Dell XPS 14z: Review, Tech Specs, Price – Comparison with MacBook Pro

Dell is one of the finest notebook manufacturers across the globe. Durability and reliability are the major factors that pulls the crowd towards Dell products. To cope up with changing trend of ultrabooks, Dell introduced XPS 15z in May this year.

On Monday, Dell announced its next ultrabook named Dell XPS 14z. The device is thin, lightweight and less priced than that of MacBook Pro. The war between two manufacturing giants has fueled up with introduction of this ultrabook.

Technical Specifications of Dell XPS 14z

  • Processor: Intel Second Generation Core i5/ Core i7 dual core processors
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • RAM: 6 GB DDR3 clocked at 1333 MHz (8 GB alternative)
  • Display: 14inch HD LED backlit (1366 x 768)
  • Storage: 500 GB or 750 GB HDD (250 GB SSD Alternative)
  • Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics /  nVidia GeForce GT 520M 1 GB VRAM
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Di ready
  • Ports: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, 7-in-1 card reader
  • Battery Life: Approx. 7 Hours

Review of Dell XPS 14z

Whenever an ultrabook releases, comparison to MacBook Pro lineup is unavoidable and XPS 14z is not an exception. Surprisingly, this new gadget beats MacBook Pro 13 inch in many aspects with price being the major factor. Dell XPS 14z is a 14 inch device fitted into 13 inch sized laptop chassis. Thus, display and edges of lid almost lie on each other. It offers wider viewing angle than usual 14 inch laptops in market. Anodized aluminum body of 14z offers sturdy feeling with matte black finished lid scarcely taking any fingerprints.

Display of 14z features possibly thinnest bezel making 14 inched display fit into 13 inch chassis. HD LED enabled display boasts resolution of 1366 x 768. On deck, keys are widely spaced allowing users to type faster. Two speakers are located on either side of keyboard that are supported with SRS premium sound technology making listening a pleasing experience.

Graphics is what add to the strength of this small packet device. With 1 GB VRAM featuring GeForce 520M graphic card included, you are set to enjoy any graphic eating application on this device. If screen size is immaterial to you, many FPS games can be freely played with no irksome of hiccups. Also, battery life is not an issue with 8-cell battery promising life of 7 hours approx. In terms of connectivity, this laptop is Wi-Fi enabled and features Bluetooth 3.0. Intel’s Wi-Di aka wireless display technology is also integrated in XPS 14z.

With basic configuration, the device is priced at $999, $200 lesser than MacBook Pro 13 inch. However, alternative of nVidia graphics card and SSD can add to the cost. The device will be available for shipping from Nov 1st in US.

Dell XPS 14z vs MacBook Pro: Comparison Between Dell XPS 14z and MacBook Pro 13 inch


Dell XPS 14z

Apple MacBook Pro

 Product Image    
Processor Intel Second Generation Core i5/Core i7 dual core 2.4 GHz Dual Core i5/ 2.8 GHz dual core i7
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Mac OS X Lion
Screen 14 inch HD LED (1366 x 768) 13.3 inch HD LED (1280 x 800)
RAM 6 GB DDR3 (8 GB available) 4 GB DDR3 (8 GB available)
Storage 500 GB to 750 GB/ 256 GB SSD 500 GB to 750 GB
Thickness and Weight 0.9 inch  and 4.36 lbs 0.95 inch and 4.5 lbs
Graphics Intel Integrated/ nVidia GeForce 520M with 1 GB VRAM Intel HD 3000 Graphics
Battery Life 6 Hours 40 Mins 7 Hours
Price $999 $1199

So which one you will go for? Let us know your choice!  

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