Dell Inspiron Rs, reviewed

Dell's updated Inspiron series has a few new design tweaks and a wide variety of configurations to choose from. We've reviewed two models from the series to see what's new.

The Dell Inspiron 14R and 15R: glossier, and a little more comfortable than before.
The Dell Inspiron 14R and 15R: Glossier, and a little more comfortable. Sarah Tew/CNET

Right in time for back-to-school shopping considerations, Dell has updated its popular Inspiron series of laptops with a new design, and new configurations to boot. Covering a wide variety of CPU levels (Pentium up to Core i5) and prices (mid-$400 up to nearly $1000), the Inspiron R can be either a budget or higher-end laptop depending on what's put into it. To split the difference, we reviewed two of the more midrange offerings, one 14-inch, the other 15-inch.

Both Inspiron Rs we reviewed feature Intel Core i3 CPUs, but with slightly different price configurations. At $779, our Dell Inspiron 14R also included discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics. The more affordable $639 Inspiron 15R had a larger 9-cell battery, but integrated Intel graphics.

Read our review of the Dell Inspiron 14R.

Read our review of the Dell Inspiron 15R.

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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