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