These days, you can get a decent Windows laptop for well under $200. Available in three fashionable colors, Dell's $180 Inspiron 11 3000 tries to add a touch of style to this crowded budget market. The 11.6-inch notebook packs a low-power Intel Celeron CPU and a surprisingly decent Waves Maxx audio, along with nearly 9 hours of battery life. However, some of the Inspiron 11 3000's competitors offer more comfortable keyboards and brighter displays.
Our Bali Blue Dell Inspiron 11 3000 review unit has a unique, but subdued pair of hues that reminded me of the classic video-game character Mega-Man. Unfortunately, the notebook's highly reflective shell is a fingerprint magnet.Display
The Inspiron 11's 11.6-inch, 1376 x 768-pixel display outputs dull colors and isn't as bright as its competitors. When I watched a trailer for Captain America: Civil War on the laptop, I didn't see many details, and the visual noise in the smoke surrounding Bucky distracted me. The red rings of Captain America's shield looked flat and lifeless, while the characters' skin had a decidedly blue hue. The notably dim panel also left a raging fire looking flat and made a dark sea scene hard to see.