The 2018 version of Dell Inspiron 11 3180 is taking a huge step in term of performance since it no longer uses of Intel Celeron processor and they swap it with AMD A6 APU that seems to be a nice deal for everyone here. For design and overall look, we are not seeing any big difference as they present us last year design without any difference. It’s actually pretty normal here since the case is also happened with similar case on ASUS and Acer for this case. Everything looks great for a low end device and can be a good option for users that expect more performance in low budget.
Unfortunately, for upgrading its performance, Dell forces you to spend more money as it now costs nearly 350 dollars and not around 200 dollars anymore. However, the lower end model is still available right now at the same price like before, but keeps in mind you is not going to see similar performance here. Well, I think its worth for us to take look inside and see how it works on us. To make it easier for you to understand, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Connectivity
Dell presents us a very basic design with plastic material and muted black finishing. The design itself really reminds me of what they have done on Dell Chromebook 3189 and it’s true because they really give us the same design here. Thankfully, the build quality is still satisfying here and means I cannot make a big complaint about it. The hinge system and the rigidity of chassis are relatively strong although not considered as one of the best right now. My biggest complaint is located only at its glossy finishing that easily becoming of fingerprint magnet. Many users should be bothered here as they always need to clean it every time.
Measuring at 11.5 x 7.7 x 0.9 inches, the device itself is weight for 4.28 pounds. Yeah, 4 pounds is heavy for 11 inch laptop, but keep in mind it features similar bumper like its Chromebook version that likely will protect it from occasional bumps and drops. As for connectivity, I am not totally impressed here because what available here only two USB standard ports with USB type-C is completely missing here. Many manufactures started to ship their unit with this port, but Dell is completely left behind here.back to menu ↑
Solid Keyboard and Colorful Display
The keyboard featured here is far from perfect, but it actually provides a decent way on typing. I am capable to type for around 71 to 75 words per minute with 2 percent error rate in normal condition. However, the 1.5 mm travel distant and 74 grams punctuation force is not truly designed for everyone. It takes me couple of tries for getting my maximum performance here. The keys are quite shallow here and I wish it’s slightly deeper here. The flex is hardly noticeable which is good but never expect of something so wonderful here.
As for the display, as I expect it uses of TN panel that thankfully does job the pretty well on showing the images. The color accuracy is bit accurate here as it produces 67 percent of SRGB color and considered as better than most of standard laptops right now. Sadly, due of poor brightness level seeing it on outdoor usage is being a major problem here. 235 nits is lower than I expect where I at least hope for 250 nits. The glare panel makes it even worst here as the screen is so reflective. Once again, there is not much to complaint considering the price range itself.
|Dell Inspiron 11 3180||Main Specs|
|CPU||AMD A6-9220e Dual Core 1.6 GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon R4 Graphic Card|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||4GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||32GB EMMC +128GB SD Card Included|
Software and Hardware
The Windows 10 is pre-installed here as the main operating system and it’s full of bloatware. I find of McAfee anti-virus, some games from Windows Store, and few applications that not so useful in my opinion. The 32GB EMMC is already crowded enough and I really recommend you to uninstall most of them. Windows 10 itself has taken 10GB for installation and taking another 10GB for update. It only leaves you around 11GB for installing and saving many of things. Dell includes of 128GB SD card here, but not all of applications support for external drive installation, just ready to delete couple of things as soon as you have it here.
For running the entire operating system, Dell choice is placed on AMD A6 9220e APU that based on Stoney Ridge series. This processor was announced back at mid-2016 and relatively new here. The dual cores CPU here features of 1.6 GHz clock rate that far higher than Intel Celeron N3350 that only clocked at 1.1 GHz. As the result, the performance is slightly faster on running application and doing stuff although the battery life is shorter here. For most of time, we have of 7 to 9 hours usage depending on brightness setting and activities.back to menu ↑
The Inspiron 11 is surprisingly capable of delivering the balance between performance and battery life. The AMD APU is slightly higher on taking power consumption, but the battery is still good enough for a full day usage. You might want to check its Intel variant if you are a more battery users. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration you want. I just hope the information provided here is good enough for you. At last, thank you very much for reading the article and please leaves any comment for further assistance regarding the article.