The newest Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 is a perfect blend of excellent performance, powerful hardware, and a colorful design. Its 360-degree hinge allows the screen to bend backward to create stand, tablet and tent modes. Let’s take a closer look at what this hybrid has to offer.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 – Processor, RAM, Storage, and Graphics:
The Intel Core m3-6Y30 is a decent quad-core processor with plenty of cache memory (4MB). With the help of a 4GB RAM, it churns out enough processing power for moderate multitasking. You can keep a dozen Chrome tabs open at a time without a pause or lag. On Geekbench 3, the Inspiron 11 scored 2,345 which is acceptable for a low-priced hybrid. Speaking of storage, the gadget has a 500GB hard drive running at 5,400 rpm. Upon testing, its file transfer rate is found to be 27.18 MBps. The Intel HD 515 integrated graphics supports light gaming, but chokes while running more demanding games. On the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark, the Inspiron 11 scored 42,354 which is way above the scores of its peers like Surface 3, Aspire Switch 10 E and Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200.
The notebook’s 11.6-inch (1366 x 768-pixel resolution) reproduces the colors accurately without any saturation. The viewing angles aren’t that great as the display becomes heavily reflective when seen from sideways.
Keyboard, Touchpad, and Touch Screen:
The Dell Inspiron 11’s keyboard, touchpad, and touchscreen provide stellar inputs. The keyboard feels very comfortable as long as your typing speed remains under 76 words per minute. It’s slightly shallow keys offer 1.37 mm of travel and needs 54 grams of force to actuate. The 3.9 x 2.1-inch touchpad has no buttons but does a great job in making every click feel solid. It also recognizes the three-finger gestures of Windows 10. The 10-point touch screen accurately registers your gestures as you navigate and scroll.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 – Battery Life and Audio:
The only minor drawback of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 is its average battery. With continuous web surfing using Wi-Fi, the battery drained in about six hours. Well, this isn’t great especially when some other (more expensive) hybrids can offer up to 9 hours of battery life.
Dell’s laptops, especially those from the Inspiron series, have always been famous for their loud audio. The speaker located at the top of the keyboard deck produces plenty of volumes loud enough to fill a conference room. The bass thumps nicely and the vocals come through crisp and clear. The Dell Audio app is very useful in adjusting the audio settings.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 – Software, Conclusion, and Price:
This Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 ships a clean installation of Windows 10 except for some utility software from Dell. The Support Assistant app conducts a system checkup and has links to Dell’s support while the Power Manager Lite utility has the settings to extend the battery life by adjusting the power usage.
Finally, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 is a great hybrid laptop that is feature-rich, colorful, and light. Dell offers this machine in two other (cheaper) configurations – with a Celeron N3060 processor and a Pentium N3710 processor. You also have the option to add a year of accidental damage protection to the standard one-year warranty for $20 extra. The price is in the range from $249 to 450.