While the laptop market has been decreasing, the likes of Dell and HP still know that they have to keep coming up with new models in order to generate interest, as they don’t have a decent tablet market to fall back on like Apple and Samsung. Dell also knows that they cannot keep upgrading their top-spec laptop range because of there now being less disposable income, so have decided to give the Dell Inspiron R Series a 2013 refresh.
Amongst many of the new features it’s the touchscreen that stands out the most, although this is an optional feature, which means you will have to pay a premium to make use of the Windows 8 touchscreen support. In the new 2013 Inspiron R Series you will have three size options, 14, 15 and 17 inches, with the latter two coming with the handy number keypad.
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As with most Dell products you will be able to choose from a number of hardware choices, with the new Inspiron R line being no different. All three size options come with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors and up to 8GB or RAM. The 2013 Dell Inspiron R Series price varies on size, so the Inspiron 14R price will be from $430, and the Inspiron 15R and 17R is said to start from $500.
However, from what we have been told you will have to pay an extra $150 for the privilege of having touchscreen on the two smaller laptops. It’s nice to see that Dell is releasing more laptops to take advantage of Windows 8 features, and to have the touchscreen option on a low-cost laptop is considered to be a positive for those with less disposal incomes.