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Dell Adds Ultrabook, Ivy Bridge Goodness to Inspiron Laptop Line

School’s out for summer, but Dell is already thinking about the back-to-school season with its latest Inspiron laptops.

Today, the company revealed six new laptops: The Inspiron 13z and 14z for students, the Inspiron 15R and 17R for families, and two Inspiron R Special Edition models for lovers of multimedia. All can be configured with Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors.

The Inspiron 14z is Dell’s second Ultrabook, measuring just 0.83-inches thick and weighing 4.12 pounds. It features a 14-inch HD display and promises up to seven hours of battery life, with fast boot-up times. Pricing for the 14z starts at $699.99; the laptop comes with a brushed aluminum finish in either silver or red.

Students looking for a little more flair might find the Inspiron 13z, with its interchangeable lids, to be a better fit. Pricing starts at $599.99; it comes with a 13.3-inch HD display and a 500 gigabyte hard drive.

While portability is a key aspect of both the Inspiron 13z and 14z, the Inspiron 15R and 17R are about bringing entertainment to the home. The two laptops feature advanced audio technology to produce the best sound for watching movies or playing games.

If you want to up the ante, the Special Edition Inspiron 15R and 17R models add more graphics power and the option of a 3-D display, as well as an anodized aluminum exterior.

The Inspiron 15R begins at $549.99, and the Inspiron 17R starts at $599.99. Meanwhile, pricing for the the Special Edition 15R and 17R begins at $899.99 and $1,099.99, respectively.

All of the new Inspiron laptops will be available starting June 19.

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