Written by Matt Turner
Not being the most computer savvy geek out there, I always feel skeptical making big decisions when it comes to computers. However, having owned a Dell Inspiron R for a couple of years now makes me feel like I have not wasted my money. The Inspiron R is a machine that boasts an impressive number of features at a relatively affordable price, making it the ideal purchase for people who are unable to build their own computer.
With tech specs that will let you do just about anything the average person needs to do, there are few complaints you can make about the computer’s default technical limitations. It comes standard with 2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2310M processor 2.10 GHz, Windows 7, your choice of 3, 4, or 6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory, and your choice of 3 video cards based on your needs. It is a stylish machine that lets you swap lids and choose from 3 different screen sizes, depending on your preference.
There are a number of built-in features for the Dell Inspiron R that generally make people anxious when the manufacturer neglects to include them. The Inspiron R comes with a webcam that is crystal clear and easy to set up. To my surprise, I also found that there is a built-in microphone that requires no set-up whatsoever. Talking with friends on Skype or Ventrilo is easy, you don’t have to bother with the hassle of a microphone and headset. And as all laptops do, the Inspiron R has its own built-in mousepad that is easy to use, though multiple finger touches can make the mouse fly across the screen every now and then.
While there are many features that will make you feel good about this purchase, there are also a few that will make you wonder if Dell could have put a bit more effort into improving it. The screen quality is acceptable, but is very reflective in low lighting which makes it difficult to see what you are doing at times. In addition to this, the back cover is very easy to scratch which can make it look like you’re not very careful with your things.
Overall, the Dell Inspiron R is a computer that will almost certainly satisfy the needs of those who buy it. At $499.99 USD, it is a great purchase compared to other, more expensive machines on the market.