Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series – i3147-2500sLV

The affordable convertible laptops from Dell, the Inspiron 11 3000 series are designed as a viable alternative to Chromebooks for people who want a little more control over their machines and a bit more processing power and versatility.

The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series – i3147-2500sLV is the most affordable version of a total of three available. Being a convertible, it means that you can use it either as a laptop, configure it to sit as a tent when enjoying videos or use it as a tablet and flip the touchscreen at 360 degrees. At a list price of $399, this unit has a dual core Intel Celeron N2840 processor with 1MB of cache available. It is admittedly one of the slowest CPU out there, but since this laptop is marketed towards users with limited resource needs, we think it will do the jobs it will be required to without any difficulties. With a Scenario Design Power of just 4.5W, it will help immensely with battery life expectancy.

With 4GB of RAM and 500GB of storage space available via the SATA Hard Disk Drive, the Dell 11 3000 has more than enough resources to handle everyday situations and even more demanding jobs such as photo editing or editing large excel sheets. Since it’s mainly a portable device, the specs listed above will be sufficient for most users’ needs. The GPU, as expected is integrated. Measuring 11.6 inches across, the glossy screen has a 1366px x 768px resolution, quite satisfying on such a small screen, although we do wished for a full HD experience to have been available. That would’ve made this laptop shine amongst its rivals.

Dell hadn’t specified what the maximum battery life is, but users reported figures of 8 to 9 hours of battery life during normal usage, which is a very respectable result. If the laptop has a big drawback, it’s the 802.11 b/g/n Wireless card. Not being equipped with a 802.11ac protocol WLAN card is a bit of a downer since it’ll restrict your online streaming experience.

Also, if you want to fully enjoy this 2-in-1 laptop, do yourself a favor and buy a replacement SSD. The mechanical hard disk drive is the only thing that’s slowing down the Dell i3147-2500sLV to the point of annoyance when booting or opening programs. With an SSD, your work can begin faster and your laptop will experience significantly fewer freezes during its lifetime.

Technical Specifications



Product Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series – i3147-2500sLV
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PROCESSOR
CPU Name Intel Celeron N2840
CPU Type Dual Core (2 cores, 2 threads)
CPU Speed 2.16 GHz up to 2.58 GHz
CPU Cache 1 MB L2 Cache
SYSTEM MEMORY
Installed Memory 4GB
Maximum Memory 8GB
Memory Type DDR3L SDRAM
Total Memory Slots Unknown
STORAGE
Storage Capacity 500GB
Storage Type Hard Disk Drive
Storage Technology 5400 rpm, SATA
DISPLAY
Screen Size 11.6″
Screen Type LED
Screen Technology Glossy
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen Yes
GRAPHICS
Graphics Processing Unit Intel HD Graphics
Graphic Card Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
AUDIO & VIDEO
Audio Technology HD Audio
Speakers 2 speakers
Webcam Yes
NETWORK AND COMMUNICATION
Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet
INTERFACE
USB Ports 1 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
Sleep-and-Charge USB No
HDMI Yes
VGA No
Headphone/Mic Audio Combo
Multi Card Slot Yes, SD and MMC support
LAN (RJ45) No
INPUT DEVICES
Touch Pad / Track Pad Touch Pad with Multi-Touch Control
Number of Keys 84 Keys (Standard notebook)
Backlit Keyboard No
BATTERY
Battery Type 3 Cell built-in Lithium Ion
Battery Capacity 43 Whr
Maximum Battery Life Unknown
Other Features
Operating System Windows 8.1
Dimensions (W x D x H) 11.8″ x 7.9″ x 0.8″
Weight 3.07 pounds
Warranty 1-Year Limited

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Pros:

  • Very good battery life
  • Lightweight and precise touchscreen
  • Good RAM configuration

Cons:

  • Lack of SSD
  • No 802.11ac Wi-Fi card
  • The CPU can be a bit slow at times
  • No FHD resolution

 

All in all, I think we can say the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series – i3147-2500sLV comes with great value for money. You will get attached to it pretty quickly and take it everywhere, being so light and practical.


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