Dell Inspiron 11 3000 3180 / i3180 Cheap & Small 11.6-Inch Laptop

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The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 3180 / i3180 is an extremely cheap mini-laptop, usually starting at only around $200. The plastic-clad 3-pound ultraportable has an 11.6-inch display with budget-class 1366-by-768-pixel resolution and without IPS wide viewing angles nor touchscreen functionality. For interaction with pre-installed Windows 10 OS and programs, you can use the notebook’s chiclet-style keyboard without backlight and spacious multi-touch trackpad.

Unlike similar laptops which usually feature Intel’s Celeron processors, the Inspiron 11 3000 3180 / i3180 has the AMD E2-9000e or A6-9220e chips from the same entry-level CPU category. The energy-efficient dual-core E2-9000e and A6-9220e are good only for non-demanding PC tasks. They can serve well for the routine chores like web surfing, emails, work in text processing and spreadsheet programs, or multimedia playback. The chips are paired with 4 Gigabytes of system memory, which is a satisfactory capacity for moderate multi-tasking. The weakest specs point of the notebook is its small internal eMMC storage capacity – only 32GB. The good news is that you can expand storage space by using laptop’s built-in microSD media card reader.

The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 3180 / i3180 has a relatively small battery of 32 WHr. But, given the small display size and low power consumption of the CPU, the battery life shouldn’t be terrible. Based on the specs, one can assume the battery can last at least around 5 hours on a charge, with mild computing load and screen brightness.

Furthermore, the laptop has stereo speakers, a 720p HD video camera, older-generation 802.11N Wi-Fi wireless, a USB 3.1 and a USB 2.0 port, HDMI video out port, combo microphone / headphones jack, microSD reader, and Bluetooth.

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Specifications of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 3180 i3180

Here's the specs sheet of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 3180 i3180. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Dell
Laptop type Ultraportable (small laptop)
Screen size 11.6-inch
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN type (narrower viewing angles than IPS type)

Anti-glare coating
Processor (CPU) AMD A6-9220e (able to complete everyday tasks, but can be sluggish)

AMD E2-9000e (very basic chip for lightest computing)
Graphics (GPU) AMD Radeon R2 integrated graphics (for the lightest games only)

AMD Radeon R4 integrated graphics (for the lightest games only)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (for light multi-tasking)
Data storage 32GB eMMC (barely usable capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard without dedicated number pad

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers
Camera Front-facing web camera
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11N (old Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the 802.11AC and the latest 802.11AX)
Ethernet network port No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB 2.0 (standard full-size USB port)

1 x USB 3.1 (standard full-size USB port)
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader MicroSD card reader
Battery 2-cell 32 WHr
Weight 3 pounds
Height 0.8"
Width 11.5"
Depth 7.7"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version, free upgrade to Windows 11 Home)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on April 22, 2018

User Reviews and Q&A on the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 3180 i3180

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Current rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
  1. Nice consumable!

    Wim

    I bought it cheap, upgraded RAM from 4gb to 8gb, and voila! I only use online apps and storage so don’t need more than 32gb hdd. Perfect as a cheapy to take on travels. Computers have become consumables, not ‘assets’ anymore. If you spill a bottle of tequila all over it, just garbage it, get your next cheapy and simply move on, no worries!

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  2. 1 out of 5

    Doodoo

    This Laptop booty, absolute poop. THE END.

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  3. Wes Rayborn

    Daniel, Thank you so much. The best info I have seen yet regarding this product.

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  4. 1 out of 5

    Renee

    Don’t bother with this cheap thing. I bought it at the end of the spring semester in school and then kept it tucked away all summer. Somehow the screen got internally damaged while it was sitting in a computer case. This thing is so cheap and when you call warranty they won’t replace it because I quote “it’s a 150 dollar computer ma’am the warranty doesn’t cover anything.” He then told me I was out of my warranty date because the computer was so cheap, even though I have 8 months left. Just a waste of money.

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  5. Saad

    Can i run ubuntu 18.04 LTS on this laptop

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  6. 3 out of 5

    Loadin’ Something

    cons: storage is really bad, my documents cannot fit without sd card, laggy for browsing (research) plus Microsoft Word, no cortana, bugs like lost battery icon, menu is not working when you have bad storage, no projector adapter, no apps can be downloaded if you don’t have sd card

    pros: audio is really satisfying, battery is good, the texture is smooth and relaxing, good for students, researching, really portable, fast when you have sd card mounted.

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  7. Gordon Clark

    Don not buy this laptop. the 32 GB is barely enough to run the Windows 10 OS. Add McAfee and a browser and your memory is maxed out. You wont even be able to load Windows Update. I have more memory on a cheapo tablet

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    • 1 out of 5

      Bill

      I believe you mean STORAGE…

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    • James Jamming

      Stopped reading at “add McAfee”. If you like bloated software that kills system performance, by all means. But don’t knock on a item’s performance when you install and use such crap. If you bought a bike and then slashed its tires and threw on a couple of sandbags on the back would you then complain that the bike doesn’t ride well?

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  8. John IL

    Wouldn’t bother spending much on upgrades with this notebook. The bottleneck is the slow CPU and that you cannot change. Even running a low impact OS like Lubuntu is not the greatest but a least the storage issue is less with a Linux install. Can’t imagine using Windows with only 32Gb of storage? Yeah you can add in a micro SD card but that’s slower and many programs won’t install to it. Windows needs at least a 64 Gb storage drive to effectively do upgrades two times a year and all the updates.

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  9. Alexandre Dors Hoffmeister

    Danijel, good evening. May I upgrade its ssd? Cheers

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    • Danijel Z

      Hi, at least on select 3180 models upgrade to SSD is possible. I have found in a 3180 service manual (link page 25) that there is a 2.5″ hdd / ssd bay inside. In another document (link page 16) I have found that at least some models have an M.2 SSD slot. But, on the same page it says: “NOTE: Depending on the configuration you ordered, your computer supports EITHER hard drive, solid-state drive or eMMC.” So, it is possible that not all models have a 2.5″ connector or M.2 slot for SSD. I think it’s best to contact your laptop seller or Dell for a definite answer. I hope this helps a bit.

      btw: As far as I know, the 3180 is currently available only with 32GB eMMC.

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