This new Inspiron ultrabook is very better and refreshed ultrabook. It has unique design and built quality is far better than previous one with same design. Performance is good but main advantage of this inspiron is its 15’6 inch screen. With 8 GB RAM and i7 Intel processor this ultrabook provide best performance. If you want a powerful, stylish , light and big screen laptop then it is one of the best option available for you.
Design and built
- The look of this model is changed from the previous Inspiron Z series ultrabooks. The color theme is also changed. The lid and keyboard deck of this model has a brushed metal finish which gives it a better look. The built quality has been improved from which we saw with dell Inspiron last year.
- On the right side, this 15z has two USB port and memory card slot.
- On left side, it has another two USB ports, HDMI out, the Ethernet port and in left space a small cooling vent which is not enough when we use this inspiron 15z at maximum.
- For an ultrabook, user may find it heavier and one reason for this is its big screen.
- There is not doubt on the built quality of this inspiron 15z which is very well built but lacks in price which is very high as compared with others like that of the HP Spectre XT and the Dell XPS ultrabooks
Specifications and features
- The Inspiron 15z starts with i3 processor from 40,000. Somewhere in middle, it progresses to i5 and finally ends with most powerful i7 processor. This model comes with dual-core Intel Core i7-3537U clocking at 2GHz with Hyper-Threading, going up to 3.1GHz when required. The processor along with 8 GB RAM gives you a very powerful performance.
- This model comes in two versions, one with 256GB SSD while another one with 500GB hard drive and a 32GB mSATA for caching.
- Inspiron 15z refreshed the image of ultrabook as most of the ultrabook comes with standard screen size of 14-inch. It comes with 15.6-inch LED display with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. The biggest positive point of this inspiron is that it comes with touchscreen, in line with window 8.
- With all these feature, it comes with Nvidia GeForce GT630M (2GB) graphics that adds to its performance and can be used to play mid-range games.
- As the screen size is much bigger, the Inspiron 15z’s keyboard is fairly well laid out. The space between the keys is slightly more than that we saw in other ultrabook. The slight different style in the layout sees the keys like Delete, Home, Page UP ,page Down and End are in a vertical row on the right of the enter key. If you are addicted to having the Enter key at the end of the keyboard on that side, this will be a bit annoying at first time. The touchpad is fairly big, with the two distinct right and left click keys.
- With a powerful Intel Core i7 and 8GB RAM, you would expect this ultrabook to give the best performance. However if we consider the PC Mark 07 score of just 4236 which is less then Lenovo Yoga 13’s 4862 and dell XPS’s 4734 score . The power mapping chip of this inspiron is kept down to reduce power consumption and heat emission.
- Although the PC Mark score is less then expectation but the performance of all the parts is indeed very good. Surely this ultrabook will get through your typical usage pattern of the day with ease.
- This inspiron Z is available in two versions described above. It’s better to choose one that comes with 256 GB SSD for much better performance. The price of that alternative comes with HDD + mSATA is almost the same.
- If we talk about the display of this inspiron then the display is very much improved over the previous inspiron 15z versions. The text rendering and readability is much better .the overall production is much sharper than previous versions. Color handling is just average. Despite of having reflective screen the brightness of the screen insures that you don’t have to struggle with light reflection outdoor while reading or surfing .
Battery life will surely disappoint users with just 2 hours and 10 minutes when tested. This battery backup is much on the lower side and surly will not last more than 4 hours even when you not using this ultrabook very judiciously with your busy usage pattern.
- Large and wide display with touch
- Good audio quality speakers
- HD webcam
- Built-in rewritable DVD driver
- Sluggish performance
- Poor battery backup
- Heavier than other ultrabook.
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