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Dell XPS 14z Performance Review, 13 Inch Laptop Sensation

If a lot of people believe laptop 13″ more attractive and mobile, Dell products this time will change that opinion. When a notebook with a 13″ screen emerged, many consumers are happy with size and computer weights that is lighter than 14″ models. Although it may be only differs only 1″, the effect really not bad.

Rather than just presenting ordinary laptop size 13.3″, Dell offers a more attractive by projecting the notebook with 14″ screen size, with 13″ dimensions compact. Through XPS 14z this concept revealed. How could that be?

Judging from its size, the XPS 14z which was introduced in February, this seem like laptop 13.3″ normal screen size. But when the cover opened, we realized that the screen still ussing 14″ size. How is this possible?

Seems Dell designer cut screen frame (bezel) remaining on the left and right become so narrow aka almost without bezel. Materials cover wrapping aluminum frame combined with chrome on the body and touchpad make it look fancy.

Switches to the control and button, chiclet-style keyboard looks nice and comfortable pressed. Cool again, the keyboard is apparently anti-spill water. The keyboard also features lighting (backlit) that enable seen even dark. Kindly just press Fn + F6 key combination to activate it. Area wide touchpad with soft keys also be a thing nice.

Because intended for general activity, the Dell XPS 14z apparently not fill with lots of input-output ports. In addition to DisplayPort and HDMI connection, there are only 2 USB ports and a LAN. One USB port is USB 3.0. However, because the port is not given a distinctive blue color, it would be difficult to recognize when cursory look. The position of USB 3.0 port is located exactly next to RJ-45 network port marked SS (SuperSpeed).

Because customized for professional users, the XPS 14z embeded with considerable performance specifications such as processor Core i7-2640 2.8 GHz, up to 8 GB RAM and 750 GB hard drive. Chip graphic is powered by GeForce GT 520M. Indeed, this chip is not fast enough, but definitely better rather than onboard Intel HD3000 chip. Through hardware mixing is expected to process multimedia computing for middle-office and can run smoothly.

Packaging XPS 14z looks elegant and different which is more suited for professionals who require a robust computing power. The principal advantage of this laptop exist in a more compact design for size 14 “without compromising fashion sense.

Test Results

With a CPU clock slightly higher, pretty easy for XPS 14z to reach higher scores than ThinkPad Edge E420. But because Edge E420 Radeon brings HD6630 graphics are better, its 3D performance somewhat better. Battery life on XPS 14z also not ideal for long lasting.

Tests Dell XPS 14z
(Intel Core i7-2640M 2.8 GHz, 8 GB DDR3-1333, Intel HD Graphics + GeForce GT 520M, 8-cell battery, 14-inch)
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420
(Intel i7-2620M 2.70 GHz, 4 GB DDR3-1333, Intel HD Graphics + AMD Radeon HD6630M, 48 Wh battery, 14 inch)
SYSmark 2012 v1.0.0.54 130 121
PCMark7 Professional Edition v1.0.4 2388 2276
3DMark11 Pro v1.0.2.0 P564 P985
Cinebench R11.5 3.21 3.11
Stalker (Day) 22.90 fps 25.60 fps
video encoding 22 minutes 34 seconds 20 minutes 38 seconds
audio encoding 1 minute 17 seconds 1 minute 20 seconds
Battery Life
Playing HD Video 1 hour 54 minutes 2 hours 10 minutes
Battery Eater (Text) 3 hours 50 minutes 5 hours 28 minutes

Specification

screen 14″ 1366×768 pixel
processor Intel Core i7-2640M (2.8 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)
memory 8 GB DDR3-1333
chipset Intel Cougar Point HM67
Graphics Card Intel HD 3000 + GeForce GT 520M
Hard Drive 750 GB SATA
sound card Realtek ALC269
Optical drive Slot-in DVD RW
facilities WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, Ethernet, USB 2.0 (1x), USB 3.0 (1x), DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, cardreader; 1.3 MP webcam.
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
battery Li-ion 8-cell
dimension 33.5 x 23.4 x 2.3 cm
weight 1.98 kg
guarantee 1 Year
Website www.dell.com
Price (range)* U.S. $ 1368

Battery indicator
To determine the condition of batteries prior to laptop is turned on, you can press the button on the right side. The five LED will light up indicating that the condition of batteries still full.

Difficult for Upgrade
Design the bottom compartment is protected by a single cover difficult for users to upgrading (replace). However, this adds to the sturdy structure design.

USB 3.0 port
In order to perform slim notebook, most of the input-output moved to the back. Here, there are only 2 USB ports. One of them is USB 3.0 (next to LAN port).

Conclusion

Plus: Attractive design; specification is quite high, there is a slot-in optical drive; pretty keyboards; great audio.

Minus: The weight a bit heavy; less 3D graphics performance; short battery life, the price is quite expensive.

Score Assessment
 - Performance: 4.3
 - Facilities: 4
 - Usage: 4.25
 - Price: 2
 - Total Score: 3.74

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