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Dell introduces new Inspiron laptops for CES 2013

CES 2013 is upon us, and this year Dell is unveiling new versions of our Inspiron laptops. We’ve optimized all of them for better performance and improved battery life in packages that are thinner than previous generations of Inspirons. These laptops will be available starting today for customers in the United States, Canada and select countries around the world. Pricing and configuration details will vary by region.

The feedback you gave us was pretty clear… you want better battery life without sacrificing overall performance, and you want laptops that are thin and portable. That feedback drove the development decisions throughout the process. We started by introducing larger battery capacities for the 6-cell versions of these laptops and we augmented that by utilizing the ultra-low voltage versions of Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. These newer processors are more energy efficient—they require only 17 watts to run, which is less than half the power requirements of the processors we used in last  year’s Inspiron laptops. End result, you can expect better battery life with these new systems. With the 4-cell batteries, all these new laptops are under 1-inch thin. Compared to previous generation models, these new Inspirons are 17% thinner and 15% lighter than previous models.

Note: Click on any of the images below to see a larger version. Visit the Inspiron and Inspiron R CES 2013 album on Dell's Google+ page to see additional images.

Dell Inspiron 15R (5521) notebook computer.

Besides improved battery life in a smaller and lighter package, all of these new Inspirons are available with i3, i5 and i7 processor options. They also support higher-end features like 3x3 dual-band wireless support based on the latest Wi-Fi N standards, Bluetooth 4.0 support, HDMI 1.4a support, and stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 4 processing that we introduced in our high-end XPS laptop line. All these Inspirons come with built-in DVD drives and they all come preloaded with Skype and H.264 enablement for HD video chats or calls. With the Intel wireless card, all these systems support Intel’s wireless display standard. The Inspiron 15R and 17R include a dedicated 10-key numeric keypad (see image below). Beyond these hardware and software enhancements, these laptops all have touchpads that are optimized to take advantage of multi-touch gestures in Windows 8.

Dell Inspiron 15R keyboard (Peacock Blue)

Inspiron 15 and 17:

These systems are designed for customers who want the most great features at our most affordable prices. We offer these laptops in two different screen sizes for customers in the United States—15 and 17 inches. Some regions outside the US will offer an Inspiron 14. Besides the features I mentioned above, all these Inspirons come in a black matte textured finish inside with a Chiclet keyboard. All systems support up to 8GB system RAM and hard drive options up to 1TB. All come standard with Intel’s HD 4000 integrated graphics, but can be upgraded to optional discrete NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics cards with either 1 or 2GB of video memory. What this all means is that these versatile Inspiron laptops offer great performance on everything from basic productivity to streaming HD content from services like Netflix of Hulu+.

Both the Inspiron 14 and Inspiron 15 offer 720p WLED 1366 x 768 displays with Truelife, while the Inspiron 17 offers a 900p WLED 1600 x 900 display with Truelife.

Dell Inspiron 15 (2013)

  • The Inspiron 15 starts at  $429.99; starting weight with the standard 4-cell battery is 4.96lbs; with optional 6-cell battery, 5.19 lbs.
  • The Inspiron 17 starts at $499.99; starting weight with the standard 4-cell battery is 5.82 lbs; with optional 6-cell battery, 6.03 lbs.

Inspiron 14R, 15R and 17R:

For those of you who want a little more personalization and feature options, we offer new mainstream Inspiron 14R (in some regions), 15R and 17R systems. They come standard with the Moon Silver brushed aluminum finish, but can also be ordered with optional Peacock Blue, Fire Red, or Lotus Pink brushed aluminum color finishes. Beyond that, the mainstream Inspiron 15R and 17R systems can be ordered with the optional full HD displays that support 1080p (1920 x 1080 resolution) with an anti-glare finish in select countries outside the United States. These higher resolution displays are great for those of you looking for a full HD movie experience, or that need more screen real estate to get things done.

Four Dell Inspiron 15R (5521) notebook computers.

 

  • The Inspiron 15R starts at $549.99; starting weight with the standard 4-cell battery is 4.89 lbs; with optional 6-cell battery, 5.12 lbs.
  • The Inspiron 17R starts at $699.99; starting weight of 6.02 lbs. with the standard 6-cell battery and standard LCD display.

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  • When will we see a return of laptops with WUXGA (1920x1200) screens?

    The last laptop that I purchased was a Precision M4400 as everything since has had a screen with fewer pixels. There are IT professionals all over the world waiting for a new laptop that has a WUXGA screen in a 15" form factor. Were Dell to release even one model with this screen at a premium of $200 to $300 (if not more) over a 1080p screen, rest assured it would sell extremely well. Many IT professionals like myself hoped the Linux orientated laptop would have a 4:3 screen with WUXGA but no.

  • When will we see a return to 15" WUXGA screens on laptops?

  • When will the 1080P be available on the 15R.   Can find it on the website.   And is there a touch screen version of the 1080P?

  • Well main/major issue with Dell inspiron & vostro laptop is that on N mode/router these laptop have problem in speed/signal drops dell does not provide any update fix for .Currently DW 1704 wireless issue   can be resolved by downlode drviers from leveno website and there is no fix for DW1703 till now.Shame on dell for not providing fix  and customer has to look out for solution by himself.every year new product is launched but issue like wifi and cpu fan never considered as serious issue.

  • Stowi: The 1080p screen resolutions options will be available to15R and 17R customers in some regions. We are not offering the higher resolution display options in the United States.

  • I should have mentioned that the XPS 13 Ultrabook will be getting a full HD display option soon.

  • Look lighter than my my great  2012 15R 5520 Inspiron  ( 1T 8G   i5 3210) for  much less than $500 total on Black Friday. I hope they kept the quality and did not go back to cheap plastics. It amazes me how solid my laptop is.

  • pelopas: Thanks for the comment... and glad you're enjoying your 2012 Inspiron 15R.

  • Huh?  Display resolution depends on the region of the world.   Are you kidding?  Why should the display resolution depend on the region of the world?   We, in the US, are stuck with inferior machines?  I really need the screen to be high resolution.    Three years ago, it was possible to choose a resolution on the Studio 15 that I own.   What's happened to Dell?

    All I want is a 14 or 15 inch laptop with a 1080p touch sceen, a video card, an I-7 processor, that is 5 lb or less.

  • Really sorry Stowi. Dell has regional teams that decide which systems and configs we offer around the world.

    Right now, the XPS 15 is the system that comes close to your requirements (it weighs a bit more than 5 pounds). I know it's a bit smaller than what you called out, but like I mentioned, the XPS 13 will be available soon with a full HD screen.

  • Hi, I read your blog about the new Inspiron 15R, 17R dell released at CES 2013 and I am very intested in that.

    but just wondering, could you tell me if these new Inspiron laptop would come with dedicated graphic card in the US? like 640M, 8730M. I know that China, Australia, New Zealand and many countries in Europe released machines with those graphic card, but in the US website, all it listed is the integrated Intel HD4000.

    Would the option be available in the US in the future?

  • @forevermiracle: Unfortunately, no. Systems and configs vary by region. Our team in the United States made the decision to not offer discrete graphics on the Inspiron 15R or 17R systems. I don't expect them to be available down the road.

    As far as discrete graphics options, I'd suggest looking at either the Inspiron 15 or 17R Special Edition models, or at one of our XPS laptops.

  • Although you said that dell will not release s model with discrete graphic and 1080p in US but What about the time when the 15R special edition need a refresh? I highly doubt that dell will make another machine with completely new design. So it could possibly still use this design and put what SE is now included on it right? Then what's the point of saying dell isn't going to offer that in the US? By saying that, you simply means that either dell is not going to release any model with 1080p screen at all in anytime or dell is going to design a completely new model and don't call it 15r.

  • @forevermiracle: I should have clarified... I meant that we will not be offering the new Inspiron 15R or 17R laptops in the United States with the higher resolution screen options.

    As far as upcoming machines we will be offering soon in the United States, the XPS 13 will soon have a 1920 x 1080 resolution option. More details on that via a Direct2Dell blog post coming next week.

    Beyond that, I can't speculate on new laptops that we haven't announced yet. 

  • Lionel Menchaca, Chief Blogger,

    Why does dell not discard the keyboard removal plastic clips and use screws instead either from bottom or from top to hold the keyboard as these plastic keyboard removal clips on service are easily broken.

    Also recommend dell to use better plastic hard clips for access panel in vostro and inspiron laptops with more screws ,as current access panel in vostro is difficult to remove,dell need to u'stand vostro is SMB and require acces to HDD at times.

    make the keyboard back ground matt finish in vostro. back lite and standrad .

    give customer a option for WLAN card like atheros which works best a/b/g/n standard compared to broadcom WLAN in India.