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August 04, 2012

Dell launches new 14-inch XPS and Inspiron ultrabooks

Just after four months after Dell launched their first ultrabook in the Philippines, the PC company has introduced two new 14” ultrabooks that would give consumers more option to choose from.

First up is the Dell Inspiron 14z. This machine is aimed at the budget-conscious market who wants a taste of ultrabook goodness without spending too much. Apart from meeting Intel’s minimum standards for an ultrabook, Dell has also thrown in some features to differentiate Inspiron 14z from the rest of the pact. The ultrabook is said to keep you company for up to 7 hours on a single full charge.

At a glance, this ultrabook may be mistaken for an ordinary laptop but looking closely at its specs will solidify its place in that category.

Dell Inspiron 14z specs:
14.0” HD Widescreen, 200-nit (1366×768) 720p
3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3317U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.60 GHz) or
3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3517U processor (4M cache, up to 3.0 GHz)
1x 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM (Standard) expandable up to 8GB (Optional, 2x 4GB)
Intel HD Graphics 4000 + AMD Radeon HD 7750M 1GB GDDR5
2 Skullcandy Speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 4 processing
500GB 5400rpm hard drive + 32GB mSATA SSD
Onboard tray-loading DVD+/-RW (standard)
RJ45, HDMI v1.4a, USB 3.0 PowerShare,
USB 2.0 ports
3-in-1 Memory Card slot
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030
Bluetooth v3.0+HS (standard)
Built-in 1.0MP HD webcam w/ digital microphone
44 WHr Prismatic Battery
Dimension (H x W x D): 20.7mm – 21.0mm x 347mm x 240mm
Weight: 4.12 lbs

We ran a Windows Experience Index for the Insprion 14z and here’s the result.

Next up is the XPS 14, which is the big brother of the XPS 13 that was just launched four months ago. Though both Ultrabooks bares similarities, there are also a handful of differences between the two besides the screen size.

The XPS 14 is a fine piece of hardware which boasts a machined aluminum body with magnesium palm rest and a very crisp and bright 900p, 400-nit 14” True Life Infinity display protected from scratches by the tough edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass. Although the XPS 14 is still lighter compared to typical laptops, its 4.6lbs weight ranks the second heaviest Ultrabook in the market right now, with the heaviest being the HP Envy 6t-1000 ultrabook. Dell promises up to 11 hours of normal use of the XPS 14.

Dell XPS 14 specs:
14.0″ HD+, 400-nit (1600 x 900) True Life Infinity Display
3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3317U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.60 GHz) or
3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3517U processor (4M cache, up to 3.0 GHz)
1x 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM expandable up to 8GB (optional, 2 x 4GB)
Intel 4000 HD Graphics + NVidia GeForce GT 630M with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM
2 x 2W speakers + Waves MaxxAudio 4
500GB 5400rpm HDD + 32GB mSATA SSD
OR 512GB SSD (optional)
Spill-resistant, backlit keyboard
RJ45 LAN port
HDMI v1.4a
2 x USB 3.0 PowerShare
mini-Display port
3-in-1 Memory Card slot
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030 with Bluetooth v3.0+HS (standard)
Built-in 1.3MP HD webcam w/ Dual Array Microphone
8-Cell Li-Polymer 69WHr battery
Dimension (H x W x D): 20.7mm x 335.8mm x 233mm
Weight: 4.6lbs

Both of these ultrabooks are already available at Dell Concept Stores and authorized retailers nationwide. The Inspiron 14z sells for Php44,990 and the XPS 14 with base configuration goes for Php68,990.


19 Responses to “Dell launches new 14-inch XPS and Inspiron ultrabooks”

  1. Renegade says:

    These notebooks are cool but I am waiting for Dell Philippines to start distributing Alienware laptops here in PH. Come on Dell.. Sell us those great gaming machines..

  2. Berkeley says:

    Why do Ultrabooks need to be that expensive…. ugggh……

  3. Mervin says:

    I’ll wait for AMD built Ultrabooks?

  4. Mr. Serious says:

    This is very overpriced. @ P69k They still use 1333MHz freq ram? (majority at 1600MHz), ONLY 32GB of SSD? (Category standard starts @128GB) Whats up with the 5400-RPM HDD? At the very least they could’ve made it 7200RPM, and all that at 4.6 lbs.
    Is this really an ultrabook?

    • John says:

      1333mhz – tama dapara 1600mhz na, like nung 14z

      32GB SSD – for cache lang to, so di kailangan ng 128gb

      5400RPM HDD – tell me an ultrabook na may 7200RPM na nandyan sa market ngayon.

      *for the storage,for 70K?, dapat wala ng HDD at 128gb or 256gb SSD nalang.
      *masyadong mabigat nga.

  5. Glenn says:

    Yuga, your articles, especially this one, could use some proofreading.

    • marc says:

      oh god, so many people have commented on that before, some even volunteering to help out.. it’s a wonder he hasn’t done anything about it over the years.. you’d think he’d care more about his “craft”

  6. Ramonchito says:

    How come a screen with 1366×768 resolution be a 720p?

  7. Adrian says:

    Mukhang typo yung sa graphics card ng Inspiron 14z. Sa mga nakikita ko na sites 7570M at hindi 7750M ang nasa laptop.

  8. Dave says:

    cool!. nice specification and appearance.

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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