Dell XPS 14 [Laptop Preview]

clip_image002Manufacturers: Dell

Class: Dell XPS

Model: XPS 14 Laptop

Price: Rs.75,000 approx

Specs Overview:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 460M (2.53GHz)
  • Graphics card: 1GB NVIDIA GT420M GeForce
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 640 GB, 7200 RPM
  • Battery: 6 cell, 5 hours 23 Minutes max
  • Display: 14” (1366 x 768)
  • DVD-ROM: 16x R/RW with Blue Ray Disc burner
  • Webcam: 2.0 MP Integrated HD Webcam
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: Internal Bluetooth 3.0

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Great Appearance:

This laptop beats many others in the same range with its beautiful appearance. It has volume, play/pause, rewind, Bluetooth, wifi and some other functions that offer single touch activation. Unlike its HP competitors, it will not get your finger prints all over it self and would remain tidy.

Gaming and Designing apps:

If you aim to play games requiring high end systems, this is certainly the system for you. With its 1GB NVIDIA card, you can play almost any game released till date. Moreover 1GB card is only in the base configuration, if you choose to customize the laptop yourself, you can also add a 2GB card.

It would also work great with graphics designing apps that require high graphics processing capabilities.

Pre-Installed Software:

The preinstalled software include the McAfee Anti Virus (30 day trial) and Dell’s own Data Safe online backup software (12 months) only. However, it will also offer you to buy some more software for your laptop for less than the market price. Dell has also stopped giving the win-7 recovery Discs and you will have to make them yourself.

Back Lit Keyboard:

One of the most impressive features of the laptop is its backlit keyboard. In a country like Pakistan, where electricity is a problem, many time we try to type in the dark and have to adjust the screen so we can get some light on the keyboard too. But in this model there is an option to light up the keyboard by built in LEDs. This is very useful when typing in the dark.

Small Speakers, Great Sound;

The speakers are somewhat small and occupy less area than those of HP or ACER laptops but their sound is better than most of their competitors. The Speakers are not Dell manufactured but of JBL, which is reputed to having one of the good speakers in the market.

Grainy Display:

Although the display is fine and easily usable but it is certainly not an improvement over the previous models. By just putting a drop of water on the display you will be able to see the small darks spots between the pixels and the display would appear washed. However, this problem is not your to worry about if you keep your display clean and tidy.

Bad Design:

Although the looks of the laptop are appreciative, the design is not. The most weird thing about the design is that Dell has put Hard Disk activity and Battery Charge LED indicator to the back of the display. Most of the times when the laptop is a little sluggish, users like to take a quick peek at the LED indicator. Here this isn’t possible because you will have to tilt the display every time you want to see the LED indicator. Same goes for the battery indicator too.

A Load to Carry:

This system is a little heavy to carry around with you. With the standard 6 cell battery it weighs about 2.43Kg. If you have a 9 cell battery, it would be even heavy weighing some 2.8Kg. A laptop this heavy is a little difficult to carry around if you are constantly on the move.

Official Rating: 4.5/5

Underline:

It is a good system for gaming as well as office applications but if you have the money, upgrade the processor and graphics card to make it the best.


  • ali

    Guys this is not right. on the original dell site it says that this laptop has 500 GB of HDD and a normal CD drive. It does not have a 640Gb HDD or a BluRay drive on the original website but is stated above. although it is good if it has it since RS 75000= $875

    • Saad

      Actually all laptops come in different configurations, there is essential, security and i think 3 more. you must have seen the different configuration.

      • Ali

        I know u can add more hard disk space and bluray drive but then the price should be more than $1000

        • Saad

          having the super config with everything will cost u $1200.

          • ali

            thats right. but if the above stated specs are only for about RS 75000 then i am buying this laptop. although i dont really require all that hard disk space and that bluray drive will also be useless. How is it cheap here in pakistan? In america it is $900 without the bluray drive and 640GB HDD.

            • ali

              It should be RS 100,000 in pakistan with the Bluray drive

  • salman

    very good specifications. awesome graphics card. battery back up looks good.
    it will be my next purchase after grabbing some money : )

  • Jansher

    Asslam-u-Alikum! I think these specs are not right either the price. Plz kindly confirm it.

    • Saad

      I, myself, bought this model a few months ago for 79200.

      • Jansher

        Do it had all the specs including blu ray burner mentioned above and from where u bought it?

        • Saad

          blu ray burner was not there but the rest was same except it had 1 additional software. i brought it from Doha.

        • Saad

          but i think blu ray burner is not such a big thing for pakistan cz normally no one uses blu ray burners or disks at all. and i also got a mouse and headphones but they were not of Dell.

  • Saad malik

    is this model available in 15″ too? if yes then what is its current ongoing price?

    • Saad

      no, this laptop will not be available in 15″ with exactly these specs. however there is an XPS 15 which is very little different from this one here.

  • ali

    in which shops is this laptop available in karachi. so that i can conform the specs and price. i also wannna buy this cool laptop

    • Saad

      the laptop can be found on prices.pk, another thing is that you can have galaxy computers karachi import it for you. I would recommend that you import if you are a serious buyer. And do see what configuration they are offering before asking the price.

      • Shahid

        i call galaxy computers they said they don’t import on order Is there any other way to purchase this laptop

  • story song

    Dell is one of the famous brands. One of the advantages of Dell is stable and not easily damaged. thanks for giving information

  • Great review. This Laptop will be very fast and efficient. Dell is the no1 brand in Laptops.

  • Uni

    Hey

    Is this international warranty ??

    • Saad

      it depends from where do you buy it.

  • danyal hasnain

    plz tell my the shop where i can buy this model at this price

    • Saad

      you can ask galaxy computers karachi for it. But the 100% same config might not be available because its custom config.

  • danyal hasnain

    i want to know any shop in rawalpindi/Islamabad from where i can buy this?

    • Saad

      U can check for them in shops at saddar in rawalpindi and blue area isb.

  • shafqat shaukat

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  • Shahid

    Now dell xps 15 is available at Compusol
    Sasi Arcade Karachi