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Dell Inspiron 14Z Laptop Review

The Dell Inspiron 14Z is an extremely portable 14-inch laptop which is ideal for students or executives who are always on the move. The small form factor presents extreme convenience without affecting user friendliness or performance. Despite the small form factor, the Dell Inspiron 14Z design cannot be categorized under slim category laptops. The design is perfect, and Dell engineers have added flaps over I/O ports to prevent visual disturbance of the smooth flowing design. The Espresso black finish on the lid and the chrome trim around the keyboard give the laptop a rich feel and make it look classy. The two-tone design of the Dell Inspiron 14Z and the sturdier construction can stand out even in a crowd full of MacBooks.

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Specifications

Dell Inspiron 14Z SideThe Dell Inspiron 14Z features a list of impressive components including 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U, 8GB DDR3 memory, and 500GB SATA hard drive with a spindle speed of 5400rpm. The laptop also features a separate 32GB SSD drive. The Dell Inspiron 14Z features either a AMD Radeon HD 7570M or an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics card which is specifically designed for notebooks. The AMD Radeon HD 7570M is a mid-class range of graphics card offering superior performance. It supports DDR3 and GDDR5 memory. The screen measures 14” diagonally. The keyboard fitted in the Dell Inspiron 14Z is a bit different from other laptops in its category. The keys are widely spaced and well rounded at the corners. The function keys in the upper row are easier to differentiate.

The Dell Inspiron 14Z is equipped with a variety of I/O ports which includes 2 USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, and combo microphone and headphone jack. The different connectivity options offered in Dell Inspiron 14Z include Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth. Besides the hardware components, the company has also preloaded the Dell Inspiron 14Z with a variety of useful software and utilities that are useful for daily computing tasks. Some of the utilities that are useful from a user point of view are McAfee antivirus and Absolute Software’s Computrace Data Protection utility. One of the unique features in Dell Inspiron 14Z is Intel Wireless Display Ready technology, which is part of standard specifications.

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Other specifications

  • CPU: 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U
  • Chipset: Intel HM77 Express Chipset
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 memory
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7570M or an Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • OS: Windows 7 Premium 64-bit
  • Hard Disk: 32GB SSD and 500GB HDD with 5200rpm
  • DVD: Tray loading DVD burner
  • WLAN: 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 081-0.83 x 13.66 x 9.45 inches

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Performance

Dell Inspiron 14Z TopPowered by an Intel Core i5 processor with a clock speed of 1.7 GHz, the Dell Inspiron 14Z is not a basic 14-inch laptop. The powerful processor, 8GB DDR memory, discrete graphics card and separate SSD drive enable it to give a superior performance like no other. Throw any demanding task at Dell Inspiron 14Z, and you will be surprised at the efficiency with which it handles the tasks.  The performance of Dell Inspiron 14Z will not degrade even if you run multiple applications on the laptop at the same time.

Intel HD Graphics 4000 is widely known for its visuals for immersive gaming and 3D visual experiences it renders on the screen. The HD Graphics 4000 supports Microsoft’s Direct 11 technology, which means you can play almost all new games released in 2011-2012 at medium to higher settings. The overall gaming experience with system having Intel HD Graphics 4000 is smooth, fast and entertaining.  The presence of separate SSD drive enables faster booting in comparison to regular HDD. The 32GB SSD drive is specifically added to configuration to improve general responsiveness, decrease boot up time and cache buffer. The Dell Inspiron 14Z boots up in mere 28 seconds due to the presence of an SSD drive. The powerful configuration of Dell Inspiron 14Z makes it the only 14-inch laptop that has the capability to slice through games.

Verdict

Dell has packed the Inspiron 14Z with the most powerful components available. Most onlookers will underestimate the processing power of Dell Inspiron 14Z until they get to see the list of components that power it. Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR3 memory, discrete graphics card, and combination of SSD and HDD drive for storage- what more can you ask for at this price?  The Dell Inspiron 14Z will surely give hiccups to mid-range laptops in terms of performance. Engineers at Dell have taken extreme care about the cooling system while designing Dell Inspiron 14Z. Despite running for longer hours, the user will not experience heating of the keypad or TouchPad.

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.