Pros

  • Budget laptop with large hard drive and decent display
  • Large hard drive; power efficient

Cons

  • Mediocre to poor performance and battery life
  • Mushy keyboard and lots of bloatware

At A Glance

The Dell Inspiron 13z is short on speed and sex appeal, but its budget price makes it worth considering for routine computing.

Manufacturer’s Description

Go further.

At 0.82" thin and weighing only 3.81lbs, the Inspiron™ 13z is mobile enough to take wherever you go. Optional mobile broadband helps you connect virtually anywhere, and battery life over 7 hours helps you stay connected all day.

SWITCH it up.

Whether you need to make a splash in class or just want your PC to complement your fashion sense, the new line of interchangeable SWITCH lids available on the Inspiron 13z are designed to match your style.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number I13Z-7729SLV
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 3
Audio Line In Yes
Audio Line Out Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 13.30 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode HD
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Backlight Technology LED
Graphics Controller Manufacturer Intel
Graphics Controller Model HD 4000
Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Memory Accessibility Shared
Storage
Storage Size 500 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Optical Drive Type No
General Information
Manufacturer Dell, Inc
UPC Code 884116083672
Manufacturer Part Number I13Z-7729SLV
Brand Name Dell
Product Name Inspiron 13z Notebook
Marketing Information

Go further.

At 0.82" thin and weighing only 3.81lbs, the Inspiron™ 13z is mobile enough to take wherever you go. Optional mobile broadband helps you connect virtually anywhere, and battery life over 7 hours helps you stay connected all day.

SWITCH it up.

Whether you need to make a splash in class or just want your PC to complement your fashion sense, the new line of interchangeable SWITCH lids available on the Inspiron 13z are designed to match your style.

Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.dell.com
Product Line Inspiron
Product Series 13z
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard (MMC), xD-Picture Card, MMCplus, Memory Stick Extended Capacity (MSXC)
Standard Memory 6 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • Inspiron 13z Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Network & Communication
Wireless LAN Yes
Wireless LAN Manufacturer Intel
Wireless LAN Model Centrino Wireless 2230
Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wimax No
Ethernet Technology Fast Ethernet
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 4.0
Physical Characteristics
Height 0.8"
Width 13.1"
Depth 9.1"
Weight (Approximate) 60.96 oz
Color Moon Silver
Built-in Devices
Webcam Yes
Microphone Yes
Speakers Yes
Processor & Chipset
Processor Manufacturer Intel
Processor Type Core i5
Processor Model i5-3317U
Processor Speed 1.70 GHz
Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
Cache 3 MB
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Model HM77 Express
Software
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Operating System Architecture 64-bit
Input Devices
Keyboard Backlight No
Pointing Device Type TouchPad

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 87.0
Worldbench Version 7
Battery
Battery Life 5:12   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 26.1   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 1406.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Web Performance 11.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Storage Performance
File Compression 556.9   seconds (lower is better)
Hard Drive File Operations 471.6   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 237.1   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 207.7   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 156.9   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Gaming Score 65.0
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768 12.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600 18.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768 16.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600 25.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768 18.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600 23.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768 34.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600 40.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
WorldBench Green Score 82.0
Working power usage 3.5   Watt hours
Idle power usage 8.6   Watts