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: With the Inspiron 14z ultrabook, Dell's attempt at walking the tightrope has worked well. They have managed to give it an enticing price tag, while bestowing it with decent amount of power and a fairly sophisticated finish. It is recommended to those who will be buying their first ultrabook on a budget.
Pros: Good performance, Appealing price tag, Design inspiration from the laptop siblings, Built well, You won't miss the optical drive, Port covers is a nice touch
Cons: Battery life disappointing, Inconsistent touchpad, A bit of flex at few places on the chassis
Dell’s New Ultrabook Isn’t Really an Ultrabook, But It Acts Like One
16 July 2012
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...
Pros: Great combination of portability, performance, and value. Decent battery life: About 4 hours with DVD playback.
Cons: Input problems all around, from tiny keyboard to jittery touchpad. Cheap port covers on left side just get in the way. Dim screen, with uninspiring 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. Could use another couple of USB ports. Difficulty with switchable graphics system.
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.
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.
Pros: Attractive design, Very good AMD discrete graphics, Accurate touchpad with discrete buttons, High-quality webcam, One of few Ultrabooks with DVD drive
Cons: Dim screen, Mediocre battery life, Some keyboard flex, Annoying port covers,
Excerpt: 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. Dell offers two similarly named notebooks – the slightly outdated Dell Inspiron 14z and the newer Inspiron 14z Ultrabook that is tested in this review.
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.
Conclusion: The Inspiron 14z lives up to its promise as an obtainable thin-and-light. It ticks off the three check-boxes that concern buyers looking for a portable laptop in this price range. It’s fast, it has good battery life, and it’s affordable.
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
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Discrete GPU results in above average game performance, Clean, sleek, attractive design, Ivy Bridge foundation, Fast boot and snappy performance courtesy of a 32GB mSATA SSD, HDMI output, Very comfortable keyboard
Cons: Relatively low res screen, Slow spinning hard drive, A little heavier than most Ultrabooks
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.