Dell Studio 14z Review

The 14z is Dell’s smallest machine in its Studio laptop series.  Little as it may be, the Dell Studio 14z remains as impressive as its bigger siblings.  The 14z boasts features and specs like any other laptop in the Dell Studio laptop series.

Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor is behind the power of Dell’s Studio laptops, which include the 14z as well.  With this processing power, the Dell Studio 14z is as competitive as any of its brothers.  It is backed by up to 5 GB of RAM, already a lot for a 14-inch thinking machine.  This amount of memory assures users of hitch-less performance when the machine needs to run memory-battered applications and programs.

The Dell Studio 14z, however, does not have a dedicated graphics memory, but is instead installed with the NVidia GeForce 9400M, which depends on the RAM for power.  But the 14z has lots of RAM in its disposal; so rendering graphics using this chipset won’t be an issue.

In terms of disk space, any user would find the Dell Studio 14z a good storage for a huge amount files.  A user can install up to 500 GB of disk space into the 14z, allowing a large cache of digital files to be stored.

The 14z comes with two sets of HD display resolutions — 720p and 900p.  While falling short of the 1080p need for true HD displays, the 720p and 900p resolution are good enough to handle detailed graphics like photos and videos.

Aside from the enhanced video, the Dell Studio 14z is also loaded with an SRS stereo speaker system rather than a high definition audio.

Specifications

AVAILABLE OPTIONS (From Dell’s Website)
CPU Up to Intel®  Core™2 Duo Processors
RAM Up to 5GB 1067MHz DDR3 SDRAM2.
Screen size 14.0″ High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLifeTM14.0″ High Definition+ (900p) LED Display with TrueLifeTM  (optional)
Operating system Genuine Windows®  Home Premium 64-BitRecommended Upgrade: Vostro 1520 with Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 32-Bit
Graphics NVIDIA®  GeForce®  9400M chipset

Pros

With a processor like Intel’s Core 2 Duo chips running the 14z, supported by a large army of RAM, this laptop could dish out a scintillating performance even for a small laptop.  Power and memory hungry applications are certainly a cruise for the 14z.

Cons

While not really a weakness, the installed NVIDIA GeForce 9400M chipset might otherwise pose a threat to 14z, as this is not a dedicated graphics card.  Having one would certainly be an advantage.

Conclusion

With a powerful processor at its helm, the Dell Studio 14z is perfect for those who needs a thinking machine that could do most computing tasks.  Although one can edit and render graphics with the 14z with the GeForce 9400M chipset, it would have been better if this laptop has its own dedicated video card. This model is priced from $749 to $949.

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