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.
As I understand it, the SU4100 processor is essentially an SU7300 with 1MB of L2 cache disabled, so you probably have seen the processor before, sort of.
I think the 11.6″ screen size is pretty nice, you can get a full size keyboard and the screen size isn’t cramped or squity. I used a Sony TX for awhile. I currently have a Fujitsu P1620, which does have a cramped keyboard and the screen resolution is a little on the high side for some things, but is about a pound lighter than the Sony TX.
I have the 11z version with 3 cell battery and celeron. With the small battery, the form is slim and and really nice. I generally like the 11z, especially the great full size keyboard. The one drawback, and it is serious, is the AWFUL touchpad. The integrated buttons are terrible.
I was just at the HP site and you can buy a dm3t with the same specs except a 13″ screen for $100 LESS. And, it only weights a 1 lb more. Okay not a great trade off for the weight-conscious…but it just shows if you’re willing to add a pound you get CULV and 4500MHD with more bells-n-whistles for less. Also, the dm3t doesn’t have a battery the size a VW Microbus!
This is CULV with 4500MHD. If you want an apple to apple comparison there’s always the ACER 1810.
They are DRUNK… I think as sent to you the cost for that is $714 and that is with the discount the MSRP from Dell is $852! If you were to fix it so that the Windows 7 would and video card had enough RAM to draw upon you spend ANOTHER $120 to get 4GB RAM.
So bottom line: Its ‘whack’ fat because of the stupid battery. It costs and arm & leg. And, to be honest it not really the most powerful or best you can get for the money.
I nearly bought this netbook until I saw it. My God, the battery sticks out like crazy. If you think the Mini 10 was bad, this sticks out double. Imagine something like 2 to 3 inches sticking out in the bottom.
The ironic thing is that, if you see it online, it is so misleading as it looks slim and sexy. Infact, the ad potrays someone just holding it with merely 2 fingers.
Be warned to those who buy this, you will get a shock of your life. No wonder why the HP DM1, Asus UL20A and the Toshiba T115 is doing so so much better. Dell is really a disgrace to come out with something so ugly as this.
yikes, so much for smooth lines, that thing is like a netbook tumor
It’s slim with the 3-cell battery…
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