New Dell notebooks, upgrades to existing systems detailed
Dell has used Computex to outline some new additions and alterations to its extensive notebook line. The new Inspiron 5000 series is a mid-range collection that covers a wide array of display sizes, the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 is a convertible notebook that can work as a tablet, and the currently-available 3000 series will get a minor upgrade, using Intel's Braswell-based processors.
Laptops in 5000 line offers three sizes, two sizes for all-in-one PC models
A new series in the Inspiron line of laptops and all-in-one PCs has been announced by Dell. The new series offers what the company calls "mainstream performance" at prices starting as low as $450. Laptops in the new line feature Full HD touch displays in the 15- and 17-inch models, backlit keyboards and brushed aluminum lids. The new all-in-one PCs feature a thinner design without cutting back on processing power. All of the models have 20 GB of Dropbox cloud storage space included with the purchase as well.
New Inspiron models include Intel Core i3, i5, i7 processor options
Dell has revealed updated versions of its Inspiron notebook product line at CES. Customers in the United States, Canada, and other countries will be able to buy notebooks that, following feedback from users, have higher battery capacities and ultra-low voltage versions of Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, requiring half the power of those used in Inspiron notebooks last year.
Dell Inspiron 15R and 17R hit online Dell store
The revamped Dell Inspiron 15R and 17R models with Intel third-generation Core processors that first surfaced in Australia in May are now up for sale in the US. In addition to the revised internals, Dell has introduced a Special Edition model in both ranges that incorporates a special anodized aluminum Stealth Black honeycomb finish with matching palm rest. Both models also come preinstalled with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements as well.
Line ready for back-to-school, home usage
This morning, Dell introduced its expanded Inspiron notebook line, catering to graduation gifts and the back-to-school buying season. Three different Inspiron lines have been refreshed. The Inspiron z, R, and R Special Editions have been renovated, catering to the home and education-minded customers. All of the new models are available at retail on June 19.
New XPS One features 27-inch screen, Ivy Bridge processor
Dell is refreshing its all-in-one PC offerings with the introduction of the XPS One 27, Inspiron One 23 and Inspiron One 20. The new XPS becomes Dell's largest all-in-one machine and leans towards more high-end components, while both Inspirons are aimed at more budget-conscious family users wanting to save desktop space.
Dell Inspiron 15R range revamped with Ivy Bridge
Dell’s Ivy Bridge upgrades continue to roll out with a Special Edition version of its Inspiron 15R surfacing on the company’s Australian website. The revised notebook is loaded with an Intel third-generation Core i7 ‘Ivy Bridge’ processor, specifically the i7-3612QM clocked at 2.10GHz wedded to an HM77 chipset. It also comes with an optional 15.6-inch 1080p display and a discrete AMD Radeon HD 7730M GPU with 2GB of VRAM. The namesake feature is its anodized aluminum Stealth Black honeycomb finish.
Michael Dell backs away from core PC business
Dell's namesake, CEO Michael Dell, made a symbolic statement at an enterprise launch event that his company wasn't really a PC builder. He argued to a San Francisco audience including Forbes that his company, which started off making custom PCs, was "not really a PC company" and instead that it was an "end-to-end IT company that really understands the needs of its customers." As an illustration of this, the introductions were focused not just on servers of all sizes but 10Gbps Ethernet equipment and networked storage.
Dell drops Mini line after short history
Dell has formally but quietly backed out of the netbook category. A search for netbooks like the Mini 10 gives users a warning that the Mini line is "no longer available." In return, buyers are told to pick the much larger Inspiron 14R.
Dell unveils new Inspiron 13z, 14z notebooks
Dell chose Thursday to remake its most important small notebooks. The 14-inch Inspiron 14z and 13.3-inch Inspiron 13z together slim down compared to Dell's usual and measure just slightly under an inch thick. Some of the size reduction comes from a move to higher-quality parts: they now use aluminum lids and palm rests instead of the plastic common to many notebooks in their class.
Dell gives Stage syncing to compete with Apple
Dell hoped to preempt Apple Wednesday by adding its own rough parallel to iCloud. An updated Stage UI now includes SyncUP, a Nero-developed sync service that both automatical spreads files and streams music, photos, and videos between computers and mobile devices. The service is cross-platform and can see Android and Windows devices, though it won't share copy-protected content.
Microsoft UK exec allows option for tablet OS
Microsoft UK managing director Ashley Highfield in an interview on Tuesday left the door open for the possibility of a dedicated tablet OS. While he wouldn't say Microsoft was developing such a platform, he allowed the possibility at some point in the future. Regardless of how it came, Microsoft's unwillingness to make a tablet of its own meant any tablet-ready software would come only if it could stand out, Highfield explained to Pocket-lint.
Dell Inspiron R revamped for 2011
Dell upgraded its most important notebook line today with a revamp of the Inspiron R. The new design makes the needed upgrade to Intel's 2011 Core i3, i5 and i7 (Sandy Bridge) processors but also gets Dell's first truly on-the-spot customizable design. Notebook lid covers can now be changed like faceplates, letting users change the look if they get bored or want to adapt to a different environment.
T-Mobile 42Mbps hotspot and router due spring
T-Mobile's roadmap for its networking devices has leaked on Friday. The network is now known to have two mobile routers in development that would split the line in both speed and international travel. One, jokingly codenamed Wayne in TmoNews' copy of the memo, would top at 21Mbps using only T-Mobile's own 3G frequencies; another, just called Wayne, would supply 42Mbps and carry international 3G bands for traveling.
Intel Cougar Point desktop chipset has SATA bug
Intel this morning warned of a serious bug with the Cougar Point chipset that would force it to delay desktop PCs using its Sandy Bridge processors. Those using the 6 series have a flaw that gradually degrades the performance of the SATA ports over time, eventually affecting the speed of hard drives and optical drives. The issue was in hardware and needed a reworking at the factory for a fix.
Microsoft creates flash mob with social networks
The latest Windows commercial from Microsoft (below) focuses on the creation of a flash mob in Seattle using the company's social networking tools and mostly portable devices using them. The ad follows choreographer Bobby Bonsey as he kicks off an umbrella-toting dance troupe. Featured in the ad are Windows Phone 7, Windows Live, Kinect, Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9, as well as the Dell Inspiron Duo tablet/notebook hybrid.
NPD: 26.3m tablet, touch netbook screens in 2010
The launch of the iPad almost single-handedly drove the rise of large touchscreens this year, the NPD Group's DisplaySearch found today. About 6.3 million touchscreens large enough for tablets and touch-aware netbooks shipped in the first half of 2010, but the rise of the iPad and relatively minor contributions from the Samsung Galaxy Tab will have boosted that number to about 20 million for the second half. Although declining to mention Apple by name, the researchers noted that key iPad supplier Wintek produced the "majority" of the large touchscreen hardware for the year.
Hybrid Audio sues Apple, Dell and HTC
Hybrid Audio LLC late Tuesday joined in a spate of recent lawsuits by suing Apple, Dell and HTC. The Tyler, Texas-based complaint accuses all three of violating a patent for processing MP3 songs using a tree-structured array. The lawsuit claimed that Apple's iPad, iPhone 4, iPod nano, iTunes and MacBook Pro all violate the patent; Dell's Adamo, Alienware, Inspiron, Studio and XPS systems have been similarly named, as have its Aero smartphone, the Streak tablet and HTC's Evo 4G.
JBL audio dock also up for $49, on special
The Microsoft Store has listed the Dell Inspiron Duo for pre-order. Also listed for pre-order is the companion JBL audio dock. No shipping date is listed at the time of writing, but anyone who places a pre-order will not have their card charged until the order is ready to ship or made available for purchase. Also listed for the first time are the Duo's official specifications.
Dell Inspiron Duo gets launch date, price
Dell today formally revealed the Inspiron Duo, its first tablet netbook and its current attempt at a more direct Windows alternative to the iPad. The design hinges on its 10-inch display, which revolves vertically and turns the Duo into either a multi-touch slate or a touch-aware netbook. A custom layer on top of Windows 7 gives users access to media, the web and an iBooks-style e-reading app.
Hybrid netbook-tablet set to drop November 23
Dell is expected to launch its 10-inch Inspiron Duo on November 23 according to a CNET report. The netbook tablet cross aims to give users the best of both worlds when it comes to combing work and entertainment on the go. It features a clever swivel hinge that allows the display to be flipped converting the Duo from netbook to tablet and back again.
Dell posts Inspiron Duo teaser video
Dell on Thursday posted a teaser clip (below) for the Inspiron Duo, its attempt to bridge netbooks with hand-portable tablets. The video highlights its signature display, which rotates 180 degrees and lets users work in touch-only mode, but also highlights some of Dell's plans to solve the lack of full tablet support in Windows 7. The interface appears to be an expansion of what Dell has done before and has a dedicated portal for e-book reading along with a fuller interface that lets users stay in the touch environment rather than revert to the trackpad and keyboard.
Dell to focus on three brands, kills Adamo, more
With the premium Adamo XPS notebook discontinued and the more recent introduction of XPS notebooks, Dell has rebranded its lineup for greater simplicity. According to Engadget, there will be only three core brands, including Inspiron, XPS and Alienware. Each will be aimed at users who require different performance levels, with Alienware being the top-rung offering.
Dell in campaign to drop cheap image, hit Apple
Dell chief marketing officer Paul-Henri Ferrand today said his company was spending "hundreds of millions" on a marketing campaign to improve its image and better compete against Apple. He wanted to swing the company's focus away from price above all else and towards more upscale systems like the new XPS line. The executive added that it would come with a shift to mobile devices, with both the seven-inch Android tablet and the Inspiron Duo netbook/tablet hybrid due on Monday.
Dell shows product page for Alloy Inspiron 15R
Dell has added a special edition to its Inspiron 15R line-up introduced this summer. The 15.6-inch Alloy Edition is unique in offering a silver, laser-etched wave design in aluminum on the exterior of the lid, along with a matching palmrest. Its technical specs are similar to other 15R models and include a choice of Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 Intel CPUs.
Sprint gets first 3G, 4G combo notebooks from Dell
Sprint claimed a minor first on Tuesday by getting the two first notebooks to have both built-in 3G and 4G in the US. Its version of the Dell Mini 10 and the Dell Inspiron 11z can access either regular EVDO or WiMAX to have the up to 6Mbps speeds with a fallback for when 4G coverage isn't available.
Dell Inspiron One 23 and quad Zino HD debut
Dell swung its attention to models directly competing with Apple on Thursday as it launched a new all-in-one desktop and upgraded its smallest desktop. The 23-inch Inspiron One is meant to go both against the iMac and HP's TouchSmart line with a 1080p, multi-touch display that centers on a new touch front end known as Stage. The interface provides quick access to apps, music, photos and video, including online services such as CinemaNow and Netflix.
ATT offers PAYG data, new Acer and Dell 3G systems
AT&T's mobile data plans expanded today with its first options for prepaid data. The DataConnect Pass gives those with built-in 3G in a notebook the option of paying for just a short stint of data without having to commit to a contract. Its rates carry a premium for the freedom at $15 for 100MB of data over the course of a day, $30 for a week pass with 300MB of data and a full month with 1GB for $50.
15.6-inch, AMD Phenom II Quad Core or Triple Core
Dell has slipped out its new Inspiron M501R with a quad-core AMD Phenom II N930. Also on offer is the Inspiron M5030 with a triple-core AMD Phenom II P320. The 15.6-inch notebook weighs in at 5.83 pounds and is built on AMD’s 880G chipset with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 integrated graphics on the M5030. The more powerful M501R includes the option of an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v 1GB for graphics. They both come pre-installed with Windows Home Premium 64-bit and can be fitted with up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, though both come with 4GB in standard trim.
Dell previews Inspiron Duo netbook, tablet hybrid
Dell took to the stage at the Intel Developer Forum today with the surprise unveiling of a netbook and tablet hybrid it said will be a real production model. The Inspiron Duo when closed acts as a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet but can spin the display within the frame to face inwards and work as a traditional netbook. The dual design would not only be less bulky than a traditional convertible tablet but would open the door to tablet-sized docks, such as one to add speakers for movies and music at home.
Dell M101z blurs line between netbooks, PCs
Dell today shipped the US version of the Inspiron M101z. It marks Dell's official leap into the crossover category between netbooks and notebooks with an 11.6-inch screen and a faster AMD Athlon II Neo processor. Making the switch in processors gives it faster RS880M graphics and opens the door to upgrades that aren't practical or possible on Atom netbooks, such as 4GB of RAM.
Dell Inspiron Zino HD to go quad-core
Dell's Inspiron Zino HD mini desktop will finally get a performance boost soon as documentation from Dell itself has confirmed faster options. The breadbox-sized PC's maximum options will jump from a dual-core Athlon X2 to a quad-core Phenom II; triple-core will also be a choice. Integrated graphics will ramp up to a Radeon HD 4250, but dedicated graphics will advance further still with a Mobility Radeon HD 5450 as a replacement for the 4330.
Dell brings Athlon Neo Inspiron M101z to the UK
Dell will soon replace the 11.6-inch Inspiron 11z with the Inspiron M101z. It comes powered by either a 1.7GHz single-core or 1.3GHz dual-core Athlon II Neo, unlike the outgoing 11z's 1.2GHz Celeron. It offers a 500GB hard drive, with Windows 7 pre-loaded and as much as 8GB of RAM.
Dell, Threadless team up on custom designs
PC maker Dell has teamed up with Threadless to offer custom designs from the clothing label on notebook lids. The original graphics can be chosen from Dell's Design Studio, and there are 11 designs currently available. New designs will be added in the future as well.
Intel notebooks at Best Buy get WiMAX modules
Clearwire said on Monday that its high-speed WiMAX modules will be built into all Intel-based notebooks and netbooks offered at Best Buy. The 4G mobile broadband modem will be built into the Dell's Inspiron 14, Inspiron 15, Mini 10 as well as Toshiba's Satellite M645. Certain notebooks carry an associated $100 discount if bought with a two-year Clear 4G contract, but all should be available contract-free.
Dell Inspiron R unveiled early
Dell has upgraded its core Inspiron line with a new focus on both looks and extras not seen before at the PC builder. They now have a full 'chiclet' keyboard and unique color options: the underside of the keyboard can now be color-matched, and HP-style imprints can sit on the palm rest. The display has been made more practical with a Mini 10-style hinge that can bend further back than the previous design.
Inspiron M501R built on AMD M880G chipset
Dell's website has been expanded with a teaser page for upcoming notebooks based on AMD's quad-core Phenom II X4 CPUs. The new Inspiron M501R notebook is based on AMD's M880G chipset with integrated Radeon HD4250 graphics, while customers can choose to add Radeon HD 550v discrete graphics components with 1GB of memory.
Reversal makes Dell deal with California case
A San Francisco Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing the company of knowingly selling flawed notebooks. The decision asserts that a move to shutter the case and head to arbitration was "unconscionable" and that the terms Dell used to avoid a trial couldn't be enforced. The public nature of the problem made it important to allow a proper case, according to Judge Lyle Strom.
Five-inch "Slate" technology concept demoed
Dell on Thursday morning unveiled its ultra-mobile gaming laptop as well a 5-inch tablet concept and an Android-based smart phone for AT&T -- both of which are slated for launch in 2010. The new "Slate" concept shown the demo was very thin, multi-touch device with a 5-inch screen, but the company said that you could imagine larger versions -- up to 10-inches. In addition, Dell also refreshed its Inspiron, Studio and Alienware systems incorporating the new Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors and announced that AT&T will become the next mobile operator to offer the Mini 3 Android-based smart phone.
Live from Dell's press conference
Dell today is holding an event to launch new computers and handheld devices at CES; expected are Core i5 notebooks and the Streak, an Android tablet. Updates are available in reverse chronological order after the jump.
Walmart, Dell, NewEgg show CyberMonday deals
As it's Cyber Monday, which follows Black Friday, many companies continue to offer sales on their wares, with electronics included. Among them are Walmart, Dell and Newegg, with the three retailers showing off what's on sale today. Walmart is taking the sale and extending it for the entire week, calling it Cyber Week. Standout deals from the retailer's 150 sale items include a 12-megapixel digital camera with a memory card and accessory kit for $89, a 10.2-inch Acer netbook with a case and USB flash drive for $268 as well as a 22-inch Samsung LCD HDTV priced at $248.
Dell offers USB image of Chromium OS
PC maker Dell announced this week that it is making an experimental version of the open source Chromium OS for the company's Mini Inspiron 10v netbook. The OS is available as a USB key image file, but Dell technology strategist Doug Anson warns the file should be used with an assumed risk, as it has minimal testing.
Dell FCC post hints at future 10in netbook
Dell could be planning a significant revision to its Mini 10 netbook if an FCC filing (PDF) is a clue. The testing for a seemingly nondescript 802.11n Wi-Fi mini-card makes reference to a 10-inch system with the model number P04T, which isn't known to apply to any current shipping Dell notebook. Few other details are available.
Dell Zino HD uses AMD to undercut Apple
Dell this morning officially unveiled its most direct attempt at claiming the ultra-compact desktop space currently held by the Mac mini. Shown after multiple teases, the Inspiron Zino HD occupies roughly the same footprint as its Apple counterpart but uses AMD processors to keep the costs low while still supplying options its rival doesn't have. The micro PC is seen as a home theater PC and comes with native HDMI output as well as options of discrete Radeon HD 4330 graphics and a Blu-ray drive.
Dell bring Inspiron 13z to Australia, Japan
Dell has brought its Inspiron 13z notebook to Australia and Japan, both with Windows 7. While basic specs differ slightly between the two offerings, buyers still get a 13.3-inch, 1366x768 resolution, LED-backlit screen and a choice of Intel's CULV processors.
Inspiron One 19 runs 2.93GHz chip, Win 7
Dell used the occasion of Windows 7's launch to unveil the first all-in-one desktop since Apple's new iMacs. Showing initially in Japan, the Inspiron One 19 returns to an easel-like design and is meant as a faster alternative to a notebook without taking up much additional space. The PC carries an 18.5-inch, 1366x768 display and uses desktop processors that scale up to a 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo.
Dell outs MLB and OPI notebook designs
Dell as part of its special event today upgraded its Design Studio edition notebooks with two design lineups. A Major League Baseball set gives most Inspiron, Mini and Studio notebooks a custom lid with artwork featuring a team logo. "Classic" versions put the logo in small form with a textured solid color; "Fan" versions have a large logo, while "Die-Hard" covers nearly the entire lid with logo-themed graphics.
Adamo XPS briefly teased in real world
Dell at a press gathering today briefly offered an in-person look at its Adamo XPS ultraportable. True to its teaser graphic, the system is overall thinner than the MacBook Air it's designed to compete against (0.4 inches maximum) and appears to rely on a unique, underside hinge to reach its dimensions. As with very early Adamo and Inspiron 11z teasers, the company didn't provide any specifications or release information.
Dell ZinoHD will be labeled Inspiron, specs leak
Some specs and details of the upcoming Dell Zino HD series of nettops were revealed, thanks to a recent DellZinoHD search. Two models in the Zino HD series will be offered, including the Inspiron 300 and Inspiron 400. Both have potentially been readied for Windows XP, Windows Vista or the upcoming Windows 7, with the support page also including a manual for Ubuntu.
Dell PCs to include Napster subscription
PC maker Dell and online music service Napster have come to an agreement that will see the two offering Inspiron and Studio models in Germany, the UK and the US with preloaded content from Napster's music service. Through the agreement, these models will include 60 MP3s of the buyer's choice as well as 12 months of unlimited music streaming from Napster's service. Dell estimates it should save buyers at least the $60 for the individual tracks.