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[Dell] - Inspiron 11 3000 - $199.99 - Today only

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[Dell] - Inspiron 11 3000 - $199.99 - Today only

As part of the Dell days of Deals, this laptop is under $200. I know it's not the greatest with only 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage, but for anyone that needs a disposable laptop/netbook for travel or use during vacations and trips, this is pretty good deal. If you have member discount, you can get an additional $5 off as well as ebates of course.

http://www.dell.com/ca/p/inspiron-11-31 ... 162-laptop
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That price is ONLY for the red one. Tempting but really have no need for it.
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I was about to say the same. I was contemplating getting two colours, one for each of my kids. May be suitable for my daughter, but my son is getting closer to HS age and I may have to consider something a little beefier. Seems decent though for a kick around, travel laptop for those who need that rather than a tablet. Thanked anyhow!
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2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC disk - no thanks. Gonna be laggy af.

Thanks for posting it though! Interesting to see where the low-cost laptops are going. ;)
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2GB is rough for Win10. 4GB would be better, 8GB means you can pretty much not use the swapfile (important for eMMC or any Flash drives longevity)
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NickelFinger wrote: 2GB is rough for Win10. 4GB would be better
the world of laptops is actually regressing back in time, and I can hardly wait for the 2020 models with a black board and chalk you carry around - and at only $99!!
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If all I need is a laptop to watch...you know, video streams that might have titles coincidentally matching those you might see in a public auditorium with a giant screen ;) ...would this be sufficient? Or too weak for that even.
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kenchau wrote: If all I need is a laptop to watch...you know, video streams that might have titles coincidentally matching those you might see in a public auditorium with a giant screen ;) ...would this be sufficient? Or too weak for that even.
It'd display video of both legal and illegal forms just fine.

At first I thought you wanted to use this as a FAPtop
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NickelFinger wrote: 2GB is rough for Win10. 4GB would be better, 8GB means you can pretty much not use the swapfile (important for eMMC or any Flash drives longevity)
The big issue is Windows 10 is "free" to OEMs for 2GB and lower, but full price >2GB. So for this price point that is why you typically see 2GB.
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aviador wrote: PassMark score 910-915 (compare to ~910 PassMark for the Z3735F)
seriously? I would never buy a laptop with a passmark below 4K, as then it won't do much in terms of real-world performance.

my last 3-year old dell refurb had a passmark of 4600. :facepalm:
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NickelFinger wrote: 2GB is rough for Win10. 4GB would be better, 8GB means you can pretty much not use the swapfile (important for eMMC or any Flash drives longevity)
I've never had a problem with 2GB in windows 10. I have two devices both Z3735F's with 2GB and windows 10 and they are the fastest machines I own. I'm right now working on one with 30 tabs open in firefox, editing a powerpoint presentation and with word open as well as the standard stuff like dropbox and skype running in the background and it's only using 1.3GB with 1% disk usage in the past 5 minutes. I've even had over 200 tabs open before and it still didn't reach 2gb.
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It is strange how Microsoft throws in Win10 for OEM 2GB.

The Dell inspiron 14 3000 ships with 2GB, but its an easy DDR3L single channel sodimm swap to 8GB. The inspiron 11 has the RAM soldered onboard, so no possible upgrade.
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I would pay $10 more to get an Acer 11.6" Chromebook from Best Buy ($209.99 until June 16). The n2840 processor scores better on Passmark, and because Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system I find that Chromebooks feel fast -- even with 2GB of RAM.

And, no, for most people the inability to run Windows programs isn't a big deal.
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retrothing wrote: I would pay $10 more to get an Acer 11.6" Chromebook from Best Buy ($209.99 until June 16). The n2840 processor scores better on Passmark, and because Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system I find that Chromebooks feel fast -- even with 2GB of RAM.

And, no, for most people the inability to run Windows programs isn't a big deal.
It is a big deal. I had more usage out of my 'now-cracked-screen Acer Windows 10 Netbox" vs my Samsung Chromebook. Even watching a basic movie off a USB is a challenge with Chromebook. You can do the same with Chrome running on this laptop.
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NickelFinger wrote: It is strange how Microsoft throws in Win10 for OEM 2GB.

The Dell inspiron 14 3000 ships with 2GB, but its an easy DDR3L single channel sodimm swap to 8GB. The inspiron 11 has the RAM soldered onboard, so no possible upgrade.
Base model of surface 3 has only 2GB as well. Its probably enough for basic users.
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weedb0y wrote: It is a big deal. I had more usage out of my 'now-cracked-screen Acer Windows 10 Netbox" vs my Samsung Chromebook. Even watching a basic movie off a USB is a challenge with Chromebook. You can do the same with Chrome running on this laptop.
The old Samsung Chromebooks with ARM processors are horribly under-powered. The latest crop of Intel-based Chromebooks do much better (the n2840 in the one I linked to is about 10% faster than the Inspiron 11's processor).

Chromebooks don't work for everybody, but for those of us who are heavily invested in the Google ecosystem already, they're really useful. I can watch Netflix and video files in HD, along with surfing and webmail. I only need my Windows PC for work related programs these days.
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NickelFinger wrote: It is strange how Microsoft throws in Win10 for OEM 2GB.

The Dell inspiron 14 3000 ships with 2GB, but its an easy DDR3L single channel sodimm swap to 8GB. The inspiron 11 has the RAM soldered onboard, so no possible upgrade.
maybe there is a ms requirement with smaller laptops like this, to make 100% sure that they just can't be upgraded and use a free license?
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JackWhyte wrote: seriously? I would never buy a laptop with a passmark below 4K, as then it won't do much in terms of real-world performance.

my last 3-year old dell refurb had a passmark of 4600. :facepalm:
Yup got a refurbed Lenovo Thinkpad T430S with 4GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive for $315 final price shipped. Passmark over 4000. Not the best, but cheap and usable. Easy and cheap to add more RAM and a decent SSD.

This inspiron is hardly usable with 2 GB and non-existent hard drive space.
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And what is the reason they to deploy a 64-bit version on that 2GB laptop?

I have HP Stream 13 - the same specs and recently did Win10 clean install (which went fine, BTW, no more bloatware). I'm just wondering what if I put 32-bit Win10 instead of original shipped 64-bit?
RAM is not upgradable and I would probably can save few resources by running 32-bit OS with 2GB of RAM.

What do you think?
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BabaMeca wrote: And what is the reason they to deploy a 64-bit version on that 2GB laptop?

I have HP Stream 13 - the same specs and recently did Win10 clean install (which went fine, BTW, no more bloatware). I'm just wondering what if I put 32-bit Win10 instead of original shipped 64-bit?
RAM is not upgradable and I would probably can save few resources by running 32-bit OS with 2GB of RAM.

What do you think?
I believe those PC only support 64bit UEFI/Secure boot mode. You need to use "legacy" bios for 32 bit Window10.
I tried to install 32-bit windows 10 on my Inspiron 14 3000 as some of my old USB devices do not have 64bit drivers. However, it would not even load the 32bit installation USB until I switch it to legacy bios mode. I believe some of the "old" laptop has 32bit UEFI support, but don't think it is available for last 2 years.

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