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Along with its 15- and 17-inch siblings, the Dell XPs
14 marks the rebirth of theXPsbrand. Packed with
the latest Intel Core i5 processor, nvidia’s optimus
technology, and impressive JbL
speakers, this thin-and-light is
a well-stocked $988 notebook.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t last very
long on a charge without adding
a bulky 9-cell battery.
the XPs 14 features an
anodized aluminum lid with
a brushed aluminum deck
inside. these little details lend
the machine a premium look
the traditional keyboard was
bouncy and responsive. our only
gripe is the slightly shrunken
right shift key. the touchpad
felt smooth and reliable.
our configuration of the XPs 14 shipped with
a nine -cell battery, bringing the weight to a hefty
5.8 pounds, making it two inches thick at the back,
and slightly awkward to carry.
While not hot, the XPs 14 runs warm near the
touchpad, measuring 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
the 14-inch (1366 x 768-pixel) display is pretty
standard for this class of
notebook. It was bright and
played video smoothly.
though the notebook
does not have a 3D-capable
display or emitter, the XPs
14’s nvidia Gt420 video card
can stream 3DtoatVusing
3DtV Play software and the
HDMI 1.4 port.
Dell partnered with JbL on
the speakers, which deliver
sound that’s as rich as it is
loud. In fact, the XPs 14 is
the best-sounding 14-inch
laptop to date.
the 2-megapixel webcam
takes 1600 x 1200-pixel photos and 720p video.
As it has a built-in H.264 encoder, it’s also skype
HD-certified. A skype caller picked out minute detail
and said that the colors looked rich.
on PCMark Vantage, the XPs 14’s score was
more than 1,000 points higher than the average
14-inch laptop. While the boot time was somewhat
leisurely, its 7,200-rpm hard drive transferred
a 4.97Gb mixed media folder in 2:42, which is
faster than average for a system this size.
boasting nvidia’s optimus technology,
which pairs a battery life-saving integrated
graphics card with a more powerful discrete
card, the Dell XPs 14 scored almost two and
half times the thin-and-light category average
When it comes to gaming, the XPs 14 held
its own, notching very good frame rates on
World of Warcraft as well as on the more
demanding Far Cry 2.
Despite the extended battery, the
XPs 14 only lasted 5 hours and 19
minutes. the AsUs UL80Jt-A1 lasted
more than 6 hours, and weighs a
full pound less.
Dell Dock comes prein-
stalled, showing large shortcuts
for launching applications.
Cozi, CyberLink Medi-
aespresso, and Roxio burn
are also pre-loaded.
there’s a lot to like
about the Dell XPs 14. the
new design is more modern, the audio
is excellent, and the HD webcam is a definite perk.
on the other hand, in order to get a decent amount
Dell XPS 14
this 14-inch notebook sounds sweet, has plenty of speed, and comes with an hd webcam.
of battery life, you’ll need to springfor the nine-cell
battery, which makes an already somewhat bulky
design harder to carry.
In some respects, you might be better off
opting for the larger and cheaper XPs 15, which
has the same CPU and GPU and a more powerful
20-watt audio system. And if you want something
more portable, we prefer the HP envy 14, which
is faster and sleeker than this Dell. nevertheless,
if you’re looking for a 14-inch notebook with
great sound, performance, and ergonomics that
fits in your lap, the XPs 14 will not disappoint.
— Dana Wollman
CPU: 2.53 -GHz Intel Core i5-460M Operating
System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
RaM/Upgradable to: 4Gb/8Gb hard drive
Size/Speed: 500Gb/7,200 rpm display Size:
14.1 inches/1366 x 768 Optical drive: 8X
DVD±RW DL graphics/ Video Memory: Intel
HD and nvidia GeForce Gt420M/1Gb Wire-
less: 802.11b/g/n, bluetooth 2.1+eDR Ports:
three Usb 2.0, one Usb/esAtA, ethernet, HDMI,
mini DisplayPort, headphone, mic Card Slots:
4-in-1 card readerSize:13.9 x 9.7 x 1.4 inches
Weight:5.8 pounds Warranty:one-year parts-
and-labor/24/7 toll-free phone
strong Core i5 performance
Great JbL speakers
HD webcam skype-certified
Fast hard drive
A little bulky
need nine-cell battery for decent endurance
Runs a bit warm near touchpad and keyboard
PCMark Vantage 5,731
LAPtoP batt er y test
LAPtoP transfer test
boot time (min:sec)*
(autodetect/ma x) 198/72 fps 105/32 fps
Far Cry 2
(autodetect/ma x) 47/26 fps 30/13 fps
LAPtoP batter y
* Lower is better
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Laptop | January 2011
While we like the
XPs 14’s hinge-
the extended bat-
tery adds bulk.
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