Touchscreen displays are slowly becoming a standard for laptops, as more and more manufacturers are using them, no matter the price category. Until now, we have seen devices costing more than $1000 with such a display, but even cheaper ones, with a pocket-friendly price. The Dell Inspiron I3542-11001BK belongs with the second category, being a very good choice if you’re looking for a laptop able to cover your basic daily tasks, like web browsing, listening to music or even watching some movies.
Under the hood, it features a 4th Gen Intel i3-4030U CPU, featuring smart 4-way processing performance and a clock speed of 1.9 GHz. It also comes with a 3 MB cache, while an integrated Intel HD card takes care of the graphics department. There’s also 4 GB of DDR3L memory, with the possibility of expanding it with four more. You will also have plenty of space for photos, videos and all other types of files, as the laptop is loaded with a 1 TB hard drive.
The multiformat card reader, supporting formats like SD, SDHC and SDXC, allows you to quickly transfer photos or videos from cameras or smartphones. Also, speaking about transferring files, it can be done using the fast USB 3.0 port or one of the two USB 2.0 ports. It also comes with a DVD±RW/CD-RW drive, with double-layer support.
In terms of connectivity, the Dell Inspiron I3542-11001BK comes with a Bluetooth 4.0 interface, high-speed wireless LAN and Ethernet LAN, for quick and simple wired Web access.
The display is using a LED-backlit high-definition touch-screen panel, with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It might not be full HD, but it’s able to deliver media in rich detail, thanks to the Active Matrix technology. Also, since it’s a capacitive touch-screen display, it can support up to ten fingers on it at once, so the navigation is easier than ever.
The Dell Inspiron I3542-11001BK has a built-in 1.0 MP webcam, with an integrated digital microphone, providing both high-quality image and sound when making a video call.
Its 4-cell lithium-ion battery has a maximum battery run time of 5.25 hours, enough to finish all your tasks. Last but not least, we should mention the Waves MaxxAudio 4 technology, which delivers a high-quality sound experience.
As for the design, the Dell Inspiron I3542-11001BK features a classic but stylish look, with a matte black finish. It weighs 5.32 lbs and measures just 1″ in thickness, being light enough so you can carry it in your backpack with ease.
Of course, we’ve saved the best part for the end and that’s the price. Even though it’s not a top-notch laptop, the Dell Inspiron I3542-11001BK is potent enough to handle your daily tasks and it sports a price tag of $459.99. You will receive it with a pre-installed copy of Windows 8.1 64-bit, so you will also save a few bucks with the operating system. So, what do you say, is it worth its price? We’d say that there’s no doubt it does.