Dell has announced a new line of Inspiron laptops that simplify the branding and design of these cheaper laptops. Dell's flagship laptops, the XPS line, often feature the latest in design innovations. It's unlikely to change anytime soon, but these new Inspiron laptops are finally catching up with some of the best laptops you can buy.
The new lineup includes Inspiron 13, Inspiron 14, Inspiron 14 2-in-1, Inspiron 15 and Inspiron 16 Plus. This may sound like a lot, but it is actually a simplification of the line that currently includes 3000, 5000 and 7000 versions.
All of these new laptops share some common design elements regardless of size. First of all, they all now feature slim bezels, a trend started by the XPS laptops. The previous Inspiron 5000 and 7000 laptops already included these thin bezels, but now all of the new options you can buy have narrow bezels.
All new Inspiron laptops also have 1.3mm key travel, a larger touchpad and an aluminum case over the lid and palm rest.
The Inspiron 16 Plus is a completely new model and available in a size that Dell does not currently offer. These 16-inch laptops follow in the footsteps of the MacBook Pro 16-inch, which is a cheerful medium between 15-inch and 17-inch sizes. These are often aimed at creatives who may take advantage of the discrete graphics options and the high-core processor.
Dell's Inspiron 16 Plus fits this demographic as the top performing, although it comes at an affordable price of $ 950. Of course, you can configure it up to an 11th Gen Intel H-Series processor, RTX graphics, 32GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. The 11th generation H-series 45-watt processors have not yet been announced by Intel, but apparently they will be in line with the introduction of the Inspiron 16 Plus.
To make it an attractive option for creatives, it also includes a 3,072 x 1,920 pixel screen and a full size SD card slot. The Inspiron 16 also includes HDMI 2.0, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port.
Another highlight of the product range is the Inspiron 13, which is now equipped with an Intel processor with up to 35 watts. This is the first 13 "laptop we brought to market with these more powerful Tiger Lake processors that were previously only used in 14" laptops. These are also displayed in the Inspiron 14, one of the options in the range of products that start at very low prices and configurations.
Surprisingly, the Inspiron 13 even includes the option to insert an Nvidia MX350 graphics card, making it probably one of the most powerful 13-inch laptops you can buy. However, the basic configuration includes a Core i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD.
The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is also an interesting option as the only Inspiron offered on the new AMD Ryzen 5000 processors. The Ryzen 5 5500U has six cores, while the Ryzen 7 5700U has eight cores. This should make it more powerful than many of the Intel options, especially on multi-core tasks where AMD has the upper hand. The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 unfortunately only has a 16: 9 screen with 1080p and there are no options for discrete graphics.
The Inspiron 15 offers the widest range of configuration options, starting with a low-end model with just a Core i3 and 4 GB of RAM. However, since the Inspiron 16 Plus is the more powerful option, the Inspiron 15 can only be loaded with an Nvidia MX350 GPU. Like the 16-inch device, the Inspiron 15 also has an SD card slot, HDMI 2.0, two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port.
The Inspiron 13 is $ 599, the Inspiron 14 is $ 550, the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is $ 729, the Inspiron 15 is $ 550, and the Inspiron 16 Plus is $ 950. The Inspiron 13 will first launch on April 12th, while the 14, 14 2-in-1, and 15 will be available for purchase on May 4th. The Inspiron 16 Plus has to wait for the new 11th generation Intel processors in June.