Windows 8 Tablet and laptops from Dell – Part 3: Specs, price and reviews

Out of many Windows 8 devices, the laptops under XPS and Inspiron series of Dell are being considered as outstanding performers. Read this post to know Specs, price and reviews for these laptops.

Dell Laptops

Dell offered two highly portable Windows 8 notebooks for its valuable customers with assurance of their nice performance and quality built. I covered notebooks from Latitude family of Dell in Part-1 of this series whereas the Part-2 was covering Tablets from XPS family of Dell. Here in this post, I am describing two another most popular notebooks from Dell those are rocking the market with their nice performance and best features.

My first pick is the low priced 15 inches, light weight Inspiron 15z notebook with Intel's Core i7 processing chip as well as large internal storage and the second pick is the most appreciated very fast and expensive XPS 14 ultrabook from Dell with 14 inches display and better battery life.

Dell Inspiron 15z ultrabook

Dell Inspiron 15z
This is a premium version of Inspiron 15 laptop with much similar specs but more sleekness, light weight (up to 2.5 kg) and good built up. The Dell laptop will be available to users in matte silver color with nice finishing and better configuration as well. It has rubber feet to keep the device stand erect on surface and a chicklet keyboard with backlit keys. There are two decent speakers on either sides of device with quality audio.

The device is designed to run Microsoft's new flagship operating system and powered up by Intel's fast running Core i7-2640M processor clocking at 2.8GHz and Turbo boost technology up to 3.5GHz. It has large 1 TB of hard drive running at 5400rpm and 8GB of DDR3 RAM with Nvidia's GT-525M dedicated graphics card having 2GB video memory for showing immense graphic visibility to users. The device has a battery charge status indicator and a memory card reader also.

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For connectivity, multiple ports such as slot-loading DVD burner, DisplayPort, USB 2.0 & 3.0, HDMI, ESATA/USB port and charging port with LAN jack also provided on this Dell machine. And a number of user-friendly software such as Microsoft Office starter 2010, McAfee Security with up to 30-days trial and Roxio Creator Starter kit, Webcam Central, Facial recognition software, Stage Software also come preloaded on device as well.

Pricing and availability

Inspiron 15z from Dell is the premium notebook that is available at the starting price of $899.99 (with touch capability) where the non touch version of device is available at $749.99 in market.

Dell XPS 14 ultrabook

Dell XPS 14 ultrabook
Another higher end device with similar look and design to MacBook Pro from Apple is XPS 14 from Dell which shows best portability with its thin, sleek and sturdy body structure. The Dell laptop comes with latest processing chip and large internal memory for better system performance.

The device features 14-inch display with Gorilla glass protection screen and 1,600 x 900 pixels resolution. The device owns 400-nit brightness for giving users amazing display for viewing video and gaming. Besides this, users are also provided with an option to opt for a 15-inch device which seems to be less portable than XPS 14. Dell designed the device very stylish with its 20.7mm thin body and light weight. The device is designed to have rectangular parameter with aluminum square edges. It has large and classic looking isolated keys with glossy coating for easy typing as well on its backlit keyboard. And it has a big trackpad with rubberized touch similar to MacBook Air.

The machine is powered up by an Intel Core-i5-3317U Ivy Bridge processor running at 17GHz and couples to 8GB of DDR3 RAM as well as 500 GB of HDD with optional Solid State Drive of 512GB also for enhancing fast boot up. As Ivy Bridges processor performs much better than a Sandy Bridge processor so the device gives better results than its nearest competitor Lenovo IdeaPad U410 when compared for Geekbench and PCMark05 tests and the device is also works well for multi tasks too. It also has a GeForce GT630M graphics card with 1GB onboard VRAM that enhances system's capability for gaming and video.

Giving up to 10 hours of battery life the machine is capable to boot 33% faster than any other competitors with its solid state drive and it shows fast resuming time lesser than 2 seconds with its Intel Rapid Start technology.

Pricing :

The expensive device is available to purchase on major retailers of Dell at the starting price of £1,029 or Rs. 73,900 and you customers can configure their machine to be more powerful as its top model comes packed with 512GB SSD with 8GB RAM and Intel Core i7 processor and will be priced at £1,529.

Pros :

This is an ultimate machine from Dell with lightweight and sleek shape hence easily portable and fast performing with its latest processor.

Cons :

Its keyboard seems to be less attractive and its prices can be beyond the range of budget customers.

For more information on this device, please navigate its Official link.

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