The Dell XPS 14z, the 14-inch counterpart to the XPS 15z that we praised in our review last month, is rolling out in China this week with a US launch soon to follow.

We (and others) noted the XPS 15z's resemblance to the MacBook Pro, and the 14z continues in the same vein: the laptop is less than an inch thick and weighs 4.4 pounds, but still includes dual-core Sandy Bridge processors, an optional Optimus-capable NVIDIA GT 520M GPU, USB 3.0 ports, and an optical drive. The screen resolution is reported to be an unexciting 1366x768, though it isn't mentioned whether the 14z will share the 15z's 1080p upgrade option.

For my part, I find 14" laptops to be a good deal: you can usually get the same amount of power as a bulkier 15" laptop in a package that's not as cramped as smaller laptops can sometimes be. I'm always excited to see PC makers put some thought into their products' designs - hopefully the 14z impresses when it comes to other territories in the coming weeks.

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  • tipoo - Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - link

    I was thinking this would be rather appealing if it had the same internals and battery as the 15Z in a smaller, maybe slightly cheaper package, but the 520M graphics chip has about half the cores as the 525M in the 15Z. I wonder if the processors and battery capacity are different as well. Also I hope the screen can be upped to at least 1440x900, I for one love the 1080p screen in my current 15' dell and lower res screens are just a bother now.
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - link

    At least give us an upgraded GPU option and the 1600x900 display of the M14x, and then we're talking. I don't mind a base model that has lower specs, but if there's no LCD upgrade I will be severely disappointed. Anyway, we're on the review request list, so we should get one soon enough....
  • tipoo - Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - link

    The 520M is so close to the Intel HD3000 in performance I wonder why they bothered putting it in at all.

    That 525 in there would have been nice.
  • kenyee - Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - link

    If it had Dells RGBB IPS 1080p display in it, I'd buy it for $1K. Same price as Macbook? Ehhh...

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