Dell Inspiron 14z review: Dell Inspiron 14z

While the processor and RAM/hard-drive configurations aim to impress, there are no dedicated graphics options on the Inspiron 14z. Gamers will have to look elsewhere, or settle for the better-than-you-think integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics included, which are capable of casual and even light mainstream gaming with settings turned down.

Juice box
Dell Inspiron 14z Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.39
Sleep (10%) 0.95
Idle (25%) 7.51
Load (05%) 39.79
Raw kWh number 36.76
Annual power consumption cost $4.17

Annual power consumption cost
Dell Inspiron 14z
$4.17 
HP Envy 14
$5.78 

We were impressed with the battery life on this thinner Inspiron; the included six-cell battery lasted 5 hours and 35 minutes in our video playback test. That outperformed the larger Inspiron 15R, and bested the equally thin but higher-powered Dell XPS 15z. It's also more than enough battery life to last a solid workday, provided you keep an eye on power settings. Seven hours would have been even nicer, but we really can't complain much.

Dell includes a standard one-year mail-in service warranty with the Inspiron 14z. Extra warranty years and service levels can be added on Dell's Web site: three years of basic service cost an extra $169, and the three-year "best service" package, which adds premium phone support, accidental damage protection, and LoJack antitheft, costs $373. Dell's Web site offers 24-7 toll-free phone service and Web support, including documentation and software drivers that are easy to find.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Envy 14
608 
Dell Inspiron 14z
629 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron 14z
120 
HP Envy 14
121 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron 14z
335 
HP Envy 14
294 

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System configurations:

Dell Inspiron 14z
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 750GB Western Digital 7,200rpm

Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990x
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Gateway ID47H02u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Lenovo Essential B470
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 410M; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

HP Envy 14
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 750GB Western Digital 7,200rpm

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