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conclusion:We like it

78 October 10th 2014 11:35 am

At first glance, the Inspiron 11 3000 looks a lot like a Lenovo Yoga. It's actually an entry-level convertible from Dell, priced at under $500 and ticking off enough boxes to be a competent choice for the budget-minded shopper.

As expected from laptops at this price point, the 11.6-inch display comes in at a paltry 1,366 x 768 resolution. However, Notebook Review finds the touchscreen "bright" and "responsive," though Laptop Magazine thinks the panel is "good, but not great." Inside, you'll find a standard 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive with your choice of processor. Computer Shopper says the configuration they tested "perked along" without much trouble through daily tasks but note that you shouldn't "expect it to blast" through more intensive projects. show more

Critic reviews

7.2
8 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.1
  • Design and form factor
    7.7
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Display
    6.9
  • Durability
    7.3
  • Expandability
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.3

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User reviews

8.7
3 reviews
8.0
CNET Aug 13, 2014

With the Inspiron 11 3000, Dell delivers an everyday ultraportable hybrid with an excellent battery life at a good price.

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8.0
PC Mag Sep 19, 2014

The entry-level Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 (3147) proves that you don't have to compromise if you want a convertible-hybrid laptop that lasts all day and fully utilizes its touch screen.

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7.0
PC World Sep 24, 2014

If the design suits you, the Inspiron 11-3147 fills both its tablet and laptop roles well at an attractive price.

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7.0
PC World Australia Aug 11, 2014

An inexpensive proposition if you're after a dual-purpose device. It's easy to use it as a tablet, just by tilting the screen all the way back around the unit, and it does the job well enough as a laptop. Just don't expect a lot of speed out it since it's based on an Intel Celeron CPU.

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6.0
NotebookReview Aug 28, 2014

The Dell Inspiron 11 2-in-1 a reasonable low-cost purchase for basic uses. It would probably meet the demands of casual users who want a 2-in-1 without paying a premium for one.

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6.0
Computer Shopper Aug 25, 2014

Dell offers an attractive and affordable compact convertible with long battery life—great for back-to-schoolers and frequent fliers. But our test unit's flaky keyboard and touch pad drove us to distraction.

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8.0
HotHardware Sep 22, 2014

With that in mind, we like the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 for what it is: a low-cost convertible that gets the job done. There are more powerful convertibles out there ... but they have the price tags to match. The Inspiron 11 is a worthy budget PC to be sure.

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First Looks

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Laptop Magazine Jun 2, 2014

Weighing 3.07 pounds, the Inspiron 11 is slightly heavier than the 2.8-pound Yoga, but we like its sleek looks and island-style spill-resistant keyboard. Dell estimates that the 3-cell 43-wHr battery in the Inspiron 11 should last up to 7.5 hours.

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CNET Jun 2, 2014

Like other hybrids such as the Lenovo Yoga, the Inspiron 11 can fold its display flat, then continue into what we call a kiosk or display mode, with the keyboard facing down toward the table, and the touchscreen pointing out towards the audience.

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PC World Jun 2, 2014

The first hybrid I tried was the Inspiron 11, which weighs 1.39 kilograms and is rather difficult to hold in one hand as you would a tablet. The touchscreen—showing images at a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution—stopped working after switching from laptop to tablet mode.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 3, 2014

At 1.5kg it feels like a reasonable weight for a laptop, slightly heavy for a tablet- although that's to be expected in this form factor. The version we saw was running Windows 8.1 on Intel Baytrail and it did seem operate smoothly enough.

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Liliputing Sep 20, 2013

It has a remarkably wide touchpad which felt good to my fingers, a full-sized keyboard that was easy to type on, and a touchscreen display. The laptop also has a soft-touch plastic finish that I’m kind of enamored with.

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TechRadar Jun 2, 2014

While aimed at students, I have a hard time seeing exactly who the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 will serve best. Frankly, I find it difficult to work on screens smaller than 13 inches, especially at a 16:9 aspect ratio, and I generally don't find an improvised tablet all that useful or convenient.

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9.0
mijcar mijcar

We needed a last minute machine to use when covering ESRI 2014. For us, this translated at portable, versatile, long battery life, easy to read, responsive. In other words, we needed a machine that did its job without forcing us to pay attention to it. A quick review of available machines,...

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8.0
jpremor jpremor

It's the best choice for it price point with no question. I had some discounts to get to $380. To compare this kind of computer with others in the market you need to go somewhere between $600 to $800 like the Lenovo or Microsoft Surface. So, be aware you are not buying a Surface but you might not...

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9.0
stalky14 stalky14

I think most of the professional reviews of this laptop are for the Celeron or Pentium versions. I have the Core-i3 version, so any speed complaints they have might not apply. I have found that it is quite speedy for the money (paid $520 on Amazon), although I have swapped out the 500GB hard...

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