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Dell keeps its 2-in-1 laptop momentum going with new models

Engadget Engadget 31/05/2016 Richard Lai
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It's no secret that the PC market is shrinking due to the onslaught of smartphones and tablets, but if you ask Dell, it's apparently bucking the trend thanks to its 2-in-1 notebooks and gaming laptops. At Computex, Executive Director Monty Wong told us that Dell saw 13 consecutive quarters of increasing PC market share, to the point where it overtook HP as the number one PC brand in the US back in Q1, according to IDC. As such, it's no surprise that this PC giant has put in more effort to drive its convertible laptop momentum at this year's show, ranging from the world's first 17-inch 2-in-1 all the way down to a $249 11-inch device. Let's take a closer look at them.

Starting off with the premium line we have the aluminum Inspiron 7000 series 2-in-1s, and these come in sizes of 13, 15 and 17 inches -- the last one being a first in the 2-in-1 market, and its monstrosity should come in handy for kitchen use, small meetings or just video entertainment. These are all designed with prosumers in mind, which is why they pack Intel's sixth-generation Core processor, NVIDIA's GeForce 940M graphics chip and a backlit keyboard; though you'll only get full HD resolution on the touchscreen.

These will also come with an infrared camera for Windows Hello's facial recognition login feature. In addition to the HDMI port, the two full-size USB ports (one is USB 3.0), the SD card slot and the usual power plug socket, there's also a USB Type-C port on the left for an external dock, an external display or extra battery life. This series starts from $749 and will be hitting Dell's US site on June 2nd, followed by Best Buy.

Next up we have the more mainstream Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1s. While their bodies consist of just plastic, we're liking their clean, understated design. There are only two size options: 13 inches and 15 inches, both offering a full HD touchscreen with wide viewing angle. The infrared camera is here to stay, and these machines will support up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM. In terms of sockets, you'll miss out on the USB Type-C port featured on the 7000 series 2-in-1s, but instead you'll get an additional full-size USB 3.0 port. These will start from $529 and will be on at the same time as the 7000 series.

And finally, there's the Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1, which is an 11-inch convertible laptop aimed at children and budget-conscious consumers. Given its $249 base price, there's not much to expect in terms of performance: It comes with an Intel Pentium chip, just 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage space and a 1,366 x 768 touchscreen. That said, you still get one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port and a microSD slot. Starting from June 2nd, this model will initially be available in blue and red options, followed by grey and white later.

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