The XPS 14z may be smaller than a 15" system in terms of screen size but it is also noticeably more compact in terms of thickness with a body that is less than 1" tall when closed. And while we like the majority of decisions Dell have made on this system there is one which could have been better. Dell should have included one USB connector on the side of the system, having a USB drive or 3G dongle sticking out of the back could be troublesome when using the system on the move.
For performance there is little to fault on our review sample. The 7200RPM drive and dual channel memory offer upgrades over the Inspiron 14z we tested but the GPU used has the most noticeable impact. Whether it is gaming or GPU computing such as video conversion the XPS 14z excels. Looking specifically at StarCraft 2 performance our framerates doubled over the on-board Intel model found in many laptops. We also continue to love Optimus which lets the system switch between each GPU automatically and seamlessly as required.
In terms of value, at a starting price of £799 the XPS 14z feels well priced thanks to its high level of build quality, low noise operation and good specifications.
The perfect system for those that want a little more performance than the Inspiron 14z offers, with a design which will impress friends and colleagues. The 14" form factor also makes the XPS 14z extremely portable.