Dell Launches Inspiron 14z Ultrabook with Skullcandy Audio

Written by JC Pulido III. Posted in News, Ultrabook

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Published on August 03, 2012 with No Comments

The Ultrabook form factor has arrived for the Inspiron series.

As the naming convention suggests, the Inspiron 14z has a 14” display with a 1366×768 resolution. Unlike the Dell XPS series it does not benefit from Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Unlike most Ultrabooks, the Inspiron 14z benefits with a DVD-RW drive integrated into the Ultrabook. This makes it even more of an entertainment system where you can insert a DVD to watch movies.

Inside the the Inspiron 14 is an Intel Core i5-3317U (Ivy Bridge) processor–which tops out at 2.6GHz–matted to an AMD Radeon 7570M GPU with 1GB VRAM. You also get 4GBs of RAM to play with. These specs are actually enough for some 3D gaming.

HP laptops have Beats audio in them and it seems that Dell has responded by having Skullcandy make the speakers for the Inspiron 14z. Dell has also included Wave MaxxAudio 4.0 to add even more control to the Inspiron 14z’s speakers. Unfortunately, we were not able to test the audio quality of the new Inspiron so we can’t say if the Skullcandy speakers are an improvement from other speakers.

One thing we noticed with the Inspiron 14z is that on one side, the ports are protected with a plastic cover while the single USB 3.0 and audio port on the other side aren’t.

Dell is touting seven hours of battery life in a single charge.

The Dell Inspiron 14z retails at PhP44,990. For what you get, the Inspiron is a good system especially if the audio system works as advertised. However, there are obvious points where Dell has cut some corners to meet their price point such as the flimsy, plastic-y keyboard. Comparing it to the XPS 14 which was launched with the Inspiron 14z, the difference in the construction of the keyboards is plainly evident. However, we’ll give you a much more in depth review once we get an evaluation unit.

The Dell Inspiron 14z is already available in Moon Silver but will eventually be joined by a Fire Red variant later this year.