Dell XPS 14z details CPU choice, price & release

When it comes to notebooks, Apple tends to take the title for many users, but there are some impressive devices already on the current market or just about to release. Take Dell’s new XPS 14z, a 14-incher, which is due out next month.

In the past here at OSM, we’ve been keen to bring you news about Dell’s 15-inch model, but what we like about the new XPS 14z is that the design team have managed to put a 14-inch notebook into a 13-inch panel. According to Chris Davies over at Slashgear, the Dell will include a 1366 x 768 display, NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M 1GB of graphics, 8GB of DDR3 memory with 4GB as standard, DVD burner via a slot loading facility, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and a choice of Sandy Bridge i5 or i7 processor.

Along with this, the Dell packs up to 750GB 7,200rpm hard drives or that of a 256GB Solid State Drive, along with just over six hours of battery life.

First up, the Dell will release in November within North America with the UK following on after on November 15th. Price wise, the new Dell XPS 14z will retail for $999 or equivalent £799. Check out one of our previous posts in which we brought you news on the bigger Dell XPS 15z.

Let us know your thoughts on the new Dell notebook? Would you be tempted or does an Apple win hands down every time?

  • Tms020348

    This may be the laptop I’ve been waiting for. While I’ve admired the MacBook Pro for a long time, the price (when Windows is added) was too much for my conscience.  The MacBook Pro’s form factor was great and the quality of the overall package was superb, but the closed environment of Apple’s garden was the killer. I already have an old Dell Inspiron 1420 “14 inch” display and I’ve taken it places and done things with it that the designers probably would not have approved of (Cambodia, Laos, back roads, etc.)  The old magnesium case stood up really well, so I know that Dell can make a solid package.  I’ve looked at the ultrabooks, but they skimp on ports for the benefit of slimness.  What I want is pretty much what the XPS is offering: Solid, adaptable, good typing machine, portable, and long battery life. So I’ll be curious to get my hands on one to check it out. It may be the answer to my search for a non-Apple sturdy laptop.