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Dell XPS 14z Series

Dell XPS 14z-L412z

The dell XPS 14Z was released at a time in which the utrabooks were said to replace current laptops. Yet it manages to slot itself perfectly into the regular, high-end laptop category. The XPS itself is a premium category under Dell for its regular home users. Hence there is nothing less in this laptop’s specs. The XPS 14Z comes with Intel’s i5 or i7 processor and can be fitted with 8gb of RAM. It’s also quite thin for a full featured laptop and has a unique design allowing the space at the sides of the screen to be very minimal. This means that the 14 inch laptop is actually 14 inch.

With a very long battery life, a backlit keyboard, a very good display and a slot in DVD drive, the Dell XPS 14Z beats many other laptops which are in the same price range both in functionality and styling. The only problem with the 14Z is the lack of available ports. It comes with one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. Also, the HDMI port has been replaced with the newer Display-Port. It is harder to connect to a external monitor via the display port unless you’re using one of Dell’s professional monitors. Otherwise, you will be forced to get a DP-HDMI converter which is quite rare.

Processor: Intel Core i5 2410M, Intel Core i5 2430M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
Display: 14 inch
Weight: 2kg, 2.031kg
Price: 900, 949 euro
Average Score: 78.5% - good
Average of 28 scores (from 45 reviews)
price: 85%, performance: 84%, features: 67%, display: 65%
mobility: 74%, workmanship: 92%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 85%

 

Dell XPS 14z

Specifications

Dell XPS 14zNotebook: Dell XPS 14z
Processor: Intel Core i5 2410M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M 1024 MB
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.031kg
Price: 949 euro
Links: Dell homepage
 Dell notebook section

Average Score: 79.19% - good
Average of 21 scores (from 32 reviews)

 

80% Review Dell XPS 14z Notebook | Notebookcheck
Beauty hurts. The first steps towards a stronger design were made with the XPS 15z, and now the more compact 14-inch version is the logical progression. Like its larger brother, the Dell XPS 14z hopes to win over the hearts of customers with its good looks. It also has solid hardware, but that’s by the by...
Dell XPS 14z Review
Source: Notebooks.com English
The Dell XPS 14z won’t replace a MacBook Pro, but it is decent alternative for creatives on a budget. The low screen resolution and the unimpressive keyboard are a reason to look at alternatives like the HP ProBook 5330m which offers a better typing experience, though no optical drive. If you spend more time in Photoshop and movie editing tools than writing papers and emails, the Dell XPS 14z is a notebook you should seriously consider, especially with a $799 starting price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/01/2012
65% Dell XPS 14z Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
At Rs.78,900, the Dell XPS 14z is quite an expensive 14-inch notebook, but then it does justify that price, to an extent. The price jump seems to be related to the 3-year warranty that comes as standard. Also, the notebook packs an impeccable build and finish and the attention to detail is pretty darn good. More importantly, it feels like a premium product and it also has the goods to back it up. If portability and style is your criteria, then the XPS 14z is a good buy. However, just keep in mind that you’ll have to compromise on the lack of USB 3.0, a non –removable battery and the fact that you’re pretty much stuck to the two configurations that Dell have whipped up.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/04/2012
Rating: Total score: 65%
80% Dell XPS 14z Review
Source: Kitguru English
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.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/23/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook
Source: Reg Hardware English
The Dell XPS 14z has one or two rough edges, but for the most part it’s very neatly designed and provides good, strong performance at a competitive price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/12/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% Dell XPS 14z review
Source: PC Pro English
A powerful, portable and handsome-looking system that won’t break the bank.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/04/2011
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 83% ergonomy: 83%
75% Dell XPS 14z (P24G) notebook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
The Dell XPS 14z offers a fantastic mix of performance, mobility and strong build quality for a reasonable cost. If it had a better keyboard and touchpad, the XPS 14z would be at least a 4-star notebook. It offers great performance and features for its size and price point, making it suitable for anyone who wants plenty of power and convenience in a unit that's also very mobile.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2011
Rating: Total score: 75%
70% Dell XPS 14z review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Beautifully built and offering good usability, the all-metal, milled-aluminium XPS 14z gives you style and power in a relatively compact package, including enough grunt for light gaming. One of its standout features is that it manages to fit a 14in screen into the equivalent of a 13in chassis, but unfortunately the screen itself is distinctly average. This, combined with awkward rear-only connections and mediocre battery life, mean it’s worth considering for its strengths but not an automatic must-buy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/03/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 70% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 80%
80% Dell XPS 14z review
Source: Techradar English
The XPS 14z is a more compact ultraportable version of one of the best laptops of 2011. While it isn't quite as technically impressive, it's still an excellent machine that can keep you entertained and productive on the move.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Dell XPS 14z
Source: PC Mag English
Among mainstream laptops, the Dell XPS 14z offers better components and better performance than most competitors, with an Intel Core i7 processor, switchable Nvidia graphics, and a spacious 750GB hard drive. Though it falters a bit on battery life, the attractive compact design and oh-so-comfortable keyboard gives other premium systems a run for their money. On the flipside, the $1,299 premium may be too steep for some customers, who might prefer the Editors' Choice Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5), which offers solid mainstream performance without the luxury-class price tag.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Dell XPS 14z review
Source: CNet English
If the name didn't give you a clue, the Dell XPS 14z laptop is the little brother of the XPS 15z. It knocks an inch off the screen size but still offers decent performance with a sturdy metal case. The Dell XPS 14z offers decent performance for general computing tasks with a bag-friendly design and sturdy construction. If you're a gaming fan, or need a lot of ports, it won't appeal as much.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Dell XPS 14z
Source: CNet English
Dell's XPS line of laptops has survived a few purges of the Dell rolls (Studio, Adamo, and so on) to become the company's flagship premium brand, akin to the Apple MacBook or HP Envy. The Dell XPS 14z is a nicely designed, well-built 14-inch laptop, but the XPS "z" design works better on the 15-inch version, leaving this model feeling chunky.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 60%
Dell XPS 14z: Thoroughly Reviewed
Source: AnandTech English
There’s a lot to like about Dell’s 14z, including an attractive design, reasonable performance and pricing, and a better build quality than many consumer notebooks. It won’t rival the enterprise class business notebooks for build quality, but it’s quite a bit lighter than most of those and is still a healthy step up from the mostly-plastic budget laptops.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/24/2011
90% Dell XPS 14z Laptop Review
Source: Hardware Zone English
Having used a couple of Dell 14" systems recently (the M14x and Inspiron 14z) we had become big fans of the form factor. Machines of this size offer the option of including performance hardware in a chassis which is noticeably more portable than the 15"+ models which are next up in the laptop market.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 90% workmanship: 100%
Dell XPS 14z review
Source: Engadget English
We like the XPS 14z, but perhaps not for all of the reasons Dell is advertising. For all its embellishments, this doesn't feel like a premium laptop, and its performance doesn't put it ahead of the pack either. Finally, it's also one of the worst bloatware offenders we've seen in some time. Still, the XPS 14z is worth considering, but for a less glamorous reason than Dell intended: it's simply comfortable to use.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/24/2011
Dell XPS 14z pictures and hands-on
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Dell XPS 14z is encased in aluminium and feels great to the touch. It is compact, with a 14-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display, but the casing is closer to a 13-inch notebook. We put it alongside a 13-inch MacBook Pro and found the chassis dimensions to be similar, but the screen is slightly larger naturally.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/10/2011
92% Dell XPS 14z
Source: Computer Shopper English
It takes more than fancy tattoos and a cool haircut to be a rock star—you need to have the complete package. The thinnest 14-inch notebook ever, the XPS 14z offers up strong performance and a gorgeous design. Mobile professionals who demand a stylish, powerful PC should shortlist this one.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 92%
Ansehnlich
Source: Home Electronic - 2/12 English
Sehr positiv fallen die Optik und die Verarbeitung auf. Das Gehäuse, bestehend aus Aluminiumteilen, ist unempfindlich gegen Fingerabdrücke. Alle Teile sind präzise verschraubt, nichts klappert oder sitzt schief. Dank beleuchteter Tastatur kann man mit dem Rechner auch im schummrigen Licht arbeiten. Die Druckpunkte der Tasten könnten jedoch präziser sein.
Positive: optics, workmanship, keyboard with backlight; negative: unprecise keys
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2012
72% Dell XPS 14z: flaches 14-Zoll-Notebook aus Alu im Test
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/22/2011
Rating: Total score: 72% performance: 70% features: 70% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 70%
80% Dell XPS 14z im Test:
Source: Onlinekosten.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/14/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 87% features: 80% display: 87% mobility: 78% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 80%
Dell XPS 14z
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/02/2011
Rating: performance: 90% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50%
91% Dell XPS 14z
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 95% display: 75% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 92%
80% Test Dell XPS 14z Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 81% display: 67% mobility: 86% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 86% emissions: 81%
85% Dell XPS 14 Z, portátil con chasis de aluminio ionizado
Source: PC Actual Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 86%
80% Dell XPS 14Z : le notebook ne dit pas son dernier mot
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Model: Dell XPS 14z
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/18/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Exclusif : le prochain Dell XPS de 14 pouces en test sur 01net
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Видеообзор Dell XPS 14z
Source: F1CD RU→EN
Positive: Good performance; Bright display; Interesting design; Not bad sound system. Negative: Significant was found.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/17/2012
Обзор ноутбука Dell XPS 14z: стильный американец скоро в России
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
hot with load, suited for a few games, not as thin as Ultrabooks
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/03/2011
Dell XPS 14z - mobilně se stylem
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/23/2012
"无边框“屏幕 戴尔XPS14z全金属本评测
Source: PC Online.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/28/2011
史上最薄14英寸影音本 戴尔XPS 14z首测
Source: PC Online.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/30/2011
60% Dell XPS 14Z
Source: Laptopworld.dk DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/20/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

Dell XPS 14z-L412z

Specifications

Dell XPS 14z-L412zNotebook: Dell XPS 14z-L412z
Processor: Intel Core i5 2430M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2kg
Price: 900 euro
Links: Dell homepage
 Dell notebook section
 XPS 14z-L412z (Model)

Average Score: 75.83% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 13 reviews)

 

65% Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
The XPS 14 Ultrabook is quite expensive and prices start at Rs.79,100 for the base model. The one thing that really annoys me is that Dell got away with the ‘Ultrabook’ sticker for the XPS 14, when it’s plainly not. Apart from using a ULV CPU and lacking a DVD drive, the two main traits that define an Ultrabook–light weight and slimness, are simply missing. As a notebook, it has an excellent design and build but it falls short on connectivity as you only get two USB ports, which is not forgivable when you design such a thick notebook. Just like the Dell Adamo, the XPS 14 is stuck uncomfortably between two different notebook categories, leaving it in limbo. It’s simply too expensive as a regular notebook and too heavy and fat to be an Ultrabook.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/25/2012
Rating: Total score: 65%
90% Dell XPS 14z review
Source: PC Advisor English
Dell's XPS 14z could be accused of looking rather like a MacBook Pro. If this was a deliberate ploy, it’s also a risky one, as few laptops can stand comparison with the MacBook Pro's design, build and feature set and still walk away with their reputations intact. Fortunately, the Dell XPS 14z is one that almost can. In all, there's a lot of laptop on offer here for under £1000, despite our mixed feelings about the display. A fine looking, sturdy and fast laptop with an attractive price tag, we've no hesitation in recommending it.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
Small Business Notebook Review: Dell XPS 14z
Source: Small Business Computing English
The Dell XPS 14z sports above-average specifications and is well-positioned as a desktop replacement with a reasonable starting price of $799.99. Dell’s efforts to position it as a premium notebook also shows in terms of terms of its sleek styling and comfortable backlit keyboard and trackpad. On the down side, Dell has positioned the XPS 14z such that you cannot add the 256GB SSD option separately; the SSD is only available with the top-end configuration priced at a much heftier price tag of $1,499.99. This is a pity as we are sure that some users would prefer a smaller SSD over a beefier processor option. Nevertheless, we think the XPS 14z a solid business performer in an elegant package.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/01/2012
Dell XPS 14z Rocks – Great Speakers and Sound
Source: Notebooks.com English
This isn’t the only system from Dell with Waves MaxxAudio included, the Dell XPS 15z which I reviewed last year also impressed. If you are looking for a great audio experience on your notebook, I highly recommend the Dell XPS 14z, and suggest checking out other Dell systems with similar setups.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/30/2012
80% Dell XPS 14z
Source: Digital Versus English
While clearly not able to fight on equal terms with the MacBook Pro when it comes to battery life and screen quality, the Dell XPS 14z offers similar performance, high-quality speakers and a good finish for much less cash. Plus, 4 hrs 20 mins of video playback is pretty good. All in all, Dell has come out with a decent product.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/30/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Dell XPS 14z review
Source: Pocket Lint English
In some ways, it's a little hard to tell what market this laptop is aimed at. It's a powerful enough machine for home use. The problem is, an i7 with more memory would be the minimum spec needed for a high-end setup for video editing and gaming. And if you think if it more as a day-to-day machine, for users with more modest requirements, the price is perhaps a little high - starting at £800, going up to over £1000 with an SSD. But there is plenty to like about this laptop. It's powerful enough for most things, and despite being a little weighty, it's still perfectly portable and a nice machine to get out in Starbucks.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/30/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Dell XPS 14z Notebook Review
Source: Hardware Canucks English
The XPS series from Dell has had a long history of delivering good performance at mass market prices and the 14z continues this tradition. Even though it has been parachuted into a highly competitive market segment at a time when Ultrabooks and Macs tend to grab the headlines, this is one thin and light notebook that can more than hold its own.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/12/2011
Dell XPS 14z Notebook Review
Source: Hot Hardware English
Dell's XPS 14z is a solid little machine, and it'll certainly serve its customers well, but it's just a little too pricey with some of its shortcomings. Gamers will want more than a lowly GT520M, and bargain hunters will demand a lower price from a 14" machine. In a way, the XPS 14z stuck between a rock and a hard place, though it's well-built, a pleasure to use and very easy on the eyes.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/09/2011
80% Dell XPS 14z im Test
Source: ITespresso German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/08/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Dell XPS 14z
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Positive: workmanship, colourful display, backlite keyboard, battery runtime; negative: few and bad positioned connections, display is mirroring and has low contrast
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/08/2011
80% Dell XPS 14z (L412Z)
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/12/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Đánh giá Dell XPS 14z
Source: Sohoa VN Express VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/10/2012
デル XPS 14zの簡易レビュー
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/17/2012

 

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Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M: Entry level graphics card based on the new GF119 chip with a 64 Bit memory bus or on the GF108 with 128 Bit memory bus but lower clock rates. 

Intel HD Graphics 3000: Integrated graphics card in the Intel Sandy Bridge processors (Core ix-2xxx). The HD 3000 is the faster (internally GT2 called) version with 12 Execution Units (EUs).

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


Intel Core i5:

2410M:

Dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The CPU is clocked at 2.3 GHz (Turbo Boost 2.6-2.9 GHz) and the GPU at 650 (1200 MHz Turbo).

2430M: Dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The CPU is clocked at 2.4 GHz (Turbo Boost 2.7-3 GHz) and the GPU at 650 (1200 MHz Turbo).


14.0: 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

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


2 kg:

These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 12 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

2.031 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.


78.5%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

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

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-12-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)