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Dell XPS 14z Review

Rating: 8.0.

Whether you like them or not, almost everyone agrees that Apple have been consistently creating some of the most beautiful laptop computers for many years. Dell are keen to showcase that they have the engineering prowess to compete with Apple and today we are looking at their XPS 14z, a slim laptop built around a beautiful aluminum/magnesium chassis which fits a 14 inch screen into a 13 inch chassis. Our particular review sample costs £999 inc vat.

The machine we are reviewing today has a Core i7 2640M processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, a slot drive DVD burner and IntelHD/Nvidia GT520M graphics. For a slimline laptop, the specifications are certainly impressive on paper. Our review sample ships with a Western Digital 750GB hard drive, although Solid State options are available at extra cost.

Product Specifications Overview:


  • 2nd generation Intel® Core™ I5-2430M processor 2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.00 GHz (1GB Gra
  • 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2640M processor 2.80 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.50 GHz (1GB Gra

Operating System

  • English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
  • English Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (64 BIT)
  • English Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate (64 BIT)


  • 4096MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2×2048]
  • 6144MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [1×4096 + 1×2048]
  • 8192MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2×4096]


  • Intel® HM67

Video Card

  • 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M Graphics Card with Optimus


  • 14.0″ (36cm) HD WLED True-Life W/ETE & Slim Bezel (1366×768) with 1.3 Mega Pixel HD Camera

Audio and Speakers

  • High Definition Audio +Waves MaxxAudio ®
    5.1 Surround sound can be supported via HDMI

Hard Drive

  • Up to 750GB SATA hard drive (7200RPM)
  • Up to 256GB Solid State hard drive

Optical Drive

  • Slot load 8x DVD +/- RW (reads & writes to CD/DVD) (9.5mm)


  • 8-Cell Prismatic (58WHr, 2.0AHr) AC Adapter
    65 Watt AC adaptor for UMA graphics, 90 Watt AC adaptor for discrete graphics


  • 1.3MP HD with dual array digital microphones


  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet network standard
    Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230 802.11 agn (2×2)
    Bluetooth 3.0 (not available in Russia)
    Intel® Wireless Display ready*
  • Media Card Reader
    7-in-1 supporting MMC, SD, xD, MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo

Ports, Slots & Chassis

HDMI 1.4 (1), Mini DisplayPort (1), RJ-45 (1), headphone (1), microphone (1)
2 total USB ports; USB 3.0 (1); USB 2.0 (1)

Starting at Weights
Starting at 4.36lbs (1.98 kg)
Starting at 4.12lbs (1.87 kg) with optional SSD

Dimensions (HxWxD)
Height: 0.9” (23mm) / Width: 13.9” (335mm) / Depth 9.21” (234mm)

14” High Definition (720p) WLED with TrueLife™ with edge-to-edge glass (1366×768); 200-nit typical

Standard full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; spill-resistant
Multi-Touchpad with Integrated Scrolling & Gestures and two mechanical buttons; 100 x 53 mm – centered on system

Productivity & Entertainment Software
Dell Stage & WebCam Central, Skype, Cozi, Adobe® Acrobat Reader X, Adobe Photoshop Elements Trial 8, Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (reduced–functionality versions of Word and Excel with advertising), Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live, McAfee SecurityCenter trial, Dell DataSafe; Roxio Creator Starter

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  • Funk Li

    Nice little machine, my friend bought one. agree on the screen though. Apple have the edge there by a long shot. the 13 inch macbook air screen is GORGEOUS quality.

  • Joe Sap

    The two tone design is lovely, they put a lot of effort into the machine and I like the centralised track pad. shame about the screen, but I dont mind TN screens, i use one on my own machine for work and its fine.

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