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Dell Inspiron 13z

Specifications

Dell Inspiron 13zNotebook: Dell Inspiron 13z (Inspiron 13z Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce G 105M 512 MB
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.01kg
Average Score: 85.4% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 89%, performance: 77%, features: 79%, display: 75% mobility: 85%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: 82%

Reviews for the Dell Inspiron 13z

85% Review Dell Inspiron 13z Notebook | Notebookcheck
Mobile Entertainer. The new product lines of Dell, a well-known direct distributor, with a 'z' in their name are designed with one purpose in mind: an extraordinary good balance of mobility and performance. While the Inspiron 11z and Latitude 16z are already available for some weeks, the product range has now been extended by a model of the popular 13-inch category called 13z. The following test will reveal how successful this new subnotebook can cover the span between performance and mobility.
70% Dell Inspiron 13z Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
On paper the Dell Inspiron 13z has a lot going for it: it's keenly priced, performs well and has an integrated optical drive where others have none. It has several problems, though, primary among them being a somewhat dull, slightly tacky chassis. It wouldn’t take much to make it a machine worth recommending, but at the moment it's merely worth thinking about.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 70%
80% Dell Inspiron 13z
Source: Techtree.com English
The price of Inspiron 13z that we reviewed sells for Rs. 45,000. The price for the base model starts at Rs. 38,000. If you compare 13-inch ULV models, the Acer Timeline 3810TZ sells for around Rs. 32,000. Dell's own Vostro V13 sells for a shade under Rs. 40,000. But what both these models lack is a DVD drive, which, as we stated earlier, could be the ultimate reason why people aren't buying these models. This is the Insprion 13z's trump card, the reason it is set apart from other models in the market today. Regarding the pricing, we wish the base model price drops down by around 3,000 bucks, then we'd call it a sweet buy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Dell Inspiron 13z
Source: Tech2.in.com English
For some the performance of this machine would not justify its Rs. 45,000 price. On the other hand, consider that not all ultra-portables feature discrete graphics, an optical drive, a 250 GB hard drive and 4 GB RAM. Also, ergonomically, not all of them are comfortable to use. While there’s no doubt that this one is slightly overpriced, it is a good balance of performance, features and ergonomics.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Dell Inspiron 13z
Source: Driverheaven English
It is clear from our testing today that Dell really did their homework before building the Inspiron 13z and they have taken feedback from the community and addressed a number of issues which are generally problems within the smaller sized laptop market. Firstly they opted for the faster Ultra Low Voltage processors instead of the ATOM and while these don't synthetically benchmark exceptionally high the real world conditions show massive improvements in responsiveness and overall usability. There is also a dual layer DVD burner included which is always an omission with a smaller, cheaper netbook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 100% performance: 90% workmanship: 90%

Foreign Reviews

90% Dell Inspiron 13z (1370)
Source: Notebookforum.at German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/13/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
84% Dell Inspiron 13z
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/11/2010
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 69% features: 85% display: 80% mobility: 87% workmanship: 84%
88% Arbeiten ... reisen ... kommunizieren ...
Source: Facts - 2/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 88%
90% Noch tragbar
Source: Mobile News - 1/10 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
87% Test Dell Inspiron 13z Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 79% features: 77% mobility: 92% workmanship: 92% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 82%

Comment

NVIDIA GeForce G 105M: Higher clocked 9300M GS and therefore a bit faster. Still manufactured in 65nm. Supports Hybrid-SLI with HybridPower and GeForceBoost (in conjunction with the right Nvidia chipset).

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


SU7300: Slow clocked dual core processor with a low TDP of 10 Watt.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.01 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 13 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Dell reviews


85.4%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-01-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)