Ever wonder what where notebooks go when they die are discontinued? Sure, it’s possible that manufacturers could actually sell out of some units, but there’s usually some stock leftover. Sometimes they get sold off at retail. Other times they’re repackaged and sold as if they were new thanks to a new feature or two — like the addition of 3G or 4G modems. That’s eactly what’s happening with the Dell Inspiron 11z.
Dell stopped offering this 11.6 inch mini-laptop earlier this year, but now you can pick one up from Sprint with a mobile broadband module that lets you access 4G WiMAX and 3G EVDO networks around the US. TheInspiron 11z has also received a CPU boost. The new version has an Intel Core i3 processor. Earlier models shipped with Intel Pentium or Celeron processors. The new model will likely run Windows 7 Home Premium.
Sprint is also offering the Dell Inspiron Mini 10, a 10 inch netbook with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, 1GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive. The Mini 10 runs Windows 7 Starter Edition. It’s still available from Dell without the mobile broadband option.
Sprint will begin taking orders for the new models in the coming weeks. The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 will be free after rebate for customers who sign up for a long term service contract, while the Inspiron 11z will run $150 with a contract and rebate.
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The Dell Inspiron 11z notebook has a simple yet catchy design. The first impression is of course a glossy black screen cover and a silver colored palm rest. It has a flat structure, which makes easy to slide to a cover. This laptop comes with a Celeron 723 low voltage processor and a GS45 chipset. A screen resolution of 1366×768 gives enough space, just like notebooks. The speakers are a verage. Watching movies in HDMI out is a good option. In this new version Dell has included 3 USB ports and an audio jack. Other features include a LAN connector and an SDHC card slot. Dell has given a full size power connector with a65w thin power brick. The keypad is full-size one. It is easy and comfortable to type in. The specifications at a glance are Intel Celeron 723 (1.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB Cache) Intel GS45 + ISH9M chipset, 11.6″ WXGA LED-backlit display at 1366×768, Dell 1397 ABG Wireless. For a price of $399, it is a good buy.
Folks in UK are getting updated Dell Inspiron 11z from Dell UK outlet which have new updated touchpad.
“The touchpad is similar to that on the Inspiron 1545 where it is an indentation on the palmrest rather than being a separate pad. It is quite smooth to the touch compared with the older touchpad. The buttons are OK but feel a little cheap but it is very easy now to do proper right clicks and to click and drag. You lose some of the vertical space for moving around so it is worth increasing the speed of the pointer so you can move more easily around the screen in one go. It continues to support multi-touch like the previous touchpad.”
Dell has now made Windows 7 available for the 10.1” Mini 10v and 11.6” Inspiron 11z netbooks. The Mini 10 does not seem to be available with Windows 7 strangely.
For the Mini 10v, upgrading from XP Home to Windows 7 Starter is a $30 upgrade. For the Inspiron 11z, upgrading from Vista HP to Windows 7 HP (64-bit) costs $30, or $130 for Windows 7 Professional.