Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook

Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook Price in Singapore, Features, and Specs: The Inspiron 14z Utrabook from Dell offers all of the portability of an ultrabook at a price tag that is more reachable than that of its peers. In addition, it is also very configurable so that one may only buy the processing and computing power that he or she needs and forgo higher versions if they don’t fit within the budget. In addition, the Inspiron 14z is equipped with an optical drive, and when it comes to audio, Dell has focused on quality using the Waves MaxxAudio 4 surround sound feature. The company hasn’t released a pricing yet although the product is expected to be released to the market around July.

In order to make the price cut, Dell unsurprisingly made some compromise in terms of the device’s build and design. The Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook was subjected into a major design overhaul despite being named consistently from its predecessor. It came out shedding some of the thickness and weight of its predecessor and by and by acquired the status of an ultrabook. The Inspiron 14z though comes out a little on the heavy side of 1.7 kg, a stretch rather to the definition of an ultrabook. In addition, if one truly wants to make it so, the user has to keep in mind the configuration that will go with the chassis since an ultrabook requires an SSD or at least a hybrid SSD storage.

Aside from shedding some of its girth, the Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook looks markedly different from its predecessor. One is that Dell has totally forgone the uses of metal. Also, rather than having the humped hinge design of its predecessor, the Inspiron 14z has a more traditionally looking symmetrical chassis. Although this may be the case, the Inspiron 14z is nevertheless attractive. The lid is in aluminum and brushed with a gunmetal design that discourages fingerprint marks, although it may feel quite cold on the palm. It is offset by a lighter silver edging, and this design is mirrored by the inside surface of the laptop when it is opened.

The keyboard and bezel of the Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook contrasts nicely with the silver chassis in that they are matte / glossy and made of black plastic respectively. In terms of build quality, the Inspiron 14z is decent enough although it’s not as solid as its predecessor because of some noticeable flex here and there. The keyboard of the 14z is chiclet styled and easy on the fingers, although not surprisingly, there is no backlighting. The large matte keys are well spaced and logical, offering a good amount of travel as well as feedback. The board exhibits a huge amount of flex though. As for the touchpad, it is responsive and even quite pleasant to the touch.

Interface-wise, the Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook boasts of more or less a complete set. Many of the ports were placed in front and on the sides rather than on the back, which makes them more accessible to the user. It contains two USB v 3.0 ports, one of which corresponds to the power supply when the power is off, some voice input / output version 1.4 ports for accessories such as web camera, a gigabit LAN output, as well as HDMI port. As for wireless connectivity, it is capable of wireless LAN using a compliant IEEE802.11b/g/n, as well as Bluetooth v 4.0.

The Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook comes with a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The battery operating time on the other hand is approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes, quite decent for a laptop of its size and configuration.

The Dell Inspiron 14z offers a 14.4-inch screen with a TN panel and the usual 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution. It has a super-glossy finish that helps improve perceived contrast as well as vibrancy but also causes lots of reflections.

The Dell Inspiron 14z uses a Core i7-3517U processor that is clocked at 1.9 GHz to up to 3.0 GHz and has 8 GB worth of memory. In addition, it has 256 GB storage all contained in a fast SSD, a TDP17 watt CPU DVD Super Multi optical drive as mentioned earlier, and a 1 GB dedicated to resolution graphics using Radeon HD 7570M as its chip. As mentioned, the Dell Inspiron 14z will also be available in minimum configuration, but nonetheless is able to wake from sleep in less than a second using its Intel smart response technology. The device is expected to ship out in two color variations namely Fire Red and Silver Moon.

Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 850.00

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