Dell Computer is embracing what it calls the "desktop alternative" notebook, releasing two new models in the U.S. Monday. The Inspiron 5100 and the Inspiron 1100 both feature desktop processors from Intel.
Notebook vendors have demonstrated that consumers are willing to sacrifice mobility and battery life in a performance notebook that they can use around the home, at the expense of overall desktop sales. Dell sold a fixed configuration notebook with a desktop processor last year, but discontinued it due to its customers' preference for configuration options.
The Inspiron 5100, revealed last week on Dell U.K.'s Web site, offers users the choice of four desktop Pentium 4 processors from Intel at clock speeds up to 2.8GHz.
The 5100 is available with integrated 802.11b wireless Internet access capability for an additional US$49. A base configuration with a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 processor, a 14-inch display, 256M byte of memory, a 30G-byte hard drive, a DVD-ROM drive, two USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 ports and a IEEE1394 port costs US$1,199.
The 1100 is a low-end machine with a 2.0GHz Intel Celeron processor. A base configuration with the Celeron processor, a 14-inch display, 128M bytes of memory, a 20G-byte hard drive, a CD-ROM drive, and two USB 2.0 ports costs US$899.