Performance Summary & Conclusion
Dell should also be credited for building an all-around entertainment machine that can fit a variety of budgets. If you don't care a whole lot about gaming, you can forgo the discrete GPU and pick up a toned down model starting at a penny shy of $700. But for those who want the extra power, the $200 premium is well worth it, especially since the final price is still a Benjamin below Intel's preferred $1,000 ceiling.
We're not sold on Dell's claim that curved edges makes the Inspiron 14z any easier to slip into a bag than any other notebook, but it's an interesting aesthetic nonetheless, and we dig the brushed aluminum finish. We're also big fans of the keyboard, even though it lacks a backlight. Less inspiring is the 1366x768 resolution, especially with the Apple camp bragging about Retina Display panels (on the MacBook Pro, not the MacBook Air). On the bright side, 1366x768 isn't particularly taxing, and combined with the discrete GPU, allows the Inspiron to play games that most Ultrabooks can't.
With that said, if you're at all interested in playing a game or two on an Ultrabook, recommending the Inspiron 14z is a no-brainer. For everyone else, the Inspiron 14z is another solid entry in a fast evolving form factor.