14r Dell launches new Inspiron R notebooks

It is spring time and Dell has announced what can only be described as its spring collection which is a refresh of its Inpiron R series of notebooks that now features removable display backs, something akin to Nokia's swappable phone covers of the past. Of course there's more to the new line than swappable bits of plastic, as Dell has added support for Intel's second generation Core i processors across the range which brings with it some additional changes as well.

It is spring time and Dell has announced what can only be described as its spring collection which is a refresh of its Inpiron R series of notebooks that now features removable display backs, something akin to Nokia's swappable phone covers of the past. Of course there's more to the new line than swappable bits of plastic, as Dell has added support for Intel's second generation Core i processors across the range which brings with it some additional changes as well.

So what we're looking at here are three new models, the 14R (N4110), 15R (N5110) and 17R (N7110) and the model names give away the screen sizes.  Dell is offering all three models with an option of a dual core Core i3-3210M or a Core i5-2410M processor, although the 15R and 17R will be available with the quad core Core i7-2630QM. The 14R and 15R come with standard 1366×768 resolution displays while the larger 17R gets fitted with a 1600×900 panel.

14r Dell launches new Inspiron R notebooks

The standard graphics option is Intel's HD graphics 3000, although dell offers an upgrade to an AMD Radeon HD 6470M for the 14R and 15R, while the 14R is also available with a Radeon HD 6640M. For whatever reason Dell decided to go with two Nvidia graphics options as well, as the 15R can be kitted out with a GeForce GT525M, which is also the only option for the 17R, although in this case the 15R only comes with 1GB of graphics memory, while the 17R gets 2GB.

All three models will be offered with up to 8GB of RAM and will come with either a 5,400rpm hard drive up to 640GB or a 7,200rpm hard drive up to 500GB. Other features include an optical drive, various 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and 3G/WiMAX options, Bluetooth 3.0, WiDi support, eSATAp (powered eSATA/USB combo port), USB 3.0, HDMI, 10/100Mbit Ethernet, HD webcam and a memory card reader. Not all models will come with all features, as generally is the case with notebooks. All three models are available with a 6-cell or a 9-cell battery pack.

15r Dell launches new Inspiron R notebooks

The unusual feature of all three models is Dell's new Switch lid design and this is again an optional feature which will cost you extra, on top of the cost of the various lids you can get which start at US$39.99. The switchable lids also add a fair bit of weight to the tune of about 170-270g depending on the model. It's a neat feature for those that want a notebook that stands out and if you get bored by one design, you can always buy another one.

dell switch Dell launches new Inspiron R notebooks

The 14R starts at US$579.99, the 15R is a little bit cheaper at US$529.99 and the 17R comes in at the same starting price as the 14R and all three models are supplied with a black Switch lid at this price point. Singapore pricing appears to start at S$949 for the 14R, but this doesn't include a Switch lid as standard and would set you back an additional S$42.80 for the plain black one. The 15R starts at S$999, although it comes with a free upgrade option for the Switch lids. The 17R doesn't appear to be available in Singapore as of now.

Source: Dell