Dell amazes with new Inspiron 7000 series and sub $400 Ultrabook

Just in time for the holiday season, Dell has announced a few new additions to its line of PCs. Typically Inspiron has served as the company’s budget line of machines, but with these latest editions, Dell is going above and beyond to make budget seem premium for Windows 8.

The first introduction is a selection of new Inspiron 7000 series laptops. Typically, Inspiron units have been made from plastic, but not this time; this time, the 7000 series is made of “forged aluminum” and features “diamond-cut beveled edges”. According to Dell, the 14-inch model that measures in at .6 inches is 27% than its predecessor. The 15 inch and 17 inch models are just as impressive, coming in at .9 inches and 1.1 inches respectively (Remember, these are budget machines).

All 7000 series machines will have an edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass screen with 10 points of multitouch. On the 14-inch and 15-inch models, an optional Full HD 300-nit display is available. Beneath the screen will sit an Intel 4th generation Core i5 or i7 processor with SSD configurations available on the 15-inch and 17-inch models.

The Inspiron 700 series of machines will be available September 26 and will start at $699 for the Inspiron 15 and $849 for the Inspiron 14 or Inspiron 17.

Inspiron 3000 11

Dell will also be introducing a new Ultrabook part of their Inspiron 3000 series, the “11”. The unit is only .83 inches thin, weighs a bit over a pound, and promises to pack over eight hours of battery life. The Inspiron 3000 11 will also feature a 10 point multitouch display for the ultimate Windows 8 experience. It will be available October 3 and starts at $379. (Less than $400 for an 8+ hour Ultrabook? Insane!)

Lastly, Dell will be adding a new member of the family to their All-In-One unit selection with the Inspiron 23. The new desktop will feature a full 1080p HD display with 10 points of multitouch and is able to be used standing upright or flat on a table. The unit will be available October 1 and start at $999.

Inspiron 23

Dell really seems to be stepping up their game – what do you think?

Source: Microsoft

Michael Archambault