Dell XPS 14z

Specifications

Dell XPS 14zNotebook: Dell XPS 14z (XPS 14z Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 2410M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M 1024 MB
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.031kg
Price: 949 euro
Average Score: 79.23% - good
Average of 22 scores (from 32 reviews)
price: 85%, performance: 84%, features: 67%, display: 65% mobility: 74%, workmanship: 92%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 85%

Reviews for the Dell XPS 14z

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

Foreign Reviews

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%

Comment

Series:

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.

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. 

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

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


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).

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


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


2.031 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.


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


79.23%: 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, 2011-10-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)