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: 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,
Conclusion: For 900 Euro (~$1125) , the Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook offers a power-efficient CPU and a middle-class GPU. The resulting combination is well-equipped for multimedia use and office programs load quickly and run fluidly thanks to the installed SSD. While the case is made from a mixture of brushed aluminum and synthetic materials , we found that workmanship was not always good. The hinges held the display securely but were themselves installed slightly skewed .
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.