Dell XPS 14z Trumps MacBook Pro in Size, Price, and Features

Paul Lilly

With the introduction of the XPS 14z notebook, it's almost as if Dell took off its white glove, slapped Apple in the face with it, and said "How do you like them Apples?" The XPS 14z is thinner than a MacBook Pro at less than an inch thick (0.9 inches high), it has an optical drive (making it the thinnest 14-inch laptop to feature an ODD, according to Dell), and it's cheaper than a MacBook Pro to boot.

Dell said it squeezed a 14-inch HD display into a 13-inch laptop form factor, ultimately offering 10 percent more viewing area than a 13.3-inch display. It sports an anodized-aluminum finish and a latch-less design Dell describes as "simple, yet elegant." But how does it compare to a MacBook Pro? Let's take a look at the specs:

  • 2nd generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processor options
  • 720p WLED display with TrueLife and edge-to-edge glass (1366x768)
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 520M with 1GB graphics memory
  • 6GB DDR3-1333 (supports up to 8GB)
  • 500GB/750GB 7200 RPM HDD options; 256GB SSD option
  • Slot load DVD burner
  • Backlit, spill-resistant keyboard
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 3.0
  • Intel Wireless Display-ready
  • USB 3.0; USB 2.0; HDMI; GbE LAN; mini DisplayPort; Mic/audio
  • 1.3MP HD webcam
  • 0.9 (H) x 13.19 (W) x 9.21 (D) inches; starting at 4.36 pounds
  • Priced from $999

By comparison, a 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,199 and includes a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory, 500GB (5400RPM) HDD, and Intel HD Graphics 3000. There's no optical drive or USB 3.0 support, although MacBook Pro laptops do come with Thunderbolt.

The XPS 14z will be available in the U.S. starting November 1, 2011.

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