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Dell Inspiron 14z review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £579
inc VAT

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


14 in 1,366×768 display, 1.9kg, 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-2430M, 4.00GB RAM, 640GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


In everyday use, we had no trouble typing on the large QWERTY keyboard thanks to its full-size keys and standard layout. There’s no numerical keypad, but we would always prefer not to have one if its inclusion meant shrunken keys. The Chiclet-style design never felt cramped, and each key has plenty of bounce to make typing comfortable and responsive. The large touchpad directly below the keyboard is large enough to navigate the desktop in one movement, with minimal friction thanks to its metallic surface. The touchpad buttons are just as tough and create audible clicks when pressed, so you’re always sure when you’ve pressed one.

Dell Inspiron 14z left side

Unlike the more expensive XPS, the Inspiron 14z keeps most of its connectivity at the sides of its chassis rather than hiding them at the back. The three USB ports, of which two support the faster USB3 standard, and combination audio jack are hidden beneath plastic flaps, as are the HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video outputs. A multi-format card reader and DVD optical drive are other welcome inclusions.

We’re big fans of Dell’s new push towards good looking laptops – some of their older systems certainly would have seen the benefit of better styling, and it helps the Inspiron 14z stand out from the competition. The model we looked at is the mid-range option, so you can save around £80 by opting for a slightly slower Core i3 processor and only 500GB of storage space. Whichever you choose, this is an excellent choice for a new laptop.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i5-2430M
Processor clock speed 2.4GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 1
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 26x346x246mm
Weight 1.9kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 14 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Intel HD 3000 Graphics
Graphics/video ports HDMI, mini DisplayPort
Graphics Memory 384MB


Total storage capacity 640GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDXC, Memory stick Pro, MMC
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 2x USB3


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £579

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