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Dell Inspiron 11z Launches


Dell Inspiron 11z Launches

Customer feedback, says Dell, shows demand for a notebook-like system with netbook-like pricing and apparently that's exactly what the Inspiron 11z will prove to be. Far be it from us to draw conclusions, but coming mere days after Dell confirmed it was dropping the Mini 12, it's hard to see the launch as a coincidence. Luckily, I'm calling it a provident one, because in a laptop-sized machine - which this is and the mini 12 was - Atom really isn't up to scratch.

The system's name derives from the 11.6in LED-backlit display it features, which has a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution. Internally a 1.2GHz Celeron 723 CPU runs the show, backed up by Integrated GS45 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. That's likely to provide a much better experience than any Atom-based systems could, in my opinion at least, provide.

A 3-cell, 28WHr battery provides three hours of use, says Dell, which isn't too bad - though more would always be better. Ethernet, Wi-Fi, HDMI and three USB ports make for a reasonable level of connectivity. There's no internal optical drive but Dell will happily add one, for a price.

The blog post implies the Inspiron 11z will be sold in Carphone Warehouse exclusively in the UK. No pricing as yet, but I'm going to take a guess that the $399 US starting price will translate to something like £279 over here.



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August 19, 2009, 12:03 am

How does this processor stack up to say atom N270


August 19, 2009, 3:38 am

11.6" is a minimum size and Dell have realised this. This convenience market is segmenting into Large smartphones by Nokia etc and small, cheap, powerful, and above all, light laptops.

A laptop has to be big enough a)to sit on your lap and b) have a readable screen ie really 12" and c) run for a long time and stay cool d) have backlit chiclet keys e) be cheap f) have a proper processor and a minimum of 2 GB ram.

Cheap is less than 200 GBP.

I remember my joy when I got hold of the first CBM calculator for less than $5. It ran my business for years.

That is the kind of breakthrough we are waiting for. The industry just doesn't seem to realise that no one wants a heavy hot expensive laptop any more. Just as no one wanted a hot, noisy desktop any more and moved to laptops.

But this Dell has started thr change.


August 19, 2009, 4:57 am

If they had Windows 7 upgrade on this and a it cost about £250 I'd order it right now. The problem is that netbooks are priced at £300 or a little over, that's way too much.

Chris Philpot

August 19, 2009, 2:46 pm

"There's no internal optical drive but Dell will happily add one, for a price."

Just to clarify, will you be able to add an internal optical drive, or will Dell simply be able to supply you with an external USB optical drive? If it's the former, that's a (surprisingly!) unique feature in a recent machine with less than a say 14" screen in.

If not, meh. Do you reckon we'll see faster versions that go beyond trying to match Atom and that instead attempt to surpass it?

Simon Heather

August 19, 2009, 8:55 pm

The 11z will be available in the UK on August 25th from the Carphone Warehouse - price is not yet available:


- Simon.

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