If you are into small laptops, you might like Dell Inspiron i3179-0000RED. The 11.6 inches screen shouldn’t make your bag heavy. And in addition, the notebook also doubles as a tablet, saving you some space. These might be good reasons to buy this laptop, but I encourage you to read this review before anything happens…
Performance in nutshell
The interesting part in Dell Inspiron i3179-0000RED is the processor. It’s not i3, i5… but m3: the Intel Core m3-7Y30. A processor meant for mobile devices with very little power consumption (TDP 3.7-7W), it runs on dual cores and a low 1.0GHz clock speed. But the magic is in the turbo boost, 2.6GHz, and indeed with the help of turbo this chip manages to get ~3500 points in CPU Mark. That is directly comparable to the better-known Intel Core i5-5200U.
There’s a decent 4GB DDR3L memory installed in the notebook. The noteworthy thing is, it happens to be integrated so adding more is definitely not possible. Anyway, most of the users will be happy with four gigabytes I say.
The tendency to put a platter-based hard drive to cheaper laptops still exists. That’s also true in the case of the Dell, it sporting a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive. Many people opt for SSD upgrade due to increased performance – you can do that here, just replace the hard drive with another drive.
Does the laptop run games well?
Dell Inspiron i3179-0000RED is not ideal for gamers, the integrated Intel HD 615 graphics makes sure of that! Most so-called Triple A games will have poor or unplayable frame rates even in low settings – you can expect up to 30FPS on Battlefield 4 and 25FPS on GTA5 with minimum presets and resolution. But games such as Counter-Strike: Go do better, try increasing settings and see the frame rates remain smooth!
Ports and connections
The ports section does not differ from other laptops. Available is HDMI-output, in another words connecting to a display (such as your HD television) works. There are also one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 which can be used to enhance the notebook with some devices.
There is no wired networking adapter included, but you can use the 802.11bgn supporting wireless card. It’s also Bluetooth 4.0 capable.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that there’s no optical drive installed. However, external drives work well here, just plug them to the USB port.
One microSD card slot is present, you can put in such a memory card and transfer files that way!
Does it have other interesting features?
Well, the touch display on Dell Inspiron i3179-0000RED is rather interesting, or at least of many functions. It’s a regular 11.6″ 1366×768 laptop screen, but when you push the lid all the way to end, it lays flat and becomes a tablet. An old trick but so useful. There’s also a front-facing 720p webcam in the top position which works well with Skype.
Not too beefy a battery is present, just two cells and 32Whr, but given the low-energy components it shouldn’t be a problem. You should find it lasting ~6 hours on web surfing etc. The battery is integrated.
This model doesn’t have a backlit keyboard.
Dell Inspiron i3179-0000RED is, for the most part, a decent & modern convertible notebook. There is a 7th generation processor powering it, yet the hard drive (of old school technology) could very well be a better solid-state drive. But I can forgive the HDD blunder given the price – this is one affordable 2-in-1 laptop! If you have a tight budget but want a working laptop for many uses, the Dell should be worthy of taking look at.