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Dell XPS 15z  (Source: Dell)
XPS 15z is thicker than 15-inch MacBook Pro

Dell pulled the wraps off a new notebook officially today called the XPS 15z. This machine is aimed right at the Apple MacBook Air and is going after the users wanting high style and a very thin profile in their notebook. The 15z features GeForce graphics and a slot-loading optical drive. An optical drive is something that some machines give up in an effort to be thin.

The XPS 15z notebook starts at $999 and can be ordered today. The notebook has Core i5 and Core i7 processors from the second generation of the Core line available. The computer weighs in at 5.54 pounds and is under an inch thick. Dell claims the 15z is the thinnest 15-inch PC on the planet -- it has a resolution of 1366 x 768 standard with a 1920 x 1080 resolution screen as an option. 

The notebook can be had with up to 8GB of RAM and uses the Intel HM67 chipset. Two GPUs are offered on the 15z with the GeForce GT 525M with Optimus technology and 1GB of RAM -- the same GPU is also offered with 2GB of RAM. Power comes from an 8-cell 64WHr polymer battery.

The notebook has a 1.3MP HD resolution webcam with digital array mic for video chat and recording. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/n is integrated along with Bluetooth 3.0 and Intel Wireless Display tech. The XPS 15z has HDMI 1.4, Mini DisplayPort, and Ethernet ports. It has three USB 3.0 ports and an eSATA port. A 9-in-1 memory card reader is integrated as well. The chiclet keyboard is backlit and spill resistant. The trackpad supports multi-touch with gestures.

The dimensions of the notebook are 0.97" x 15.15" x 10.25".

Engadget got hands on the new XPS 15z for a review. The first thing Engadget reports is that the 15z is actually a bit thicker than the 15-inch MacBook Pro (remember Dell said thinnest PC). Engadget thinks the machine is decent enough and will win some shoppers, but it's not a game changer and corners were cut to get the low price.

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Not until they give us a 16:10 screen...
By Pneumothorax on 5/24/2011 12:04:45 PM , Rating: 2
This notebook is a non-starter for me:
1. Weaker GPU than the higher end 15" MBP
2. no 16:10 matte screen option - worst deal breaker for me
I work a lot with excel spreadsheets on my 15 MBP and the 16:10 is superior to a 16:9 anyway you slice it.

By Flunk on 5/24/2011 12:20:54 PM , Rating: 3
This isn't a MacBook Pro competitor. It's starting at $999 the 15" MacBook Pro starts at $1,799.00.

This is for people who want a "almost as good as" type of machine. As a bargain proposition it looks ok, although the higher-end configs make less and less sense.

RE: Not until they give us a 16:10 screen...
By Reclaimer77 on 5/24/2011 12:44:05 PM , Rating: 2
16:10 screens are being phased out everywhere, not just laptops. The panel industry has decided 1080p is enough for everyone.

I would be surprised if you can still find 16:10 in a few years. They are almost impossible to find today in LCD monitors.

By jiffylube1000 on 5/25/2011 10:23:55 AM , Rating: 2
16:9 is the standard for HDTV's but not for high end LCD's. While 16:10 LCD's are rare in the bargain bin $100-250 LCD market, high end screens like the Dell U2410, U3011 and HP ZR30W are still 16:10.


For laptops, it's a whole other ballgame too. 16:10 screens have 5.25% more viewing area at any given size than 16:9 screens. Even a 15.4" 16:10 screen has 2.6% more viewing area than a 15.6" 16:9 screen.

Granted, this isn't a massive difference, but the loss in vertical resolution when going from a 1280x800 or especially 1440x900 screen to 1366x768 is noticeable.

With that said, 1600x900 and 1920x1080 resolution laptops I find to be fantastic; it's just the pitiful 1366x768 resolution I can't stand.

RE: Not until they give us a 16:10 screen...
By FITCamaro on 5/24/2011 12:54:51 PM , Rating: 2
So you'd rather have 30 more pixels horizontally than 240 more pixels vertically?

By Aikouka on 5/24/2011 1:33:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm assuming that you're referring to WSXGA+ (1680x1050), but it sounds like you've mixed up some numbers as it's smaller in every dimension than 1920x1080. However, I'm assuming that he's referring to WUXGA (1920x1200), which has an extra 120 vertical lines.

By jiffylube1000 on 5/25/2011 10:15:59 AM , Rating: 2
to Pneumothorax:

-The Dell's GT525 is right in the middle in terms of performance between the 15" "low" end and "high end" GPU's - it's about 50% faster than the 6490M in the $1800 MBP and about 50% slower than the 6750M in the $2200 MBP. For the money (about $1000), Dell's GPU is fantastic!

-No 16:10 option does suck I agree; 16x9 is weak for small notebook. However, I could also make the counterargument that the 1920x1080 screen on the 15z will give you a lot more useable space than the 1440x900 MBP 15.

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