Dell XPS 15z

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 June, 2011, 12:00am


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If you are looking for a Macbook-type device but don't really want to enter the Mac world, then Dell has this alternative for you.

The XPS 15z offers a similar look and feel, with its compact aluminium and mag-alloy casing and rounded corners, together with a sleek, back-lit keyboard and black-framed display - but it runs Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.

On the inside, the XPS 15z comes with either Intel's Core i5 (2.3GHz/3MB cache) or Core i7 (2.7GHz/4MB cache) processor, options for 4GB or 8GB of DDR3V memory running at a whopping 1,333MHz, and either a 500GB or 750GB hard disk drive.

Those impressive specs are backed up by a 15.6-inch full HD (1920x1080 pixels) WLED display and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 525M graphics chip with either 1GB or 2GB of graphics memory. What's really cool is that the Nvidia chip comes with its 3DTV Play technology, which means the XPS 15z will now play 3D movies, as well as 3D games.

Pretty much everything else you'd expect from a full-featured laptop is available with the XPS 15z, including a built-in slot-load DVD+/-RW drive, fixed and wireless broadband networking, and 1.3-megapixel webcam. You also get an eight-cell battery that promises up to eight hours of work time.

The Dell XPS 15z is available from Dell's online shop for HK$10,999 for the basic configuration and HK$14,999 with the high-end parts.

Pros: Macbook lookalike, HD display, 3D-ready graphics chip, long battery life

Cons: no SSD (solid state drive) option, no 3G option