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Dell Inspiron 11 3000: Is It Good for Business?

Dell Inspiron 11 3000: Is It Good for Business? The Inspiron 11 3000 is lighter than competing 11-inch hybrids. / Credit: Jeremy Lips

With long battery life and a lightweight design, the Inspiron 11 3000 is a solid travel companion for workers. It also won't break your budget, with a starting price of just $330. For that price you get a sturdy 11.6-inch notebook with a versatile hybrid design, long battery life and a comfortable keyboard.

 

Unlike hybrids with detachable displays, such as the Surface 3, the Inspiron 11 3000 has a special hinge that lets you fold the screen back a full 360 degrees so it can be used like a large tablet. Workers will probably get more mileage out of the intermediate modes, though, which grant you better access to the touch screen in cramped quarters — like on an airplane tray table, for example.

 

And the Inspiron 11 3000's relatively light weight makes it a better pick for commuters and travelers compared to competing hybrid laptops. Weighing 3.07 lbs. and measuring 0.76 inches thick, the laptop is both lighter and thinner than the HP Pavilion x360 (3.2 lbs. and 0.89 inches) and Acer Aspire Switch 11 V (3.2 lbs. and 0.8 inches).

Plus, Dell's notebook lasted longer on a charge than rival notebooks. It ran for 7 hours and 56 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That time beats the Pavilion x360 (6:26) and Switch 11 V (5:19). 

Check back for a full review of the Inspiron 11 3000 very soon, or check out our picks for the best work laptops and tablets currently on the market.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.