Meet Dell's New Ultrabooks - The XPS 14 and Inspiron 14z

Meet the Dell Inspiron 14z

Meet the Dell Inspiron 14z

The Inspiron 14z is a budget Ultrabook aimed at students.

Just in time for the back-to-school period, Dell's new Inspiron 14z Ultrabook is aimed at students and is armed with relatively low-powered specs, comprising of a Sandy Bridge i3-2367M (1.4GHz) processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD with 32GB SSD cache, and a 14-inch 1366 by 768 resolution display. 

While the build materials and overall design isn't as nice as the XPS 14, Dell have used aluminum on the lid and interior wrist rest to add a touch of premium style to the Inspiron 14z.

Build quality is evidently less premium than the XPS 14, judging by the plastic-based main chassis and a lid furnished with a brushed aluminum 'Moon Silver' finish. Inside, the keyboard carries similar 'chiclet' keys to those found on the XPS 14. However, the trackpad is different and more conventional, being neither glass nor a clickpad.

Unlike most Ultrabooks, the Inspiron 14z uses a standard trackpad rather than a clickpad.

Connectivity consists of  two USB 3.0 ports, an RJ-45 port, HDMI port, and a multi-card reader.

The ports can be accessed by flipping down the covers.

The Inspiron 14z is one of the few Ultrabooks with an optical drive.

The Inspiron 14z is slightly larger than the XPS 14, but weighs less at 1.87kg.

The press release that we were given states that that an Inspiron 14z with the above specs starts at $1,499, which we found surprising, considering its target student audience, budget performance specs, and mostly plastic build. However, a quick search online at Dell's website showed the same SKU model selling for a much more reasonable $899. An i5 model with discrete AMD Radeon HD 7570M graphics is also available for $1,350, while an i7 unit with a 256GB SSD is priced at $1,749.

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