The Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition, the company’s first Inspiron model with the 3rd Generation Intel Core processor, is now available in Singapore, meaning that we will probably see it soon around the globe as well.
Advertised as a “high-performance multimedia powerhouse”, the Inspiron 15R SE packs the i7-3612QM quad-core CPU and the AMD Radeon HD 7730M 2GB video cards as standard components, while the 1080p HD resolution instead of 1366×768 pixels, a Blu-ray Combo drive instead of DVD, and 8GB of DDR3 1,600MHz RAM instead of 6GB are optional. The laptop is currently offered with 1TB of storage, but it’s nice to see an optional 32GB mSATA SSD available as add-on for better responsiveness and almost instant system resume.
Other multimedia features include Skullcandy 2x 2W stereo speakers, Waves MaxxAudio 4 technology, and Intel Wireless Display. The webcam is a 1.0MP one, and the notebook also houses Wi-Fi, Bluetotoh 4.0, Gigabit LAN, all four USB ports at 3.0 speed, HDMI 1.4a and VGA video outputs, and a 9-in-1 media card reader.
The Inspiron 15R Special Edition comes in an all new industrial design with Stealth Black anodized aluminum on the lid and “matching palm rest”. The keyboard is with isle-style keys and it will be also offered with backlight option, which is not available at the time of this writing.
The notebook measures 1.19” – 1.34” in profile and weights around six pounds.
The starting price is about 1,599 SGD, which is about 1,290 USD. You can also expect the standard 15R edition with 3rd Gen Intel CPus as well, which will likely have a much lower base price.