Only a few weeks ago I wrote a review of the Dell Inspiron 17R, a bargain priced desktop replacement notebook. Now in March Dell have refreshed the entire lineup including the Vostro 3000 series. Beginning with the Vostro notebooks first, these are mid range business machines with 13, 14, 15 and 17 inch displays and the latest Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs. They now feature 12 hours of battery life and advanced voice Pro software. The machines come preinstalled with a suite of advanced multimedia and communications applications in a new dashboard UI. They come as standard with finger print readers and USB 3. Prices start at $499.
If your looking for edgy and artistic then the consumer targeted Inspiron R series might be right for you. They feature some redesigned clamshell case covers with contemporary art designs, there are 25 to choose from. These covers, developed as part of SWITCH by Design Studio can be swapped and changed to alter the look and feel of your notebook. These designs will set you back $29 each. The Inspiron Rs now feature the latest Sandy Bridge CPUs with processors ranging from 2.1GHz Core i3 all the way to 2.9GHz core i7. Displays range from 14 and 15.6 inch at 1366 X 768 and 17.3 inch at 1600 x 900. 8GB of Ram with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6470M, 6630M and two offerings from Nvidia the Geforce GT 525M with either 1 or 2 GB of onboard memory. The machines come with 6 cell batteries and the usual level of I/O you would expect along with HD Webcams. Prices range from $529 to $579 for entry level models.