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COMPUTEX 2016: Dell brings forth a trio of convertible notebooks

By Peter Chu - on 31 May 2016, 6:54pm

COMPUTEX 2016: Dell brings forth a trio of convertible notebooks

(2nd from left) Janet Hsieh, TV personality, and Ray Wah, Vice President, Dell Consumer Product Marketing (3rd from left) having a lighthearted moment with the emcee earlier today.

We have plenty more notebooks coming your way everyone, especially the convertible kind, as Dell has launched the Inspiron 7000, Inspiron 5000, and Inspiron 3000 2-in-1 convertible notebook series, alongside the more conventional Inspiron 5000 series notebooks earlier today.

Before we dive into the details, we should probably mention upfront that the term ‘convertible notebook’ in this particular instance refers to the 360-degree hinges that are attached to the display of these new Dell notebooks, which are able to rotate the display into four different modes: Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet.

You won’t be able to detach them as you would be able to with, say, the ASUS Transformer 3, for example.

Inspiron 7000 2-in-1

The 13-inch Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 notebook.

With that said, let’s begin with the Inspiron 7000 series 2-in-1 notebooks, which are available with a 13-inch, 15-inch, or 17-inch display. Dell says the 17-inch Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 is the first 17-inch 2-in-1 notebook in the world.

Apart from the difference in display size, the three Inspiron 7000 notebooks will share almost identical specifications with one another, including a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display panel, a 6th generation Intel Core processor, a backlit keyboard, a brushed aluminum chassis, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, and a USB Type-C port.

The Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 notebooks will be available in the U.S. and China from June 2, 2016 onwards with a starting price of US$749 (~RM3,092).

Inspiron 5000 2-in-1

The 13-inch Dell Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 notebook.

Looking for something that’s a little lighter on your wallet? Perhaps the Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 notebooks – which are available with either a 13-inch or a 15-inch display – will tickle your fancy.

In fact, the Inspiron 5000 notebooks are even light on your back as well, seeing that the 13-inch model weighs just 1.62kg, while the 15-inch model tips the scale at just 2.08kg. Both models will come replete with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display, SSD storage, up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, while an infrared camera for Windows Hello and a backlit keyboard will be available as options.

The Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 notebooks will likewise be launched on June 2, 2016 in both U.S. and China with prices starting from US$529 (~RM2,182).

Inspiron 3000 2-in-1

The 11.6-inch Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 notebook.

If you’re seriously on a tight budget but yet still adamant on getting a convertible notebook, your remaining option would be the 11.6-inch Inspiron 3000 2-in-1, which has a humble HD (1,366 x 768) display and an Intel Core m3 processor. But for US$249 (~RM1,027), you really shouldn’t be complaining.

Like its larger siblings, the Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 will be available in U.S. and China on June 2, 2016.

Inspiron 5000 Series

The 17-inch Dell Inspiron 5000 notebook.

Prefer to stick with the more traditional clamshell notebook? Lucky for you, Dell also launched the regular 15-inch and 17-inch variants of its Inspiron 5000 series, which comes with either an Intel or an AMD processor, an optional infrared camera (which is available as standard on the 15-inch Full HD Intel/AMD models), an optical DVD drive, or a Blu-ray writer.

Dell didn’t state how much the regular Inspiron 5000 notebooks will be going for, but the company did say that they will be available globally “later this year.”

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