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  • retrospooty - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    "The Inspiron R series are the budgetest of the budget, available in 15.6" and 17.3" form factors with both regular and Special Edition versions. The difference? Special Edition systems use aluminum lids instead of glossy plastic, sport full 1080p displays (both 15.6" and 17.3"), "

    I am soooo glad to see even the lowest of the low end cheap machines are starting to have high res screens , at least as an option.
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  • Rand - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    I wouldn't call a $900 and $1100 starting price the lowest of the low end, that's still well over the typical laptop selling price. Reply
  • retrospooty - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    The artivle above has them starting at $549...Which is right about the normal for Dell. You can actually get them for $400 to $450 if you browse th3e online deal sites. a screen upgrade in generally $50 to 100 more. Reply
  • kyuu - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    The 1080p screens are included with the Special Edition models, which start at $900 and $1100. The base models have the same crap 1366x768 screens as always. Reply
  • retrospooty - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    Maybe not... It doesnt specifically say that the upgrade option isnt available to the low end. Typically $50-$100 will get the 1080p upgrade. If the LCD already exists for the same model on the high end, it may be available on the low as well. That is the way it always used to be done up until the past few years when 1366x768 was the only option. Reply
  • tayb - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    You can't upgrade the $499 model to the 1080p display. That's just how they roll. Reply
  • retrospooty - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    If that turns out to be the case, then defintely pass. I'd rather get a freegin 5 inch galaxy note with higher res than that. Reply
  • lowlymarine - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    Well now technically the Galaxy Note still has a lower resolution than these notebooks:
    1366*768 = 1049088
    1280*800 = 1024000
    Unless you simply meant pixel density, in which case good luck finding a notebook that does beat your typical smartphone.
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  • mfenn - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    "Complexity creep may be an issue that affects more than just game designers."

    Been reading a little MaRo, eh Dustin?
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  • Yuniverse - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    I still wouldn't touch dell. It's been ages since i recommended dells to my customers and they're still awful. Reply
  • jabber - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    So you haven't used them for 'ages' but say they are still awful?

    Okay.
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  • retrospooty - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    meh, the consumer stuff is still pretty aweful, at least as of the past few years, but the enterprise stuff is good. We buy a lot of latitude and precision laptops at work and never have any issues other than an occasional hard drive failure which happens to all vendors. Reply
  • agent2099 - Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - link

    My 2011 Dell Inspiron 14r has both display port and HDMI out. It seems these new inspiron models have VGA instead of display port, why the step backwards?

    Also, why have they gotten rid of the 14 inch model?
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