|CPU||Intel Core m3-6Y30|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Hard Drive Size||500GB|
In an improvement over 2015’s boring silver model, the 2016 Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 comes in eye-catching “Bali Blue” and “Tango Red” as well as the banal “Alpine White” and “Foggy Night Grey.” Its glossy, plastic shell may show off fingerprints, but it also offers a sturdy feel. The Inspiron 11’s 11.6-inch display revolves on zinc- alloy hinges that enable you to use it in laptop, display, tent and tablet modes.
The hybrid’s volume and power buttons sit flush on the front of its left side, which is unfortunate, as it’s too easy to accidentally turn off the computer, which I did multiple times during testing.
Weighing 2.8 pounds and measuring 0.82 inches thick, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 is heavier and thicker than the Microsoft Surface 3 with its Type Cover (1.95 pounds, 0.53 inches) and the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 310 (2.4 pounds, 0.71 inches), heavier than the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA (2.61 pounds, 0.73 inches) and thinner than the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (2.82 pounds, 1.01 inches).
In a huge step backward from last year’s model, the 2016 version of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 has a dim screen with very limited color reproduction. When I watched a Suicide Squad trailer on the notebook’s 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel display, I noticed that the panel reproduced the warm orange glow in El Diablo’s flaming hands but muted the blues and reds of Harley Quinn’s outfit. Pixelation, as well as a white cast that washed out the display, combined to bleach Gotham’s normally dark and foreboding sewers and prisons.
According to our colorimeter, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 produced a slim 56 percent of the sRGB spectrum. That’s less than the Surface 3 (99 percent), the Ideapad Miix 310 (84 percent), the Transformer Book Flip TP200SA (69 percent), the Aspire Switch 10 E (70 percent) and the average for ultraportables (123 percent), which includes more expensive notebooks. Last year’s model displayed a much stronger 81.4 percent.
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The Inspiron 11’s display doesn’t show accurate color, either; it earned a score of just 3.79 on the Delta-E test (in which closer to 0 is better). The Surface 3 (3.11), Ideapad Miix 310 (0.79), Transformer Book Flip TP200SA (0.3), Aspire Switch 10 E (0.42) and average ultraportable (1.46) recorded better scores.
Whereas last year’s screen offered a bright 308 nits, the new Inspiron 11 3000 emits only 208 nits, making it dimmer than the Surface 3 (407 nits), the Ideapad Miix 310 (255 nits), the Transformer Book Flip TP200SA (243 nits), the Aspire Switch 10 E (263 nits) and the average for ultraportables (287 nits). The Inspiron 11 isn’t good for group viewings, as color darkening and reflections muddied its display at 45 degrees to the left and right.
Keyboard, Touch Screen, Touchpad
The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1’s keyboard, touch-screen display and touchpad provide acceptable, but not stellar, input options. When I tested out the hybrid’s keyboard on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I clicked my way to 74 words per minute, which isn’t too far from my 80-wpm average.
The notebook’s slightly shallow keys offer 1.37 millimeters of travel and require 54 grams of force to actuate. Those measurements are shy of what we hope to find in ultraportable notebook keyboards (1.5 mm and 60 grams). In testing, I found the keys were decent enough for me to write short bursts, but they didn’t feel responsive enough for long writing sessions.