You don’t hear very often the words “Intel Haswell”, “touchscreen”, “ultrabook” and “budget-friendly” used in the same sentence, but believe it or not, Dell has managed to bring all those together for the Inspiron 11 3000 Series.
Unveiled not long ago and detailed a little later, the ultrabooks are now up for grabs, starting at a modest (in a good way) $379.99. In fact, we’re not quite dealing with a line of laptops, but the exact same model, available by itself or bundled with a 13-inch sleeve (for a total of $399.99) and wireless touchpad ($430).
The Inspiron 11 3000 is no powerhouse, mind you, as it comes with a dual-core Intel Celeron CPU in tow, plus a 500 GB HDD and just 2 gigs of RAM, but again, its bang for buck factor is truly amazing, what with the display being touch-enabled and all.
And the battery being pretty darn impressive, albeit it’s not rated yet (expect at least six hours of continuous use). And the keyboard being spill-resistant, and the entire package only tipping the scales at 3.15 pounds.
On the flipside, you get Windows 8, not 8.1 on the software side of things, plus the 11.6-inch panel boasts 1,366 x 768 pixels. Oh, yeah, and technically we’re looking at an ultraportable here, not an ultrabook, though you know, potayto, potahto…