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It's a weird space, that delta between 13.3 and 14-inch screens. Nothing highlights it more thanand 14z Ultrabook (not to be confused with the plain old Inspiron 14z). The hardware inside is pretty much the same, although the 14-inch screen does use a Chimei panel rather than LG, the result being a slightly less saturated look. For reasons that confound us, the 14z is apparently an ultrabook, while the 13z is not. We don't think you'll notice.
- USB 3.0: 2
- Optical: DVD&plusm;RW
- Video: HDMI
- Ethernet: 100Mbit
- Wireless: Single-channel 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
The industrial design is pretty much the same, the big rounded corners and large screen bezel giving you a feeling that you're playing with a toy. The resolution of the screens are identical. The major differences, aside from screen size, include a DVD&plusm;RW drive at the cost of a USB 3.0 port and, unlike the 13z, you can't remove the lid to swap it out for another colour of your choice — not that Dell is selling those lids locally yet.
Fewer ports are covered by those very annoying flaps that get in the way of plugging things in. Hiding under the cursed covers, you'll find an HDMI port, 100Mbit Ethernet and a USB 3.0 port. On the other side, blessedly exposed, is another USB 3.0 port, SD card reader and headset jack.
The upshot of all this is: the 14-inch is what you get if you still need an optical drive. Sure, it comes with a 500GB drive in its base configuration rather than 320GB, but you can spec the 13z up to that if you want. The 14z gives you more options though — our review sample had an 8GB cache SSD inside, however the selling model features a 32GB mSATA drive, to give the old mechanical drive that extra boost.