Dell XPS 14z video review

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Beautifully built and offering good usability, the all-metal, milled-aluminium XPS 14z gives you style and power in a relatively compact package, including enough grunt for light gaming. One of its standout features is that it manages to fit a 14in screen into the equivalent of a 13in chassis, but unfortunately the screen itself is distinctly average. This, combined with awkward rear-only connections and mediocre battery life, mean it’s worth considering for its strengths but not an automatic must-buy.

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Martin Daler

November 5, 2011, 7:45 pm

Well, I actually prefer glossy screens. It is a compromise I guess.

With a glossy screen it reflects light (which is a pain), but since they are specular reflections you can at least avoid them by judicious orientation of the screen (not too difficult with a portable, after all, more difficult with a TV).

A matt screen also reflects and you will have difficulty avoiding it since the reflection is scattered in all directions. However, the reflcetion is diffuse on account of it being scattered, so perhaps it is less annoying (although on my TV it is just as annoying).

For me at least, any reflection - scattered or specular - is a pain, but there is little chance to avoid a scattered reflection. So on balance I would rather take my chances with a glossy screen. And it has the bonus of better image quality due to its inherently greater visual contrast.

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