Dell Inspiron 14z

14 Nov

The Dell Inspiron 14z Driver (Core i5) ($750 direct), a mainstream has a boat-load of features, sports a thin, attractive chassis, and breezes through any task. The eight hours of battery life only adds to the allure. Aside from some minor annoyance-the stiff-clicking mouse and irksome port covers-it should be at the top of your list for laptops Driver windows 7 64bit to consider. As such, it earns our Editors’ Choice in the mainstream laptop category.

Design
Dell Inspirons Driver are considered entry-level laptops, yet the days of cheap, bulky plastic enclosures seem to be behind them. Indeed, the Inspiron 14z (Core i5) is fitted with a brushed aluminum top, which makes that of its predecessor, the Inspiron 14z, look like a relic. Moreover, the chassis is a complete redesign. The protruding strip from the back-which we’ve previously seen on the ($1,534 direct, 4 stars)-conceals the big 65WH battery, and it measures only an inch thick, despite its built-in optical drive. The Gateway ID47H02u, ‘s ($899.99 list, 3.5 stars), and Asus ($699.99 List, 4.5 stars) sport similar designs-metal tops and inch-thick frames-putting the Inspiron 14z (Core i5) in pretty good company.

Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5) : Top
Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5) : Angle
Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5) : Front
Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5) : Left

It weighs 4.5 pounds, which is similar to the Gateway ID47H02u (4.4 pounds), and lighter than the Asus U46E-BAL5 (4.9 pounds) and Samsung QX411-W01 (5.1 pounds).

The 14-inch widescreen is as vivid as the one found in the Asus U46E-BAL5. The Samsung QX411-W01, on the other hand, uses a TV-like glass screen, which also produces vivid images but reflects more light. Like every other 14-inch laptop Driver in its class, the 14z’s screen resolution is limited to 1,366 by 768. Higher-resolution screens can be found on the ($1,199.99 list, 3.5 stars) (1,600-by-900) and Dell XPS 15z (1,920-by-1,080).

The typing experience is just lovely, because it uses the same chiclet-style, slightly scalloped keys as that of the Dell XPS Driver line-a big improvement from the previous Inspiron 14z iteration. Underneath the keys are LED backlights, which make the keyboard even more invaluable lightless rooms. It’s a feature you won’t find in many mainstream laptops. My only pet peeve here is that the mouse buttons gave my thumb an extensive work-out; you really have to press into them to get a response.

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