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OfficeMax: Dell Inspiron 11 3000 (3137) Laptop/Netbook: 11.6" 1366x768 Touch-Screen, Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz, 2GB DDR3L, 500GB HDD, $280 with Free Shipping

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Last Edited by code65536 December 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM
I saw the following while searching for specs on the new Dell Inspiron 11 3000 (3137):
http://www.officemax.com/technolo...rod5400026
  • Intel Celeron 2955U, Dual-Core, 1.4GHz, Haswell (5.6 CPU score in the Windows Experience Index)
  • 2GB DDR3L-1600, not soldered on, can be upgraded to 8GB (Dell officially lists 4GB as the limit, but people have confirmed that 8GB does work)
  • 500GB HDD, 7mm
  • 11.6" 1366x768 Touchscreen
  • 2x USB3, 1xUSB2, HDMI, card reader
  • Single-band 802.11n WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8-hour listed battery life
  • Windows 8 64-bit

$280 at OfficeMax.com right now, with free shipping. As a point of reference, Dell.com was selling this laptop for $300 on Black Friday.

Versus Asus X200CA-HCL1104G (Best Buy version):
  • Dell has twice the battery life.
  • Asus has twice the RAM (Best Buy version only; other versions are 2GB), but it is soldered and non-upgradeable. Dell's RAM can up upgraded up to 8GB.
  • CPU performance is roughly the same.
  • Asus has a smaller HDD. In either case, I personally would recommend a SSD upgrade.
  • Asus has worse WiFi, and it cannot be easily upgraded (due to the Asus lacking a second antenna).

Versus Lenovo S210:
  • Dell has twice the battery life.
  • Lenovo has twice the RAM, and it, like the Dell, can be upgraded.
  • Lenovo has a faster CPU. About 25% or so faster.
  • HDD is the same.
  • Lenovo has comparable WiFi (with no Bluetooth), and it cannot be upgraded because of Lenovo's BIOS lockdown that explicitly forbids it.

The main benefits of this laptop (vs. something like the recent Asus or Lenovo deals) is that you get an 8-hour battery life and that the RAM can be upgraded. The WiFi can also be easily upgraded (Lenovo systems have a PCIe whitelist that prevents it, and the Asus comes with only a single antenna) to something like an Intel 7260 for 802.11ac. (I have a high-end dual-band WiFi network, so being able to easily do an aftermarket upgrade of the WiFi to something like an Intel 7260 dual-band 802.11ac is important to me, though it's probably not a big selling point to most people.)

Dell provides a nice service manual [dell.com] with step-by-step photographed instructions on how to open the system and change out the RAM, HDD, and WiFi.
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#46
i own one. battery life is probably 6 hours. I did upgrade to 8gb of memory and windows 8.1. Some people add a SSD.

For the price, I sitll can't think of anything better. Throw in a bag type laptop.
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Just for reference, does anyone know how the on board graphics stack up against Ivy Bridge hd graphics?
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Just for reference, does anyone know how the on board graphics stack up against Ivy Bridge hd graphics?
The 2955U has 10 EUs with a maximum clock of 1GHz.

How that stacks up against Ivy Bridge depends on which Ivy Bridge you're talking about.
* The 2127U in the Lenovo S210, as well as the 1007U in the Asus X200CA, have 6 EUs with a maximum clock of 1GHz.
* Core i3/5/7 mobile Ivy Bridges have 16 EUs with varying maximum clocks.
* Most desktop Ivy Bridges have only 6 EUs with varying maximum clocks.
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The 2955U has 10 EUs with a maximum clock of 1GHz.

How that stacks up against Ivy Bridge depends on which Ivy Bridge you're talking about.
* The 2127U in the Lenovo S210, as well as the 1007U in the Asus X200CA, have 6 EUs with a maximum clock of 1GHz.
* Core i3/5/7 mobile Ivy Bridges have 16 EUs with varying maximum clocks.
* Most desktop Ivy Bridges have only 6 EUs with varying maximum clocks.
Thanks for the info. I was curious about how it compared to the hd graphics on the 1007u.
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This computer looks and feels wonderful. Way better than any $500-600 machines I've used. Dell did a great job on that. However I'm returning mine and will try the Lenovo s210.
The processor constantly pegs 100% while doing simple tasks and the computer is slow. Battery life is great... but if you takes you twice as long to complete anything, doesn't do much good.
I attempted ssd upgrade. They don't make it easy. Dell's software allows you to create a bootable backup, but then won't allow you to use it on a hard drive with less capacity than the one the backup was created with. So you would need a 512+ ssd to use their utility. You could clone if you have the hardware. Or you can write down your oem key, find a retail iso of win8 (almost impossilbe to get legally) install that with your key, but then you have to phone Mircosoft to validate it. Overall a huge time consuming hassle for an underperforming pc. Frown I really wanted to like it.
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This computer looks and feels wonderful. Way better than any $500-600 machines I've used. Dell did a great job on that. However I'm returning mine and will try the Lenovo s210.
The processor constantly pegs 100% while doing simple tasks and the computer is slow. Battery life is great... but if you takes you twice as long to complete anything, doesn't do much good.
I attempted ssd upgrade. They don't make it easy. Dell's software allows you to create a bootable backup, but then won't allow you to use it on a hard drive with less capacity than the one the backup was created with. So you would need a 512+ ssd to use their utility. You could clone if you have the hardware. Or you can write down your oem key, find a retail iso of win8 (almost impossilbe to get legally) install that with your key, but then you have to phone Mircosoft to validate it. Overall a huge time consuming hassle for an underperforming pc. Frown I really wanted to like it.
Will the S210 perform much better than the Inspiron 11 (see passmark scores below)? Will the extra 2GB of RAM in the S210 make a big difference? The Dell can be upgraded to 4GB of RAM for about $40. The S210 is supposed to have less than half of the battery life of the Dell. I looked at the S210 in Best Buy and the build is pretty bad.

Passmark for the Celeron 2955U is 1587
Passmark for the Pentium 2127U is 1989
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Will the S210 perform much better than the Inspiron 11 (see passmark scores below)? Will the extra 2GB of RAM in the S210 make a big difference? The Dell can be upgraded to 4GB of RAM for about $40. The S210 is supposed to have less than half of the battery life of the Dell. I looked at the S210 in Best Buy and the build is pretty bad.

Passmark for the Celeron 2955U is 1587
Passmark for the Pentium 2127U is 1989

The S210 arrived today. I don't think the build quality is that bad, but the Inspiron 11 definitely feels better. Especially the keyboard have more travel and is a little easier to type on. The 11 has 3 usb ports, S210 only 2. If that is an issue.
However, right away I can tell the S210 feels snappier. The user experience on windows is better from the get go.
I don't think the ram was holding back the Inspiron as much as the processor... I pulled the performance monitor a few times and when it was laggin, the CPU was pegged but the ram still had some headroom.
Straight away I'm happier with the performance of the S210. It's noticeably better. At least for me.
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The S210 arrived today. I don't think the build quality is that bad, but the Inspiron 11 definitely feels better. Especially the keyboard have more travel and is a little easier to type on. The 11 has 3 usb ports, S210 only 2. If that is an issue.
However, right away I can tell the S210 feels snappier. The user experience on windows is better from the get go.
I don't think the ram was holding back the Inspiron as much as the processor... I pulled the performance monitor a few times and when it was laggin, the CPU was pegged but the ram still had some headroom.
Straight away I'm happier with the performance of the S210. It's noticeably better. At least for me.
How do the screens compare? You can see the "dots" from the touch layer on the Dell, especially on a white background.
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How do the screens compare? You can see the "dots" from the touch layer on the Dell, especially on a white background.
I took a little video of them side-by-side I'll try to put on youtube today.
As for "dots"... if you're talking about pixels, they both have the same resolution. The Inspiron did have a distinct blue-ish color cast and looked a little more washed out.
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I took a little video of them side-by-side I'll try to put on youtube today.
As for "dots"... if you're talking about pixels, they both have the same resolution. The Inspiron did have a distinct blue-ish color cast and looked a little more washed out.
By dots, I meant the sort of "screen door" effect from the touch components. For reference, this is what made the Acer W3's screen look so bad. The Inspiron screen is much better than the W3, but the "doting" on the Dell is very noticeable especially on light backgrounds. Does the S210 have an IPS Screen? I would be surprised if it did.
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By dots, I meant the sort of "screen door" effect from the touch components. For reference, this is what made the Acer W3's screen look so bad. The Inspiron screen is much better than the W3, but the "doting" on the Dell is very noticeable especially on light backgrounds. Does the S210 have an IPS Screen? I would be surprised if it did.
Ah, yes I did notice the screen door effect. The S210 does not have an IPS screen. But I would say it's slightly better than the Inspiron. From the models I had anyway, the screen door was less apparent on the S210.
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I'll just add I think I jumped the gun on how poor I thought the performance was of the Inspiron 11, as Windows kept trying to update stuff in the background, and that darn McAfee steals your cpu cycles as well. I think once you get the updates settled down and remove the junk, the experience won't be so bad for light multitasking.
The battery life is more than double the S210 from what I can tell. And that is usually an important factor in an ultraportable. But If I had to choose between the 2 as my main computer, I'd pick the S210 simply for the more capable processor.
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how is this comparable to the t100ta?
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IMO if something is barely better than my four year old HP, it's not good enough ..
And yet, the most popular general computing devices out on the market right now are tablets and laptops that run ARM CPUs that are slower than your four-year-old HP's C2D.

But people realized that you don't need a powerhouse CPU to do general computing tasks, like web browsing, e-mail, social networking, and Office.

If you need to manipulate HD video in Adobe Premiere, you should pass on this deal.

If you need to accomplish 95% of the general computing tasks that people do everyday, AND get 8 hours of battery life, with a sub-$300 price tag, then get this deal.
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Amazon has matched the $280 price.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspir...nspiron+11
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