Dell XPS 14 Z is the dell’s product, which has been launched under the laptops category. Dell laptops come in various series: Inspiron, Vostro, XPS and AlienWare. The Alienware laptops are the expensive one. However, Inspiron and Vostro are affordable for the mid-ranged people.
The Dell XPS laptops are special designed laptops which stay between Inspiron range and the Alienware range. Particularly, in this post, I am reviewing the Dell XPS 14Z laptop review. The Dell XPS 14Z is the thinner and lighter with small screen size and small weight. Specifically, it can be called as the notebook.
The tech gurus say that this unit is just like the Apple MacBook Pro. The body of this laptop is metallic with just 14 inches display size (just few inches more than MacBook Pro). The backlit keyboard of this device is also interesting and attractive.
Firstly, let me tell you the key advantages and the shortcomings in this device:
- Compact Size
- Smart keyboard
- Responsive touchpad
- More than 7 hours backup
- Just 2 USB ports only
- Poor display quality
Dell XPS 14Z review
The design can be first explained on the basis of the dimensions and the weight of this device.
Dimensions: 13.19 x 9.21 x 0.9 inches
Weight: 4.36 pounds
The build quality of this laptop is metallic (Aluminium) and thus the laptop is like a massive device and hence gives the rugged looks.
When seen from the front, there is nothing on the front panel.
However, on the rear side, there is Kensington Lock slot, AC power slot, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, USB ports,. Ethernet and Cooling Exhaust vent. The right side has the battery status indicator and DVD burner.
From the left side, the cooling exhaust vent, microphone slot, headphone jack and 7-in-1 card reader has been equipped.
Display and Keyboard
So, the 14 inches display of this laptop, as discussed in the shortcomings, has poor quality. It would have been equipped with more pixels resolution. The resolution of the screen is 720 pixels (1366 x 768), which is not suitable for people like me, who is buying a perfect laptop.
According to me the pixels resolution of the screen should have been 1600 x 900 pixels. The display quality is glossy. However, on seeing from different angles, the view is different with lesser brightness and colors.
On the keyboard part, the keyboard is the advantage of this laptop as the keys of the laptop are manufactured on the panel with equal space and are easily press able. The keyboard is the backlit type. The touch pad of this laptop is highly sensitive to the fingers. It is very responsive and thus is simpler to be used.
The speakers are paced on the both sides of the keypad of this laptop. The stereo speakers on the panel is a smart move by the Dell brand as while listening audio or watching some video, the speakers offer minimum distortion on the maximum volume.
Ports and interfaces
The device is so compact that the ports and the interfaces have been equipped together in a small space. On the rear side of this laptop, there are two USB ports (USB 3.0 and USB 2.0). One HDMI port is also available on the same side.
An Ethernet port is available on the rear for the internet connectivity through the wires. The left side has the connectivity jacks such as the microphone jack and the headphone jack. The 7-in-1 card reader is also present on the left side of this device.
Processor & Operating System
While talking about the processor and the operating system details of this device, I would like to say, the processor and the operating system units are quite impressive. The laptop is equipped with Intel HM67 chipset which has the Intel Core i5-2430M dual core processor who’s both cores have been clocked at 2.4 GHz frequency.
The GPU support is there with its Nvidia GeForceGT 520M graphics card which has 1 GB dedicated video memory.
The 8 GB DDR3-1333 RAM powers the processor unit in multi tasking with lightening fast operations. The hard disk space is also high with 750 GB western digital hard drive which rotates at 7200 RPM.
The heat circulation is outstanding with the two fans equipped on the rear and the left side of this device. In most of the laptops, the exhaust fans are equipped below the laptop, due to which the heat passage become too difficult, which leads to the problems in laptop after 1 year.
However, in this unit, the exhaust has been smartly equipped for the easy passage of the heat.
The laptop has been preloaded with the wireless connectivity support. The Intel Centrino Advanced-N wireless network adapter (802.11n) support is there.
The integrated Bluetooth v 3.0 and the EDR wireless support is there in the laptop.
The 8 cell battery has been placed in this device which thus gives the 7 hours and 15 minutes backup. So, the battery life of this device is an advantage.
Dell XPS 14Z price in USA
Its price in USA is $1099.99
This device has been equipped with many powerful features like the stereo speakers, battery, and sleek and strong build structure. So, the feel of Apple MacBook Pro can be have at $1099 with this device.