Is a $130 Laptop Worth It?


– Hey guys, this is Austin. We take a look at a
lot of budget computers But this, this is something
a little bit different. At $130, is this Dell Inspiron worth it? At $130, not only is
this one of the cheapest brand new Windows laptops you can find, but impressibly, it’s
made by a real company. Not some random thing I’ve never heard of that’s straight off of Amazon. Now what makes this kind of interesting is that not only is it
going to be power by an AMD processor, something
a little bit different from these ultra sort of budget systems, but on top of that it
does come with a full year of Office 365, which by
itself is like, what $100? Now when it comes to spending $130 for a brand new laptop,
you shouldn’t expect a lot of accessories. So of course we do have
the laptop itself here, as well as the power adapter,
which is really nice and tiny. At $130, this is incredibly cheap. But what we’re looking at,
at least at first glance is something that doesn’t
look all that different from a lot of the $170 to $200
Windows laptops out there. And one of the big reasons behind that or at least one of the main differences is that this is going to be
running an AMD processor. Which is interesting,
because Intel basically gives away their processors
at this price point. Actually it doesn’t feel that
bad, to be totally honest. I mean sure, it’s going
to be made out of plastic, and port wise there’s well two USB ports, and a micro-SD card slot with an HDMI, so not exactly full featured, but I mean, it doesn’t feel like they cut a lot of corners here. Well look at that,
there’s also going to be dual front firing speakers. Not that they’re going
to be particularly large, but it beats having them on the bottom. I feel like there’s
gonna be a catch though. There gonna be a reason why
this was $130 brand new. One of the main competitors for something like the Inspiron 11 is going to be this, the HP Stream. Now this overall design has been around for quite a few years, it’s been slightly tweaked here and there, but this is going to be
different in a few major ways. But the most obvious is
going to be the processor. As opposed to being powered
by an Intel Celeron processor, this guy instead is
rocking an AMD A6-9220e. Unlike the Celeron, this
guy’s going to be based on AMD’s last generation APU cores. So what that means is that
you’re going to be getting two Steamroller cores,
that start of 1.6 gigahertz, and can boost up to 2.4
gigahertz, sometimes, and a little bit more emphasis
on the sometimes in a second, but what that means is that
you are going to be getting fairly low performance as
opposed to a much more expensive computer but in this sort
of sub $200 category, it’s actually going to be
a pretty decent step up. It does feel like there’s
slightly too much performance for the fanless design
to handle sometimes, so when you’re doing intensive
tasks such as Windows update, a lot of times the bottom,
and especially the keyboard will get very warm to the touch. And it’s not going to be
scalding hot or anything, but it does means that you’re going to be losing some performance,
thanks to throttling. Put it side by side with
other similarly priced laptops with Celeron solutions, and you’ll see that this actually is going
to perform pretty well. Now the only real knock against it is that it only does use
single channel memory, but again that’s very similar
at this sort of price point, and thankfully we do have
a full four gigabytes of DDR4 on board. One of the biggest issues when you pick up a super cheap laptop like this is going to be with the storage. Both of these options are
only going to give you 32 gigabytes of eMMC flash. Now it’s going to be fine as far as speed, but storage-wise, it
give you almost nothing left out of the box. But anytime you actually
have to do a major Windows update, like I
had to do when I first set up this laptop, you actually have to use external
storage to get it to work. I had to plug in a USB
drive to even get this thing fully up to date on Windows. If you pick up a laptop
like this, it is basically a necessity to pick up
at least a 64 or 128 gig micro-SD card and let it live
inside your SD card slot. Trust me when I say, even
though it’s going to add a little bit to the price, it is going to make this
so much more usable. With Radeon graphics on
board, this actually isn’t going to be too bad at least in theory. So of course we have to try everyone’s favorite game Fortnite. Oh actually, no, we don’t. Just trust me, you don’t
wanna play Fortnite on this. Of course when it comes to
spending $130 on a laptop, you’re going to have to
find some compromises. And one of the biggest
ones with the Inspiron has to do with wifi. Now in 2018, pretty much
everything has an AC solution. Typically this is gonna
be good for between 100 to 300 megabits
per second down and up. This guy is using the nearly
10 year old N-standard which is going to give you
about 40 megabits up and down and almost worst than
that, it’s going to be prone to a lot more interference because it’s going to
be 2.4 gigahertz only. For a cheap laptop, it’s acceptable, it’s something that I can live with, but it’s not exactly going to be the best solution in the world. Something that doesn’t suck
surprisingly is the display. Now on paper it’s just a basic
11.6 inch 1366 by 768 panel. However in practice, it actually
doesn’t look bad at all. Oh sure, it’s going to be a TN display, so we’re not going to
be getting great color or contrast, for
especially viewing angles, but it is going to be a lot better than pretty much anything
in this price point. And impressively, it’s
actually going to look better than some laptops that
cost double the price. It’s not great, but
it’s definitely usable, and a lot better than I was expecting. -The iPhone X is the most
expensive iPhone ever, it has the biggest screen– eh, okay, so the speakers
aren’t exactly great, even though they are facing towards you, they’re definitely on the quieter side, but I mean there’s a headphone jack? The only real issue I have
with the way that the keyboard is laid out is going to be the size. Of course this is going
to be an 11 inch laptop, and you expect things to
be a little bit cramped, but what I didn’t expect was
that the actual keyboard itself is going to be smaller
than a standard layout. Mind you, it’s not going
to be a huge difference, but it’s enough to slightly trip me up. Something you can get used to, but it feels like they had
plenty of space on the side to expand the keyboard all the way out, as opposed to using it on these bezels. Thankfully it does have a
Windows Precision touchpad. Mind you, it’s going to be a
little bit on the small side, but it really is not bad at all. So you’re going to be getting all of the Windows 10 gestures, it’s got a nice surface,
accurate tracking, Honestly, some much more expensive laptops could learn a thing or two from this. It is nice to see at least decent input on a system that’s going to be so cheap. Nothing really feels super
of plastic-y or cheap, it’s all going to be very, very usable. There’s also some interesting
touches with the design. So even small things like
having a little bit of a curve here below the track pad to make it easy to just get your finger
in here and open it up. And you’re also going
to be getting something that’s going to be a little bit smaller than the competition. Alright, so this is a test
of the Inspiron 11’s webcam. Surprisingly it actually runs at a full 720p, and at
least based on first glance, it doesn’t look bad? What’s really going to
make or break this laptop is the price. So at $130, which is what I
was able to pick it up for, it is an incredibly good deal. Now unfortunately, of course
with all the sales and stuff, you might actually end up
finding it for a little bit more. Right now, taking a look around at other retailers, it’s
giving me something like $170 to $190, but even
at a sub $200 price, it is hard to argue with this Inspiron. The wifi might not be amazing, but the rest of the computer actually is really, really not bad.

100 thoughts on “Is a $130 Laptop Worth It?

  1. Man, it's fucking impossible to understand how does a laptop of $115 is worthed 3 times more here in Brazil just because we have to pay taxes.

  2. not worth it. I have one and windows 10 kills the storage space on the hard drive. If it wasn't for that it would be ok

  3. I appreciate that ya'll quantify your terms. LIke i have no clue what any of those cpu's mean..
    but you gave an understandable quanitfying statement to it.

  4. Trust me, an "average" customer at Best Buy will expect this price range for laptops to be the best thing ever. ._. Too many returns because they would just use for a weekend.

  5. I am a student and i really want i small and convineint laptop like this one.Its perfect for for my projects and for my homework, but I also want it for a little ''gaming''.
    Is it possible I can play CS GO on this laptop?

  6. I have 2 laptops. One of those is a 1300$ acer aspire.

    It has 2 usb ports, an hdmi and an sd card slot.

    Le sigh.

  7. Strangely enough, I got a more positive impression from you when you reviewed the even cheaper RCA Cambio.

  8. I buy refurbished or stock older modelsof laptops or smartphones every couple of years- I will definetly not spend my money on this… It's like a Chromebook. (written one year later after video was posted).

  9. I'll give you a challenge, $210 for a budget gaming laptop.
    If challenge is accepted, then please heart my comment and make a video about the budget gaming laptop.

  10. OMG! THATS THE COMPUTER IM USING RIGHT NOW!!! ive had it for a bit now and just installed linux onto it because windows ran like hot garbage on it

  11. i knew a laptop that costs well over a thousand bucks but has a 480p webcam…. i'm looking at you MacBook 12 inch

  12. I wonder if Austin talks like a local news reporter in real life and announces "hey guys, this is Austin" every time he walks in a room.

  13. Not that good internal storage wise as it only has non-expandable Internal 25 GB and 4 GB RAM and it has Win 10 which occupies 97% of the 25 GB with that the laptop runs Slow as Molasses.

  14. Short Answer: No.
    I have one and the windows 10 update basically consumes all ur storage and it starts to run EXTREMELY slow. Brought a hard drive to add storage and the hard drive isn't even being recognized anymore which is annoying because my downloads are saved to the hard drive so this laptop is basically useless unless u want to do the very minimum with a laptop. The good thing about it was the price but I've only had mine for about 2 years and I feel like I should've spent more money in order to still have a functional laptop. Now I have to get a new one. 🙄

  15. austin, there wasn't "space" on the bezel for the keyboard. if you look to the side, that space is occupied by the ports.

  16. MY BLOODY DELL INSPIRON LAPTOP BROKE ITS HINGE WITH ONLY 20 LIFT UPS AND DOWNS!!!! NOW THE PIECE OF SHIT IS BROKEN TO PIECES!!!!! THE HINGE BROKE EVERYTHING THAT WAS CONNECTED TO IT!!!! DELL MAKES SHIT!!!!!!

  17. With a fresh copy of the lighter alternative version of Lubuntu & a 128GB GB High Speed Flash Drive, this little laptop is perfect!!!

  18. I have one of these with 32 GB eMMC and the first week after getting it it was completely full, as dell automatically took 4 GB, Windows took 12-13 GB, and Windows Updater took up 10 GB, without being able to turn off autodownload, so the micro SD is very necessary

  19. Dont buy that junk, just get a chuwi laptop. For a bit more, you get backlit keyboard, 1080p screen, better CPU, metal body, super slim, nice design. Nvme. And much more. Its amazing for the price

  20. Imma get one, then upgrade the fluff outta it to the point where it would have been cheaper to get a gaming desktop set and a gaming laptop, and it aint gonna have half the power

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