Dell Launches Inspiron 13z & 14z Ultra-Thin Notebooks - HotHardware
Dell Launches Inspiron 13z & 14z Ultra-Thin Notebooks

Dell Launches Inspiron 13z & 14z Ultra-Thin Notebooks

Dell added to its newest new line of z-series notebooks with the announcement today of the Inspiron 13z and 14z. The pair complements the recently-released XPS 15z by introducing more options for thin Dell notebooks, but these come in at a lower cost; the Inspiron 14z, for instance, starts at $599.99, while the XPS 15z starts at $999.99.

The Inspiron 14z is available now on Dell.com in the U.S. and elsewhere, but the 13z has only been released so far in certain Asian countries.

However, both models, according to the press release, will feature second-gen Intel Core i3 or i5 processors, 720p HD displays, and on-processor Intel HD Graphics. Other features the two have in common include built-in SRS Premium Sound HD, Intel’s WiDi technology, built-in media card readers, WiFi (although at least one version of the Inspiron 14z also has WiMax), Bluetooth 3.0, and USB 3.0. They also both ship with Windows 7 Home Premium and sport the Dell Stage Interface and the Nero-powered SyncUP.

The Inspiron 13z has a 13.3-inch widescreen display, storage options including a 320GB or 500GB hard drive or a 128GB SSD, and up to 8GB of RAM.

The Inspiron 14z has a 14-inch widescreen HD display and also boasts an internal tray-load ODD (an 8x CD/DVD+/-RW dual-layer burner). Available configuration options include either a Core i3-2330M (2.2GHz) or i5-2410M (2.3GHz) processor; 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB of DDR3-1333 RAM; and a 500GB, 640GB, or 750GB hard drive.

Unfortunately, there is no SSD option for the Inspiron 14z, and if you want speedier hard drive performance, you should opt for the 7500RPM 750GB drive over the 5400RPM 500GB and 640GB drives.

In terms of size, these notebooks are no joke--the Inspiron 14z weighs less than a pound and measures between 0.92 and 1 inch thick. It’s good to see a couple of thin-and-light notebooks that pack some real performance under the hood; we'll be interested to see what else Dell has in store for the z series in the coming months.


Dell Unveils the Inspiron 13z and Inspiron 14z – the Latest in Thin and Powerful Computing

ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dell today announced the new Inspiron 13z and Inspiron 14z laptops, extending the company’s emphasis on thin and powerful computing, and broadening the ultra-mobile “z” distinction to Inspiron, Dell’s best-selling Consumer laptop brand. The new Inspiron 13z and 14z combine sizzling performance, rich features, and chic design in a sleek, take anywhere laptop, whether it’s for taking notes in class, or communicating with family across the country.

“The new Inspiron 13z and 14z are two of the most powerful, ultra-thin Inspiron laptops we’ve ever offered”
No matter the application, the new Inspiron z laptops are packed with some of the latest technology, and can handle the task. Combining 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM i3 and Core i5 processor options, HD (720p) display, and excellent battery life, the Inspiron z series is ideal for school papers, company reports, mobile entertainment, keeping in touch with friends and pursuing your passions.

The Inspiron 13z and 14z are the latest in a series of rolling introductions of Dell’s thin and powerful mobile products launching through the end of the year. Beginning with the XPS 15z, an ultimate blend of performance and style, the Inspiron z series makes this “uncompromising” concept more accessible than ever, with prices starting at just $599.99 for the 14z. VisitDell.com to read product reviews and get more information about the new Inspiron z series, and browse the latest technology, whether for school, play, or work.

“The new Inspiron 13z and 14z are two of the most powerful, ultra-thin Inspiron laptops we’ve ever offered,” said Sam Burd, vice president of Dell’s Consumer and Small/Medium Business product group. “Today’s ‘on-the-go’ lifestyle demands portability and power, so your favorite content is always at your fingertips.”

Accessible Style On-the-Go
When it’s time to kick back and relax, the Inspiron z laptops are the perfect portable entertainment devices. Both the 13z and 14z feature brilliant high-definition displays and built-in SRS Premium Sound HD. For a theater-like experience, they can stream full HD movies and video wirelessly with Intel Wireless Display technology2 or by connecting via HDMI cable to a compatible big-screen HDTV.

All of this is packed into a stylish design that’s thin, lightweight, and is available in standard Diamond Black or optional Fire Red LCD back and matching palmrest, full-size chiclet-style keyboard and HD webcam.
Inspiron z models are available with blazing fast 2nd generation Intel Core i processors, Microsoft® Windows 7 operating system, and high-performance on-processor graphics allowing for long battery life. A built-in media card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and the newest USB 3.0 technology for faster content transfers are also available as standard.

The Inspiron 13z comes with a bright, 13.3-inch widescreen HD (1366-768dpi) display. Other optional features include up to 8GB of memory3, a choice of a 320GB or 500GB hard drive or 128GB of solid state storage4. The Inspiron 14z is equipped with a 14-inch widescreen HD (1366-768dpi) display, and optional features including up to 8GB memory5, choice of a 500GB, 640GB or 750GB hard drive6, along with an internal tray-load DVD combo for playing and recording DVDs/CDs.

Dell Inspiron laptops also come with the Dell Stage user interface, which offers one-click access to your favorite content including music, photos and video, and SyncUP powered by Nero can keep content and personal information synched with other Stage-enabled Dell PCs and mobile devices within your home Wi-Fi network.

Availability and Pricing
The Inspiron 14z is available beginning today on www.dell.com for $599.99 and in select geographic regions worldwide. The Inspiron 13z is launching today in select countries in Asia.
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