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DELL Inspiron 11 (3137) i3137-5003sLV Notebook Intel Pentium 3556U (1.70GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6" Touchscreen Windows 8.1

  • Intel Pentium 3556U (1.70GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Touchscreen
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8.1
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • David C.
  • 4/12/2014 12:46:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for everyday use

Pros: +Build quality / materials; +Good performance; +Excellent performance w/ SSD upgrade; +Excellent support

Cons: -Smallish keys; -Slow stock hard drive

Other Thoughts: This is my second Dell Inspiron 11 3137 unit. The first one I purchased had the Celeron 2955U CPU and 2GB of RAM (I reviewed that model under its respective product on newegg as well). That unit ended up having major touchpad issues, and Dell went ahead and replaced it for me, after extensive testing and repair. (Kudos to Dell support - outstanding). For the inconvenience, they upgraded my replacement to the Pentium version, and here is my review for it.

The Pentium 3556U is a huge -- I repeat huge -- upgrade over the Celeron 2955U. The snappier feel is instantly noticeable. It's worth the extra $50 or whatever the difference is.

The exterior and palm rest are all a grippy matte material - no fingerprints for once - thank you Dell. And the touch screen, even at the 1366x768 resolution, is gorgeous and works fine with an 11.6" screen.

The island-style keyboard is somewhat hard to use, mainly because the keys are very small. Compared to my older 11" Dell 1121, this keyboard is very hard to get used to. The keys feel good to the touch; it's their small size that hinders usability. I've had no issues with the touch screen functionality. And overall, I find 11.6" to be the ideal size for a daily use laptop for someone who totes it around. If it stays in your home, you'd probably be better off with a 13" or 14" system.

I have had no issues with the touchpad, as I did with my first 3137 unit. It works well, scrolls fine and is responsive.

So as I stated before, the Pentium CPU is good - far better than the Celeron option. Still, if you're coming from a Core i3 or better, it will feel a bit slower. Performance otherwise is good, but not great. 4GB of RAM is sufficient for this model -- personally I did buy an 8GB stick of RAM, but the difference is negligible. Given the high price of RAM, I'd skip it unless you're insistent on it. As is normally the case, the biggest performance gain is upgrading the slow, 5400 RPM stock hard drive to a SSD. I got a Transcend 128GB SSD on sale, and used Apricorn EZ Gig IV to clone the original drive and move the data to the SSD. I had no issues, and the system is pretty darn responsive now. (Is 128GB big enough? For me it's fine. Between Win 8.1, all the preinstalled stuff, a few apps, plus Microsoft Office, I still have 75% space free. However, I keep all my personal files in the could. If you're in the same boat, it's not worth the $ to get a bigger SSD).

In summary, this is a good little system. The simple SSD upgrade makes it great. Even considering the cost of the upgrade, it is still an excellent value proposition for a daily use touchscreen laptop. The build quality is excellent. The size is perfect, as long as you can handle the smaller than normal key size. And again, I want to stress how amazing Dell support was through my tech support ordeal.

FYI: I hate WIn 8/8.1, so I used a Win 7 license I have and installed WIn 7 on this unit... There are no issues and the WEI score is

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  • Ryan K.
  • 3/28/2014 11:19:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsafter a few days, better than expected

Pros: - Feel and texture of the body of the device - case feels somewhat rubbery and easy to grip.
- nice and compact and relatively uniformly thin rather than wedge-shaped.
- (2) USB 3.0 ports plus (1) USB 2 port NOTE: I previously reviewed and noted that there are two "revisions" of this laptop, the latest having (2) USB3 and the original allegedly having only (1) USB3; it turns out that the original (which is the "release" I received) still has both ports on the left side that support USB3, but that both are just not LABELLED as such. The rear port is labeled as USB2, but it actually operates at USB3 (confirmed via HGST Touro 3.0 hard drive connecting at 3.0 speed; as reported by Win 8.1 and confirmed via 60-80+ MB/sec sustained transfer speeds)
- LONGER battery life than other options/most
- ethernet port is nice to have built-in for situations where the wireless is "haywire"/overloaded
- normal size hdmi is also nice to have
- relatively FAST (in my opinion) bootup and shutdown, even with the stock spindle 500gb drive
- screen is decently bright and clear
- pre-installed bloatware was not a problem - rather clean installation of 8.1. McAfee didn't seem to slow it down much, but that was easy enough to uninstall.

Cons: - keyboard is very good and good quality, keys have good travel, no "flex" of the keyboard, but, it is not what I would say is a "full size" keyboard. The keys are a *tad* bit smaller and take some adjustment. My fathers 3 year old 11" toshiba keyboard isn't necessarily "better", but the keys were more "standard size"/larger.
- the speakers are decent, but one could have guessed that they aren't like the speakers on my ancient 2006 17" macbook pro (which are top facing). At maximum volume with the same exact song, the Insp11 was pushing out a "almost bass-less" 77-78 decibels while the macbook was pushing out a more full 79-80 db. As good as probably should be expected, and, well, with bluetooth 4.0, I expect that I could easily connect and push the audio to one of those Jawbone Jamboxes or alternatively out via something like a chromecast or (gasp) an audio-out cable.
- a certain amount of screen glare is present but typical of non-business displays... not sure if I will buy one of those antiglare screen protector things or not... depends on if it starts irritating my eyes (I am coming from an antiglare/matte macbook pro)

Other Thoughts: The 4GB of ram should be enough for the vast majority of people, but I may swap out the one chip for an 8GB chip at some point soon because I multitask heavy (it still performs surprisingly well with just the 4 though!). Also, of course, while an intel core (i3, i5, etc) would have been nice, the pentium seems good and fast enough to handle everything I'm throwing at it.

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  • Ryan K.
  • 3/26/2014 3:06:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsinitial thoughts, IMPORTANT NOTE

Pros: Feel and texture of the body of the device - feels somewhat rubbery and easy to grip.
Will update again after/if I decide to power it up and begin using it.

Cons: There are two revisions of this laptop, each with the SAME model number, but the earlier revision only has ONE usb 3.0 port while the latest revision has TWO usb 3.0 ports. I placed my order March 24 and received the first release/revision that only has (1) usb 3.0 port.

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