Dell 11 3000 – Portable, light and fit in any case
Dell 11 3000
This is one laptop that is nicely priced and great for the budget shopper. It’s a 2-in-1 standout with a brighter touch screen a lot more colorful than the competitors. The Dell 11 3000 looks almost similar with the Lenovo Yoga yet has a lot to offer when considering that it can be regarded as a convertible from Dell. This laptop is actually being a touchscreen entry level tablet/laptop hybrid meaning it is more of a tablet that can be used as a laptop which is also the reason why Dell calls it its 2-in1. The 11.6-inch screen, with 1.366 x 768 resolution can flip 360 degrees for multiple mode use. the tent and display mode are perfect for viewing content while the other modes, the tablet and laptop modes are self-explanatory. In fact, it is considered Dell’s answer to Lenovo.
The device measuring 7.9 x 11.6 x 0.76 inches (W, D, H) and 1.4 kilo in weight is made entirely of plastic and has round, symmetrical ends while the sides are flat. There is a slight difference in thickness between the base and the lid. It has a silver hue color that gives it sort of a premium feel. At a budget price one should not expect the latest of hardware inside, but the device has enough things inside to get any type of project or activity done.
With a 1.366 x 768 resolution, the display is not very fantastic for watching trailer yet the brightness and responsiveness for notebook is quite good. The display can produce only 65% of sRGB spectrum while for trailers 80% is preferable. The viewing angle as advertised by Dell is of 174 degrees good enough for a device that can be used both as a laptop or a tablet. Dell could have also made the display a bit brighter yet in comparison it is quite dim at 282 nits of brightness while the average is around 302 nits. It still outshines some competitors but higher brightness makes viewing easier outdoor or in direct sunlight.
For a 2-in-1 the inconvenience is the keyboard when using the device as a tablet. Dell could have provided a detachable solution instead a having the screen fold 360 degrees. Obviously seeking to purchase separately a laptop and a tablet would be more expensive so it’s an inconvenience that is not much of an issue. The keyboard is almost quite good in comparison with other device of the same category, and the touch-pad varies. Sometimes it doesn’t react when touched with the fingertip and requires trying again sometimes twice or even three times to obtain a reaction.
When it comes to the speakers, audio is quite loud and clear, and the 1080 video renders perfectly. For people who like gaming, a reminder is that this is an entry level hybrid so one should not expect much. In fact, if it’s for simple HTLM types, it works quite satisfactorily but it will not respond with recent standalone games. Its capacity is only of 11 frames per second in bio shock infinite at 1024 x 768 using low image details.
A 2.16GHz Intel Pentium N 3530 CPU powers the system with windows 8.1 operating system, 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB of hard drive type Serial ATA. Some test has indicated that the Dell 11 3000 has no problem performing daily tasks but will feel a bit sluggish when it comes to undertaking more intensive projects. At a budget price, this 2-in-1 seems to have a very good heat management system compared with its predecessor. In comparison with others of the same category, the Dell seems to be 35% faster than the average.
For an entry level and budget price Dell did incorporate some of the latest trend from the mainstream which includes the 802.1 ac Wi-Fi, the new wireless standard, and Bluetooth 4.0 for connection. Also included are two USB ports for connecting accessories, an HDMI port which can be used to link the device to a monitor or a projector, an SD card slot for expanding the internal memory, and obviously a headphone/mic jack. It also has a security lock slot so that the notebook can be physically secured beside offering password access. What’s great for people who like to chat in social media is that a 720 p webcam has also been inserted. When on battery, a 3-cell, 43 Whr is used which can last up to eight hours.
The Dell 11 3000 is sold in various configuration. A 2.16 GHz entry-level model pack Intel Celeron processor of either 2 GB or 32 GB of flash storage and a model that is a bit faster having 4GB of RAM and 500 GB of hard drive. There is also another model which is mid-range having a powerful 2.4 GHz Pentium N3700 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD.
This hybrid laptop/tablet is quite a bargain and would be great for any business user. It is super-portable, light, and would easily fit in any laptop case. It includes a solid keyboard that is quite responsive, flexibility and a very long battery life. In comparison with competitors, it is faster than the average of the same category. When making the comparison with a standard laptop, the system seems to be slower to boot or resume from sleep. Uninstalling certain bloatware that are pre-installed such as Mccafe, Dropbox, Dell wise or other, provide better efficiency for the laptop mode. Another app that is pre-installed is Microsoft office, but to its not free. You’ll need to obtain an office license key to use the app, so if you already have your own Microsoft office, uninstalling that one could save space and help in the performance.
* with the capacity provided you can be comfortable doing certain tasks but it is also possible to upgrade the device for more power providing more RAM, a faster hard drive, or a solid state drive.
* The built-in hardware has been made so that they can be easily removed and replaced.
* The system is quite easy to upgrade in comparison to other hybrids that have memory and storage soldered to the motherboard.
* Unlike some other bail trail-powered machine, the Inspiron 11 3000 has a fan included. The system generate heat and at occasion it’s possible to hear the fan which makes a bit of noise, and at occasions the hard drive can be heard clicking.