Dell has never been one to hold off before rolling out new products, updating their line-ups more often than most of their competitors. So, the release of the new Dell Inspiron R series of laptops comes as no surprise to most of us and almost as inevitably, there are a host of options to choose from.
The spec of said machines is hardly a surprise either; boasting options of either Intel Core i3’s or an upgrade to a core i5 mobile processor. As is usually the way with Dell, there are a lot of ‘in-betweens’ but the height of the options provide a 1Gb ATI graphics card, a 640Gb hard drive and 8Gb of DDR3 memory.
So whilst paying a lot more than the basic price of £479, you are given the options of an extremely high spec laptop, capable of more than the standard home and office needs that the range is supposedly intended for, much like you were with the Dell Studio laptops.
There are though, some new features that give the range somewhat of a new identity. Namely the ‘Dell Dock’ software, which in a similar fashion to Mac OS X’s famed Dock, allows quick access, from the desktop, to your favourite files, folders and applications. Though, I can’t help but wonder that with Windows 7’s ‘superbar’ feature being extremely popular what the point of such an addition is, but then I suppose it did originally appear before the release of Windows 7, so was definitely a nice addition for Windows Vista.
Anyway, in addition to that there is a multi-touch trackpad supporting scrolling and other gestures as well as a 10-key number pad and a built in media card reader. Of course, there are also some more commonly found features such as a built in webcam and built in wireless, but any laptop in this day and age caught lacking features such as these I think it is fair to say wouldn’t fly off the shelves.
Again, following the Dell tradition of options, options and more options for the consumer, the Dell Inspiron R Series Laptops is also available in a series of colours. In this instance, you can choose between ‘Obsidian Black, Peacock Blue, Tomato Red and Lotus Pink’. Continuing on the theme of aesthetics, the new range of Inspiron laptops also adopts the recently founded design, which puts the lid slightly further forward on the body and carves curvaceous edges.
“The Inspiron R takes the rock solid Inspiron line and amps up the cool factor with a sexy and practical machine for entertainment, and social networking along with all the usual home, school and work functions,” said Glen Robson, vice president, product marketing, Dell.
“Photos, videos and personal files can also be securely stored and shared with DataSafeOnline for peace of mind right out of the box. This is a laptop that families will love and youths will ask for.”
You can certainly see where he’s coming from too. The Dell Inspiron R Series Laptop is a machine with ample power and storage to watch HD movies on the high definition resolution 15” or 17” displays, play even the most demanding of games and with the option of pre-installing Microsoft Office 2010, it can suit any environment.