South Florida BrandsMart USA stores are carrying the Spanish-language version of the Dell Inspiron M5030 laptop, which includes additional keys for special characters like the ñ, as well as keys for accents and punctuation. It also loads a Spanish version of Windows 7, and Dell offers booklets and tech support in Spanish. BrandsMart is selling it for $498.88, the same price as the laptop's English counterpart.
The laptop is coming later this month to BrandsMart stores in Georgia.
Sure, any computer can be switched to another language. And a keyboard can be programmed with shortcuts. By default on an English keyboard, you have to hit ALT + 164 on the number pad to get the character. For those unfamiliar with Spanish, having quick access to a dedicated ñ key is a time saver that can mean the difference between typing año (year) and ano (anus).
While writing the story, I spoke with Nova Southeastern University computer engineering professor Leo Irakliotis, whose first language is Greek, and used to struggle with typing in Greek on a English keyboard.
"The first time I had to switch between keyboards, I had to write the program myself and that was 25 years ago," Irakliotis said. "Now it takes you about 45 seconds to do. It's quite impressive actually what you can do."
Since any computer can be switched, buying it in Spanish-out-of-the-box in stores is more about comfort levels and typing convience.
Read the full story in today's Herald here: Spanish-language laptop hits stores in South Florida
Spanish-language Dell Inspiron M5030 Tech Specs:
Processor: AMD Athlon II Dual-Core P360
Memory: 4GB, DDR3, 1333MHz, 2 DIMM
Video Graphics: Integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics
Hard Drive: 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Multimedia Drive: 8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
Display: 15.6" HD (1366x768) LED Display with TrueLife Panel
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit, Spanish)
Digital Media: 3-in-1 Media Card Reader
Networking: Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Wireless: Atheros 802.11g/n Wireless Card
Sound: Integrated Audio / 2 x 1W Speakers
Keyboard: Spanish Keyboard, Backlit - NO
Webcam: Built-in 0.3 megapixel
Power: 6-Cell Battery
I/O Ports: 3 USB 2.0, VGA, 1 Half Mini-card Slot, 1 Headphone Jack, 1 Microphone Jack, RJ45 (Ethernet)
Width: 14.88" (378.0 mm)
Depth: 9.65" (245.0 mm)
Height: 1.48" (37.7 mm) front / 1.58" (40.2 mm) back
Weight: 5.62 lbs (2.552 kg) with std. 6-cell battery
Warranty: 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty and Mail-In Service
(Pictured above is the English counterpart of the M5030 Dell laptop. The Spanish version adds several more keys.)