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Dell Launches Studio 14z


Dell Launches Studio 14z

We're quite endeared to Dell's Studio range of laptops - the Studio 15, for example - so seeing another addition to the line-up, named the Studio 14z, is pleasing. It may be an update to the extant Studio 14, but that doesn't mean it should overlooked.

The 14in display comes in two choices, with either a "720p" or "900p" display; translating, presumably, into 1,280 x 720 and 1,600 x 900 pixels respectively - the latter putting it at odds with the Sony Z-series (albeit at 0.9in larger diagonally). The Studio 14z is apparently Dell's lightest Studio laptop, at 1.95kg and while hardly super-slim, it's not exactly porky either measuring 20mm at the front and 30.9m at the rear. As a side effect there's no internal optical drive, although external Blu-ray or DVD drives are available.

Inside the usual array of Core 2 Duo CPU options are present, with nVidia's 9400M chipset coping with graphics duties; up to 5GB of RAM (an odd number for certain) can be specced and up to 500GB of hard drive capacity added. Battery life is claimed at 6 hours 46 mins with an optional 8-cell unit, suggesting the 6-cell module should offer in the region of 5 hours use.

The best new is that the range starts at a tasty $649 (~£400), although as ever bumping the spec takes that spiralling upwards. Hopefully we'll be treated to the Studio 14z's delights in the UK soon.


Dell Studio 14z.


May 28, 2009, 10:13 pm

This laptop has some really nice options but a few major issues for me as well. I like all the options for the CPU (I'd go with a Core2Duo P8600) and hard drive. The fact that it has an LED backlit screen and you have the option of having a backlit keyboard is really nice. It also has great battery life.

However the lack of an optical drive and the fact that the screen only comes in a glossy finish (I don't know why this is so popular, I HATE glossy screens) is a deal breaker for me at that price ($1039 after adding the upgrades I'd want). I'd rather just save $500-600 and buy another netbook.


May 28, 2009, 11:00 pm

It has 1gb soldered to the motherboard and then two ram slots hence the odd number


May 29, 2009, 2:11 am

I can understand a 10-inch netbook not having space for an optical drive, but surely a 14-inch machine can afford the space..?

Just proves how good the engineering has been on some of the smaller beasts out there - Yes Sony T-series, i'm looking at you :)


May 29, 2009, 2:17 am

Optical drive is more or less irrelevant these days. Most people would find wireless N, gigabith ethernet port and USB to be far more useful points for loading data than a noise and relatively slow opticla drive.

Plus this thing has 1600 x 900 screen at 14", which is pretty damn good. All in a 1.95 lb package? Hell I'll be looking at these carefully next time I have to buy a laptop.


May 29, 2009, 2:59 am

I'll admit that the weight and overall size is impressive, as is the screen resolution, but I like having a disc drive for when I travel so I can watch DVD's and install software/copy music to my Zune player without having to lug around an external drive. Personally I'd rather it weigh a little more and have a nice slot loading DVD drive.

I guess for anyone who doesn't need a disc drive very often it would work well, and I do love Dell laptops. And this is completely personal opinion but the glossy screen alone is a deal breaker for me. I know some people like it, but I don't and I wish companies would offer a choice of glossy or anti-glare coating.


May 29, 2009, 3:03 am

The primary use of my optical drive is to rip music. So it is not THAT big of a deal that notebooks are eschewing it.

Although I would still feel a little uncomfortable not having it when I go out.


May 30, 2009, 6:45 am

It's hardly irrelevent Kanu, many pieces of software still only come on CD/DVD and external DVD drives aren't something you're likely to have around (because manufacturers don't bundle them with this sort of machine) and tend to be ridiculously overcharged for.

In theory, you can share the DVD drive of an existing computer but like a lot of networking stuff it can be a nightmare to set up.

Geoff Richards

May 30, 2009, 12:59 pm

I hate to pick sides, but I'm with Kanu. My Dell D430 doesn't have an in-built optical drive (it's in the dock) and I think I've used it twice in 2 years. Of course, I also have a desktop system, so I do still have access to one, but 99% of the time I'm using my laptop on the go and just don't need one.

For some, better to save the weight and size. But clearly not for others. Vote with your feet.

@Xiphias - I found a number of drives on Amazon for under £50 so I wouldn't call that overcharging.


July 19, 2009, 12:59 am

Is this ever going to come to the UK?

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