Ultrabook is more often described as a lightweight laptop for mobile activity with a long working power (so it suitable taken away). Unfortunately, there are a lot of complaints addressed to the product such as graphics performance too “ordinary” to the physical structure fragility (due to efforts by the manufacturers concerned with thinness). This view was overhauled through this series of Dell XPS 14 with 14″ screen. This series also comes with a screen size of 15.6″(for XPS 15 type).
When compared to its predecessor (XPS 14z), there are unique differences. XPS 14 is slim (only two inches thick) with a silver color that looks luxurious. But the casing is very strong thanks to the use of hard aluminum combined with the use of magnesium in the palmrest area. While the inside of the ultrabook itself wearing silicone material.
The use of these materials makes the heat of ultrabook quickly spread evenly. Unfortunately, its impact on weight more than two kilograms making it less to call it as ultrabook.
Besides strong on their chassis, this products also equipped with screen display coated with Gorilla Glass. This unique glass famously tough to protect the screen with 1600×900 pixels resolution. Dell seems to want XPS 14 to work as a sturdy laptop since these products will often used in outdoors (so it has risk of bumped/scratched by hard objects). For other similar reason, lithium-polymer battery 8 cells was also made unremovable so they can not be opened/replaceable by user.
XPS 14 available with Core i5/i7 equipped with 8 GB of RAM and nVidia GeForce GT graphics chip 630M. Graphics module is enough to give 3D graphics. This chip has proven able to play games that are not too heavy. Unfortunately, there I/O facilities which are limited. These include the lack of optical drive supposedly provided for this heavy laptop.
What do offered XPS 14 indeed looks different now. The robust design plus long battery life become a value added that patching lacked of this product in terms of its weight which quite heavy. Products with persistent performance and not fragile design is a great option for those who want high mobility.
This product specification qualified with the battery life is outstanding. Long battery performance due to the use of lithium-polymer battery 8 cell. In addition, Intel HD 4000 duet with NVIDIA GeForce GT630M produce two times performance faster rendering in 3D Mark11 testing.
|testing||Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook (Intel Core i7-3517U 1.9 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, 14″ display)||Samsung NP900X3C-A02ID (Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 13.3″ display)|
|Sysmark 2012 V18.104.22.168||116||109|
|PCMark7 Professional Edition v1.0.4||4096||4774|
|3DMark 11 Pro v22.214.171.124||P1203||P608|
|video encoding||22 minutes 13 seconds||25 minutes 7 seconds|
|audio encoding||1 minute 22 seconds||1 minute 34 seconds|
|Playing HD Video||3 hours 13 minutes||2 hours 24 minutes|
|Battery Eater (Text)||7 hours 42 minutes||4 hours 27 minutes|
|processor||Intel Core i7-3517U (Dual-Core 1.9 GHz, 4 MB Smart Cache)|
|memory||8 GB, DDR3|
|graphics card||Intel HD4000 + nVidia GeForce GT 630M|
|sound card||Realtek ALC275|
|hard disk||HDD 500 GB SATA III|
|facilities||Wi-Fi b/g/n, LAN, card reader (3-in-1), Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0 (2), HDMI, mini-DisplayPort, 1.3 MP webcam|
|screen||14″ 1600×900 pixel resolution|
|operating system||Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit|
|dimension||33.6 x 23.3 x 2.1 cm|
|guarantee||2 years on-site|
|Price (range)*||US $ 1800|
- Rugged design;
- Qualified specs;
- Long battery life.
- heavy weights;
- edge of the body tapered;
- the price quite expensive.
Score Assessment - Performance: 4.25 - Facilities: 3.5 - Usage: 3.75 - Price: 1.5 - Total Score: 3.38