Dell is going the slim and super-light route with its Inspiron 11z not-quite-netbook, launched today, but more interestingly, this is its first consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) machine.
The Intel CULV processor and six-cell battery combine to give more than six hours of battery life to this in-between consumer notebook that Dell says gives the portability of a netbook with the power of a notebook.
Inspiron 11z launch
"The launch of the Inspiron 11z is absolutely a validation of customer feedback asking us to design a netbook-like device with a netbook-ish price point that is capable of handling traditional laptop activities," said Anne C on the official Dell community blog.
So the logic, says Dell, is that this is not actually a companion device like a netbook because that is where its Mini range sits.
The Inspiron 11z has an 11.6-inch screen and is 23.5mm thick at its thinnest. Weighing just 1.4kg, and with a 92pc-size keyboard, Dell is labelling it "more powerful than a netbook" because of the option for up to 4GB RAM and up to 500GB of a hard drive, as well as a HD display with 1,366 x 768 resolution.
It also has a HDMI connection for hooking it up to your home TV and comes with Dell’s new "floating touchpad" that has multi-touch controls.
So, how much does the Insprion 11z cost?
Style-wise, it comes in all the colours that those Dell TV ads show: black, white, pink, cherry red, ice blue, jade green and purple.
Pricing starts from €399 at Dell.ie.
By Marie Boran, via Gadgetrepublic.com
Photo: The Dell Inspiron 11z.