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Dell Unveils XPS 14z Laptop

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Dell Unveils XPS 14z Laptop

Dell has announced the specs, pricing and release dates of XPS 14z laptop which features the latest Core i5 and i7 processors.

The Dell XPS 14z will arrive in the UK on 15 November and prices will start from £799. The 14z is the latest in the ‘z’ range from Dell which include the XPS 15z which we looked at earlier this summer.

Like the 15z, the 14z has an anodised aluminium body and even seems to have taken some hints from the now defunct Adamo range.

Dell claims that it has managed to cram a 14in screen into the form factor of a 13.1in laptop. The 14z is just 23mm thick and weighs in at just under 2kg, which may not be back-crippling but compared to the slew of Ultrabooks we’ve seen lately seems a little heavy for a portable.

It has managed to cram in a bigger screen thanks to a tiny bezel and the screen itself is a 720p HD resolution WLED panel. Inside the 14z will come with either 2.4GHz Core i5 or 2.8GHz Core i7 processors paired with an Nvidia GT 520M 1GB video card. You can pimp the 14z out with up to 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM.

XPS 15z (left) and the new XPS 14z (right)

In terms of storage, the XPS 14z comes with either a 500GB or 750GB 7200RPM hard drive, though for those looking for more speed and a little less weight (and with a few extra pounds lying around) a 256GB SSD can be had as well.

In terms of connectivity, the 14z follows the 15z in placing the ports on the rear of the laptop, including a HDMI port, MiniDisplay port, USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

On the left-hand side you’ll find the microphone and headphone jacks and a memory card slot. On the right hand side you get a battery meter and a slot-loading optical drive included as standard.

According to Dell, the 14z with a Core i7 processor and HDD will last up to 6 hours 42 minutes, with the SSD configuration pushing over 7 hours out of the eight-cell battery.

With the anodised aluminium casing, comparisons with the 13in Apple MacBook Pro will be inevitable. One area where the 14z will be looking to attract customers is with its discrete graphics capabilities, which Apple do not offer on their 13in MacBook Pro model.

Let us know in the comments what you think of Dell’s latest offering and check back soon for our full review.

Source: Direct2Dell

Gk.pm

October 25, 2011, 4:11 am

Erm, I don't see any discrete graphics options for the 14z on Dell's website.

It's not on Apple's MBP 13 inch refresh either, only the > 15-inch MBP models have discrete graphics (and have done so for some time, today just bumped the specs)

David Gilbert

October 25, 2011, 1:42 pm

Regarding the MacBook Pro issue, you are quite correct, the 13in model does not come with a discrete graphics option and the refresh actually bumped up the AMD option rather than adding it as something new on the 15in and 17in models. Apologies for the confusion, the article has now been amended.

As regards the 14z, I can't see it as being available on Dell's UK or US sites at the moment and so not sure how you could even check the availability of discrete graphics as an option. I am going on the press release from Dell regarding the new laptop which says there will be discrete Nvidia graphics available.

Gk.pm

October 25, 2011, 9:49 pm

Yep, my bad was looking at the Inspiron 14z, not the XPS 14z.
The latter will in fact come with low-end NVIDIA GT 520M discrete graphics.

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