June 23, 2010
Dell launches colorful new Inspiron R laptops, including pink and red models
Sean Portnoy shares some details about Dell’s new Inspiron R laptops.
“The (Dell Inspiron R) line comes in black, blue, red, and pink hues – the latter an obvious nod toward female collegians. For those interested in specs as much as color choices, the R series comes in 14-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch varieties, packing Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and offering options like ATI Radeon discrete graphics cards and Intel Wireless Display technology to stream video from the laptop to an HDTV without any cables (with an additional Wireless Display TV adapter).”
“As we approach the next evolution in computing as ushered in by the iPad, Microsoft and Intel are under extraordinary pressure to recover in mobile. But not only do they lack the technology to succeed, they will also fall victim to the inbred structure they’ve created in the PC industry. It’s very likely that within five years, tablets, smartphones, and other ‘mobile devices’ will have permanently left PC innovation behind. And I’d argue this is a good thing for both the progression of exciting new technologies, and for consumers.”
“Until some serious standards are established, it’s unlikely that your glasses, Blu-ray player or set-top box, and TV will all be speaking exactly the same language. And since absolute precision is necessary for the glasses to work correctly (the error must be kept down to fractions of a microsecond), and tiny variations may occur somewhere along the line, a synchronizing device is often used to coordinate the signals from the other components of the display. These increase the cost of the system and are one more thing to break or replace.”