Dell Inspiron 14z review: Dell Inspiron 14z

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good

Average User Rating

3.5 stars 6 user reviews
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The Good Reasonably lightweight. Decent price/performance.

The Bad Port covers create large frustration. Mouse buttons are horrible.

The Bottom Line Walking finely down the portability/performance line, the 14z shows some chops. Unfortunately, the usability is significantly impacted by the choice to cover all the ports with pointless, obstructing flaps and the inclusion of simply terrible mouse buttons.

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With a brushed aluminium look in either red or black, Dell's Inspiron 14z is not an ultrabook. It is reasonably thin, though, and the keyboard and screen are reasonably nice. Being a 14-inch laptop, it's quite comfortable to use as well, the 1366x768 display, wrist rest and everything else just feel perfectly in proportion.

The mouse buttons do have the accolade of being one of the worst we've used, however — horrifically mushy and far too difficult to get a response out of. The ports along the side are also hidden under annoying flaps, one of the major sins committed by laptop makers. Accessibility drops massively as they simply get in the way, making connections more of a chore than they already are. Really, we don't mind a bit of dust, Dell.

The ports they obscure and frustrate are quite standard for the size: USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, a headset jack, HDMI and mini-DisplayPorts, and under its own dedicated flap from hell, a gigabit Ethernet port on the back.

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Where to Buy

Dell Inspiron 14z

Part Number: FNCWS43

Typical Price: $899.00

See manufacturer website for availability.