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Dell is the latest PC maker to unveil a $199 laptop

Engadget logo Engadget 06-01-2016 Dana Wollman
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Generally speaking, tech companies use CES as an opportunity to unveil their latest and greatest: their highest-res TVs; their thinnest and lightest laptops; driverless-iest cars. This year, though, Dell seems to be taking a different tack. Twelve months after its XPS 13 flagship was named a Best of CES finalist, the company is returning to Vegas with something a little lower-end. Meet the Inspiron 11 3000 series, an 11.6-inch laptop priced at $199. As you can imagine, the specs you get for the money are pretty modest: an Intel Celeron or Pentium processor, 2GB to 4GB of RAM and a 1,366 x 768 display.

At this price, it has several other competitors, including the HP Stream 11, which boasts a similar feature set and colorful plastic design. Whereas some rival machines only include 32GB or so of built-in storage, thereby forcing you to rely on the cloud, the Inspiron 11 has an option for either a 128GB SSD or a 500GB hard drive. For folks with large media collections, then, this might be the better choice.

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