New Dell Inspiron consumer laptops leaked! (hint: thin)

New Dell Inspiron consumer laptops leaked! (hint: thin)

Summary: Those tricky people over at Engadget have gotten their digital hands on the next crop of Dell Inspirons, and it's safe to say that thin is in.The Dell Inspiron 1435, 1535 and 1735 mid-range consumer laptops seem to share the same basic design and have, as Dell likes to say is its calling card, a wealth of customization options both aesthetic and technical.

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Dell InspironThose tricky people over at Engadget have gotten their digital hands on the next crop of Dell Inspirons, and it's safe to say that thin is in.

The Dell Inspiron 1435, 1535 and 1735 mid-range consumer laptops seem to share the same basic design and have, as Dell likes to say is its calling card, a wealth of customization options both aesthetic and technical. All three laptops taper in thickness from 1-inch to 1.5 inches. Notable specs are as follows:

  • Slot-loading drives, with a Blu-ray option;
  • Core 2 Duo T5850 2.16GHz processors;
  • 3G across the lineup.

The 'Gadg reports that the 1435 isn't due until October, but the 1735 is coming on June 9 and the 1535 on May 26th. All I know is, as a PC user, I can't wait to find something to replace my getting-long-in-the-tooth 700m.

Stay tuned.

Topics: Laptops, Dell, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Ugly as hell

    I don't own any Apple products, but the Mac Air sure is seductive when I looked at it in person.

    The nice thing about the MacAir is that it looks like it was engineered to meet a design goal (more or less uniformly thin).

    These Dells? Can you say kludge! It looks like they set out to have a thin item, ran into snags, and had to design around some large internal components.
    croberts
    • Oh yeah?!

      Well maybe you're ugly as hell! :^)
      Markitect
  • You call that thin...i call that ugly!!

    U...G...L...Y...

    You ain't go no alibi! You Dell! You Dell! You ugly as h#ll!

    ;)
    Techboy_z
    • LOL

      Wow, I feel like I'm back in high school again...aha...nostalgia...
      nothingness
  • 1.5" is thin?!

    Since when is a 1.5" thick notebook considered "thin"?? That sure is an odd idea of thin. Pretty bulky IMHO.
    Stuka
  • RE: New Dell Inspiron consumer laptops leaked! (hint: thin)

    I agree with everyone else. These are UGLY!! I am a proud owner of 6 Dell systems and laptops, and I would not purchase this one. What is so thin about it?
    4blake
    • Bitch, bitch, bitch!

      Well...part of it is thin!
      boothby
  • First question: Can they run XP?

    If they're Vista-only, then they're a non-event for me :-(
    SteveMak
  • Who hit dell with the UGLY stick?

    That thing is ugly, ugly, ugly, fugly...

    Thin is "in" when it has "style", "good taste" and "plenty of power". Thin is out when it was engineered by a 1970's sci-fi movie prop maker. What is dell thinking???? "hey, let's copy apple but do it in a horribly ugly way".

    That's one small step for idiots and a giant leap for moron kind.
    i8thecat
  • RE: New Dell Inspiron consumer laptops leaked! (hint: thin)

    It sounds like everyone here is thoroughly impressed with this amazing design by Dell!
    Litehouse
  • RE: New Dell Inspiron consumer laptops leaked! (hint: thin)

    I do own several Mac products (plus several Dell ones, and even a few eSys.)

    I was singularly underwhelmed with the MacBook Air in the flesh - I've, alas, not yet found any laptop that I consider a thing of beauty.

    I suspect that Le Corbusier, were he alive today, would have found a desktop he liked... but that's all.


    Mark, Mac User somehow immune to the reality distortion field.
    MarkHarrison
    • Plain jane macbook

      I'm not too impressed with the MBA either.... I see the coolness factor for a corporate CEO, but it's definately not for me...

      My favorite laptop to date is the plain jane white Macbook. I traded my wife and she now uses the 17" Macbook Pro because she doesn't carry her laptop around as much as I do and she does a ton of work with Excel.

      The Macbook is extremely powerful, lightweight, sleek, stylish, and the perfect size for travel (especially on a plane)... Everything a person on the go needs in a portable computer and more. When I do a training or presentation with keynote, people from the MS side of the fence, who have no clue what a mac can do, sit in awe. (the phrase is death by powerpoint, not death by Keynote... Keynote is absolutly amazing, and paired with an apple remote, it is so sweet)

      The network utility and terminal in OS X are awesome for troubleshooting. For work I used to lug around a bulky Toshiba laptop, Fluke, and several other tools. It was a workout... Needless to say, I have slimmed down my diagnostic arsenol and have never looked back.
      i8thecat
  • Ugly is the new hawt

    I love that look. Delorian-ish. <3
    miguelcrush
  • RE: New Dell Inspiron consumer laptops leaked! (hint: thin)

    The inside photo of this new laptop looks more appealing than the outside photo. The latter looks cheap, less refined than the Mac Air.

    Dell needs to release a new machine at an order of magnitude, one being with a super fast processor (i.e. 3.2+ GHz), decent hard drive (i.e. 320 GB or 500 GB), built-in CD/DVD/reader and writer (with LightScribe like HP has); and Blu-Ray drives and HD display. And a price within reason, not over-priced like the Mac Air.

    How will Dell do this? Who knows. That isn't my problem. ;-)
    metilley@...
  • RE: New Dell Inspiron consumer laptops leaked! (hint: thin)

    I was lucky enough to get an Inspiron 1520 about 6 months ago in Australia for $1329 AUD plus cost of Windows 2003. And I'm like the famous pig in mud: never been happier: what a machine! Rolls Royce compared to any previous laptop I've owned; can't find a single thing to complain about and Vista fine by me. Dr Teri O'Brien, D.Sc.
    drtpobrien@...
  • MacAir?

    Are you smoking something? Mac Air is missing significant hardware features for the sake of "thin". Evidently it's most popular with people who don't actually need it to accomplish work.
    pikeman666
  • RE: New Dell Inspiron consumer laptops leaked! (hint: thin)

    I could do my job (I'm a CTO) on an Air... but I don't find it that pleasing in an absolute sense, and certainly not enough to waste an extra ?1000 of shareholders' money on.

    I agree with the comment about the "best looking notebook" to date being the standard white MacBook...

    ... but I stand by my earlier comment about it still not being "a thing of beauty".

    And for those who didn't understand my earlier reference:

    "Never have anything in your house that you don't know to be useful and believe to be beautiful"
    - Le Corbusier
    MarkHarrison