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Intel's original Ultrabook concept referred to ultraportable, ultraslim Windows laptops with a premium design and strict constraints on thickness and specs. But these days, vendors seem to label every semislim ultraportable they sell as an Ultrabook, and Intel has stretched the definition to include laptops that aren't in the same aesthetic league. The Dell Inspiron 14z is a case in point: It's nice laptop--but it isn't an Ultrabook. Sure, it makes the thickness cut (barely) at 0.83 inch, and it has a 32GB SSD boot drive for quick startup, but it weighs 4.2 pounds and comes with a tray-loading DVD-RW drive. This laptop reminds me of the Samsung Series 5 Ultra, another very portable laptop that doesn't walk, swim, or quack like an Ultrabook. Our review model Inspiron 14z, priced at $900, carries a third-generation Intel i5-3317U processor, 8GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon HD 7570M graphics card, a 500GB hard drive spinning at 5400rpm, a tray-loading DVD-RW drive, built-in Wi-FI 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, and the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium.
Give credit to Intel for recognizing the notebook market needed a swift kick in the pants, and for putting a noose around the necks of netbooks, which have all but been eliminated from the market place. Sure, a few straggling netbooks remain, but by and large, Intel is now heavily invested (both literally and figuratively) in the Ultrabook platform. These thin and light machines represent the natural evolution of laptops, and the form factor continues to evolve right before our eyes, which is something that's underscored by the likes of Dell's Inspiron 14z Ultrabook. When man discovered fire, everything was different from that point forward. Ribeye, Filet, and the Weber -- how did we survive without these bare essentials? By that same token, Dell seems to have discovered that it's possible to mate a discrete GPU with an Ultrabook form factor, giving birth to one of the first Ultrabooks capable of slicing through games. We're not talking about titles like Peggle and Angry Birds, but bona fide titles that previously had no business being installed on a thin and light machine, and certainly wouldn't have been allowed to come within 100 feet of a netbook.
Dell's Inspiron Z series notebooks have long been known for offering solid portability at affordable prices. For 2012, the company has updated the 14-inch Inspiron 14z with Intel's 3rd Generation Core Series processor and a brand new design that's thin and light enough to make the system an Ultrabook. For $899 ($699 to start), the 14z provides solid performance and a premium design. Plus, this laptop includes a DVD drive. Does Dell's value-priced Ultrabook do enough to win us over?Click to EnlargeWith a high-tech aesthetic that reminds us of Dell's pricey Latitude E6400 series, the Inspiron 14z has a truly premium look and feel. Both the lid and the deck are made from dark gray brushed aluminum, ringed with a matte silver molding and matte silver sides. The bezel is a plain dark gray plastic, while the bottom of this space cruiser-esque design is a simple soft-touch black plastic.At 13.66 x 9.45 x .83 inches and 4.2 pounds, the Dell Inspiron 14z is one the thinnest and lightest 14-inch notebooks on the market, especially when you consider that it has an optical drive. The new model easily eclipses 2011's 4.4-pound, 0.94-inch thick Inspiron 14z.
When it comes to laptop design, you generally get what you pay for. There are, however, rare exceptions when more expensive laptops feel like budget models, and low-cost systems look like they should cost more. The recently refreshed Dell Inspiron line has a bit of that price-bending effect, especially in the form of the Inspiron 14z, a modestly priced ultrabook that looks great, includes discrete graphics, and costs only $899. (Less impressive configurations start at $699.) The 2011 version of the 14z (which looks very different from this one) was also a great-looking, slim, fairly priced laptop. It's almost enough to make you forget about Dell's higher-end XPS laptops. I wish the keyboard felt a little tighter, and a higher-res screen wouldn't hurt, either. Still, if finding the right price/performance/design balance is important to you, it wouldn't hurt to take the Inspiron 14z for a test drive. The Dell Inspiron 14z shows that Dell's mainstream Inspiron line has come a long way in the past few years. No longer are these big plastic boxes, too bulky to carry around more than occasionally, with mainstream, but limited, component options.
Dell's Inspiron 14z provides consumers with a laptop that possesses an impressively fast performance and solid design, all at an unbeatable price.It’s easy to forget that most people who buy new laptops buy inexpensive ones. Pay attention the next time you visit the house of a technically un-inclined friend — or even visit a coffee shop — and you’ll see plenty of Dell Inspirons, HP Pavilions and Lenovo IdeaPads. They’re not as hip or cool as a MacBook Pro, nor do they carry the geek cred of a rugged ThinkPad. But they are cheap, and they are quick, so they sell. Enter the Inspiron 14z. The name itself is interesting, a mashup for Dell’s entry-level brand and the “z” designation, which is reserved only for the company’s thinnest and lightest designs. As far as we can remember, the Inspirion 14z is the first laptop to be badged with both bits of marketing lingo. The result is a laptop that aims to be the everyman’s thin-and-light. You can buy one for as little as $549 on Dell’s website and still enjoy a chassis that’s under an inch thick. Though that is the base model, it still comes equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM. Our review unit arrived with modest upgrades, including a Core i5-2430M processor and two extra gigabytes of RAM, bringing the total to six.
The Dell Inspiron 14z is a 14-inch laptop that's designed as a compact, well-finished and affordable notebook, powerful enough to breeze though day-to-day computing. Can Dell really deliver all that without breaking the bank? Time to take a closer look. Dell has done a pretty good job building the Inspiron 14z, which is housed in a plastic and aluminium casing (the hood and keyboard surround are finished in aluminium). All the various parts of the product sit together well and the only real flaw is that the keyboard bends down a bit when you push the keys. The keyboard is pleasant to type with and the keys are a nice size. Typing feels instinctive, although the keys are a little noisier than average. The touchpad has multitouch technology allowing basic smartphone-style controls such as two-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom. Although we prefer the larger touchpad in the XPS 14z, this one is still accurate and doesn't stick to your finger or inhibit glide. The webcam is decent enough. While the image does speckle with digital noise, it's still reasonably detailed—black parts of the image aren't flooded and movement is reproduced well. It's perfectly fine for face-to-face chat and video-conferencing, so you won't need to buy a separate webcam.
Immediately there is plenty to like about the Dell Inspiron 14z. The metallic red colour (costing an extra £10, but definitely worth it), 2.1kg weight, comfortable keyboard and curvy design all strike you as soon as you pick it up for inspection. Furthermore, it has the right mix of power and price thanks to the mid-range Sandy Bridge processor and 4GB memory. There are one or two minor niggles that stop it achieving solid gold status but, overall, we're very impressed. Starting with the obvious, the Inspiron 14z is gorgeous to look at. A metallic, fire-red colour makes it instantly recognizable and the brushed aluminium finish affords it premium status. Dell is all about the slim and light this year, and the Inspiron 14z is no exception – weighing only 2.1kg with a 14-inch screen, this laptop is made for portability. Strangely, there's a protruding ridge underneath the laptop coming from the battery that easily adds a half an inch of thickness to an otherwise very slim chassis. The plus side of this is an ever-so slightly inclined typing angle, so it's not all bad. Attractive keyboard Speaking of typing, the Inspiron 14z gives you an isolation-style keyboard with cutesy rounded keys that are comfortable to use.
The Dell Inspiron 14z (i14z-6677DBK) ($849.99 list) is the Staples configuration of another leading mainstream laptop, the Editors' Choice Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5) ($750 direct, 4 stars). With the same thin chassis, the next iteration of the Core i5 processor, and a slightly longer battery life, the new Inspiron could be the next top mainstream laptop, but there are other excellent systems also vying for that title, like the Sony VAIO VPC-EG16FM ($829.99 list, 4 stars), which costs $20 less, but offers more in the way of wireless (WiMAX) and video-oriented (Blu-ray) features. The i14z-6677DBK features a thin, sleek design that dresses up a plastic chassis with cool brushed aluminum. The Dell weighs 5 pounds, the same as comparable laptops, like the Samsung QX411-W01UB ($699.99 list, 3.5 stars) (5 pounds) and Sony VAIO VPC-EG16FM (4.9 pounds). It's also quite stylish looking, with a dark brown finish covering the lid and palm rest. The i14z-6677DBK's full-size keyboard is done in the chiclet style and offers one of the most comfortable typing experiences found on a 14-inch laptop, with subtlety sculpted keycaps providing a more finger-friendly surface than regular tile keys. It doesn't, however, have the handy backlight that was offered on the previous Dell 14z (Core i5).
When we reviewed the $829 model of the Dell Inspiron 14z, we praised its sleek and stylish aluminum design and fast performance. However, its price was on the high side for a budget-conscious consumer looking for a portable system. The starting $599 version has the same slick chassis, but a less powerful Core i3 processor, only 4GB of RAM, and lacks a backlit keyboard. So does this model do enough for the price?Editor's note: Portions of this review were taken from our previous review of the Inspiron 14z.Simple but elegant, the Inspiron 14z has a sleek 13.6 x 9.7 x 0.9-inch aluminum chassis and weighs 4.6 pounds. The notebook is available in a standard Espresso Black color, or, for an extra $29, Fire Red. We say go with the latter; we like how the red contrasts with the system's black base.The only markings on the outside of the 14z are a chrome-colored Dell logo situated in the center of the lid and a single Inspiron logo stamped in the bottom-left corner. The black coloring continues onto the deck, where it again contrasts nicely with the 14z's black chiclet style keyboard and bezel.Dell gave the 14z several chrome treatments, from the power button and the Dell Logo located on the bottom of the display bezel to a sliver of chrome encircling the keyboard.
The Dell Inspiron 14z isn't part of the peacock crowd that flaunt themselves with bright designs but rather offers a sleek, aluminium design packed with decent specs. Our model came equipped with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-2430M processor paired up with 4GB RAM. It's available later this week direct from Dell for £629 which incudes those pesky postage and packaging costs too.The 14z isn't one of the most remarkable looking laptops you could go for -- there's no swirling patterns or searingly bright colours here. Instead, it offers a more sophisticated appearance that would look at home in a business class lounge or atop a glass desk on the 16th floor of some swanky office block. There's no bells and whistles here; only brushed, black metal. Our model came with a dark grey colouring but in certain lights gave off a more reddish-brown hue that we actually found quite attractive -- it certainly added an extra touch of class to the aesthetics. The shell is made from brushed aluminium that -- apart from giving it a more premium feel -- made the whole thing feel more robust. There was a fair bit of flex in the lid, which we weren't too keen on, but the metal casing feels like it can take a few knocks, so we wouldn't be too scared of chucking it into a bag and skipping off across town.
I wanted to like the Dell Inspiron 14z when I first opened the laptop's lid. Alas, love at first sight faded to “let’s just be friends” in short order. The Inspiron 14z--Dell sent us a "special edition" unit for testing--has a lot to like, but a few quirky design choices kept me from true love. Let’s talk about the positives first. The Dell Inspiron 14z we received is configured with a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor, 6GB of DDR3 memory, and a capacious 640GB hard drive. At 4.5 pounds without the power brick and just barely 5.25 pounds with it, it’s not too hefty, either. The 1366-by-768-pixel backlit LED screen is bright and seems to provide moderately wide viewing angles. Closed, the Inspiron 14z offers an uninspired, muted exterior, though you can also get it in red if the black metallic lid isn’t your cup of tea. Pop open the lid, and you'll see a brightly backlit keyboard that’s slightly recessed into the chassis with an attractive chrome accent around the keyboard. This keyboard design, however, turns out to be a poor choice for touch-typists. Typing on the Inspiron’s keyboard, I noticed a distinct lack of white space between most of the words--my thumb kept hitting the lip surrounding the keyboard rather than the spacebar, making accurate typing a chore.
Dell's Inspiron 14z packs serious power into a travel-friendly aluminum package. With its Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a backlit keyboard, the laptop is more than capable of handling your day-to-day computing needs. And, starting at $599 ($829 as configured) it's easy on your wallet. But the thin-and-light notebook market is bursting at the seams with great choices. Where does the Inspiron 14z stand?Simple but elegant, the Inspiron 14z has a sleek 13.6 x 9.7 x 0.94-inch aluminum chassis that weighs 4.6 pounds. The notebook is available in a standard Diamond Black color, or, for an extra $29, Fire Red. We say go with the latter; we like how the red contrasted with the system's black base.The only markings on the outside of the 14z are a chrome-colored Dell logo situated in the center of the lid and a single Inspiron logo stamped in the bottom left corner. The Fire Red continues onto the deck where it again contrasts nicely with the 14z's black chiclet style keyboard and bezel.Dell gave the 14z several chrome treatments, from the power button and the Dell Logo located on the bottom of the display bezel, to a sliver of chrome that encircles the keyboard. Thankfully, none of this feels like overkill and serves to make the 14z feel more expensive than its $799 price tag would suggest.
The Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5) ($750 direct), a mainstream laptop has a boat-load of features, sports a thin, attractive chassis, and breezes through any task. The eight hours of battery life only adds to the allure. Aside from some minor annoyance - the stiff-clicking mouse and irksome port covers - it should be at the top of your list for laptops to consider. As such, it earns our Editors' Choice in the mainstream laptop category. Dell Inspirons are considered entry-level laptops, yet the days of cheap, bulky plastic enclosures seem to be behind them. Indeed, the Inspiron 14z (Core i5) is fitted with a brushed aluminum top, which makes that of its predecessor, the Inspiron 14z, look like a relic. Moreover, the chassis is a complete redesign. The protruding strip from the back - which we've previously seen on the Dell XPS 15z ($1,534 direct, 4 stars) - conceals the big 65WH battery, and it measures only an inch thick, despite its built-in optical drive. The Gateway ID47H02u, Samsung QX411-W01's ($899.99 list, 3.5 stars), and Asus U46E-BAL5 ($699.99 List, 4.5 stars) sport similar designs - metal tops and inch-thick frames - putting the Inspiron 14z (Core i5) in pretty good company.
In the year since its release, Nvidia's GeForce 9400 integrated graphics chipset has popped up in a surprisingly diverse collection of products. The chip made a flashy debut as the GeForce 9400M inside Apple's unibody MacBooks back in October of last year. Next, the 9400 found its way into desktop motherboards designed for LGA775-based Core 2 processors. True to form, Nvidia then came up with fresh Ion branding for the chipset before strapping it to Intel's Atom CPU. Under its Ion guise, the GeForce 9400M has since slipped into several Mini-ITX motherboards, nettops, and netbooks. If you're at all familiar with Intel's integrated graphics solutions, the GeForce 9400M's appeal is obvious. Simply put, it offers vastly superior gaming performance to Intel's best Graphics Media Accelerator. Plus, you get a fancy video decode engine that enables smooth Blu-ray playback, even with a wimpy Atom CPU, and all of the connectivity you'd expect from a modern core-logic chipset, neatly wrapped on a single slice of silicon. Given the GeForce 9400M's credentials, it's a wonder the chipset hasn't been more popular in notebooks.
The Inspiron 14z is aimed squarely at students, with a stylish look and great battery life; its overly polished screen is hard to see, however. The Dell Inspiron 14z laptop makes a clear statement: You are probably a student, you want a whole lot of battery life on a Windows 7 machine, and you probably don't care much about performance. A small, sleek portable, the 14z mainly looks good and has a very long battery life. There's nothing wrong with it, as long as you know exactly what you're getting. As reviewed, the 14z would cost about $849--a sizable chunk of change considering its lack of horsepower. At first sight, this model seems to be an echo of the Dell Studio 14z that we reviewed just a few months back. The Inspiron 14z is a pretty notebook. At 13.4 by 9.5 by 1.1 inches, it's slim and sleek, with lines that suggest speed from its edging to the shape of its hinge. A silver wristpad encircles a sleek black keypad and monitor frame, while the distinctive silvered-circle Dell logo rests on the top of the machine in the middle of a clean, slick paint job. It feels a little heavier than it looks, with models starting at 4.4 pounds, but this is still an easy machine to throw in a small bag or to carry under your arm without worrying about its weight--or about looking too much like a nerd.
Thin, light, and long-lasting are the key buzzwords these days when it comes to notebooks. And Dell has joined the party with one of its first laptops to use an Ultra-Low Voltage processor from Intel, the Inspiron 14z (starting at $649; $839 as tested). With its slim profile and sub 5-pound weight, this machine is easy to carry and lasts well over 6 hours on a charge. Plus, this 14-incher distinguishes itself from some of the competition by including an optical drive. However, a variety of competing notebooks offer comparable performance and even longer endurance. At 13.4 x 10.0 and 1.0 inches and 4.6 pounds, the Inspiron 14z is a bit larger than competitors (and siblings) such as the Dell Studio 14z (13.2 x 9.0 x 0.8 inches and 4.4 pounds), ASUS UL30A (12.7 x 9.2 x 1.0 inches and 4.0 pounds), and the Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T (12.7 x 9.0 x 1.3 inches and 3.6 pounds). However, none of those systems include an optical drive. The overall look of the Inspiron 14z is nearly identical to that of the Dell Studio 14z, from the rounded edges, to the black plastic sides, gray deck, hinge design, and glossy red lid (it comes in black or cherry red colors).
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