Dell’s Take On It’s First Windows On Arm Laptop Is Surprisingly Cheap

Even though Dell is a few years late to the party, here is what they bring to the table in terms of arm laptops.

Rithika Biswas
Rithika Biswas March 16, 2023
Updated 2023/03/18 at 7:52 AM

Dell is now joining the fray with its first-ever Windows on Arm laptop, a new laptop available in Intel and AMD variants for just $500, or 41,270 INR.

The Arm-powered Dell Inspiron 14 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Generation 2 processor at that price, which is already a fairly high-end chip in respect of Arm laptops. Not necessarily the case, as the latest Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor is far superior, but seeing this chip in a $500 laptop is still pretty impressive, and it ranks among the best affordable Arm computers around. It also features 8GB of RAM, which runs at a very slow 2133 MHz, and a 256GB SSD for storage. Overall, those are acceptable specifications given the price.

And it’s not as though the rest of the specifications are awful. A 14-inch Full HD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio has been included, as is a 1080p webcam above the screen. That’s unusual for such a low-cost laptop, especially since it already has good specs.

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Of all, there’s just so much you can ask for, so this remains a fairly basic machine. It just includes two USB Type-C connectors, one USB Type-A port, an earpiece, and a microSD card reader; hence, it doesn’t have many ports. One should also not expect the highest build quality, as it comes in a very generic-looking silver chassis. Maybe most glaringly, the keyboard lacks a backlight.

Given that Windows on Arm has been around for almost six years at this point, Dell is definitely quite late to the party, but this is an affordable offering for anyone who wants to dip their toes into Windows on Arm now that Windows 11 has substantial upgrades for it. Developers can now dip into the pool of Arm laptops, as they can even be a fairly affordable machine to test software on. It is less expensive than Microsoft’s Windows Dev Kit 2023, which does not even include a display and is undeniably faster. 


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