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Dell Unveils Inspiron 11z: Better Than Netbook?

We've heard for some time now that Intel's CULV (consumer ultra low voltage) chips would pave the way for thin and light, but affordable notebooks. Today Dell officially unveiled the Inspiron 11z, which appears to straddle the line between netbook and notebook.

Like some of the netbooks that also offer 11-inch screens, the Inspiron 11z is similarly affordably priced starting at $399. That sub-$400 cost will buy you the following:

  • Intel Celeron 723 processor (1.2GHz)
  • 2 GB memory
  • 250 GB hard Drive
  • Built in Wi-Fi, 1.3MP Webcam
  • 11.6-inch HD (1366x768) display
  • 28WHr battery with approximately 3 hours of battery life
  • Windows Vista Home Premium WITH free upgrade kit to Windows 7

With the cheaper and faster Inspiron 11z creeping into the Mini netbook territory, it suddenly makes sense now why Dell discontinued the Mini 12.

Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.