Summary: At Rs.78,900, the Dell XPS 14z is quite an expensive 14-inch notebook, but then it does justify that price, to an extent. The price jump seems to be related to the 3-year warranty that comes as standard. Also, the notebook packs an impeccable build and finish and the attention to detail is pretty darn good. More importantly, it feels like a premium product and it also has the goods to back it up. If portability and style is your criteria, then the XPS 14z is a good buy.
Excerpt: The Dell XPS 14z is a step above the standard Dell notebook, but it comes with an attractive $799 starting price that puts it within the range of students and creative professionals on a budget. The XPS 14z is thin and light, but unlike most notebooks in this category and the new Ultrabooks, the XPS 14z includes an optical drive.
Pros: Great Looks, Good performance, Wonderful sound, Attractive pricing
Cons: Mediocre keyboard w poor backlighting, Only 2 USB ports
Excerpt: Notebook audio is always a mixed bag, and often a disappointingly muddy and quiet bag at that. When you do hear good audio it’s usually found on notebooks designed to be stuck on a desk, but the Dell XPS 14z is able to pack in some of the best sounding speakers I’ve ever heard, in a surprisingly portable package — one that starts at $899.
Excerpt: Earlier this year, we took a long, hard look at one of Dell 's most highly-anticipated multimedia notebooks to date. That was the XPS 15z , and we thought pretty highly of it in almost every measurable way, including its delightfully thin dimensions. Fast forward a few months, and in slides the XPS 14z.
Dell XPS 14z – 14 inch display, futuristic look and powerful hardware inside a 13 inch laptop chassis
3 November 2011
Conclusion: With all that, the Dell XPS 14z is under 1 inch thick, and according to the manufacturer it’s “the thinnest fully featured laptop in the world”, which probably means that it has the top of the line, non ULV Core i7 and an optical drive. Hard to argue with that, and the 14z is definitely a great choice for anyone who wants a portable workstation that has everything you need for even some of the most resource intensive tasks.
Summary: The $1,299 Dell XPS 14z offers fast Core i7 performance in an elegant and portable package. In addition to the sleek and sturdy metal design, we like the smooth and accurate touchpad and helpful Dell Stage software. Some competing notebooks offer more graphics muscle, and the display isn't best in class, but overall this is one of our favorite thin-and-light notebooks.