There is also a speaker on each side that's capable of pumping out some pretty good audio. They won't blow away a decent set of headphones or desktop speakers, but they aren't the thin, tinny-sounding stereo speakers you might expect to find.
Performance and battery life
The configuration I tested was powered by the 2.16GHz Intel Pentium N3530 processor. Though its status as a quad-core CPU doesn't mean much, it is better than an Intel Atom processor, both in performance and battery life. Again, Dell offers a slightly less powerful dual-core Intel Celeron configuration at a slightly lower cost.
The slow-spinning 500GB hard drive is nice to have for storage, but doesn't do performance any favors. A cold boot takes about a minute and launching software isn't exactly fast either. However, if you haven't yet been spoiled by the speed of a solid-state drive, you probably won't notice. (On the upside, the 11 3000 isn't completely sealed like higher-end ultrabooks, allowing you to easily remove the bottom panel for memory or storage upgrades.)
Still, it's not a system you want to try to do too much with all at once. It had little problem handling basic home office tasks or streaming movies and music while Web surfing or playing casual games. If you do a lot of photo or video editing or want to play 3D games at even reduced settings, you'll want to spend more andand better integrated or discrete graphics.
Battery life was unexpectedly excellent, handily beating out similarly configured laptops we've tested. On our video playback battery drain test, the Inspiron 11 3000 reached 7 hours and 41 minutes. With some power management or, better yet, a change to a less power-hungry SSD, you should be able to reach 8 hours.
The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 might not be a powerhouse, but if your computer needs don't go too far beyond basic home office or student work and nongaming entertainment, it's a great option. The design's versatility is nice to have, you can upgrade memory and storage yourself, and it has a long battery life to boot.
Dell Inspirion 11 3000
Windows 8.1 (64-bit); 2.16 Intel Pentium N3530; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 500GB, 5,400rpm HDD
Lenovo Yoga 2 (11-inch)
Windows 8.1 (64.bit); 2.16GHZ Intel Pentium N3520; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 500GB HDD
Lenovo Ideatab Miix 2
Windows 8.1 (32-bit); 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 128GB SSD
HP Pavilion 11 x360
Windows 8.1 (64.bit); 2.16GHZ Intel Pentium N3520 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz;32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 500GB HDD
Acer Aspire Switch 10
Windows 8.1 (32-bit); 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 64GB SSD