Introducing the XPS 14z: Amazingly Thin, Incredibly Powerful


Back in May, we introduced everyone to the XPS 15z, our first step into a new generation of thin and powerful laptops from Dell. It’s been nearly six months since our launch of the XPS z line, and while the XPS 15z has garnered a lot of great recognition from sites like PC MagazineCNET, and Engadget, our focus since then has been on figuring out how to take the next step and make them even better. During that time, our XPS design team was working diligently to learn from these reviews. They also listened to a lot of great feedback from our customers to make the newest member of our XPS family, the XPS 14z, the best that it can be.

Today, we are proud to introduce the new XPS 14z for customers in the United States. It will be available in select geographies worldwide starting November 15.The XPS 14z is the latest member of Dell’s portfolio of thin-and-powerful solutions, and the second such solution in the XPS family, joining the successful XPS 15z laptop. Dell’s thin-and-powerful solutions now include the Inspiron 14z laptop, and the Inspiron One all-in-one computer that are ideal solutions for parents and students. We recently released Vostro V131 laptop for small businesses as well. All solutions are designed to deliver impressive performance in beautiful packages. 

Here’s an overview of the XPS 14z with Sam Burd. This video is viewable to customers in the United States and Canada: 

In terms of hardware, the XPS 14z offers very similar configurations compared to the XPS 15z. The XPS 14z features the latest standard voltage second-gen Core i5 and i7 processors paired with an NVIDIA GT 520M 1GB dedicated video card. In addition, the 14z is equipped with up to 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory and a 7200RPM hard drive comes standard as well (available in 500GB or 750GB options).  For those who want an extra boost of speed and data security, we are also offering the option for a 256GB SSD in your XPS 14z as well.

Just like the 15z, the XPS 14z showcases tremendous attention to detail in materials, quality, and craftsmanship. In my experience using the laptop for the past few days, the anodized aluminum body has felt absolutely solid without signs of body flex or squeaky noises. The matte finish on the outside does a great job to stay clean of any fingerprints and looks pretty slick too. In my opinion, I haven’t seen a Dell laptop as attractive and appealing in a long time. The XPS 14z resonates many of the design elements that made laptops like the XPS M1330 or Adamo really stand out with our customers.

As Dell continues to move towards thinner and lighter laptops, we’ve made a number of size and form improvements compared to the 15z. The XPS 14z is 0.9 inches (23mm) thin and weighs in at 4.36 lbs. While the 14z is only slightly thinner than its big brother, the real size difference becomes apparent when you look at the overall width of the two laptops. The XPS 14z features a gorgeous 14-inch display at a 1366×768 resolution.  In order to pack that 14-inch panel into a 13.1-inch frame, the XPS design team designed the screen with an astonishingly thin bezel. You may have to take a look at the picture below to really appreciate the amazing engineering used in showcasing the 14-inch display.

At 13.1 inches in width and 9.2-inches in depth, the 14z has a conveniently small footprint. I enjoyed how easy the 14z was to use on the move throughout the work day. The entire system felt rock solid as I carried it around and it even slid into my laptop bag easily right next to my 14-inch work system. And, at just over 4-lbs, I hardly even noticed the additional bulk or weight in my bag. The track pad on the 14z is spacious and comfortable. Rather than scaling it down proportionally, the 14z is equipped with the same roomy track pad that I enjoyed using in the larger 15z. In playing around with the multi-input gestures of the track pad; four-finger swipes, scrolls, and pokes all registered quickly, and pretty consistently.

XPS 15z (left) and the new XPS 14z (right).

Despite its small size, there are plenty of inputs and ports available on the 14z. Across the sides of the system you will find a slot-load 8X DVD +/- RW drive, (1) HDMI 1.4 out port, (1) Mini DisplayPort, (1) USB 3.0 port, (1) USB 2.0 port, a 7-in-1 media card reader, and audio jacks for microphone and headphone inputs as well. In this model, most of the ports mentioned above have been placed in a row at the rear of the laptop. With the 15z, some customers wondered about this port arrangement, and whether or not there is enough room for multiple devices and connections. After a quick test, I can safely confirm that every random plug I had available to me fit in just fine all at once. Granted, there may be some of you out there with rather creative flash drives or broad HDMI cables that may or may not run into some issues.

The final challenge within the XPS 14z was to pair the level performance and portability with strong battery life. As laptop designs continue to shift towards thinner and smaller systems, battery size and capacity become a balancing act. On the 14z, our engineers designed an 8-cell battery that provides ample power and performance without compromising the 0.9-inch size. Based on our own testing using MobileMark 2007, the Core i7 configuration with the dedicated graphics card and 7200RPM disk drive lasts up to 6 hours, 42 minutes on a full charge. Those with optional SSD drive can get more than 7 hours on a full charge as well. This is great for some users who always seem to be on the go. With the new XPS 14z, you can get great looking laptop that is more than capable of tackling whatever tasks you face throughout your day. More importantly though, all that power comes in a package that is portable, durable, and can last throughout your workday.

Here’s a quick walkthrough of the key features of the XPS 14z:

The XPS 14z will be available on Nov. 1 in the United States and Canada, and in select retail stores nationwide.The 14z starts at $999 for the Core i5 configuration and $1299 for the more powerful, Core i7 setup. You can read more details about this system or and sign up to receive further updates on the XPS 14z product page. If you want to check out one the XPS 14z laptops in person, be sure to visit one of our 38 Dell locations coming to a mall near you this winter. If you have any comments or questions on this system, we would love to read them in the comment section below!

Update:  The XPS 14z is now available for customers in the United States and Canada to order. Click on the XPS 14z product page to take a look at pricing and configurations.

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29 thoughts on “Introducing the XPS 14z: Amazingly Thin, Incredibly Powerful

  1. @kissfan003 and @qwe88: I checked with our XPS product team… here's what they shared:

    The XPS 14z was designed to deliver a 14-inch laptop in the dimensions of a 13-inch.  Including a slim-bezel panel is a big part of enabling that design goal.  There are a limited number of choices for these 14” panels. One of the things Dell is exploring with our component vendors is enabling higher resolution panels in slim-bezel designs for future notebooks.

  2. @Lionel – Not shooting the messenger 🙂  –  Thanks for the reply but, Samsung is getting ready to ship their 14 in ultrabook with a 1600×900 display.  Lenovo, and Apple are eating your market share too and they offer higher res screens in their higher end laptops. Heck, the Macbook Air 13 has a better screen @ 1440×900.  I would rather buy a Dell but they refuse to bring products to market that the people looking to spend $1000.00 to $1500.00 want to buy.  The only thing you have brought is the 14 inch Alienware.  I own one and love it, but I need something more portable.  Please quit letting the other guy eat your lunch (and market share) and bring something that we want to buy, not something that some are willing to settle for.

  3. @WagD and @qwe88:  We will only offer the 1366×768 display with the XPS 14z and don’t have plans to offer a higher resolution panel.  The thin bezel design was key in getting a 14” display in a 13” form factor.

    If resolution is a key criteria, Dell does offer several other bigger XPS and Alienware laptops with 1080P display options, like Anandtech mentioned in the review.

  4. @kissfan03: Thanks for being a loyal Dell customer.. and hey, I appreciate the passion on the topic. Understand your points. If you can go bigger than a 14" laptop, the display on the XPS 15z is pristine.

  5. @Lionel

    There are rumors that Dell has assigned ODM Wistron to produce a 14in ultrabook that will be presented at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 (CES 2012) in January 2012 (see f.e. [among others] Could it be that this is the future notebook you are mentioning in your answer and that for some customers looking for an 14inch high resolution Dell it could be worthwhile to wait another three months? Could you perhaps comment on these rumors and the specs of this ultrabook?

  6. Lionel Menchaca, Chief Blogger,

    I would appreciate if you can actually answer the question that was asked.

    Like "WagD" said in the previous post, what are you really saying in your answer?

    I did not ask the question about future notebooks, I am only interested in XPS 14z,

    whether you are going to have 1080p option or not.

    I have been waiting for this Laptop to come out for months and months,

    and what Dell has released is a clear disappointment.

    You downgraded the screen and NVIDIA card from the 15z laptop.

    I do not understand Dell's strategy, first you ask users to post the ideas in the IdeaStorm site (which I did)

    then you do something completely different when you release the product.

    Take some time and read the XPS 14z reviews, they all complain about the screen and the lack of better resolution.

    Can you please be more specific and try to answer the question that I already asked, otherwise if you do not know, let us know, so I can move on and buy different Laptop.

  7. I was interested in the 14z with i7 and possibly 256GB SSD but it doesn't appear to be available on the website.

    Is this going to be available later?

  8. @David,

    Will the versions released on Nov 1 also have Discreet graphics as is indicated in the video?


  9. I had the XPS 15 z for a couple of weeks before I returned it during the summer. I suspect that the 14z is as nice. The 15z was fast, thin, great screen, amazing battery life (able to work all day with out plugging in) and looked beautiful. So why did I return it? The trackpad was finicky, the speakers were tinny, and i could not get used to the keyboard layout. The keys themselves had excellent tactile feel. It was simply the layout that bothered me (no embedded number pad, pressing shift to access page down/up and home/end). In addition, I found the front edge did not sit comfortably on my palms (probably because I have poorer hand posture when typing….), the function key labels were too small to see well, and the fan noise was a tad excessive at times when plugged in. I ended up getting a Latitude e5420 instead – not as pretty as the xps 15z, but more functional for my style of keyboard entry. For the 15z I think I would rather see the keyboard real estate used to house a number pad on the right hand side rather than the speaker grills. I know not everyone will agree. On the 14z I would love to see a number lock to enable an embedded number pad as the Latitude e5420 has.

    Anyways, these comments are not to knock this new line of XPS 15z and 14z. Rather, they are offered in the hopes that future models might incorporate some of these suggestions. Because the XPS 15z and 14z are beautiful laptops and for ultrathin, if not utralight, I do like the fact that Dell has chosen to include an optical drive as opposed to other ultrathins that have foregone the optical drive in favour of producing an ultralight laptop.

  10. @David,

    Are you able to tell me what i7 processor model will be in the 14z? I believe the 15z has the 2620 and I am hoping the 14z has the 2670 in it..

    I'm torn between the 15z because I can get 1080 resolution, but the 14z would be lighter, but only has 768 resolution for height. But if it has the newer model i7, then that will override and I would get the 14z.

    If it has the same processor, I don't know what to do.


  11. @WagD: Can't comment on speculation regarding futue product plans. Will work to keep folks informed on official product stuff here on Direct2Dell.

    @aras1: Thanks for the feedback … will share it with our product teams. And also thnks for sticking with another Dell option. I hope the Latitude E5420 will serve you well for years to come.

  12. @asawyer13

    At launch, we will be offering a discreet graphics option for both i5 and i7 configurations. As far as the specific release of i7 in the 14z, it looks like the launch configurations will feature the i5-2430M and i7-2640M. I am fairly certain that we will be giving the 14z a small processor bump in the spring, however I'm unsure as to what those will be.

    You can definitely check back to this post to read about any updates we make. I appreciate your questions!

  13. @Lionel Menchaca, Chief Blogger, thanks for the honest answer (finally) on the previous page

    regarding the resolution (1366×768) that nobody likes. I have to say, it is a disappointment

    to hear that you will not offer better resolution as an option.

    Does that mean you will also stick with NVIDIA 520 and not offer 525 in the future?

    @asawyer13, I am afraid you may be disappointed once you spend $1600 (with 256GB SSD)

    and realize what screen you got.

    Read this review and the comments below the review:…/dell-xps-14z-now-available

    What really caught my eyes is that the reviewer said that this laptop has "lowest contrast ratios we've measured in the past two years."


    Morning everyone! The XPS 14z is now live and available on this Dell page,, for our US and Canadian customers. Feel free to leave your questions in the comments!


    i'm working to get you an answer on that asap!

  15. @qwe88: Correct. The XPS 14z will have the NVIDIA 520 GPU… don't believe there are future plans to offer the 525 or other GPU.

    Regarding honesty, I view it as part of my job… even if that answer is not going to be popular. I can assure you that our product teams are aware of the feedback you and others are sharing.

  16. @Lionel Menchaca, Chief Blogger, thanks again.

    If I am working on that product team I would be very concern what the reviews

    are saying about the screen resolution for this otherwise fantastic laptop.

    Having said that, shouldn't they explore possible option of upgrading it, or even start thinking

    about it. But, you already said they do not have plans to offer better resolution in the future.

    Don't mind me pushing for that. I am just very disappointed, as I said I waited for this to come

    out for months, and I even posted ideas at IdeaStorm, and now when I am ready to buy it, this screen resolution is stopping me. I would definitely be willing to pay more for better screen.

  17. @Lionel Menchaca, Chief Blogger,

    I have just looked the Dell's website for XPS 14z…/pd.aspx

    and found some comments (reviews) and complains about

    the screen and low resolution, of course.

    Last year when Dell released XPS 14, I bought one, and then realized that screen has

    terrible resolution (1366X768). Then I found thread where people who bought this

    Laptop were changing the screen themselves to the one with better resolution. Here is one link:…/539476-official-swapping-xps-14-l401x-screen-thread.html

    If consumers can do something like that, why Dell cannot offer better screen for this Laptop?

    Also, the reviewers still complain about wireless connection.

    Well, the same problem exists for XPS 15z, and it looks like it has not been fixed yet, even for XPS 14z.

    Here is the link for that problem:…/19883908.aspx

    Can you give us an update on that, when is it going to be completely fixed for XPS 14z.

    P.S. When I write comments, it looks perfectly fine to me, but when I post it, it looks all spaced out. Not sure why it is doing that.

  18. @qwe88: Sorry for the delay in responding. The screen situation is a bit more complicated. The thin bezel design was a priority for the XPS 14z. That design was a big reason we can fit a 14"display in a laptop that's about the same as other 13" laptops. Thin bezel displays like it are specialized parts that aren't readily available off the shelf.

    We have updated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers that fix the XPS 14z and 15z connectivity issues. Both of those systems use the same combo card (both 802.11n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth). Unfortunately, those drivers aren't available on at the moment… but I expect that they will be posted again soon.

    I'll update this comment with links to the updated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers when they are back online.

  19. Here's a funny bit! Dell's website gives the following dimensions for the XPS 14z:

    0.9" (23 mm) x 13.9" (335 mm) x 9.21" (234 mm)

    However, 335mm=13.2"

    I just contacted Dell chat and asked them which was right, and they said to go with the inches dimensions (obviously it was Dell USA)… but most likely whoever measured it was European. The correct width is 335mm, or 13.2", and not 13.9"

  20. I brought this laptop directly from DELL. I am totally dissatisfied with this Laptop. I owned couple of Inspiron, XPS15 and this new XPS 14z.  Let me explain pros and cons of this laptop.


    1. Good looking laptop dell ever made. (At last Dell find a good laptop designer)

    2. Aluminum body

    3. Can be used in lap (not generating too much heat like dell’s all other laptop)

    4. i5 & i7 processors


    1. Bad screen quality: Before I order I didn’t check the color quality in this laptop, because I trusted dell that they will deliver the best. In a laptop we always look at the display to watch/work/play. If the quality of display is poor then laptop is useless irrespective of its style. This laptop has WLED and lowest quality display dell has.


    See the color Gamut.. it is just 45% That means this one can’t represent good picture at all. This display is not anti glare.

    They could have use RGB LED and I expected 95% Color Gamut as my XPS15 do..

    Without a good display this laptop will fail. I am not talking about resolution… The quality of display.. this display can’t be used for multimedia or graphic design.

    2. No Blu-Ray drive

    3. Only 2 USB slots.. 1 USB2 & 1 USB3.

    4. Poor webcam quality compared to previous generation XPS

    5. Don’t have high-resolution LCD. World is going towards retina display dell still hangs around 720p.. what a shame???

    6. Dell downgraded support to mail in service.. You need to pay for basic support. I don’t know why dell is doing this…

    7. Not able to configure the laptop.. Or don’t have wide choice in the selection menu.

    8. No windows professional/ultimate to choose…

    9. So many preinstalled junk software in this laptop

    10. Not tuned for performance..

    11. User can’t replace battery.

    My verdict:.. I won’t recommend this laptop to anyone. If you don’t worry about size XPS15 is the best for graphics and performance.. but you can’t use it in your lap…

    Other thoughts: Hope dell will include good quality display, Blu-ray, good webcam,… in their next xps models:

  21. @satheerthan: Thanks for taking the time to leave a detailed comment. Sorry that the resolution of the display is a disappointment. We tried to be upfront in the blog post about the resolution. The reality is that we were limited in terms of an edge-to-edge display. That is a key feature of the XPS 14z (and the XPS 13 we just introduced at CES), and there aren't many options for high-resolution panels with the edge-to-edge display.

    Not sure how long you've had the system, but if you want to see what options are available, you can send us an e-mail us at here with your service tag or order number.

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