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Dell officially announces XPS 15z notebook

Dell’s thinnest 15” notebook comes with Sandy Bridge processor and NVIDIA graphics

True to what we've previously heard about a May 24th launch date, Dell has gone ahead and introduced their latest XPS notebook. As the successor to the thin Adamo series, the XPS 15z is supposedly the “thinnest 15-inch PC on the planet” and is currently available across the globe.

Dell seems to have taken a MacBook like approach in designing their latest notebook, and there are some striking similarities between the two notebooks. The new laptop comes with a brushed anodized aluminum casing and features the same side speaker grill as Apple’s flagship notebook. On the other hand, the XPS 15z foregoes the tradition clamshell lid design and instead the screen lies directly on top of the notebook. The laptop also features a Chiclet style keyboard, a wide touchpad and is only .97” (24.68mm) thin.

As for the inner hardware of the machine, Dell has outfitted the 15z with either a Core i5-2410M or Core i7-2620M Sandy Bridge processor alongside up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. In addition, the 15.6” laptop can be customized with an optional Full HD panel with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels to accompany the NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M GPU. Sadly, Dell doesn’t seem to be offering any SSD options and the storage on the notebook is limited to up to a 7200RPM 750GB HDD. The XPS 15z should also receive around 8 hours of life via an 8-cell battery and weighs only 5.54 lbs (2.5kg)

The XPS 15z definitely takes some cues from the MacBook Pro, but thankfully the price isn’t one of them. The starting price tag for Dell’s latest notebook is only $999 and it can be currently purchased from In addition, more Inspiron and XPS notebooks featuring a similar design to the 15z should be available in the near future.



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Omar Qudsi, 2011-05-25 (Update: 2012-05-26)