- Editor's Rating
- Comfortable Keyboard with Tactile Pushback
- Fantastic Touchpad Customization
- Consistent Performance
- Annoying Port Covers
- Below Average Sound System
- Lackluster Fan
Quick TakeThe Dell Inspiron 13z is a basic 13-inch laptop with good looks and acceptable performance.
The Dell Inspiron 13z is a good computer for a general user looking to do a little bit of everything. While no aspect of the notebook is going to blow you away, it\’s a solid machine that\’s built well and runs well. The computer is priced at $730 MRSP. It\’s not the most portable at .82-inches thick and weighing 3.81 pounds, but NotebookReview noted its round design makes it easy to transport.
The Dell Inspiron 13z has a 13.3-inch screen and the chassis is a mix of plastic and aluminum, which NBR noted gives it a classic and simple look. NBR found the base of the chassis to be very strong, but the display gave with just moderate pressure applied and rippling was noticeable on the screen. A major drawback of the machine is the port design. While it has a power jack, HDMI output, SD card slot, Ethernet jack, headphone/mic jack and three USB 3.0 ports, the design is cramped and features port covers, which NBR found to be difficult to remove.
The computer has a 118 DPI screen resolution that NBR found to produce a clear, crisp image with solid color contrast and generous viewing angles. NBR noted the image is disturbed when the screen is shifted front or back, but the screen produced minimal glare and feedback. NBR found another drawback in the sound quality, and noted it begins to distort past 50 percent volume.
Reviewers at NBR found the Chiclet-style keyboard to be accessible and the keys to have a comfortable grip and good tactile feedback. The touchpad is a standout quality of the machine, with its responsive nature and dedicated right and left click buttons. NBR noted the touchpad is extremely customizable, making it easy to use.
The Dell Inspiron 13z was tested with the standard Intel Core i5 processor, integrated Intel HD graphics and 500 GB HD SATA ? 5400 RAM. NBR found the computer to have an acceptable level of performance, good for basic word processing and computing functions. NBR also noted the generous amount of RAM led to good multi-tasking capabilities with no lag or drop in performance. NBR noted the graphics are suitable for standard gaming and movie watching, but are not sufficient for 3D gaming. The 4-cell 49 WHr Li-Ion battery maxed out at 2 hours and 56 minutes in a strenuous battery test. NBR also found the computer\’s fan to be audible, but noted the device only heats up when pushed to capacity.
Overall the Dell Inspiron 13z is a solid computer for anyone looking for a general computing experience. It\’s simply designed and has a consistent performance. Buyers who are looking for a computer to perform a specific task or role may want to consider other options.