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
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.