Dell added a new member to its Inspiron product line before IFA 2018. Today, the company announced the new Inspiron Chromebook 14 Two-in-One, a Chrome OS convertible that does not look like the affordable Chromebooks you may be familiar with. It does not have a low-power processor, it's not plastic, and it even has an active stylus for the touchscreen – all for the starting price of $ 599.
The new Inspiron Chromebook looks and feels similar to Dell's Windows-based Inspiron computers. It has an all-metal body and slightly flattened hinges that allow it to turn into tablet mode. Despite its metal design and 14-inch FHD touchscreen, the new Chromebook weighs less than 4 pounds and does not feel as heavy as other 14-inch devices.
Dell has updated the internal thermal management system, so there are now a few vents in the chassis area just behind the hinges. You'll only see them when you watch the hinges as you turn the Chromebook, but they help dissipate the heat better and maintain a good working temperature.
Dell also has an active stylus hidden inside the Inspiron Chromebook's case. It is located on the bottom of the notebook in the lower right corner and jumps out with a slight pressure at its end. Like other active pens, it does not have to be charged, and it is a very simple pen. If you're into drawing and handwriting, you do not have to pay extra for a pen that works with this Chromebook, and it'll be harder to lose because it's stored inside the notebook itself.
Matching Premium Design, Dell Use a Core i3 processor with Intel UHD 620 graphics, 4GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB eMMC memory, and a 56 Wh battery powered by a single charge can last up to 10 hours. As with the ports, the Chromebook has two USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a USB-A port, a microSD card slot, and a headphone / microphone jack.
With better specifications and a more attractive design, Dell wants to attract an aging generation of Chromebook users: those familiar with Google's operating system after years of using it at school. Some may want a Chrome OS device that looks and works harder than the $ 300 devices they're used to – and the bank does not like Google's Pixelbook.
Dell updates all convertibles in the Inspiron 7000 and 5000 families. The Inspiron 7000's 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch two-in-one models now feature the Inspiron Chromebook's new thermo system with vented ventilation behind the hinges. All have fingerprint readers in the upper-right corner of the keyboard area, along with two Fair-Field microphones sitting near the webcam (on top of the display) and can hear Alexa and Cortana commands from up to eight meters away. Alexa is a new addition to the Inspiron family and we see more companies like Dell bring Alexa to their Windows PCs thanks to the partnership with Amazon. This partnership allows the two virtual assistants to work together.
Dell has also enabled Modern Standby mode for the Inspirion 7000 Convertibles. This power-saving mode lets the screen of the laptop work like a smartphone screen when it goes to sleep, and turns on instantly when it detects certain actions, such as finger-pressing the fingerprint reader or voice command.
As previously Inspiron laptops, users can customize the 7000 series convertibles to their needs. Each supports both Core i5 and i7 processors and up to 32GB of RAM, while the 15- and 17-inch models support optional Intel Optane memory. Intel UHD graphics are standard, but users can opt for a 15-inch Nvidia MX150 chip or make it standard in the 17-inch device. The 13-inch convertible supports up to 1 TB of PCIe storage, while the 15- and 17-inch converters support dual PCIe and SSD storage options. All models come standard with an FHD touchscreen, but the 13- and 15-inch devices also support optional 4K touchscreens.
The 14-inch Inspiron 5000 model now features all-metal designs, standard touchscreens, and active stylus pens. Although the appearance and handling of these mid-range two-in-one devices are now very different, Dell users can customize most of the other features, such as internal specifications, optional biometric logon features, and more. It supports up to Core i7 processors, Intel UHD graphics with an optional Nvidia MX130 chip, HD and FHD touchscreens, up to 24 GB of RAM and Optane options, as well as dual drives with PCIe, SATA and SSD configurations.
The new convertibles also have two USB-C ports and mark the new port of the 5000 series for the first time. Dell hopes that customers who can not or will not afford the world-class XPS notebooks will get into the Inspiron 7000 and 5000 Series with these premium upgrades.
The Inspiron Chromebook 14 will be available starting on October 23, starting at $ 599. The Inspiron 7000 Convertibles will be available from $ 849 on October 2, while the new Inspiron 5000 Convertibles will be available starting on October 2, starting at $ 599.
List picture by Valentina Palladino