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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.