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Dell Shows Off $349 Touch-Based Laptop; $379 With Haswell

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The $349 touch-based Inspiron 11 3000 launches next month.

This week Dell introduced the Inspiron 11 3000 Series notebook sporting an 11.6 inch edge-to-edge touch screen and an impressive starting price tag of $349 for the AMD model and $379 for the Intel "Haswell" Celeron model. The laptop will supposedly feature Windows 8.1 right out of the box, and a battery promising up to eight hours on a single charge (Haswell version).

"From locker rooms to locked cars, we test Inspiron laptops for survival in harsh short-term heat conditions of up to 65°C/149°F," the company claims. "We test hinges to ensure they still feel tight, even after opening and closing the lid 20,000 times. We [also] test commonly used keys for 5 million keystrokes and touch pad buttons 1 million times with no failure."

According to the company, the budget touch-based laptop will measure around 0.83 inches thin and weigh a mere 3.15 pounds with the battery included. Gorilla Glass will protect the touch screen, and the laptop itself will provide an SD card reader, an Ethernet port, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, noise-cancelling dual digital array microphones, a webcam, and headphone jack. A strong composite frame housing will support a sturdy keyboard, large palm rests and a large, comfortable touchpad...

Unfortunately, the actual specs are unknown at this point. Various hands-on reports claim that the laptop will have a unique, silver "soft touch" coating providing a rubbery feel for a better grip. The device will also reportedly come without excessive bloatware and superfluous popups like McAfee's popular antivirus renewal notifications. So far, it's unknown what garbage has been trimmed from Dell's install of Windows 8.1.

The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 will supposedly be available on October 3, but if it's sporting Windows 8.1 out of the box, then expect that date to be for pre-purchases only, with the product shipping after October 18. We'll provide more hardware details when Dell dishes them out.

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    bustapr , September 18, 2013 6:30 AM
    seems like a very good price for a laptop with touchscreen even though its only 11.6 inches. definitely a better value than a surface tablet imo. just need to know the specs of the AMD version. Its definitely not going to be one of the good APUs, would the performance and energy consumption of the haswell be enough to justify the extra $30? well just have to wait for more info.
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    DjEaZy , September 18, 2013 6:59 AM
    ... touchscreen for a standard laptop is stupid... when is convertible in to tablet, maybe, but a standard laptop with touch is plain stupid... the smudges in the screen? Awful!!! did a exorcism of WinH8 on a Acer Ulteabook with touchscreen... the touch is a bit fun at first... specially with Paint, but after that... to have this just for angry birds or cut the rope, to show of... c'mon?!...
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    Johnny_C13 , September 18, 2013 7:48 AM
    Nice price... Too bad it's only 11.6''. I never understood the allure of a laptop without a number pad.
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    amdfangirl , September 18, 2013 9:42 AM
    Touch screen on a laptop like this is like an air conditioner on a bike.

    It might be a 'cool' marketing gimmick, but it certainly isn't very practical.
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    thdarkshadow , September 18, 2013 9:47 AM
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    Touch screen on a laptop like this is like an air conditioner on a bike.

    It might be a 'cool' marketing gimmick, but it certainly isn't very practical.


    Really? I found it quite natural to reach up and hit the screen often. I dont own one right now but I've used them a good amount. Is it necessary? Goodness no. Can it be useful for certain people? Yeah but I dont think everyone will use it like I do
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    talkischeapc9 , September 18, 2013 3:49 PM
    Everyone complaining about size and a touch screen are pointless blah blah.. this particular piece of equipment isn't targeted for you. It's a netbook killer in the service/business world that requires things like usb and networking interface on a small cheap device. This is a business piece of equipment for service type workers which make up a much larger share of sales than you ever will. I for one cannot wait.. i've already forwarded this article to my companies buyer.
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    talkischeapc9 , September 18, 2013 3:58 PM
    Everyone complaining about size and a touch screen are pointless blah blah.. this particular piece of equipment isn't targeted for you. It's a netbook killer in the service/business world that requires things like usb and networking interface on a small cheap device. This is a business piece of equipment for service type workers which make up a much larger share of sales than you ever will. I for one cannot wait.. i've already forwarded this article to my companies buyer.
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    alextheblue , September 18, 2013 6:39 PM
    Touch screens on laptops are actually not bad once you get used to it. It's like operating a tablet with a kickstand. At the very least it's great for pinch zooming, and when you're using it on the go, you might not have the mouse in your hands at all times... the large touchscreen beats the crap out of the tiny touchpad.
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2013 11:30 PM
    i have played with one, and its very sexy. Has a rubbery feel, 2 HD and 1 solid state, and runs super fast. The model I toyed with had 16GB ram, and runs Win 8 like its a child's toy. USB 3.0 and had almost a TB of storage space. The monitor is super clear and I kept for getting that it was touch and when I would point stuff out and touch the monitor it would move. It also flips and closes to be almost like a tablet.
    I didn't like the touch pad, due to the surrounding rubber coating is seems to make touch a weird thing, but I have big hands and no touch pad usually feels right to me.
    The screen even though a bunch of people touched it, was still nice and clear, unlike Dells XPS tablets. Responded better also.
    This model was heavier than most computers and you have a bigger power supply to charge it so the little old school ones will not work on it.
    Overall I want it. I played a game and opened 10 tabs in IE and 7 or 8 applications and it didn't even blink at me.