Dell Inspiron 13z
Average of 10 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Inspiron 13z
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.
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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 wouldnt 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%
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%
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%
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%
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User Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/13/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/11/2010
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 69% features: 85% display: 80% mobility: 87% workmanship: 84%
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Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 88%
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Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
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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%
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