Dell XPS 14z laptop review and Dell XPS Battery Life Test
- Dell inspiron 1525 laptop battery
- Li-ion, 11.1V, 4400mAh
- only AU $53.92
REVIEW: When it comes to it’s footprint, Dell’s 14z notebook isn’t a large machine.
In fact, it’s a compact thing that fits into a backpack with ease and is a minuscule 23mm thick.
The 14z is attractive too, with a nice aluminum top and underside, and a large hinge design that looks like a coiled spring, ready to pounce.
It has only two USB ports (one of them USB 3.0) and they’re at the back, next to an HDMI out port, an ethernet port and a firewire connection. There’s an SD card reader next to the headphone and microphone jacks, and helping to keep the weight down is a slot-loading DVD drive.
A nice feature is a button on the right-hand side of the notebook that, when pressed, illuminates four lights, indicating the status of the 14z’s battery.
It’s a nice touch that more manufacturers should use.
Dell reckons the 14z’s eight-cell Li-ion notebook battery gives six hours and 42 minutes’ use, but in real-world testing at my place, it lasted about six hours doing day-to-day duties: web browsing, word processing, a bit of DVD watching, and with the integrated graphics, this is a notebook aimed at business users.
For some reason, though, Dell has gone down the non-removable battery route (like some Apple models) with this notebook. This means when the battery finally dies, you have two options: keep it plugged into a wall socket every time you use it or return the whole notebook to Dell vostro 1720 laptop battery for a new battery. Neither of those options is ideal.
Dell inspiron 1150 battery says it has managed to fit a 14-inch screen into a 13-inch form factor thanks to the screen’s borderless design. Offering a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768, it was bright and vivid. It displayed DVDs fine most of the time when viewed front on, but I noticed that the picture appeared washed out sometimes when viewed from a slight angle.
I found at night I had to tilt the screen down slightly to get a better viewing angle.
The keyboard has a nice feeling and it is responsive, but the 14z runs pretty hot: you can feel the hot air being pushed out of the left-hand side vent when it’s working hard. You’ll definitely get a toasty lap after extensive use.
Niggles aside, the 14z is a solid addition to Dell’s lineup. It performs well, doesn’t weigh a tonne and looks great, to boot, but Dell xps m1530 extended life battery needs to revisit the decision to include a non-removable battery.
SPECS (AS TESTED)
Intel Core i7-2640M, running at 2.8GHz nVidia Geforce 520M GT graphics 4GB of memory 750GB hard drive 1.3MP webcam, multimedia card reader, HDMI 1.4 output, 8-cell Li-ion Dell latitude d620 battery Weight:1.98kg
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March 4, 2013 Monday at 9:25 am