Dell XPS 14-L421X

Specifications

Dell XPS 14-L421XNotebook: Dell XPS 14-L421X (XPS 14 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M 1024 MB
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.06kg
Price: 1799 euro
Average Score: 73.94% - average
Average of 18 scores (from 25 reviews)
price: 50%, performance: 84%, features: 69%, display: 88% mobility: 85%, workmanship: 99%, ergonomy: 86%, emissions: 79%

Reviews for the Dell XPS 14-L421X

83% Review Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook | Notebookcheck
Golden mean. The new XPS 14 Ultrabook was presented to the press during the Dell Technology Camp 2012. After the official start at the end of June, the first units with Intel Ivy Bridge and Nvidia GeForce GT 630M are now being delivered. An ultrabook of the upper class that is available from 1149 Euro (RRP, ~1410 USD).
Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook Review - 2012 Version
Source: Legit Reviews English
Ultimately the Dell XPS14 is a rock solid system and didn't disappoint today. If you're looking to invest into an ultrabook, the XPS14 would be a great one to get your hands on. The Standard 1 year is included, the first level of the three year is $199, the Dell recommended is $219, and the best which includes Accidental Damage Service is $349. Depending on how long you plan on keeping the XPS14 and how easy or hard you are on, you may want to invest in the 'Best' just in case you accidentally throw it across the parking lot.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/23/2013
60% Dell XPS 14 14-inch Ultrabook PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Dell's XPS 14 tries to offer a potentially more feature rich ultrabook but comes up short due to its overall size and pricing. It certainly is heavier and taller than most other 14-inch ultrabooks. It makes up for this by having better than average battery life and a screen with a higher resolution than most its competition.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/29/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Dell XPS 14 (2012 Ultrabook Version) Review and Ratings
Source: Computer Shopper English
In the end, price may be a key factor. The XPS 14 we tested costs $1,499, a neighborhood that's crowded with strong alternatives, ranging from the 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon$1,214.10 at Lenovo to the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air, each of which weigh more than one-third less (though they also have less RAM and storage, among other differences).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/27/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
67% Dell XPS 14 review
Source: PC Pro English
Despite being quite lovely to look at, and even lovelier in the flesh, Dell’s XPS 14 has some serious issues to contend with. At this price, we’d have hoped for a far superior display, and it’s clear that cramming a dedicated graphics chipset into such an attractive, slimline chassis isn’t as easy as it looks. There’s a huge amount of promise, but alas this power-packed Ultrabook just doesn’t make the grade.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/09/2012
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 50% performance: 63% features: 50% ergonomy: 50%
80% Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook review
Source: CNet English
The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook brings a simplistic metal style that will be instantly familiar to anyone who's spent much time with an Apple MacBook. It's packing the latest Intel processors and a healthy helping of RAM, which makes even the base model a powerful machine. It doesn't come cheap, but if you're looking for performance on the move and don't want a chomped apple shape on the front of your laptop, the new XPS 14 is definitely worth checking out.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Dell XPS 14
Source: PC World English
On the whole, the XPS 14 has a lot to offer notebook users who can get past its weight and are willing to shell out a bit extra for its multimedia and gaming potential. Despite the great battery life, I'd recommend this one more for occasional travelers than frequent fliers.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/25/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Dell XPS 14 review – if the average ultrabook is not enough for you
Source: Ultrabook Review English
All in all, the Dell XPS 14 is an interesting laptop. Like most XPSs, build quality and aesthetics are some of its greatest assets, next to the comfortable keyboard and trackpad. And the battery life is something that sets this particular unit apart from most of the competitors. But then again, so does the price and the screen is for sure something Dell should have taken better care of, as it’s just not good enough for a laptop in this price range.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Dell XPS 14 (L421X) Ultrabook review
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Dell's XPS 14 features an Ivy Bridge processor and discrete graphics, which make it quite powerful for its form factor. It's a decent Ultrabook overall, but not without its problems. It could use a screen with better vertical viewing angles and a USB port on the right side wouldn't hurt either. Consider it if you want a relatively mobile laptop with good overall performance and battery life, and business features such as TPM and Gigabit Ethernet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/05/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Dell XPS 14 (2012)
Source: Techreview Source English
The Dell XPS 14 is one of the newest Ultrabooks on the market today. It has a new, Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive jammed into a compact body. It has a nice-looking display and extra long battery life, but the screen's viewing angles could be better.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/27/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Dell XPS 14 (Summer 2012)
Source: PC Mag English
The Dell XPS 14 certainly wins points for styling, screen resolution, Core i7 power, and battery life. But those wins are tempered by the system's merely okay 3D performance, bulky size and weight, and high price. The XPS 14 will appeal to those who want just a bit more and are prepared to pay more than a bit for it.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/26/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Dell XPS 14 and XPS 15 pictures and hands-on
Source: Pocket Lint English
Dell has introduced two new ultrabooks to its XPS range in the shape of the XPS 14 and XPS 15 and Pocket-lint has been lucky enough to get some hands-on time with both.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/26/2012
Hands on: Dell XPS 14 review
Source: Techradar English
We thought the XPS 13 was brilliant, but it had one problem - screen real estate. The XPS 14 solves this and is a really rather fine laptop. The XPS 13 wasn't the cheapest Ultrabook around and neither is the XPS 14, but we're really looking forward to seeing this one again for our full XPS 14 review.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/26/2012
Dell XPS 14
Source: Trusted Reviews English
It was difficult to get an accurate impression of the laptop’s audio talents, but we can say that in every other regard the XPS 14 makes a worthy larger sibling to the XPS 13, correcting some of its flaws like limited connectivity and average screen resolution. If Dell can keep its pricing competitive, this latest XPS Ultrabook should do well.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/26/2012
70% Dell XPS 14
Source: CNet English
Forget the image of Dell laptops as generic-looking plastic boxes (or, less generously, cheap-looking ones). The flagship of Dell's revamped laptop line, the XPS 14 is a worthy competitor to something like the MacBook Pro, and the two systems share a similar aesthetic. But Dell's new Inspiron ultrabook is nearly as good, and a lot less expensive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/26/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Dell XPS 14 review: a 14-inch Ultrabook with Ivy Bridge and graphics might
Source: Engadget English
It's easy to see the XPS 14 as just a slightly larger version of the 13 that came so recently before, but that's far from telling the full story. Yes, this looks an awful lot like that one, but it's considerably heavier, considerably faster and has a considerably better trackpad. It is, therefore, a considerably better laptop -- if you don't mind that extra heft -- but it's far from perfect.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/26/2012
60% Dell XPS 14 (2012) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
What good is an Ultrabook if you have to take the charger with you? Dell's approach with its new XPS 14z (starting at $1,099) is to pack a beefier battery than the competition does in exchange for a chunkier (albeit striking) design. The Dell XPS 14 is one of the longest lasting Ultrabooks yet and features Nvidia graphics, but the relatively heavy weight and high price give us pause.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/26/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%

Foreign Reviews

Dell XPS 14 - hochwertiges 14-Zoll-Ultrabook
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/22/2012
85% Dell XPS 14 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 91% features: 86% display: 87% mobility: 81% ergonomy: 89% emissions: 79%
94% Schwergewichtiges Topmodell als Langläufer
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 94% performance: 90% display: 95% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 85%
79% Dells Ultrabook XPS 14 mit Ivy-Bridge-CPU im Test
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/05/2012
Rating: Total score: 79%
80% Ultrabook von Dell kommt im MacBook-Pro-Look
Source: Focus Online German DE→EN
Positive: solid business device; many satisfactory features Negative: glare-type display
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Dell XPS 14 im Test: 14-Zoll-Ultrabook mit Ivy Bridge und GeForce
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
convincing design and workmanship, good battery runtime, keyboard and trackpad, bad display
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/05/2012
60% DELL XPS 14 (GOLD)
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/12/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
83% Dell XPS 14 (L421X)
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 73% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100%
Recenze: DELL XPS 14 - hliníkový elegán
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Long battery life; high-end sound built-in speakers; hilarious appearance; high resolution and luminance of the display. Negative: Noisy cooling system; Touchpad sometimes does not recognize the correct finger on a virtual button.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/23/2013

Comment

NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M:

Multiple models based on various chips of the Fermi generation. Specifically, the GT 630M exists in GF108/GF106/GF116 variants, but are all essentially renamed GeForce GT 540M or 555M GPUs. A 28nm GF117 variant exists as well with reduced power consumption.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

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


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


3517U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.9 - 3.0 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1150 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


14": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.06 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


73.94%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


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» Lenovo IdeaPad G780-M842QGE
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» HP Envy dv7-7210em
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» Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530-N4F27GE
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-06-28 (Update: 2012-06-28)