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Dell makes XPS 14z official to take on MacBook Pro

updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon October 24, 2011

Dell XPS 14z billed as thinnest

Coming quickly on the heels of new MacBook Pros, Dell has formally launched the XPS 14z. Its system is conspicuously targeted at Apple's 13-inch notebook and uses LG's Shuriken panel tech to get a 14-inch, 1366x768 screen into the size of a 13-inch design. Unlike the exaggeration of the XPS 15z, the 14z is genuinely thinner at exactly 0.9 inches and lighter at 4.36 pounds.

It gets to the thickness by moving some of the expansion, such as Ethernet, HDMI, and Ethernet, to the back of the PC.

The system uses the similar dual Core i5 and i7 processors but should be faster for 3D through including GeForce GT 520M dedicated graphics, not just integrated Intel video. It also starts off with 6GB of RAM (up to 8GB) and the same 500GB base hard drive but a 7,200RPM spin speed as standard. Battery life takes a slight hit at a maximum six hours, 42 minutes versus Apple's real-world seven hours.

Each system comes with Windows 7 Home Premium as well as Stage interface extras and Nero-made SyncUP cloud syncing.

North America gets the XPS 14z on Novmeber 1 and will see a lower $999 price for the base configuration. Other countries will get the system on November 15.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Are they still around?

  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    W7 home premium?

    Does this version include enough security capabilities or is it the standard stripped version like all home versions? With XP, you needed the Pro level before it really had any security software built in, even if that software didn't do much. Selling this laptop with this version of W7 means enterprise and government users will need to strip the software, replacing it with W7 enterprise before it will be allowed inside the building.

  1. macgurunc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ho - Hum

    Another "killer" product... yawn

  1. noibs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    1366x768 screen?

    If you have time on your hands, go to Dell's Web site and try to find 13", 14" and 15" notebook displays with true high resolution, such as 1440x900 on 13" and 14" and 1600x900 or higher on a 15" display. You can't. Even with options available on systems, true high res displays are few and far between. My 11" MacBook Air has 1366x768--11 INCHES!!

    In the past three years, Dell has cheapened it's entire line by removing real high res displays. They are counting on their target market (enterprise and individuals looking for CHEAP) to not pay much attention or even care about high resolution displays.

    The fact is, if you work in spreadsheets, graphics or word processing documents, higher resolution means you can see more of your work at one time and have higher productivity.

  1. BlueGonzo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Outdated design

    They look like an outdated MBP design.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More like suicidal

    Chunky Monkey.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No way. Outdated PowerBook G4 design

    The vents were lifted out of 2001 Titanium. The package looks more like the old PowerBook G4 aluminum.

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