The Dell Inspiron 11z is a thin and light laptop with an 11.6 inch high resolution display and an Intel Consumer Ultra Low Voltage processor. Dell has been selling the 11z for a few months, but only recently started offering models with Windows 7 and dual core processors. Dell was kind enough to send me a demo unit to review, and you can check out my unboxing and first impressions video after the break.
The model I’m reviewing has a 1.3GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100 processor and integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics. This is the first laptop I’m reviewing with this CPU, so Ill be curious to see how it compares with the SU2300 and SU7300 processors used in similar computers from companies including Acer, Asus, and Lenovo.
The laptop also has a 6 cell battery, 2GB of RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. It has a keyboard that appears to be pretty much full size, and a touchpad that reminds me an awful lot of the one on the Dell Inspiron Mini 10v thanks to its integrated left and right buttons. I wasn’t a big fan of the touchpad on that model, but we’ll see if it works any better on the Inspiron 11z.
The 6 cell battery should help the Inspiron 11z to get respectable battery life. But it juts out of the bottom in a way that almost doubles the height of the notebook in the back. That means the keyboard is tilted at a rather unusual angle.
More details soon. In the meantime, you can find my unboxing video below. Note that while this model runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, the Windows label on the computer says Windows Vista Home Premium, which confused me at first. I’ll chalk this up to the fact that I received a review unit, not a retail version.