Dell Inspiron 14z Review

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Display-Dell-14z-InspirionThe Dell Inspiron 14z is a thin and light notebook laptop from Dell’s Inspiron range of creatively designed notebooks. It can be personalized with a choice of Obsidian Black or bright Cherry Red. It is also the slimmer version of the Dell Inspiron 14. The Dell Inspiron 14z runs on a genuine Windows 7 operating system and features a 14 inch Hi-def display with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Besides that, it also has 802.11 g/n and optional Bluetooth technology that allows you to stay connected wherever you are. In terms of design, the Dell Inspiron 14z is able to fit into most bags with room to spare as it has a slim physique.

The Dell Inspiron 14z measures 340.0 mm x 26.3 mm (front) ~ 29.2 mm (back) x 242.5 mm (W x H x D) in dimension and weighs approximately 1.99 kg including a 14 inch display, DVD +/- RW optical drive and its provided 4-cell battery. Externally accessible ports and slots include three USB 2.0 compliant ports, an Integrated network connector that is compatible with 10/ 100/ 1000 LAN (RJ45), VGA Port, HDMI Port, AC adapter connector, two audio jacks consisting of one line-out and mic-in, and a 7-in-1 media card reader. Besides that, the Dell Inspiron 14z also has wireless capabilities including Wi-Fi consisting of Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate), Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half mini-card (STD), and Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100 (802.11 a/g/ draft-N) Half Mini card, as well as Bluetooth Internal 2.0 Mini card. There is also a 1.3 mega pixel integrated web camera situated right above the display with dual digital array microphones. The Dell Inspiron 14z is powered by a four cell battery that can provide a battery life of up to 5 hours and 6 minutes with Express charge. Alternatively, it can also be powered using a 6 cell battery with Express Charge that can provide up to 8 hours and 25 minutes of battery life, or even a nine cell battery that can provide up to 11 hours and 2 minutes of battery life. Besides that, the Dell Inspiron 14z also has a tray-load type optical drive for DVD+/- RW. In terms of storage, the Dell Inspiron 14z has a built-in internal hard disk drive with 7200 RPM and can support a maximum capacity of 500 GB. In terms of audio features, the Dell Inspiron 14z has two 2W plus SRS software. There is also a HD WLED TrueLife LCD display that measures 14.0 inches diagonally with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. In terms of graphics, the Dell Inspiron 14z incorporates an Intel GMA X4500HD (STD) and a 512 MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 Graphics card. The Dell Inspiron 14z operates on an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor and incorporates an Intel GS 45 chipset. The Dell Inspiron 14z runs on a genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system. In terms of system memory, the Dell Inspiron 14z can support up to 6 GB of 1067 MHz DDR3 SDRAM.

“The Inspiron 14 might seem like a simple evolution of the Inspiron 1420 laptop, but inside the clean-looking chassis you’ll find the same HD (720p/900p resolution) screen options found in the new Dell Studio 14z as well as options for Blu-ray and discrete graphics.” (NotebookReview, 2009)

“The Inspiron 14z is a pretty notebook. At 13.4 by 9.5 by 1.1 inches, it’s slim and sleek, with lines that suggest speed from its edging to the shape of its hinge. A silver wristpad encircles a sleek black keypad and monitor frame, while the distinctive silvered-circle Dell logo rests on the top of the machine in the middle of a clean, slick paint job. It feels a little heavier than it looks, with models starting at 4.4 pounds, but this is still an easy machine to throw in a small bag or to carry under your arm without worrying about its weight–or about looking too much like a nerd.”(PCWorld, 2009)

“Dell has aimed the Dell Inspiron 14z squarely at users who are more concerned with flash than substance, and who consider a 7-hour battery life to be a core quality for a laptop. Students are an obvious demographic here, and they should be able to get their money’s worth out of a good-looking machine that won’t have them scrambling to find an outlet or leave the library.” (PCAdvisor, 2009)

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