Dell Inspiron 11 3179 Review – A Powerful and Affordable Hybrid Laptop

Dell Inspiron 11 3179 is an inexpensive device that will offer you a worthy upgrade over your last generation laptop. For the price under 400 dollars, you will receive 11 inch convertible device that is powered by Intel Core M3 which is becoming the main selling point here. Finding a better processor than Celeron is almost impossible here and Dell is making it possible. In comparable with similar competitors from Lenovo or ASUS, Dell sure offers us better value for our money here. The Core M3 would easily destroy its competitor in term of performance. But, of course a good machine is not only considered in performance as many important things like battery, display, and keyboard is worth to check of.

In order to fit everything here, there is no way for the company to put all of high quality hardware considering the price range itself. The display for example here is mediocore despite of its convertible feature. There is more stuff I want to talk about here, so it’s better for us to take look inside and see how it works. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Construction

The laptop has sexy and charming design despite of its plastic material selection. For this review, I got the silver model that I think it’s more suitable for my needs. Few color selections of course are available here included of red, blue, and white. The red candy color is great for taking it for your sons or daughter, but getting the silver or gray one is perfect for business usage. Measuring at 0.82 x 11.48 x 7.95 inches, the system itself is only weight for around 2.84 pounds. The weight is slightly lighter than Lenovo Yoga 11 that having similar dimension here. You should not have any problem on throwing it into your small bag.

Having a hybrid system at your hands means offer you better portability and flexibility. The flexible hinge system provides multiple modes that could be set to your needs. The tablet and tent modes for example are great for streaming movies and browsing through the internet during our break while keeping the traditional mode for working. Our work is getting easier here especially with support from its well complete connectivity. There are two USB 2.0 type-A ports and single USB 3.0 that coming alongside with HDMI, audio jack, charging port, and micro SD slot. Overall, design and all of stuff are better than my expectation here.

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Input Quality and Display Color Reproduction

Dell Inspiron 11 3179 2 The Inspiron’s keyboard for some reasons is appeared to be smaller than its competitors, but thankfully the keys are comfortable enough for long usage after getting used with it for a while. The backlit support is missing here which is pretty common for this price range. For secondary device, I think the keyboard is good enough, but for a primary system I think you should have a good time on maximizing its performance. At the bottom of keyboard, there is a wide size touchpad I expect for. The touchpad size is wide enough and offering a smooth transition on navigating through the system.

Furthermore, the display quality is somehow not my favorite as its color accuracy is not bad, but the viewing angle is bad. The 11.6 inch panel features a TN panel which is common here with 1366 x 768 resolution. The screen brightness is quite bright here and my biggest complaint is on viewing angle. Keep in mind, I am not going to give much complaint if it’s a traditional laptop as most of us should see it from front viewing angle. The thing is however is different because the laptop is marketed as the 2 in 1 machine.

Last price update: 2018-05-14 06:40:18

Dell Inspiron 11 3179Main Specs
CPU Intel Core M3-7Y30 Up To 2.6 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size11.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory4GB DDR3 Memory
Storage500GB 5400 RPM

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Performance and Battery Tests

The performance is probably the biggest selling point here. The Core M3-7Y30 manages to score for 2.630 points on PCMark 8 test. The score is better than the competitors that coming with Celeron processor. The performance is more dependable here and not only usable for light activities. For supporting the processor, it has of 4GB RAM, and 500GB HDD storage. Having a HDD installed is okay here as I do not think 32GB EMMC would last long enough here. EMMC is fast, but its price is still very as the storage is also used in every smartphone right now. If you expect to do more on your low budget device, then this is a perfect answer for you.

Carrying the system around is unavoidable here and I think checking the battery life is worth mentioning here. For most all of time, the battery is relative good at 7 hours and 55 minutes usage. This duration time is long enough for taking care everything in single day. However, for massive usage, I think charging it for a twice a day is must to do list here. Well, I guess a Chromebook is still winning in term of battery life here.

Last price update: 2018-05-14 06:40:18
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Final Thought

The Dell 3179 convertible is my top recommendation for inexpensive laptop for under 400 dollars. Everything is impressive moreover with its fast processor and long last battery life. The screen is however my biggest concern here as it offers of limited viewing angle and standard quality. Well, there is always a price for budget system. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here. I just hope the information is good enough for you. At last, thank you for reading the article and mind leaving any comment for further assistance regarding the article.




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