Excerpt: When the ultrabooks arrived on the scene, we talked about the blurring of lines between them and the conventional laptop. Now, it seems we have completed that circle. The ultrabook’s definition, meant to be as light as possible, and offer a generous dose of power along with excellent battery life,...
Summary: The refreshed Inspiron ultrabook range feels a lot better to use. The 'budget' build quality of the previous version has given way to a much more premium feel, while keeping the same design. Performance is quite good.
Summary: Inspiring. Ultrabooks have found their way into Dell's Inspiron family. The all-rounders of the past now benefit from lower weight and longer battery life, in addition to the good performance. We examine whether the ultrabook measures up to the broad multimedia class.
Pros: good housing, individually configurable, dedicated graphics card, always remains cool, mostly silent, The good case and the price-performance ratio.
Cons: glossy display, low brightness, no CPU Turbo under load, cumbersome maintenance, A better display, despite the low price.
Conclusion: Going big hasn’t caused the 15z to compromise its Ultrabook roots. This is a snappy, portable system. While it isn’t a performance powerhouse, it does meet the demands of the average consumer.
Pros: Good material quality, Excellent connectivity, Spacious keyboard and touchpad, Solid performance
Cons: Glossy display with dim backlight, Optional touchscreen is a poor value
Summary: With the Inspiron 15z, Dell delivers a lightweight (for its size) notebook with a handsome aluminum chassis and a 15.6-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen display. Aditionally, its Core i5 CPU and 32GB cache deliver above-average performance, which should appeal to students and families alike.
Conclusion: Tipping the scales at the thick and heavy end of the ultrabook specifications, the Dell Inspiron 15z (I15Z-4801SLV) gives you extra features to justify its bulk. It's a good pick for the traditional laptop user who wants a new, fast laptop.
Pros: Intel Core i7 power. Touch screen. Backlit keyboard. Four USB 3.0 ports. HDMI out.
Conclusion: The fundamental idea of lending a large-format office/multimedia a reasonable battery life is something that we can take some pleasure in. Too often greater performance is endowed upon the notebook despite it being unnecessary or not being fully utilized.
Pros: Compact design, Low weight, HDMI port, Numerous possibilities for configuration, User-friendly keyboard, Low heat generation, Excellent battery life, The return to the essence behind the notebook: independence through battery life.
Cons: Unfavorable positioning of interfaces, Glare-display dependent on viewing angle, Cooling fan consistently running, UMTS, at least as an option. A docked USB-modem doesn't work well with the overall positioning of the various interfaces.
Summary: For just under $1,000, the Dell Studio 15z offers a lot of power in a thin (if polarizing) design, plus Intel's innovative Wireless Display technology. However, this notebook runs hot on the bottom, and some may prefer to get the version of this system with discrete graphics for not much more money.