Dell Inspiron i3148-6840sLV 11.6-Inch 2 in 1 Convertible Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i3 Processor, 4GB RAM)
This is my second touchscreen Windows 8.1 laptop. It’s the first one with a screen that folds over, transforming my laptop into a tablet. What can I say? I love it!
I’m not sure I’d really classify the Dell Inspiron i3148-6840sLV Convertible Touchscreen as a laptop. It’s lots smaller than my husband’s Dell Inspiron 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop, but just a tad bigger (and heavier) than my 11 inch ASUS Eee PC netbook.
Would I call it a tablet? It’s noticeably larger than my Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet, and much heavier. If I only wanted to haul around a tablet, I’d pick my Kindle Fire.
The key to unlocking the beauty of Windows 8.1 is a touchscreen laptop. Swipe-touch-scroll-type-click flows so intuitively, you’ll wonder where Windows 8.1 has been all this time.
I was a Windows 8 hater. I’m not anymore.
I’ve only ever used my ASUS netbook when travelling. This has changed with my Dell convertible. I am so comfortable hauling it with me around the house. If I need to type up an email, I can do it. If I want to read, just fold it over. Like the Android tablets, it senses when my screen is in portrait mode and automatically rotates.
I was afraid the keys would get in the way when I fold it over, but that hasn’t been the case for me. I could hold it like any tablet, touching and swiping away on the screen. I tried pressing the keyboard intentionally to see if it would cause problems, but it doesn’t.
There’s a little button on one side I can touch any time I want to see the tiles. I never liked the tiles when I had Windows 8 on my PC, but they work so well on a touchscreen.
I do use the touchpad, but I use it less and less as I get more comfortable touching the screen instead. The touchpad is sensitive and works very well.
The one thing lacking is documentation. There wasn’t any paperwork in the box, except the warranty.
I see three USB ports. One of them looks like it’s marked for charging and the other two are just marked for data. I’m not sure if the charging port is the USB 3.0 port or not.
There’s also an HDMI port and a card reading slot. That card reading slot is a 2-in-1 media card reader. Which media? My SDXC card fits, but I’m afraid to insert it all the way, because I got it nearly in but felt no spring and didn’t know how I was going to get it out.
I’d like to find some answers without having to go online.
This is the best laptop I’ve ever owned. It turns on and off quickly. The battery life is great. I’ve been using it for days and it still has juice.
The Dell convertible won’t replace my Kindle, but it will replace my ASUS. I haven’t ditched my PC, but I’m no longer chained to it.
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