CES 2013: Dell refreshes Inspiron R laptops; adds optional touchscreen

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 09 Jan 2013

Dell has refreshed its mainstream Inspiron R series laptop making the machines slimmer and adding an optional touchscreen along with Windows 8.

CES 2013: Dell refreshes Inspiron R laptops; adds optional touchscreen

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The new 14, 15 and 17-inch Inspiron and Inspiron R series laptops are thinner than the 2012 models. The 14R measures 0.98-inches in thinness and 2 kgs in weight. The Inspiron 14 is 1-inch thin and 2kgs in weight. It ranges all the way up to 1.4-inches thick and 2.7kgs for the 17R and 17. If you look at the touchscreen variants of these devices it will be a tad thicker.

Under the hood, the device is powered by an Intel Celeron 887 all the way up to an Intel Core i7-3517U. Graphics options for these devices include Intel’s integrated solution or discrete: up to Nvidia GeForce GT640M LE for the 14-inch, and up to an AMD Radeon HD 8730 for the 15 and 17-inch lines.

The Inspiron and Inspiron R series have DVD drives, and hard drives capacity starts at 320GB all the way up to 1TB. The laptops come in two variants – touch screen and non-touch screen.

In terms of pricing, the Inspiron 14R will start from $430 (Rs. 24,000 approx.), and the Inspiron 15R and 17R are expected to start from $500 (Rs. 27,500 approx.) depending on the configuration. The touchscreen variant will cost $150 more.

In 2012, we saw the  Dell Inspiron 14R Special Edition featuring an Intel Core-i7 - 3612QM processor @ 2.1GHz, 6GB of RAM along with Intel HD 4000 and Nvidia GeForce GT640M graphics. The laptop has a 14-inch display with a 1366 x 768 pixels resolution. It has a 1TB HDD. You can read our detailed review of the device here.

Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.


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