Is there a market for a 17 inch 2-in-1? Dell is about to find out

Dell's 2-in-1 17-inch laptop will start at $899. Dell claims an industry first and now it'll find out whether there's a market for the system.


Dell has launched a series of 2-in-1 devices at Computex with a headliner being a 17-inch version.

The company's latest 2-in-1 devices are billed as personal laptops that come in a variety of colors and screen sizes. The 11-inch Inspiron 3000 2-in-1 is a starter model and Dell has hit 13-, 15- and 17-inch screen sizes.

Dell's 17-inch hybrid is the one worth pondering. Dell touted its Inspiron 17-inch 2-in-1 laptop-meets-tablet as the world's first. A skeptic would note that there's a good reason the market isn't saturated with 17-inch hybrids. Is a 17-inch tablet-laptop akin to carrying around a TV set?

According to Dell, the 17-inch 2-in-1 offers wide viewing angles, a backlit keyboard and an infrared camera. These systems also have the latest Intel Core processors. Dell will sell the large hybrid device at and Best Buy.

The Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 starts at $899 in the U.S. and China. The best equipped model is $1,349.99.