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Dell XPS 14Z

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 reviews of Dell XPS 14Z. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and battery are overall positive. The portability and design also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the touchpad and screen, and views about the connectivity and image quality are mixed.

performance, design, portability, battery, durability

screen, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell XPS 14Z is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Dell XPS 14Z

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Dell XPS 14Z from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 1.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the energy efficiency and usability. The performance and reliability also get good comments. There are some negative opinions about the price and screen. There are some mixed views about the image quality.

design, reliability, performance, usability, energy

screen, price

12% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS X14Z-3846SLV 14-Inch Laptop 8GB 750GB nVidia Graphics Win7 (Elemental Silver)Dell XPS X14Z-3846SLV 14-Inch Laptop 8GB 750GB nVidia Graphics Win7 (Elemental Silver)

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Dell XPS 14

 

A beautifully designed MacBook Pro rival with great specs.

Solid unibody aluminium chassis with soft-touch, Excellent battery life, Flexible specs including 3G, High-res screen, Good value

Chunky and heavy, TN screen with average viewing angles, No touch for Windows 8 (yet?)

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Dell XPS 14z

 

Lighter and thinner than the 13in MacBook Pro, yet packing a 14in screen into its compact chassis, this premium laptop is both sexy and powerful.

Looks good, Feels even better, 14in screen in 13in chassis, Comfortable backlit keyboard, Slim yet powerful

Average screen, Awkward connectivity, Only two USB ports, Mediocre battery life

Nov, 2011

Expert review by (t3.com)

Dell XPS 14z review

 

Our favourite multimedia machine of 2011 just slimmed down with Dell's XPS 14z

Solid and robust ; Attractive design ; Portable multimedia dream

Lack of ports ; Gamers left out of equation

Expert review by : Danny Brogan (pocket-lint.com)

Dell XPS 14 and XPS 15 pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

Dell has introduced two new ultrabooks to its XPS range in the shape of the XPS 14 and XPS 15 and Pocket-lint has been lucky enough to get some hands-on

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Ian Morris (pocket-lint.com)

Dell XPS 14z

 

Dell has some stiff competition at the moment. Apple has never been stronger in laptops, its Pro and Air ranges are some of the nicest-looking and more powerful computers on the market. Then there are Intel's new darlings, the Ultrabooks , lapping up a...

Design, keyboard and trackpad, battery life

Low resolution screen, disappointing amount of cack software installed, fan noise

In some ways, it's a little hard to tell what market this laptop is aimed at. It's a powerful enough machine for home use. The problem is, an i7 with more memory would be the minimum spec needed for a high-end setup for video editing and gaming.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Dell XPS 14z pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

The Dell XPS 14z is a smaller brother to the existing Dell XPS 15z which we've already reviewed, continuing Dell's focus on design and quality of construction.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Dan Grabham (techradar.com)

Dell XPS 14 review

 

Dell's XPS line gets bigger

Excellent look and feel ; bright screen ; plenty of options

Not cheap ; SSD options expensive ; Design a bit Apple-derived

We thought the XPS 13 was brilliant, but it had one problem - screen real estate. The XPS 14 solves this and is a really rather fine laptop. The XPS 13 wasn't the cheapest Ultrabook around and neither is the XPS 14, but we're really looking forward to...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (techradar.com)

Dell XPS 14z review

 

An ultraportable version of our favourite multimedia laptop

Slim and light multimedia machine ; Excellent battery life ; Sandy Bridge technology ; Slick design ; Fantastic keyboard

Dim screen ; Less graphically able than 15z ; Stingy ports

We first checked out Dell's XPS 14z at IFA, a slightly dinkier version of its excellent XPS 15z laptop. The XPS 14z hits stores today and we've already spent a few days snuggling up and getting to know it.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Tom Morgan (expertreviews.co.uk)

Dell XPS 14 review

 

You get decent gaming performance and a high resolution screen, but it's heavy and comparatively expensive

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Camm-Jones (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell XPS 14z review

 

The diminuitive frame and weight of just under 2kg mean that the XPS 14z is easy to carry around, even if it is far from attaining 'ultraportable' status. It should stand up to a battering if you do spend a lot of time on the road, though, and we're...

Dell's XPS 14z could be accused of looking rather like a MacBook Pro. If this was a deliberate ploy, it’s also a risky one, as few laptops can stand comparison with the MacBook Pro's design, build and feature set and still walk away with their...

Mar, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD + Waves MaxxAudio / HD + Waves MaxxAudio 4 / HD Audio / HD audio + Waves MaxxAudio 4 / HDA / MaxxAudio / MAXXAudio 4 / Wave MaxxAudio 4 / Waves MaxxAudio / Waves MaxxAudio 4
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Speakers manufacturer:JBL

Battery

Battery Capacity:2000
Battery capacity (Watt hours):58 / 59 / 66 / 69
Battery life (max):10 / 11 / 6.6 / 6.7
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:14.8
Number of battery cells:8

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3 / 2
Rear camera: No
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Black / Aluminium, Silver / Black / Black, Aluminium / Black, grey / Black, Silver / Grey / Grey, Silver / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminium, Magnesium / Aluminium, Magnesium, Silicone / Aluminium, Silicone
Market positioning:Business / Ultrabook
Product colour:Aluminium / Aluminium, Black / Aluminium, Silver / Black / Black, Aluminium / Black, grey / Black, Silver / Grey / Grey, Silver / Silver
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200 / 400
Display diagonal:35.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:HD+ / No
LED Backlight:No / Yes
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:No / Nvidia GeForce GT 520M / Nvidia GeForce GT 525M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600
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
NVIDIA G-SYNC: No
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO) / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard language:English / German
Keyboard layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 2 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G: No
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)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network connection type:RJ-45
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT / WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):150 / 300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / 802.11n

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 - 60 / -40 - 65

Optical Drive

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

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:HD / HD + Waves MaxxAudio / HD + Waves MaxxAudio 4 / HD Audio / HD audio + Waves MaxxAudio 4 / HDA / MaxxAudio / MAXXAudio 4 / Wave MaxxAudio 4 / Waves MaxxAudio / Waves MaxxAudio 4
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 Professional
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD
Display diagonal (metric):35.6
DVD-ROM read speed:8
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Pouch: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Quantity:1
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Weight:1.98
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:N / Y
Bag included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:No / Yes
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC
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
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2 / 3
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
Volume Control:Digital

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:65 / 90
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 22 / 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 / 16
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 / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3L-RS-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM57 Express / Intel HM67 Express / Intel HM77 Express / Intel QS77 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8+2x4, 1x16, 2x8 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.5
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2 / 2.2 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.8
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-2430M / I5-2450M / i5-3317M / I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I5-3427U / I7-2640M / I7-2670QM / i7-3517M / I7-3517U / I7-3537U / I7-3667U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:D2 / J1 / L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17 / 35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 100 C / 105

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: 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: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
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 Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
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
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
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): 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
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
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 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:53450 / 53452 / 53464 / 53470 / 64898 / 64903 / 65707 / 65714 / 72054 / 72055 / I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I7-2640M
Processor code:SR02S / SR03R / SR04W / SR04Z / SR0N5 / SR0N6 / SR0N7 / SR0N8 / SR0XG / SR0XL
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No
Password protection: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Reader X\nMicrosoft Office Starter\nWebCam Central\nSkype 5\nInternet Explorer\nWindows Live Essentials Wave 4\nDell DataSafe / Adobe Reader X\nWebCam Central\nSkype 5\nInternet Explorer\nWindows Live Essentials Wave 4\nDell DataSafe / Adobe Reader X\nWebCam Central\nSkype\nInternet Explorer\nWindows Live Essentials Wave 4\nDell DataSafe / McAfee LiveSafe / McAfee LiveSafe 12 Month Subscription
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro
Trial software:McAfee 30d / McAfee LiveSafe, Microsoft Office / McAfee Security Center / McAfee SecurityCenter / Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office Trial / Office, McAfee SecurityCenter

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, SD, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS Duo, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, MSXC, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, MSXC, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / memory stick (ms), mmc, sd / MMC, MS PRO, MicroSD (TransFlash), SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, xD, Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, MS Duo
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 32 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA III
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500 / 512 / 532 / 628 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.3 / 23.4 / 24.7
Depth (imperial):23.4
Height :2.07 / 2.3
Height (front):2.07 / 3.1 / 3.14
Height (imperial):2.06 / 2.29
Height (rear):2.07 / 3.5 / 3.54
Weight:1.98 / 2 / 2.1 / 2.43
Width:33.5 / 33.6 / 35.3
Width (imperial):33.5 / 35.3