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Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Review || Laptop and Tablet Both
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Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Review and Specifications
The design of the Inspiron 11 3000 belies its $400 price tag. The plastic chassis is coated with a smooth silver finish, giving it an aluminum-like feeling. The soft white indicator lights is another nice touch. The keyboard is inset from the palm rest and stands out with its black keys against the silver paint.

At first glance, the Inspiron 11 3000 looks like a normal laptop, but the oversized hinges hint at its ability to rotate the screen 360 degrees into tablet mode. In this mode, the keyboard is disabled and the user will rely instead on the 11.6-inch touchscreen.
To help facilitate its tablet nature, there is a small Windows button below the display that will let you summon Modern UI or switch back to desktop view. The extra large one-inch bezel along the bottom gives the screen a somewhat ungainly appearance.

Keyboard and Touchpad
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 KeyboardThe keyboard on the Inspiron 11 3000 is crisp and responsive. The keys have a travel distance of 2.2mm and an actuation of 60 grams. We were able to hit 65 words per minute on our typing test, not far off our 70 wpm average.

We also like the soft white Caps Lock indicator light just left of the key. Our main issue with the keyboard is the bowing near the center, which makes a sticky-sounding click when pressed. It also creates more keyboard flex than we would like.

Display and Touchscreen
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 TouchscreenThe 1366 x 768 11.6-inch touchscreen on the Inspiron 11 3000 is good, but not great. When we watched an episode of FX "The Americans," we enjoyed the muted tones of the 1980 furniture and Keri Russell various wigs and disguises look detailed and realistic.

While the Inspiron 11 3000 183-nit display is brighter than the dim HP Pavilion x360 (151 nits), it was outclassed by the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 11 (342 nits) and the ultraportable average of 253 nits.

Dell Inspiron 11 300 Color GamutColor reproduction from the Dell panel was fairly strong, with the Inspiron 11 3000 capable of displaying 81.7 percent of the sRGB spectrum. That more than the HP Pavilion x360 (57), the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 11 (68 percent) and the ultraportable average of 67 percent.

Ports and Camera
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Sample PictureThe Inspiron 11 3000 has the usual assortment of ports for a laptop of this size. On the left side there are two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, headset jack and power jack. On the right is the lone USB 3.0 port, SD Card reader, volume rocker and power button.

The 720p camera on this Dell struggled to take a good picture. 720p photos taken in our office looked dark, blurry and grainy. Images varied wildly for shots taken in the exact location but at different times of the day (even indoors).

With its Intel HD graphics, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 can handle casual games just fine, but nothing much more demanding. When we played Blizzard Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on medium settings, the Inspiron 11 3000 performed adequately in both laptop mode using the touchpad, and tablet mode with the touchscreen.

Battery Life
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Bottom ChassisThe Dell Inspiron 11 3000 lasted 6 hours and 14 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test (continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits). This runtime is shorter than the ultraportable average of 8:03 but significantly longer than hybrids in the same price range.

Bottom Line
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 OutroThe Inspiron 11 3000 is one of the most affordable 2-in-1 hybrids on the market. We like the handsome and sturdy silver design, which flips easily into tablet, stand or tent mode. The Inspiron 11 3000 also offers longer battery life than its low-cost competitors, as well as punchy speakers. The only notable drawbacks are the finicky touchpad and awkward power button placement.

Don't be fooled by Dell product page; there are actually only two different configurations of the Inspiron 11 3000. The first is the $399 base model featuring a 2.16-GHz dual-core Intel Celeron N2830 CPU. The second model is our $479 review unit, featuring a 2.16-GHz quad core Intel Pentium N3530 processor. Both models have the same 4GB of RAM and 500 GB 5400 rpm hard drive. The other two configurations just have a longer warranty or Dell Bluetooth speaker that accounts for the price difference, but both systems can be ordered with your choice of warranty.

Video Added on : 10 Dec 2014 01:04 am
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