Summary: Dell has brought us a classy-looking but well-spec¿ed and up-to-date laptop in the Inspiron 14z. The Core i5 processor and 6 GB of fast RAM let us multitask with no lags, no matter how many zombies came after our plant brains, and the 640 GB of hard disk space holds plenty of data, music, and photos. The 14z is very portable in size and weight too, tipping our scale at about 4.5 lbs.
Pros: Great Looks:, Small and Lightweight:, Very Good Performance:, Great I/O and Connectivity:, Battery Life:, Trackpad:, Restore Partition:, Support and Information:
Cons: No Gigabit Ethernet:, Bloatware:, Screen Flickering:
Excerpt: If you're looking for a laptop that has all the connectors and a DVD burner, you don't have that many options these days. Many Ultrabooks don't have a DVD burner, but that's not the case with the Dell Inspirion 14z.
Summary: Softened Ultrabook. The Dell Inspiron 14z is an ultrabook with a ULV CPU and a dedicated graphics card. While it may not be as thin as others, it has better hardware and is a good candidate for mobile multimedia use.
Pros: Brushed aluminium surfaces, SIM card slot, Fast SSD, Quiet, Low power consumption, Long battery life, The fast SSD and the low emissions.
Cons: Poor workmanship of the hinges, Awkward maintenance, Touchpad jumps, Reflective display, Fixed battery, A decent display without distracting reflections and better viewing angles.
Summary: The Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook is actually a thin, light, general-purpose laptop with Ultrabook aspirations and an optical drive. Thanks to its Ivy Bridge processor, discrete graphics card, and 8GB of RAM, the Inspiron 14z delivers respectable performance, but Dell surrenders style and hardware integrity in the bargain.
Excerpt: Dell’s Inspiron gets a big makeover this year, evolving (at last) into a sleek and modern-looking laptop while maintaining a very low price. Marketed as an ultrabook, the new Inspiron 14z may surprise you at first since it’s a 14-inch model instead of the usual 13.3. At 23 millimeters thick, it’s also technically a bit fat to meet Intel’s ultrabook rules (21mm is the limit for 14-inch systems), but Dell probably skirts this by not including the rubber feet in its...
Conclusion: At the $899 price point we tested, however, if you're looking for a good balance of performance and style, you'd likely be better off living without the extra 0.7 inch of screen size and opting for a Sony VAIO T Series or spending an extra $100 for Dell's XPS 13. Plus, if you need that optical drive, extra storage space, and 14-inch screen, Samsung's Series 5 Ultra will deliver those features in a lighter, more stylish package (with better battery life in our testing,...
Pros: More configurable than most ultrabooks, Discrete graphics, Built-in optical drive
Cons: Thick and heavy for an ultrabook, Mediocre battery life, Port selection could be better for a laptop this size
Summary: The Dell Inspiron 14z is one of the best looking Ultrabooks we've seen and, with its discrete graphics and 3rd Generation Core i5 CPU, one of the better performers for its relatively low $899 price. Users who want more battery life or a better screen should consider other 13 and 14-inch Ultrabooks such as the HP Envy 14 Spectre (though it costs a steeper $1,179).
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Solid build quality, Attractive, Great keyboard, Long battery life, Affordable pricing
Cons: Small touchpad, No high-resolution display option, Annoying bloatware, No discrete graphics option
Dell Inspiron 14z Notebook Review: A Portable Workhorse
8 December 2011
Excerpt: When I think of inexpensive workhorse laptops, Inspiron is one of the first names that comes to mind. This may partially be because HP remains oddly committed to a strange number-based naming scheme that’s as easy to remember as my second cousin’s birthday, but it’s also because the Inspiron is as common as rice.