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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Portable 11.6" laptop for the money with good power but with some issues, March 31, 2014
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This review is from: Dell Inspiron 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (i3137-5003sLV) (Old Version) [Discontinued By Manufacturer] (Personal Computers)
For the money, this is a great laptop with all the ports that you need Ethernet port, card reader (except optical drive & vga). It's a lot snappier than the AMD A6-1450 found on most 11.6". On the outside, it feels like a more expensive laptop and I'm not lying, I had the Alienware 14 with the same silvery rubberize finish and it felt exactly almost the same on the Inspiron 11 3000. There are some Pros and Cons and I'm going to list them below.

PROS
- Looks and feels high quality on the outside because of the fit and rubberize finish
- Very portable, just 3lb and under an inch
- Good Battery life of around 5-6 hours using Balanced Mode at 40% brightness web surfing and light media playing, idle life is longer around 8-10 hours
- Decent keyboard with an ok key travel, keyboard also has a dedicated mute, increase and decrease volume button that don't require the FN key combo.
- Good performance for the money with the Intel Pentium Haswell 3556u which is snappy and the intel hd gpu can even play some games since this is the intel hd haswell graphics which is faster than the Pentium bay trail hd graphics.

CONS
- Display is mediocre. The blacks looks grey and it has some grainy look to it. The reason people go for glossy screen is to avoid that grainy/sparkly effect that's mostly used on matte panel but this glossy screen is grainy.
- Touchpad is decent when it's working normal but sometimes it is erratic and it freezes for several seconds.
- The 3.5mm audio port emits a hissing interference noise when using any headset/earphone
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Initial post: Mar 31, 2014 5:53:42 PM PDT
Just curious, did you compare other units before buying this? I'm leaning toward this because of battery life and decent cpu for mostly web and light business use. Thanks for your review!

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 9:36:17 PM PDT
Is the keyboard backlit?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2014 5:17:25 AM PDT
Alberto says:
No

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 7:27:26 AM PDT
Can the memory be upgraded? 4g is good for now but I may want to add more later. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2014 3:07:52 PM PDT
LC says:
yes. 8gb.

Posted on May 15, 2014 3:10:33 PM PDT
LC says:
spot on review. great laptop all around and give or take matches my old macbook pro core2duo performance but hate the trackpad. really ruins the experience since it is something i need to use 99% of the time when using any laptop. in fact as i type this it has completely stopped working (just updated the april 2014 drivers a couple hours ago). need to reboot.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2014 3:11:33 PM PDT
LC says:
it will be more than fine for that usage.

Posted on May 21, 2014 8:27:30 AM PDT
dsmcl says:
I agree that this review completely reflects my experience. In particular the track pad has been unreliable for me especially when going back and forth between the touch screen and the pad. For example, I cannot use the track pad to write this review. The pointer will move around with the track pad but it will not 'click' on anything. Very frustrating. Otherwise, it is a nice computer but this Con detracts from the overall experience fairly significantly.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 3:29:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 3, 2014 3:30:58 PM PDT
Eugene T says:
for the trackpad issue, you need to disable one-finger gestures in the driver.
for the screen issues, you need to disable power saving in video card settings, and also Dell Intelligent Display in battery settings. you won't believe how vibrant and bright the colors can be! This might affect the battery life, but for me, I'd look at a bright and readable screen for 6 hours, rather than struggle for 8.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 7:10:55 PM PST
WC Alaska says:
I'm using this laptop right now and my display is bright and sharp. I love watching Amazon Prime movies on this laptop. I'm typing on it and using the touchpad, never in two years have ever had a touchpad issue. But I did decrease the touch sensitivity on the touchpad. I'm fairly automatic now, I use the touchpad unconsciously while I type. Also, it helps to rest your wrists on the two sides of the trackpad, that's why they're there.

I use this laptop to listen to concerts on Youtube and listen to movies. I use Bose and Skullcandy for different reasons. I've never had them hiss and I can hear the highest frequencies. You might have a bad connector on your headset.
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