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If you’re looking for a good laptop for kids and the best laptop so they can do their school work, you’ll find a friend in the Dell Inspiron 11. Putting aside the attractive price for a moment, the Chrome OS ensures the kids will be able to download their favorite apps from Google Play and the 13 hour battery is more than enough for them to have enough time to do their homework.

Why We Like It – Dell Inspiron 11

The Dell Inspiron 11’s main selling feature is its stellar 13 hour battery life which blows most, if not all, other laptops out the window. And for less than $200.00 it’s an absolute stellar deal. The 4GD of RAM should be more than enough to get you through your day whether you’re multitasking or working on a singular project.

Pros
  • Chrome OS
  • Stellar Battery Life
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Intensive Programs Slow it Down Considerably
  • Only 16GB of Memory

Power/Performance

The Dell Inspiron 11 does well enough for a system that runs off of Chrome OS. People found the operating system odd to maneuver, especially compared to the tried and true operating system Windows. However, with a little practice, you’ll be using it as if it were second nature. The only issue found was that when it came to intensive programs, the Inspiron chugged behind. If you need a laptop that can handle the more intensive programs, the Acer Spin 11 is your best bet.

Battery

Regarding battery life, the Dell Wireless Inspiron 11 packs a surprising amount of punch. At an incredible 13.5 hours being able to last all day and then some of the next day shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for this laptop.. Rivaling even the Apple Macbook Air in terms of longevity, the Inspirion can be on the go and without a charger for as long as you need it to be.

Ports/Expandability

The Dell Inspiron 11 comes equipped with an audio jack, an HDMI, 2 USB ports, and an SD card reader. An impressive amount of ports for a laptop in this price range. The card reader is the most important of them all, though. Seeing how the Inspiron only carries 16GB of memory, your only options to expand are cloud storage or a memory card.

Build Quality

The overall quality of the Dell Inspiron 11 is fair. With the price the way it is it’s not going to be made of aluminum, and this should have been fairly obvious. But the plastic casing is more than durable enough for everyday use. A special shout out to the touch screen, though, for it’s durability and its ability to last long after the initial purchase of the laptop.

Value

If you want to increase the Inspirion’s value, get an SD card. The Dell Inspiron 11 doesn’t come with a standard hard drive, offering only 16GB in memory. However, it includes a media card reader, so expansion should be easy. However, if you’re looking for something with more memory, the Lenovo Flex 14 offers something much more permanent. But in the case of the Inspiron 11, it’s hard to argue with that very attractive price tag.

Dell Inspiron 11 Wrap Up

There are still some setbacks on the Dell Inspiron 11. The lackluster 16GB of memory being the most glaring issue it has. But I say it’s multitude of other beneficial features far outweigh this. Plus with the money you save from purchasing the laptop it won’t be a stretch to say you’ll have at least some left over for external memory.

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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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