The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook has a classy industrial design. It’s definitely worth investing in – especially if you’re looking for a notebook with a long battery life. It performs decently for its size. Its long battery life tops those of many other notebooks in its class.
The notebook is less than 1 inch thick. It’s slim, yet packed with plenty of hard ware. The pewter-colored lid contrasts with the black coating on the palm rest and black silicon base. The silicon base helps to absorb some of the heat generated during usage. Special gorilla glass covers the display, contributing to the computer’s classy appearance. The gorilla glass also contributes to the weight of the model, but just by a small amount.
When you lift the lid, you will immediately see a spacious, backlit keyboard. The keys are flat and firm. The way the keys are spaced makes it easy for your fingers to travel along the keyboard. The touchpad is clickable and very responsive.
The minimum specs for the Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook include the following:
· Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 (3M cache – up to 2.6 GHz)
· Memory: 4 GB DDR3
· Graphics: Intel HD 4000
· 512 GB Solid Slate hard drive
· Display: 14 inch HD TrueLife Infinity
· Wi-Fi: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 802.11 a/g/n with Bluetooth
If these specs aren’t enough for you, you can upgrade some of them. The processor can be upgraded to Intel Core i7 (4 M cache – 3.0 GHz). If 4 GB of memory isn’t enough, you can go with 8 GB. Need extra graphics so that you can do a little bit of gaming? You can add a NVIDIA GeForce GT with 1 GB VRAM to your order.
Waves MaxxAudio technology delivers amazing audio through the two built-in 2-watt speakers. The high definition webcam captures smooth video for clips and Skype calls. An added bonus is that the battery life can last up to 7 hours, depending on the settings.
The XPS 14 sure offers a good amount of connectivity options. On the left edge, you will find an HDMI port, gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and 2 USB 3.0 ports. The DisplayPort can be used for monitor connections. On the right edge of the notebook you will find a headphone/microphone port, a place for a security cable, and an SD/MMC card reader.
Dell doesn’t add nearly as much preinstalled software on its laptops as other brands. This is a good thing, since you probably wouldn’t want a bunch of stuff preloaded on your new laptop anyway. The stuff that is preloaded includes Skype, Adobe Reader X, WebCam Central, Office Starter, and a few other useful programs.
The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook wins points for styling, support for Intel Core i7 power, and long battery life. For these features alone, this notebook is well-worth its price.