Dell XPS 14 Laptop Computer

While Dell’s first attempt at an Ultrabook, the XPS 13, wasn’t really a soaring success, still the company has been able to deliver a device that embodied a purity of design with its smart aesthetics, sophistication, and a hardware that is free of stickers and programs that are devoid of bloatware. This time after more than one year since the XPS 13 came out, the company presents to the market its little brother, quite appropriately named the XPS 14. The device is larger than its predecessor that enables it to not just accommodate more room for the ports but also allowed Dell to improve on the display.

Like the XPS 13 that came before it, the Dell XPS 14 has been imbued with a similar attention to design. However and quite pointedly it is not exactly the scaled up version of its brother. Outside, the Dell XPS 14 is clean looking, simple, and has the same aluminum design as the XPS 13. On the lid is an embossed Dell logo that has been put stuck square in the middle, the thing that stands out prominently along a stretch of simplicity.

The changes in the design resides mostly inside, when the laptop is flipped over on its bottom. It is a far cry from the XPS 13’s carbon fiber casing. The Dell XPS 14 has been endowed with a large rubberized pad where the laptop sits, and surrounded by a slightly elevated ring that is soft to the touch. Also, slots on the front of the ring house the speakers and the slots on the back house the processor ventilation.

The Dell XPS 14 however does still have the XPS 13’s metallic flap that covers its Windows serial number and all other certifications for a much cleaner look. Along the edges of the XPS are ports, slots, and lights. Starting from the back and extending to the left is a hole for the AC adapter, then an Ethernet slot, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. The right side is less cluttered and contains just the Kensington Security Slot, an SD card slot, and a combination of 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack. A single light is found at the front.

The Dell XPS 14 measures 0.81 inches thick, 13.2 inches wide, and 9.2 inches deep. It weighs 4.6 pounds or 2.1 kg. Aside from the physical connectivity that the device offers, it also has 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities.

As mentioned, the XPS 14 has a 14-inch display and offers some fair number of pixels with its resolution of 1600 x 900. It has a 16:9 orientation that makes it comfortable to look at but still too small to be laid out in a tray table. The panel is bright and good enough to be used even outdoors under bright sunlight. The colors are bright and accurately reproduced but still retain an appropriate amount of contrast. Viewing angles are excellent from side to side but the contrast does fall short when the device is viewed along the vertical axis. While the Dell XPS 14 do have an edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass panel, it still doesn’t have a matte option.

As for the sounds, the XPS 14 has speakers built into the bottom of the laptop, which is obviously not an optimal place for something that should freely give off sounds. In fact, when the laptop is set on a fairly soft surface like on a cushion, the sounds get easily muffled. That aside, the audio quality isn’t all too great but it does give some reasonable amount of punch.

The Dell XPS 14 uses Intel processors with versions varying from a Core i5-3317U chip at 1.7GHz to the top range of 2.0 GHz Core i7-3667U. The highest-spec processor available for the non-business type uses 1.9 GHz Core i7-3517U CPU with 4 MB of cache. Performance wise, the laptop performs well. The graphics are excellently rendered with its pair of Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M chip. The device has 1 GB of GDDR5 memory. The Optimus technology that is also used by the laptop ensures that the consumer only uses as much graphics as he or she needs.

Dell XPS 14 Laptop Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 50,000.00 (Starting Price)

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