Pros Small and Portable
Fairly light at a little over 3lbs
Very bright screen
Runs fairly Cool and Quiet
3G/4G WiMAX integrated
Loud speakers for size of laptop
Easy memory access
Ram upgradeable to 8GB
Cons A little chunky especially near the rear
Battery life could be a little better
Glossy lid attracts fingerprints, scratches easily
No easy access to upgrade hard drive
Summary In case you're wondering this is does not look like the Inspiron 11z that you find with either a celeron or culv processor. This is the m101z but with different internals. That said this is a great little laptop. Just slightly bigger and heavier than the average netbook but with far more power.
I originally bought this to as a temporary upgrade from a dell d430 till new ultra portables with sandy bridge ulv processors are released later this year. So far this has been a great little machine. Though I'm not a fan of glossy lids and screens this is still one good looking little laptop. I have the piano black version and while this thing attracts fingerprints like no other, the faux-stainless steel does add very nice touch and makes it stand out. So far I can't complain about the performance. Multitasking performance is great. I can have several chrome windows open, each with several tabs, MS office running and be playing a 720p video file and still have no lag or slow down. When it comes to full 1080p there is some shuddering/lag videos are still very much watchable. The battery life could be a little better but it is still more than acceptable. The keyboard, while nowhere near the same leauge as a thinkpad or even ideapad, is still great with good key response and no flex. The touch pad is also very responsive. Though the multi-touch implementation is poor the tracking itself is very good. Also there are sperate left and right mouse buttons that work extremely well if not a little mushy. I can't comment much on the web cam as I don't use it very often but it works well enough and seems to be on par with other most cams that I've tried. This laptop runs fairly cool and quiet. Though it can get a bit warm it is still comfortable to use on a bare lap. There is some fan noise but not much; it's not the jet engine noise you can get with other laptops. I believe the best part is that the despite what the tech sheets may say, the memory is upgradeable to 8GB. I'm currently running two DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz, 4gigs each. Oh and can't forget that this is running a core i3 ulv with hyperthreading; the os reads this as having 4 cores.
Pros By the system specs this is a Dell Model 1121. The memory cards are supposed to be the same as the Dell 15R - at least that's what the Dell technician told me. Beautiful machine - a real eye-catcher!
Cons Everything I read on the internet said this unit had two card slots - NOT. It has one SD card slot on the left side at the front. It's adequate for my needs though.
Summary This is one gorgeous machine with the usual 3 usb plus HDMI and VGA one card slot. Large adapter.It plays 1080p, sometimes with just the slightest stutter. Nice faux-stainless palm rest, right and left mouse buttons inst'd on the touchpad. Mine is grand piano black - like two-miles deep.Dell 11z Sprint Model 1121
I've already tested the unit on vimeo to see how it handles streaming HD video. It's totally acceptable. I love this machine. I believe it obsoletes the 11z with the su4100. In fact the system information on this unit shows the i3 as four cores. Actually it's 2-cores hyperthreaded. The memory cards are DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; it'll hold 8GB and there are two memory card slots. More on this later - it CNET allows me to edit!
Updated on Dec 10, 2010
I have since upgraded the memory on my dell 11z Model 1121, from 2gb to 6gb. The system is so much more responsive, mainly being faster! The Dell tech was right, this Sprint model uses the same memory boards as the Dell 15R. There's door on the bottom of unit to access the memory slots. I removed the 2gb card and moved it to the front slot, first filling the bottom slot with the 4gb board I bought from Crucial Memory. I'm still liking this unit. It does whatever I want from it. I have lots of pictures on it now and I alter them with MS Picture It! I have Everest installed so I am fully aware of the system temperatures at all times. That's something the 11z with the Celeron or the SU4100 cannot do - it's not supported. The disc drive with this unit is the Hitachi Travelstar, 250GB @ 5400. It's absolutely silent and it's also reasonably fast.
Updated on Oct 27, 2012Hard Drive Upgrade
Right after this review I upgraded the hard drive on this unit to a Western Digital 500Gb Black Edition drive. Tasking involving the drive now goes a bit quicker; it's noticeable, and that change did not impact the battery life that much. It did however, cause the unit to put out a little more heat. All is good though, I'm still lovin' it.
Pros -The perfect sized laptop at 11.6" and 3 lbs.
-Excellent sound quality and plenty of volume for a laptop
-Hyperthreaded Core i3 processor provides snappy performance
-Full-size keyboard is easy to type on
Cons -Lid attracts fingerprints
-Sprint SmartView software for connecting to 3G/4G network is cumbersome and sluggish
-Warranty includes mail-in repair service only
-Highly discounted price requires 2-year Sprint contract
Summary The Inspiron 1121, which Sprint markets as a Dell Inspiron 11z, is not really an 11z at all. It's more like the M101z, including the same chassis as the M101z and upgraded internals including an Intel Core i3 mobile processor and Intel HM57 chipset. RAM can be upgraded to 8GB, which makes this more of an ultraportable notebook as opposed to a netbook. With 8GB RAM, the performance is excellent. That, coupled with the light weight and perfect-sized screen and keyboard, make this a really attractive package. Unfortunately, this unit is available only through Sprint and requires a 2-year Sprint contract on either a 3G or 4G data plan. On the plus side the upfront cost was very low. For my needs, this is the perfect laptop with a great combination of portability and performance. I am glad I stumbled upon it on Sprint's website.
Pros Size and style can't be overlooked! This is a slick device. Very light.Excellent display.
3G/4G Wi-Max Option and functionality.
Device runs smoothly and quietly.
Battery life better than average
Cons Sprint Connection manager is a bit frustrating.
Microsoft Office not included, however that isn't unusual.
Summary I originally bought this device to supplement my web access while on the road. My Galaxy Tab is useful but not adequate for all my mobile computing needs. This device ended up solving my mobile needs by providing a keyboard to type on when responding to emails and updating my web page. It also resolves my mobile network needs as it serves as a mobile hotspot for my other mobile devices. I am very pleased with its speed, battery life, and ease of use. I think it functions well for what it is, anything more and it wouldn't be cost affective or would push it into a different device category. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a light portable solution with the ability to provide internet access for other users while on the go!
Pros Fast, great display and long life battery
Cons The small screen, at 11 inches might be a con to some, but the high resolution means that scrolling vertally is minimized compared to say, a netbook