The Dell inspiron 14z is a machine of several surprises. It is also a very good machine; falling closer to the budget side, no doubt, but a good machine nonetheless. Dell may not have intended great things for this Ultrabook, but for what its worth, the Inspiron 14z is quite inspirational.
This is a 14-inch Ultrabook. It’s certainly sleek and very portable. The additional heft comes from the 14z’s first surprise: an optical drive, an exceedingly rare commodity in the Ultrabook era. Most welcoming.
It’s looks are not bad , either : we like the sleek, matte-aluminium finish(in Moon Silver color) and the machines built feels tough and solid. Taken in a whole ,though , the design zigzags between good and middling :the screen works well but can be rather dull, and the speakers are decent at best. The connectivity ports at the side are concealed by ports covers. That look okay, but can be rather annoying to peel and mostly get in the way.
Then there is the keyboard ,which can best be described as small. While the keys feels responsive. The keyboard ultimately feels cramped; it is strange, considering the vast estate Dell could have worked with. On the other hand , the trackpad is among the fastest and most precise we have had.
The Dell inspiron 14z runs a 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor clocked at 1.70GHz. Combined with 4GB of RAM ,the 14z is more or less already as performable as any Ultrabook out there , But the insides house a second surprise; a discrete AMD Radeon HD 7570M graphics card capable of competent graphics performance, making more versatile than it should.
The battery life, however , does come about shorter than most. In our video loop test at max brightness, the 14z gave us 4 hours and 35 minutes of battery life. This is very much less than the common Ultrabook, but considering the discrete GPU inside, it’s rather acceptable.
CPU : Intel Core i5-3317UM @2.6GHz
RAM : 4GB
OS : Windows 7 Home Premium(64-bit)
Display : 14-inch HD WLED TrueLife(1,366×768)
Storage : 500GB
Weight : 1.87kg