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All posts tagged "dell studio 14z"


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Dell Studio 14z Notebook: A Real Contender

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:30 AM

[It should say REVIEW and not UNBOXING in the video; it's a total failure on my part to not change that. Whoops! Since the source files are deleted, so I can't fix it.]

Here it is, the "mega review" of this laptop, a follow-up from my unboxing video. This video is quite long because I go into a lot of detail about battery tests, performance benchmarks, and the pros and cons of this notebook. I hope everyone enjoys the level of detail!

This notebook, shown here in ruby red, is a little different that most notebooks in that it lacks a CD/DVD drive - but it's no netbook! It has a 14 inch, 16:9 aspect ratio screen running at 1600 x 900 resolution, which is Dell's 900p resolution option (an upgrade). The standard resolution is 720p, which is 1280 x 720. Read more...


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dell Studio 14z Unboxing & First Impressions Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the Dell Inspiron Studio 14z (I mistakenly thought it was called the Inspiron 14z, but it's not an Inspiron, it's a Studio notebook). This notebook, shown here in ruby red, is a little different that most notebooks in that it lacks a CD/DVD drive - but it's no netbook! It has a 14 inch, 16:9 aspect ratio screen running at 1600 x 900 resolution, which is Dell's 900p resolution option (an upgrade). The standard resolution is 720p, which is 1280 x 720. Read more...


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dell Releases Studio 14z Laptops, Lacks Optical Drive

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:13 AM

http://www.dell.com/content/product...&ref=lthp&s=dhs

"The new Studio 14z is Dell's thinnest and lightest Studio laptop, packed full of necessities to keep you roaming around your world with everything you need. And with its creative edge inside and out, you'll be more than surprised by its affordable price. Complement your personal style with a choice of five vibrant colors and one unique pattern. Available in Red, Blue, Green, Promise Pink, Purple and Black Chain Link, the new Studio 14z is so stylish, you'll be double-checking its affordable price. And with every purchase of a Promise Pink StudioTM 15 laptop, Dell will donate $5.00 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, one of the world's largest breast cancer organizations."

Well now...this is the first 14 inch laptop I can think of that has lacked an optical drive from the start. Are we witnessing the death of optical drives? It seems like we might be, and I don't think that's such a bad thing, at least on smaller notebooks where the space can be put to better uses. The question is, what advantages does the 14z have over other notebooks that have optical drives? I'm struggling to find one - they're even doing double-duty with the ExpressCard34 slot, because it houses the memory card reader. That's slick - I like that. I think the lack of an optical drive allowed them to make it thinner and lighter...I'd have hoped for more battery life, but thin and light is also good. Prices look to start at $649 USD and go up to $1629 USD if you max everything out. The maxed-out specs look like this: 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600, 14" 900p screen (Dell hides what resolution that is - 1600 x 900 I think), 5 GB RAM (what an odd number - must be 1 GB soldered onto the motherboard), 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, NVIDIA 9400M G graphics card, 802.11n, 8-cell 74 wHr battery, Bluetooth, and a coloured shell. Not a bad config actually...

UPDATE: Looks like Dell Canada allows you to configure the 14z with the T9550 Intel Core 2, which is 2.66 Ghz and has a 6 MB cache. Nice! Too bad it's a $420 CAD price jump above the baseline 2 Ghz CPU. Ouch!


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