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Dell Releases Two Powerful New 14” and 15” Laptops And They Look Good edit
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 16:03

Tags: advisor technology | laptops

Dell today started selling the XPS 14 and XPS 15, following up on its release of a 13” version in March of the XPS 13, and these two new models released today are likely to generate praise. For advisors looking for a Windows laptop that can replace a desktop, either of these new machines are a good candidate.

 

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An XPS 14 with a 3.0 GHz Intel i7-3517U quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB solid state hard drive, 64-bit Windows 7 and 64-bit Office Professional costs $2,800 — and that includes a four-year service plan.

 

About 18 months ago, when I purchased my Sony Vaio Z, which is a pound or two lighter and has a 13.3” screen and a 256GB solid state drive, it cost $3,000 with a three-year service plan. In comparison, the Dell XPS 14, provides a solid state drive twice the size, a faster processor, and an extra year on the warranty.

 

The XPS 14 represents the first of the desktop-replacement laptops as powerful and portable as the Sony Vaio Z.

 

In an incredibly thorough review of the XPS 13 in March, Sean Hollister on The Verge said that new Dell model did a lot of things right, but criticized the machine for three things:  display, somewhat disappointing battery life, and a lack of ports or adapters. The XPS 14 appears to address all three of these issues.  The XPS 14 has two USB ports and an SD card slot, claims up to 11 hours of battery life, and includes a 1920 by 1080 display.  

  

The design of the XPS models is Mac-like. Dell copied the tear-drop shape and curves of the MacBook Air. Less than an inch thick, it sports Gorilla Glass, and a 1GB NVIDIA graphics adapter.

 

I priced a roughly equivalent model from Z Series Sony and it costs $900 more than the Dell XPS 14.

 

Looks like the XPS 15, which offers up to 16GB of RAM, is also a contender. In fact, if you need a computer for video editing, the XPS 15 is a better option than the XPS 14 because it can be configured with 2GB video adapter and twice the RAM of the XPS 14. Unfortunately it does not have a solid state hard drive.

Comments (4)

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JakePlanner
Kudos for articles like this. Advisors need to be sure to get SSD Solid State
Hard Drives, which are far less likely to crash and burn. We appreciate any and all
detail and recommendations you can provide.
JakePlanner , June 27, 2012
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GTaylor523
I too am a big believer in SSD hard drives I have them in my laptop Added to my high end dell work station( intel 250) replaced my raid drive with 7 SSD on my server They are fast quiet and reliable
GT
a guest , June 27, 2012
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agluck
I've been buying Sony Vaio Z laptops with SSDs for about five years. I bought three in five years. One SSD failed. Just want to be clear that stuff breaks. Getting a replacement was a nightmare because of Sony's bureaucracy. But SSDs are great, expensive but worth every penny. Advisors should not dicker with 256GB. Get 512GB.
agluck , June 28, 2012
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JohnLuciano
Have been using Sony laptops for about 6 years -- Andy turned me on to the Vaio while I worked at API. Have a 2 yr old VGN-SR which I still use for work, but after two harddrive failures I decided to look into Dell. The attraction for me was their service plans -- No shipping computers across the country and waiting 3 weeks for it to return........ I decided on the Dell XPS 14z this past January. 2.8 GHz i7 processor with boost; 8GB DDR3; 256GB SSD (does the job for me); 2 yr onsite service plan; etc.... Absolutely love this XPS computer.
a guest , June 29, 2012

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