Dell Inspiron 14z


A 14 inch expensive notebook

Dell is the kind of company that does everything in its power to keep customers satisfied. All throughout 2009 they tried to see how they could make laptops thinner and lighter than competitors. The Dell Inspiron 14z is one of their results; the “z” in the device’s name is there for a reason: so that buyers will know they’ll get one of the lightest and thinnest products out there, not to mention one which will offer excellent battery life. To see whether you should buy this laptop or not, we invite you to read this review.

Unchanged design

The Dell Inspiron 14z’s design wasn’t changed that much, because it looks like the 14 model. The one we tested came with a glossy purple finish on the lid’s back. When we opened the lid, we saw a matte-black keyboard which featured a glossy gray keyboard tray. We weren’t especially impressed with this combination, but it could have been worse. Since we’re here, we’ll add that the keyboard’s buttons felt nice and made typing easier and comfortable; the touchpad was big but, funnily enough, its keys were very small. The Inspiron 14z measures 1.0″-1.5″ x 13.3″ x 9.4″ and has a weight of 4lbs.Dell-Inspiron-14z

Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 processor

And now we come to matters of display. This device has a 14″ screen with 1366 x 768 pixels in terms of resolution and 16:9 when it comes to aspect ratio. Images looked good, with plenty of nice colors, but we didn’t see awesomeness with the contrast. Another thing we didn’t enjoy in the time of this review was the fact that the display had no protection against glare. Moving on, the product’s horizontal viewing angles were good when we checked the display for our test.
In the processor department, the Dell 14z notebook has a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 and the laptop’s memory contains 3GB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; as for hard drive, there are 250GB at 5.400rpm. the processor didn’t disappoint, although we have to say that there are better ones available nowadays, which Dell should have used.

Weak battery life

Ports, inputs, networking and other features of Dell 14z are made of the following: 3 USB ports, VGA and HDMI video out ports, Ethernet and a multi-format memory card reader; there are no eSATA, FireWire or ExpressCard slot. When looking at other laptops and comparing them to the one we’re writing about here, the Inspiron 14z comes with 8x CD/DVD burner with dual-layer support.
If you are annoyed your laptop gets too hot for its and your own good, then we are happy to report that this product doesn’t do that: its temperature remain below 100 degrees even after you’ve used it for many hours.
The Intel GMA 4500MHD weren’t as discreet as we’d have liked them to be, but it was enough for basic gaming; should you want something superior, scan the market for another laptop.
The battery placed in this laptop helped it run for 2 hours and a half, which was really much too little. But it was enough for doing basic things. The warranty offered is 1-year for parts and labor.

Review conclusion

Ending here our test and review, we think that the Dell Inspiron 14z is a decent laptop, but far too expensive.

Technical specifications

* Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100 (1.3GHz, 800 MHz, 2 MB)
* Windows Vista Home Premium
* 14 inch High Definition Display
* Intel GMA X4500HD
* 160GB Hard Disk (5400 RPM)
* 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi
* 8X CD/DVD Writer
* 4-cell Lithium Ion battery (2.6Ahr)
* Integrated 1.3 MP Webcam