Fresh and ready for a back-to-school push (yes, it's that time already), Dell's new Inspiron R series of laptops has a design that should be familiar to current Inspiron users, with a few new design changes and tweaks. We have two models from the R series here at CNET's offices and will be running our review tests on them, but in the meantime we thought we'd at least give you a few thoughts.
Sporting a very glossy and metallic-looking finish, the R series comes in Mars Black, Peacock Blue, Tomato Red, and Lotus Pink, and has screen sizes ranging from 14 to 17 inches. The Inspiron R series does boast an affordable low-end start price of $449, though a check on Dell's Web site confirms that it includes an Intel Pentium P6000 processor, not a Core i3. Core i3 and i5 CPUs otherwise dominate the internal configurations on Inspiron R laptops.
is offered as an optional add-on, a feature we're seeing in heading into the summer.
The Inspiron R also has a "hinge forward" design giving its rear a bulge in favor of a uniform thickness underneath. It's the same design idea we saw in the last batch of
The Inspiron R series is available now at Dell.com and at retail.