Pros

  • Bluetooth included
  • It's lighter than most similar laptops

Cons

  • The touchpad buttons require too much force
  • A good keyboard, marred by poor chassis structure

At A Glance

The Inspiron 14z offers good performance in a lightweight chassis, but with some quirky flaws.

Manufacturer’s Description

Live your busy life with the thin, sleek and fun Inspiron 14z. Its compact, thin aluminum design packs impressive productivity and entertainment features you want at the right price.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.dell.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number DNCWS30
Processor
Processor type Intel Core i5
Processor speed 2300.0 MHz
Cache size 3.0 KB
Processor count 2
Display
Display size 14.0 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 640.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0 RPM
Other storage
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
Ports and Connections
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Ethernet Type 10/100 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n/b/g
Video Interfaces
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
Slots
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Memory
Memory size 6000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Memory max 8.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 13.5 inches
Depth 9.6 inches
Height 1.4 inches
Weight 4.5 pounds
Weight with Accessories 5.2 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Included Software Nero 10; Roxio Creator Starter
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard (backlit)
  • Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 118.0
Battery
Battery Life 7:20   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 228.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 358.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 184.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 312.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 312.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 376.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 200.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 323.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 183.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 59.03   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 54.33   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 44.08   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 39.43   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 18.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 14.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 38.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 32.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 25.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 22.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 44.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 37.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 9.1   Watts
Sleep power usage 0.2   Watt hours
Off power usage 0.0   Watt hours
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 274.0