While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are taking a huge chunk of the personal computing market share, there still exists the need for a well-rounded device that can cater to both professionals and regular consumers alike. Hence, there's the big reason why the biggest PC vendors such as Lenovo, HP, Dell and Microsoft are still at the forefront of it. However, there seems to be an absence on the budget-oriented offerings, with only the high-end spectrum getting most of the love. As such, Dell may be seeing this as another proving ground and unleashes a new, colorful laptop that comes with a very appealing price tag in the form of the Inspiron 11 3000.
The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is an 11.6-inch laptop that comes with capable hardware. It's equipped with either an Intel Celeron or a Pentium processor, it has 2GB to 4GB RAM configurations and it comes with a 1,366 x 768 screen resolution. Furthermore, users can also opt for a 128GB SSD or a 500GB hard drive, which would make it ahead of the budget-oriented curve, seeing that most of the offering only features 32GB and 64GB configurations.
As for the design, the Inspiron 11 3000 appears similar to HP's Stream 11 series. It is bright and colorful, and it detracts from Dell's signature business-class laptops. The thin form factor also seems to be absent, so it may be targeting regular consumers such as students or people at home who need a portable device. Moving forward, it comes with an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port, a microSD card slot and an audio jack. It's also complete with a trackpad, making it a full-blown laptop for portable use.
As mentioned, the Inspiron 11 3000 comes with a very affordable US$199 price tag, putting it in direct competition with HP's Stream 11. However, Dell's offering trumps it with its ample storage, making it perfect for storing files and multimedia as well.