Dell Inspiron 14z (Budget 2011) Review

Posted by The Best Review Wednesday, October 19, 2011 0 komentar
When we reviewed the $829 model of the Dell Inspiron 14z, we praised its sleek and stylish aluminum design and fast performance. However, its price was on the high side for a budget-conscious consumer looking for a portable system. The starting $599 version has the same slick chassis, but a less powerful Core i3 processor, only 4GB of RAM, and lacks a backlit keyboard. So does this model do enough for the price?
Dell Inspiron 14z Backview


The base model of the Inspiron 14z we reviewed has a 2.2-GHz Intel Core i3-2330M processor and 4GB of RAM, which powered the system to a score of 4,967 in PCMark Vantage. That's about 900 points below the thin-and-light average (5,891) and about 200 points lower than the similarly priced HP Pavilion dm4t, which also has a Core i3 CPU. The $829 version of the Inspiron 14z, which has a Core i5 processor, scored a much higher 7,743. Regardless, if all you're doing is surfing the web, checking Facebook, and doing e-mail, the Core i3 model will have all the power you need.
Unlike the $829 Inspiron 14z, which has a 7,200-rpm hard drive, our starting model has a slower 500GB, 5,400-rpm drive, and it showed. While it booted Windows 7 Home Premium in 1:06--nearly the same as the category average--it took a long 3 minutes and 57 seconds to duplicate 4.97GB of mixed-media files. That's a rate of 21.5 MBps, nearly 6 MBps slower than average (27.9 MBps), and less than the dm4t (24 MBps).
Thanks to the Core i3's QuickSync technology, which allows for quick video editing, the 14z transcoded a 5-minute 1080p video to an iPod touch format in 37 seconds using Cyberlink Media Espresso. It performed a complex VLOOKUP operation on 20,000 rows in a spreadsheet in OpenOffice Calc, the 14z took 8 minutes and 57 seconds, about a minute longer than the Lenovo IdeaPad V470, and about 4 minutes longer than average.

2.2-GHz Intel Core i3-2330M
Operating SystemMS Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
RAM Upgradable to
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Type
SATA Hard Drive
Display Size
Native Resolution
Optical Drive
DVD SuperMultiDrive
Optical Drive Speed
Graphics Card
Intel HD 3000
Video Memory
Wi-Fi Model

Mobile Broadband

Touchpad Size3.1 x 1.75 inches
Ports (excluding USB)
Ethernet; HDMI; Headphone; Kensington Lock; Mini DisplayPort
USB Ports
Card Slots
4-1 card reader
Size13.6 x 9.7 x 0.94-inch
Weight4.4 pounds


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