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Dell Inspiron 14z

alaTest has collected and analyzed 368 reviews of Dell Inspiron 14z. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and usability. The price and performance also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the touchpad. There are some mixed opinions about the sound and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell Inspiron 14z is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Dell Inspiron 14z

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 14z from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the price and design. The battery and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the size. Some have doubts about the portability and reliability.

performance, usability, battery, design, price

reliability, portability

57% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Inspiron 14Z 14-inch Laptop (Intel Dual Core SU4100 1.3 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, DVD RW, 8 Hours Battery Life, WLAN, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Dell Inspiron 14Z 14-inch Laptop (Intel Dual Core SU4100 1.3 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, DVD RW, 8 Hours Battery Life, WLAN, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-

Mar, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell Inspiron 14z

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 212 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 14z from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and usability. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the connectivity. Views are divided on the touchpad.

portability, performance, price, usability, design

connectivity

68% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Inspiron 14z 14-Inch Laptop Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz 6GB 32GB SSD+500GB DVD±RWDell Inspiron 14z 14-Inch Laptop Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz 6GB 32GB SSD+500GB DVD±RW

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Dell Inspiron 14z (2011/2012)

 

The cheaper, chunkier cousin to the XPS 14z offers a brushed aluminium lid in two different colours and some decent specs without breaking the bank. But is it any good?

Decent value for the specs, Brushed metal lid and keyboard surround, Nice typing experience, Good connectivity

Mediocre screen, Connections awkwardly recessed, Stiff touchpad buttons, Somewhat noisy under load

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Jeff Parsons (techradar.com)

Dell Inspiron 14z review

 

An attractive laptop that gets almost everything right

Good performance ; Stylish design ; Battery life ; Portability

Touch-pad not great ; Screen could be better

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell Inspiron 14z (mid 2013 N00I1431) review

 

It's a shame that Dell is probably going to abandon the consumer market in order to focus on big business accounts, as it's produced some very attractive and affordable budget laptops in recent years. The Inspiron 14z is a good example – slim and...

The Inspiron 14z does a really good job of cramming a fully featured laptop into a compact, lightweight design. It's no gaming rig, but its good performance and battery life make it an attractive option for anyone on a tight budget.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell Inspiron 14Z 2012 review

 

Our review model Inspiron 14z, priced at £699, carries a third-generation Intel i5-3317U processor, 8GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon HD 7570M graphics card, a 500GB hard drive spinning at 5400rpm, a tray-loading DVD-RW drive, built-in Wi-FI 802.11a/b/g/n and...

The Dell Inspiron 14z sacrifices style and hardware integrity for performance.

Jul, 2012

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Dell Inspiron 14z review

 

With its svelte metallic chassis and compact dimensions, the Dell Inspiron 14z is a far cry from the company's previous all-purpose laptops. Taking a design cue from its redesigned XPS range - such as the Dell XPS 14z - which itself is based heavily on...

It isn't the cheapest version of the 14z, but battery life is excellent, as is performance

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Andrew Hoyle (cnet.co.uk)

Dell Inspiron 14Z 2011 review

 

The Dell Inspiron 14z isn't part of the peacock crowd that flaunt themselves with bright designs but rather offers a sleek, aluminium design packed with decent specs.

Sturdy aluminium shell; Bright, clear screen; Decent performance.

Awful trackpad keys; USB ports covered by annoying flap; Poor performance for gaming.

The Dell Inspiron 14z offers decent performance in an attractive and sturdy aluminium body. It has a few annoyances, but it's a good choice for computing on the move.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Loyd Case (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell Inspiron 14z review (late 2011)

 

I wanted to like the Dell Inspiron 14z when I first opened the laptop's lid. Alas, love at first sight faded to “let's just be friends” in short order. The Inspiron 14z - Dell sent us a "special edition" unit for testing - has a lot to like, but a few...

Overall, the Inspiron 14z is a light, attractive laptop that's easy to lug around and offers good performance for its sale price. However, strange ergonomic choices make this a less than an ideal unit, particularly if you're a touch-typist.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Patrick Joynt (techadvisor.co.uk)

The Dell Inspiron 14z review

 

A small, sleek portable, the Dell Inspiron 14z mainly looks good and has a very long battery life. There's nothing wrong with it, as long as you know exactly what you're getting.

Dell has aimed the Dell Inspiron 14z squarely at users who are more concerned with flash than substance, and who consider a 7-hour battery life to be a core quality for a laptop. Students are an obvious demographic here, and they should be able to get...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : TechSmart (techsmart.co.za)

Quick Review - Dell Inspiron 14z

 

In short, the Inspiron 14z is certainly a capable and competent Windows 8 ultrabook. It has a RRP of R11 000.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : Techworld (techworld.com)

Dell Inspiron 14z review

 

The Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook is actually a thin, light, general-purpose laptop with Ultrabook aspirations and an optical drive. Thanks to its Ivy Bridge processor, discrete graphics card, and 8GB of RAM, the Inspiron 14z delivers respectable...

Jul, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / SRS / SRS PS / WaveMaxx 4.0 / Waves MaxxAudio / Waves MaxxAudio 4
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1 / 1.5 / 2 / 4
Speakers manufacturer:Skullcandy

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):44 / 58 / 69
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:14.8
Number of battery cells:4 / 6 / 8

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1270 x 720 / 1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1 / 1.3
Swivel webcam: No
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, Brown / Black, Red / Black, Silver / Grey / Grey, Silver / Red / Red, Silver / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Intel segment tagging:Home Office
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Black / Black, Brown / Black, Red / Black, Silver / Grey / Grey, Silver / Red / Red, Silver / Silver
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:35.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
HD type: No
LED Backlight:No / Yes
Panel Type:TN
Pixel pitch:0.227 x 0.227
Touchscreen:No / Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 7570M / No / Nvidia GeForce GT 520M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 350 / 650
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4400
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:87
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:On-board / SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G:No / Yes
4G:No / Yes
4G standard:WiMAX
4G standards:WiMAX
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 3.0+HS / 4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n
WWAN: No

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10668
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW / CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW / CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:HD / SRS / SRS PS / WaveMaxx 4.0 / Waves MaxxAudio / Waves MaxxAudio 4
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Display diagonal (metric):35.6
Ethernet interface type:Fast / Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD, Intel / Intel
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Quantity:1
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Weight:1.92
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4 / 1.4a
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:45 / 65

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 28
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 12 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM67 Express / Intel HM76 Express / Intel HM77 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x4, 2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8 / 2X4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.5
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.8
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I3-2330M / I3-2350M / I3-2367M / i3-3217U / I3-3227U / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I5-4200U / I7-2640M / I7-3517U / I7-3537U / I7-4500U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / BGA1168 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0 / J1 / L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 100 C / 105 / 85 / 85C ; 100C

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):No / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):No / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:53434 / 53438 / 53452 / 53464 / 59798 / 65697 / 65707 / 65714 / 72054 / 72055 / 72057 / 75459 / 75460 / I3-2350M / I3-2367M / I5-3317U / I7-3517U
Processor code:SR03R / SR04J / SR04W / SR04Z / SR0CV / SR0DN / SR0N6 / SR0N8 / SR0N9 / SR0XF / SR0XG / SR0XL / SR16Z / SR170
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023) / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington / Noble
Fingerprint Reader: No

Software

Bundled software:McAfee / McAfee LiveSafe 1Y
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:McAfee Security / McAfee SecurityCenter / Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office, McAfee LiveSafe

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:memory stick (ms), mmc, sd / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, SDHC / MMC, MS PRO, MicroSD (TransFlash), SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDIO, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 32
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 352 / 500 / 532 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.4 / 24 / 24.6
Depth (imperial):24 / 24.6
Height :1.53 / 2.1 / 2.3
Height (front):2.07 / 2.09 / 2.33 / 2.54
Height (front) (imperial):2.06 / 2.51 / 2.53
Height (rear):2.1 / 2.53 / 2.59
Height (rear) (imperial):2.11 / 2.39 / 2.57
Weight:1.76 / 1.87 / 1.92 / 2 / 2.1 / 2.27
Width:33.5 / 34.5 / 34.6 / 34.7
Width (imperial):34.5 / 34.7