Pros

  • Large and wide touchscreen
  • Good audio performance
  • HD (720p) webcam
  • Built-in rewritable DVD drive

Cons

  • Sluggish performance
  • Poor battery life
  • Heavy for an Ultrabook

At A Glance

The Inspiron 15z might appeal to Windows 8 users in search of a touchscreen option that won't break the bank, but its mediocre performance and subpar battery life fail to impress.

Manufacturer’s Description

Bring your media everywhere with this thin and powerful 15" Ultrabook featuring a built-in DVD player.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.dell.com

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel i5-3317U
Processor speed 1700.0 MHz
Display
Display size 15.6 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Touchscreen Multitouch
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD Graphics 4000
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 500.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0 RPM
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
General Information
UPC Code 884116106609
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • USB 3.0
Wireless connection
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth
Memory
Memory size 6144.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Memory max 8.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 15.0 inches
Depth 9.8 inches
Height 0.9 inches
Weight 5.3 pounds
Weight with Accessories 6.0 pounds
Optical Drive
Included Drives DVD Drive
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
SD card Yes
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8
Other Features
Devices
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Product Type
Subcategory All Purpose
Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 59.0
Worldbench Version 8
Battery
Battery Life 3:22   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 15.7   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 2160.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 1972.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 4454.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 153.9   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 642.8   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 208.0   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 305.7   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 3.0   Watt hours
Idle power usage 9.4   Watts
Gaming
3DMark 11, 1280x720 Performance 642.0   score (higher is better)
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, Low Quality, 1366x768 632.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, Low Quality, 1366x768 11.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1366x768 34.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
TouchXPRT
Beautify Photo Album 1.13   Photos/sec (Higher is better)
Beautify Photo Album 44.37   seconds (lower is better)
Prepare Photos for Sharing 0.42   Collages/sec (Higher is better)
Prepare Photos for Sharing 16.79   seconds (lower is better)
Convert Videos for Sharing 7.6   X (higher is better)
Convert Videos for Sharing 11.24   seconds (lower is better)
Export Podcast to MP3 89.9   X (higher is better)
Export Podcast to MP3 19.92   seconds (lower is better)
Create Slideshow from Photos 2.79   Photos/sec (Higher is better)
Create Slideshow from Photos 17.94   seconds (lower is better)