DELL XPS 14z Review

The Dell XPS 14z is one of the world’s thinnest 14-inch laptop with an internal optical slot-load drive built-in.

Featuring the 2nd Generation Intel Core processors (option of the i5 2430M Dual Core or the i7 2640M Dual Core) and a large 14-inch HD screen in a 13-inch form factor, the Dell XPS 14z is the thinnest (less than a inch thick, 23mm / 0.9-inch) and one of the lightest (1.98kg / 4.36lbs) 14-inch laptop that Dell™ has produced.


The Look

Housed in an anodized aluminium casing, it gives the 14z a sleek and clean feel, with minimal ports at the side.

At the rear, we can find the Kensington Lock slot, AC Power Connector, Mini Display Port, HDMI 1.4 port, two USB ports (one USB 3.0 Super Speed port, one USB 2.0), Gigabit Ethernet connector and the exhaust vent.

With the inclusion of an internal optical slot-load Drive, the dimension of the 14z is not compromised.

The back-lit spill-resistant Chiclet Keyboard gives the 14z a nice modern look too.


The Pros

The large and almost border-less display gives the 14z an advantage over the other 14-inch laptops.



With a Battery life of more than 6 and a half hour (Based on Mark 2007 Battery Life Benchmark Test), 10% more screen area than a typical 13.3-inch laptop, together with the 2nd Gen Intel Core Processors, getting the 14z to playback a movie while writing a document is a breeze. (However, with its excellent High Definition Graphics and Audio distracting us, we might not get much work done5.1 Surround Sound is supported via the HDMI output)


The Cons

Although the screen looks nice with the glossy TV-like panel, it is a bit too reflective and thus narrows the possible viewing angle.

Without a build-in Solid State Drive (SSD) for the standard models, it could almost be branded as an UltraBook based on Intel’s UltraBook Initiatives, (Dell will be introducing their first UltraBook, the XPS 13)


The Price

The Dell XPS 14z laptop is available from at a starting price of S$1,449

(With the upcoming IT SHOW 2012 in Singapore from 8th to 11th March 2012, the 14z is going for S$1149 after Trade-in and comes with S$266 worth of freebies!
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Similar to all Dell™ laptops, the 14z comes in a variety of configurations and optional upgrades ie. i7 2640M Dual Core CPU, SSD, among others.

The 14z is worth considering for its slim profile, the superb large bright screen and great battery life.


The Specs

  • Processor Options
    Intel® Core™ i5 2430M Dual Core (2.40GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3GHz)
    Intel® Core™ i7 2640M Dual Core (2.80GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.50GHz)
  • Chipset
    Intel® HM67
  • Dimensions (H x W x D)
    0.9”(23mm) x 13.19”(335mm) x 9.21”(234mm)
  • Weight
    4.36lbs (1.98kg)
    4.12lbs (1.87 kg) with optional SSD
  • Display
    14” High Definition (720p) WLED with TrueLife™ with edge-to-edge glass (1366×768); 200-nit typical
  • Color
    Anodized aluminum in Elemental Silver; Formed aluminum base Magnesium alloy palmrest in dark gray
  • System Memory
    4GB dual channel DDR3 1333MHz up to 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
    2 DIMM slots
  • Graphics Options
    Intel® HD 3000 graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M with 1GB graphics memory
    NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology with NVIDIA 1GB graphics option
  • Battery
    8-Cell Prismatic (58WHr, 2.0AHr)
  • AC Adapter
    65 Watt AC adaptor for UMA graphics
    90 Watt AC adaptor for discrete graphics option
  • Hard Drive Options
    7200RPM SATA HDD from 500GB to 750GB
    256GB SSD drive option
    Onboard free fall sensor
  • Optical Drive
    Slot load 8x DVD+/-RW (reads & writes to CD/DVD) (9.5mm)
  • Keyboard / Touchpad
    Standard full size, backlit spill-resistant chiclet keyboard
    Multi-Touchpad with Integrated Scrolling & Gestures and two mechanical buttons100 x 53 mm – centered on system
  • Connectivity Options
    10/100/1000 Ethernet network standard
    Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230 802.11 agn (2×2)
    Bluetooth 3.0 (not available in Russia)
    Intel® Wireless Display ready
  • Sound
    High Definition Audio +Waves MaxxAudio® 3
    5.1 Surround sound can be supported via HDMI
  • Webcam
    1.3MP HD with dual array digital microphones
  • Media Card Reader
    7-in-1 supporting MMC, SD, xD, MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo
  • Ports and Connectors
    HDMI 1.4 (1), Mini DisplayPort (1), RJ-45 (1), headphone (1), microphone (1)
    2 total USB ports; USB 3.0 (1); USB 2.0 (1)
  • Productivity & Entertainment Software
    Dell™ Stage & WebCam Central, Skype™, Cozi, Adobe® Acrobat® Reader X, Adobe Photoshop® Elements Trial 8, Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (reduced–functionality versions of Word and Excel with advertising), Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live™, McAfee SecurityCenter trial, Dell™ DataSafe; Roxio Creator Starter, NVIDIA 3DTV Play
  • Operating System Options
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate
  • Services
    Dell™ Basic 1 Year Mail-in Service and Limited Hardware Warranty standard


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