Dell refreshes Inspiron R series laptops with Sandy Bridge CPUs, interchangeable designer lids

Dell refreshes Inspiron R series laptops with Sandy Bridge CPUs, interchangeable designer lids

Summary: Dell killed off its 13-inch Adamo laptop recently, but it's apparently decided to freshen up its Inspiron R notebook family for the spring. In addition to sporting the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors, the new Inspiron R portables offer interchangeable lids that can be easily popped on and off.

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Dell killed off its 13-inch Adamo laptop recently, but it's apparently decided to freshen up its Inspiron R notebook family for the spring. In addition to sporting the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors, the new Inspiron R portables offer interchangeable lids that can be easily popped on and off.

The Inspiron R comes in 14-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch flavors. The 14R starts at $599 and features either new Core i3 or i5 processors, up to 6GB of RAM, and up to a 640GB hard drive. The 15R has similar specs, but a slightly lower starting price of $549. Stepping up to the 17.3-inch 17R supposedly gives you the option of a Core i7 CPU, but Dell's site doesn't appear to offer that option yet. You can get a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 525M graphics card, however, instead of relying on integrated graphics.

There's a virtual rainbow of optional designer lids you can add on (25 in total), running from standard $39.99 colors like blue, pink, and red to $49.99 selections from designers like Deanne Cheuk and Mike Ming. Whether many people will actually pony up money for laptop fashion accessories, as Dell's promotional copy suggests -- "Start the day with a Peacock Blue lid, and switch it out for a design-inspired look at night" -- is debatable, but give the company a few props for continuing to promote its conspicuous customization options.

Topics: Laptops, Dell, Hardware, Mobility, Processors

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  • should provide 13.3" model

    and kill 15, 17 models.
    FADS_z
    • RE: Dell refreshes Inspiron R series laptops with Sandy Bridge CPUs, interchangeable designer lids

      @FADS_z

      Why? Some still like a bigger screen laptop. You know like gamers and people that do a lot of graphical work. I find 13" class laptops too small and while they may be more portable and light the keyboards are cramped and the screens are small.
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  • RE: Dell refreshes Inspiron R series laptops with Sandy Bridge CPUs, interchangeable designer lids

    LOL... I have a thinkpad 12.1" laptop and the best keyboard in the world and it ain't too cramped and the screen is just fine, as is my shoulder when I carry the thing around, unlike some other bigger and heavier models.
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  • Would prefer they offer 7200 RPM option

    Meh. I'd like them to give the option to upgrade to a 7200 RPM hard disk. That improves performance much more than a processor refresh.
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  • RE: Dell refreshes Inspiron R series laptops with Sandy Bridge CPUs, interchangeable designer lids

    Tarted up lids is just a distracting gimmick. Why is Dell not offering the i3-2120 CPU? Do they know something I don't?
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