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Dell XPS 14zThe high-end Dell XPS 14z is an attractive, powerful 14-inch laptop built into a 13-inch body, with plenty of configuration options, including decent graphics.
-Hi, I'm Dan Ackerman, and we are here taking a first look at the Dell XPS 14z. Now, this guy looks a little bit familiar that's because it's virtually a clone of the XPS 15z, which out earlier in the year except of course they said the 14-inch screen even more interesting. They kind of shrunk down the footprints. This is a 14-inch display, although the actual length and width of the laptop is more like that of the 13-inch. They basically took a big 13-incch body and shove in a 14-inch screen, meaning that you open the lid, you really see more screen and less of anything else and that's really impressive. Now, Dell says, this is the thinnest fully featured 14-inch laptop on the planet. Actually, as the thinnest fully featured laptop on the planet, there's an asterisk that goes with that. They basically mean a laptop with a discrete graphics card and an internal optical drive. So, if you put all that together, they are certainly seems like a pretty thin machine, but it's in the 13 size body and especially compared to a lot of the ultrabooks and other 13-inch laptops that we've seen over the last month or 2, it kind of looks a little thick and chunky when compared to those. It's almost a victim a timing in a way with all these really thing, really capable darn fast ultrabooks coming out at exactly the same time. That's it. This system is in a little bit of a different category. This guy has an Intel Core i7 cpu, has got NVIDIA 520m graphics card, has got an 8 gigs of RAM and you can get anything up 750 gig hard drive or even 256 gig solid state drive. And of course, you have an optical slot loading drive built in, an HDMI and display port out and USB 3. So, you have lot of high end extras here. It starts at $999, but for that, you only get a Core i5 and you don't get the discrete graphics. You got to trade up to one of the more expensive versions. This is a 1299. There's also 1599, one that's got the big solid state drive and when you get to that price point, you're kind of looking at things like the MacBook Pro, some of the higher end versions of HP's MV 14 and other kind of premium laptops, but that's where Dell always position this XPS system. They're all bunch of really cool features that we like on the XPS 14z, one of course is the backlit keyboard, really one of the brighter back light ever seen on the keyboard, really big touch pad, but they still find to have separate left and right mouse button rather than kind of building them into the pad and Dell gets super extra bonus point for something that we hardly ever see anymore and that is a battery meter right here on the outside of the case. You just press this little button here and it will show you how much battery life you have left. Even Apple took that out of the MacBook a couple of years ago and it's really useful if you just wanna look at your laptop to see if it's ready to go or if you have to plug it in for a while. You put all that together, you got a really fully feature powerful laptop. It's perhaps not as thin still and sexy and Dell would like you to think, but if you are a power user who wants to cram along the stuff into a small footprint, it's pretty good deal. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Dell XPS 14z.