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Dell - Inspiron 11.6" Laptop - Intel Celeron - 4GB Memory - 32GB eMMC Flash Memory - Bali blue-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME within its technical limitations

    Posted
    nctritech
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    I own a computer repair shop and my perspective is that of a computer expert. Some items in here may not make sense for normal users, so keep that in mind. I bought this laptop as a companion for my photo/video production backpack in which I carry several cameras. I wanted a way to review the footage on location. In that regard, note that the card slot is a MicroSD slot and you'll need a USB SD card reader to read normal cards. The available ports are acceptable for this price point. The Celeron processor's acceleration features and 4K external display support were important to me; having Intel Quick Sync means I can play 4K content even though the CPU can't handle it otherwise and OBS Studio can even handle capturing video of the screen! Being able to record tutorial video content is very nice; I was not expecting it to be able to handle screen capture effectively. One big issue which is common to 32GB eMMC SSD laptops is that the available storage space out of the box is pretty poor. Part of this is the big recovery partition you can't delete and may never use and part of it is the pre-installed software you don't need. If you are somewhat tech-savvy, I highly recommend using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to make a bootable USB installer for the latest version of Windows 10 and completely wiping out the eMMC SSD with a clean install. Between losing the factory recovery partition and the extra unnecessary software, you'll end up with roughly 13GB free of the total 29.7GB capacity (out of the box it's more like 7GB.) I find that this computer is fairly rugged for a small cheap laptop. It sits in a padded laptop compartment on my backpack but the pack is routinely laid down on top of that compartment. It holds up fairly well against the pressure of being transported. It is quite light. The battery life is GREAT when compared to my gaming laptop and most full-size brand new laptops I've seen. Battery time goes down significantly with the screen brightness turned up, so keep that in mind. Of course, the screen is quite good and is a matte LCD rather than glossy, a big plus since these laptops are likely to be used in environments where glare is a big issue. One crucial factor in purchasing this computer over other options was that it comes with 4GB of RAM. In my opinion, there is no reason to buy similar cheap 11-inch laptops with 2GB of RAM since it cannot be upgraded and 2GB is truly a bare minimum that is only really enough to run a modern web browser. With the extra memory I can have image editing software, a browser, a word processor, a mail client, and a chat client open all at once and not worry about wearing out the SSD due running out of RAM and falling into excessive memory paging. I did have an issue when I first bought the machine where it would not power on. It turns out that holding the power button for 10 seconds will do a hardware reset (clearing the glitch) and the computer should turn on properly. It can take several seconds for the screen to light up and DELL to appear after holding down the power button, so be patient! There's no power light and no hard drive clatter sound so you have no way of knowing it's powered on other than the screen. They could have at least put in a power light somewhere, but I guess you get what you pay for. One big thing I see in negative reviews for dirt cheap computers like this is ridiculous expectations, so you need to understand what this can and cannot handle BEFORE you buy it. It can handle web browsing, office suites, some image editing, audio editing, and even some light gaming, although none of it will happen super fast. It won't handle video editing, bigger video games, and it has limited capacity which means it can't hold 10,000 DSLR photos or high-quality music files. If you need more than about 7GB of storage...expect to add a MicroSDXC card, flash drive, or external hard drive, all of which will reduce battery life. The storage, CPU, and RAM **ARE NOT UPGRADABLE** so don't buy this expecting to be able to improve the specs later if needed; you'll have to replace the whole computer to "upgrade." I also tried to boot Windows 7 and 8 on this computer but neither of them worked, so be aware that you will be stuck on Windows 10. It will run Linux just fine and the hardware should all be supported by recent distributions. If you have realistic expectations, you'll be very happy with this computer and I recommend it highly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little laptop

    Posted
    TomO
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    I needed an inexpensive, lightweight, and small laptop to carry with me for basic web browsing and connecting remotely to work and this laptop has been perfect for that. One thing I liked most about this laptop is the fact is has 4GB of memory. Most laptops in the same price range as this Dell Inspiron only have 2GB of memory. Believe me, you do NOT want to buy any Windows 10 computer with only 2GB of memory. Period! You will thank me later. Some reviews talk about the laptop being slow and not having enough disk space. That's expected! It's not meant to be fast or have enough disk space to store very many programs. I actually think the weaker specs are a benefit of this laptop. The fact it has a low-end Celeron CPU and uses eMMC flash memory instead of a larger HDD (hard drive) results is much less power usage and thefore this laptop has VERY long battery life. To compensate for the lack of disk space, you can always buy a MicroSD card and Windows can be configured to use the SD card to store all your Windows 10 apps and other documents. If you have a large program that can only be installed on the C drive (many Win32 legacy apps have to be) then you may run into disk space issues but this is a limitation of almost any computer in this price range. To help save disk space, I decided to not use 3rd party anti-virus software and uninstalled McAfee which freed up some disk space. Windows 10's built-in anti-virus (Defender) is now a viable option to use instead of installing a 3rd party anti-virus program. If you feel the laptop is very slow, remember that when you first boot up the laptop it will be installing lots and lots of updates the first day or two you have your computer. That will make it feel slower than usual for a while. Overall this laptop does everything you can expect for a laptop to do in this price range. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    32 GB Fails

    Posted
    Hatterasman

    The market seems to be flooded with these 11.6" laptops of failed design. The failed design will show it's ugly face when the user attempts to update Windows 10. The (now well known) issue with these laptops and all other similar laptops that are being sold with a 32GB eMMC internal (non-upgradable) drive is that when they are sold with Windows 10, the operating system takes up most of the space on the drive. Right out of the box (brand new), mine failed to perform a major Windows 10 update/upgrade due to the fact that it required 8GB of free space, and the brand new laptop only had 5GB available. I installed a 32GB SD card, then learned that Windows absolutely will not install any updates or upgrades to the SD card, only to the internal 32GB eMMC drive. After confirming this with Microsoft, I ended up having to install a third-party app that basically turns off Windows updates since Windows 10 does not allow turning updates off like past Windows versions did. There is no option to turn off Windows 10 updates. Microsoft blamed the laptop's designers for selling a laptop with Windows 10 installed with only a 32GB eMMC drive when it should have been designed with a 64GB eMMC drive. I have seen these 11'6" laptops being sold with the Chrome OS (based on Linux) and users do not mention the same issue, however, I would never recommend this laptop to anyone with Windows 10 installed. I learned the hard way. Buyer beware!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just what I expected

    Posted
    JohnRetiree

    I bought this netbook because of its small size and light weight. I use it on my lap to do email, web surf, and watch TV and Netflix. It does all of those things well. I am replacing a same size Acer Aspire which worked well for 6 years, but just did not have enough processor speed to handle Windows 10 without some compromises. This little Dell does the job just fine. Out of the box it needed about 12 hours to do all of the Windows updates. And you will need a usb thumb drive with at least 10 GB of free space to install the latest Win10 major update. There is only about 5 GB of free space on the internal solid state hard drive as delivered. That is why the thumb drive is needed. After all the updates were completed I removed all the bloatware and managed to produce almost 9 GB of free hard drive space. It displays web pages quickly and plays Netflix and TV via a Spectrum app with no hesitation, or buffering. I don't ask it to do more than 1 thing at a time.The touch pad works well, much better than the one it is replacing. The sound quality is better than the Acer and loud enough for personal viewing. I tried the Skype and the camera is adequate for face to face conversations. So far I have only installed a handful of programs...Chrome browser and C Cleaner. Overall I am quite pleased. It is definitely fast enough for my needs and a good value. I have read many reviews about how slow the machine is. I think much of that disappointment may be from not understanding that this machine cannot install updates and work at the same time. Users should learn to view the task manager and see what their machine is doing before they condemn its performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works well for what i want it to do, but limited

    Posted
    mchentrp
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    It's a nice little laptop that I intend to use for travel purposes only. The 32GB storage is VERY limiting. All I have on it is Windows 10, Office 2016, Adobe Reader and pdf995 and the free storage space is practically gone. Every time there is an update or I used it to access files, the available storage goes down even more. Even when I clicked the "compress files to save space" option the available storage dropped drastically. I guess that's a side effect of using solid state. I was told I can't increase the storage by replacing the drive because the solid states are basically hard-wired chips. At one point I had less than 1GB free storage. I had to literally re-install a clean, skinny version of Windows 10 just to eliminate all the Dell and bloatware possible. The price was good: open box. All said and done, my use for this is going to be a travel unit tied to OneDrive for purposes of accessing working files and projects remotely. It will do what I want, but I have to constantly be deleting old files in order to keep it useable. Right now I have about 14GB free storage but it seems to get whittled away bit by bit every time I use the unit. We'll see if I keep it long term.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst Laptop Ever!

    Posted
    GOuhCOUGARS
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    Do not waste your money! I got this laptop for my niece for Christmas. She doesn't do much, mainly just surfs the web. The first time I turned it on, it would not even load. I got an error message saying something to the effect "please use Dell 45s power supply, that came with the laptop." I was using the power supply that was in my new, unopened box shipped directly from Dell. It gave me the option to load anyway. I did, thinking it would only need Windows updated or a driver updated. Wow! Was I wrong. I updated everything and was still getting the error message. It was only running on the charge the battery shipped with. The battery finally died. Unfortunately, before I could erase my data. The operating system takes up 70% of the 32GB hard drive. With 4GB of memory, it was way to slow to surf the Internet. I only paid $139 for this laptop on Black Friday. Even if it did not have the power cord issue, this laptop still would not be worth the money. Do NOT Waste Your Money!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      YourDellTeam

      Hi Valued Customer, Thanks for your review. We're sorry to hear about the power cord issues that you're having with your new Dell laptop. For this specific error, we'd suggest that you contact our Dell Technical Support Team so that they can help you resolve it - http://dell.to/2sH7Qlm.
      If you have additional questions about your new device you can always refer to our Product Support Page here - http://dell.to/2fQEShv. We hope these tips help resolve the issues that you're having. - Bryan Dell

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not bad on the surface...

    Posted
    RDahne
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Not a bad machine for the price, but expect this to be an 'online' only machine. The storage is only 32 GB, and most of that is used by the OS, so you have about 6 GB left. If you remove the pre-installed junk like Candy Crush Saga, and Microsoft Office trial, you can get to just over 7 GB. The problem came almost immediately when Windows 10 wanted to install updates, and needed 8 GB to do so. I called Dell, and they were completely apathetic. They said it's just for working online, to which I replied - what does that have to do with anything, and they had no answer, just silence. I was told that you cannot upgrade the storage, or update windows. I returned it and got an HP. Windows updates may fix bugs or repair security issues, I think that is important. They said it only has 32 GB, like that should have explained everything. Their comment was followed by silence. I am fairly computer savvy, and I did't know how much space Windows needed for itself, or updates. Bottom line, don't waste your money, for $60 more I got an HP with a 15.6" screen, full keyboard, Bluetooth, and a 500 GB hard-drive.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    My Mistake

    Posted
    Patty
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    For some this might be a great purchase; for me it wasn't. I just don't like the computer that I purchased. The cursor is so sensitive that the arrow seems to hop all over the place. My daughter bought a mouse and it seems better. There are a million pop-ups and Alert messages. I feel as if I am harassed all the time that something is either no longer available. The microphone doesn't always work properly. I didn't return it because I put information on it already so I just consider this a very bad purchase. All in all I am just disappointed in purchase. I feel as if it was on Sale because it was just a "dud" model and people wanted to move them along. Don't waste your time or money...get a computer with a larger screen...mine is only about 11 inches and it seems to zoom in and out without me making that decision.....just an awful decision to purchase this....soooo disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't bother buying this computer

    Posted
    tiresias
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    I bought this computer for my daughter, who wanted a small, basic computer to do back functions such as word processing for school papers. The computer seemed to work well until we had it about 3 to 4 weeks, at which time the wifi was not connecting consistently. (Other devices worked consistently well on the wifi network, so the problem was with this device.) I spoke to someone at my local Best Buy store who said a return was not possible (even if the item was defective) because it was not within the 15-day return window. According to her, my options were to take up the problem with Dell or schedule a $200 appointment with the Geek Squad who may or may not be able to solve the problem. I do not recommend this device, and I am sorely disappointed in Best Buy's customer service and policies.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      YourDellTeam

      tiresias - We can understand your frustration with your new computer and the WIFI connection. We'd recommend that you check to make sure that your WIFI driver is up to date on your computer here - http://dell.to/2ka8KDS. We'd also recommend the following steps:
      1. Run the Network Troubleshooter.
      a) Touch and hold or right-click the network icon (Available Networks or Network Icon, located in the lower right-hand corner).
      b) Touch or click Troubleshoot problems and then follow the prompts.
      You can read the full article here - http://dell.to/2sLtwRh.
      Lastly, if you'd like to discuss anything with the Dell Technical Support Team you can contact them here - http://dell.to/2sH7Qlm. - Bryan Dell

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Bare Bones Laptop You Don't Know About

    Posted
    SoCalTimmy
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    Light & zips around on the internet, IMO, the best under - $200 laptop you can buy. Yes, it only has a 32GB storage capacity - of which only 5 are really usable. I fixed that by stripping every needless bloated app that has been pre-downloaded. Gone was the McAfee, then turned on Microsoft Defender, Gone was the Dell software, gone was the pre-installed games, gone was Office. Going bare bones on the little lap top is when the magic really happens I now have just over 10GB of storage - more than enough capacity - my Dell is now light and very fast on the internet. Buy this now!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Machine!!

    Posted
    md2572
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    This is my choice between a Chromebook and this and I'm glad I chose this Computer!! First of all if you are thinking about this machine, unless you have a real good knowledge about computers I really wouldn't advise this one. With the small hard drive of only 32 gigs, unless you get a memory card of at least 64 gigs and know how to get it to download all apps straight to it, useless. There is also Windows 7 on it just in case you want to revert to that instead of Windows 10 that comes on it, which I got rid of 7 because it freed up hard drive space so I could fit all of the new Windows 10 updates on it. After I did all of that, IT'S PERFECT NOW!! The link to how to do all that is... www.laptopmag.com/articles/reclaim-disk-space-windows-10

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent laptop

    Posted
    Capp7478
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    I purchased this laptop on sale which was nice. The sole purpose for this laptop is to play music on and it will not be used for everyday computing. The laptop pretty much serves it purpose. It takes a little long for the laptop to boot up (most like due to the processor, which is not top of the line, but I knew this before purchasing it so that's ok.) And the laptop also has a little bit of a lag in response time when opening programs, music etc., but once it get going it works just fine for my purposes. I wouldn't recommend this laptop for everyday computing. But again, for playing music and or minimal internet surfing, this laptop works just fine. Plus it's blue and I like the blue color.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      YourDellTeam

      Capp7478 - Thanks for your review and for your recent Dell laptop purchase. We're sorry to hear that it's slowing down a little more than you'd like it to. Some of our customers have been able to speed up their computer by removing some of the pre-installed software that they do not plan to use. Hopefully, this helps speed up your computer and here's an article that may help as well - http://dell.to/2tSulGV. - Bryan Dell

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect travel laptop

    Posted
    Commancer
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    This Dell hides easily in a pile of papers or a magazine, yet it's powerful enough to handle Word, Excel, and PowerPoint projects. If you mainly watch YouTube, surf the internet, use Skype, send email, and access web applications, this box is wonderful. Small. Lightweight. Affordable. But anything more demanding or mission critical may require a more powerful device. Fits on an airplane tray table with room to spare for your drink, and at this price I'm not stressed about leaving it in a hotel room nor needing it locked up everywhere I go. A great traveling laptop for everyone, or could be the only device needed for 100% low-intensity users.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple and easy to use

    Posted
    Yawaru
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    I picked this up as a spare PC that I can leave unlocked for guests or to look up recipes, etc. In terms of price for performance this was a really good deal, weak processor but a decent amount of RAM for the size. The internal memory is mostly filled by the OS but a small USB drive will give you any extra space you need. Don't expect to do much more than running videos, browser games, or streaming, but the inclusion of a full sized HDMI out also gives it some potential as a cheap living room media PC as well. And I dig the bright blue case! Major drawbacks are the Dell bloatware, tiny keyboard, screens a bit small and not 1080P but you won't find much better for this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not the greatest

    Posted
    Nottoobadbutnottoogreat
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    I purchased to use primarily as a way to work with the Microsoft Product Suite as I have primarily Apple products. I took back after 2-3 days thou and spent a little extra money on a 15.6" Latitude with a vastly better processor. I must disclose there was nothing wrong persay, with the functionality of this unit, I just felt that at the end of the day you either pay a little more on price, or you buy it twice. My wife purchased an insprion (I believe, it is definitely lower end Dell), adn its shot after a few years, so I figured spending a little more for better speed and longevity is a no brainer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop!!

    Posted
    Md2572
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    a great little laptop that speedy, (the 4 gigs of RAM helps). With a full version of Windows 10 that makes it a great laptop to own. I love the size and weight because you can take it anywhere. Battery life on it is the best, I've had it 2 weeks and only charged it twice. If you get rid of all the apps that were Dell's and some you really don't need, then you're probably have a little under half hard drive space. I inserted a 64 gig memory card in to have about 77 gigs of free space. I love the fact that you can download all the apps to the memory card!! I'm glad I got this instead of the Chromebook!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for School/College

    Posted
    Benjamin
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    This laptop is a perfect contender for a school/college laptop. It is lightweight, has a very long battery, is snappy (when added software is removed, at least), and can do everything you ask of it within reason very well. This is not a gaming laptop, but it is great for word/google docs/slideshows/spreadsheets/email/browsing. I bought it as a gift for my girlfriend, and she is loving having her very own laptop! The color is especially nice (I love the detail on the Dell logo being a different blue than the outer shell). I did get this on a flash sale for $130, however. A steal when at such a low price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for the right job!

    Posted
    Lore
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    I am getting this for a gift for someone who does use the computer, but not for a lot of things. Really, it is a glorified tablet with the durability of a laptop. It comes with Windows 10, the memory is fine at 4GB, and the storage is a small for most people at 32GB. If you're a gamer or even use a lot of storage it probably would not be your 1st choice. My solution is to add a thumb drive for storage with my gift. Its the perfect choice for someone I know.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Cheap PC

    Posted
    SCOTTfl
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    I am all Mac personally, love my MacBook Pro and iMac, but at work I found myself playing the Microsoft Solitaire which is unavailable on Mac. So I grabbed this laptop for $150 after using a coupon and the thing is cheap, flimsy and has sharp plastic sides but it runs Solitaire great. First thing I did was uninstall almost everything and it has been doing fine, the screen is adequate compared to a retina but for playing solitaire while laying in bed going to sleep it does the job. Buy this laptop for web browsing and lightweight computer usage and remember it is a toy, not a real computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for travel

    Posted
    BluJai
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    I purchased this laptop more than 3 months ago and have used it practically daily since. I needed something small and durable I could drop in a diaper bag...this fit the bill. Out of the box the thing was snail slow, but once I removed all the unnecessary bloatware, this pretty little computer picked up speed! Its close in size to a 10 inch tablet so I have no issues carrying it with me everywhere. The camera quality & microphone are nice so I have no issues when video chatting. And my battery power is still strong after 3 months of multi-houred daily use.

    I would recommend this to a friend