If Dell's new Inspiron laptops are any indication, there's still a market for desktop replacement notebooks. The Inspiron 7000 line, introduced at Computex in Taiwan, now includes a 17-inch behemoth that Dell claims is the world's first 2-in-1 laptop of its size.
The company also updated its 11-inch, 13-inch, and 15-inch Inspiron 2-in-1 models, as well as its 15-inch and 17-inch Inspiron 5000 conventional notebooks. The new 2-in-1s will be available beginning June 2 on Dell's website, with the Inspiron 5000 notebooks going on sale later this year.
Nearly every laptop maker offers 2-in-1 designs, laptops with hinges that allow their screens to be rotated 360 degrees so they can function as a tablet. But they've been limited to smaller 11-inch and 13-inch ultraportables; heavy 17-inch models aren't as mobile and so haven't received the 2-in-1 treatment.
With the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1, though, Dell intends to demonstrate that bigger screens can be flipped over, too. Along with its 13-inch and 15-inch siblings, the 7000's screen has Full HD resolution, and an infrared camera allows users to log in to Windows via the Hello feature just by glancing at the camera.
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Beneath the hood are sixth-gen Intel Core processors. Input options include USB Type-C, for which Dell sells an optional adapter that can connect to devices via HDMI, Ethernet, and USB 3.0. The USB Type-C port is also compatible with Dell's external battery pack, which adds six more hours of juice for the smaller models and five more hours for the 17 incher.
The refreshed Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 series includes most of the same features as the 7000, though is limited to 13-inch and 15-inch sizes. The 5000s start at $529, compared to the $749 starting price of the 7000 series. There's also a new 11-inch Inspiron 3000 2-in-1 that starts at a very reasonable $249.
If you don't need to flip your screen, you'll want to take a look at the 15-inch and 17-inch conventional Inspiron 5000 series. Pricing for those laptops wasn't announced.