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Dell XPS 14z coming to U.S. November 1st

Dell XPS 14z coming to U.S. November 1st
Dell XPS 14z coming to U.S. November 1st
Dell's answer to the MacBook Pro now coming in a 14-inch variant for $999

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Officially revealed at this year’s IFA, the Dell XPS 14z is now confirmed for a November 1st launch in North America.

The XPS 14z is essentially the 14-inch version of the larger XPS 15z and is the successor to the now discontinued XPS 14. That means its stylized chassis will be similar in shape and color to the Apple MacBook Pro lineup. At about 0.9 inches (2.3cm) thick, the XPS 14z doesn’t exactly qualify as an Ultrabook, but is still quite thin and uses the extra girth for more features and options.

Specs include Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, 1366x768 resolution screen with edge-to-edge class, discrete GeForce GT 520M GPU with Optimus, 6GB DDR3 RAM, HDD and 256GB SSD options, backlit keyboard and a DVD writer. Connectivity options are just as impressive with Intel WiDi, wireless-n, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, mini Display-Port and RJ-45. The 8-cell battery module is expected to last up to 6 hours and 42 minutes on a full charge.

The XPS 14z delivers what professional want – raw power paired with a stunning, sophisticated design that signals ‘I’ve arrived’,” said Dell president of Consumer and Small/Medium Business group Steve Felice in the press release.

The notebook will be available starting next month for $999 through Dell’s official online store. It is expected to launch in additional markets worldwide starting November 15th.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-10-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.