell also told us it will launch a number of brand new devices alongside Windows 10 release on 29 July, with many of them offering built-in Intel RealSense cameras to support the new OS' features such as Face unlock. µ
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