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Dell Inspiron i14Z-1424BK 14-Inch Laptop (Intel Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB 5400 RPM, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit) [Discontinued By Manufacturer]

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3.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core i3 2350M Processor 2.3GHz
  • 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 14-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Live your busy life with the thin, sleek and fun Inspiron 14z. Its compact, thin aluminum design packs impressive productivity and entertainment features you want at the right price.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 14 inches
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution 1600x900 pixels
Processor 2.3 GHz Core i3-2350M
Hard Drive 500 GB
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 3000
Chipset Brand Intel
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Dell
Series Inspiron
Item model number i14z-1424BK
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 13.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 4.3 x 19.1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 7.5 x 4.29 x 19.09 inches
Color Diamond Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type SODIMM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)

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3.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #31,494 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#6,899 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 7.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available January 15, 2012

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This review is about the 14Z, this model's immediate predecessor, but with key similarities that make a review worthwhile. I have had this machine for 4 months, and basically I am very pleased that I have it. The keyboard action is terrific, and the placement of keys is perfect, making touch typing a pleasure. The backlit keyboard is outstanding - I have decided I can no longer live without a backlit keyboard like this. The machine runs fairly quietly - you can hear the fan, but it is definitely not intrusive, and I happen to be very sensitive to fan noise.

On the other hand, there are some negatives. The left and right buttons under the keypad are terrible. It feels like you are pressing on a board, and like pressing a board, you can not tell how much of a press is enough to make contact. It is incomprehensible that after all these many years of making laptops, Dell can not come up with better mouse buttons than this - these buttons are an irritation every time I use them.

Likewise, Dell has not provided 2 headphone jacks (1 microphone and 1 headphone) - instead they have combined them into 1 jack. So you need to buy an adapter, which is easy and cheap. But the quality of the voice input is bad - every person I call on Skype or Google complains of the voice quality. So I have had to buy a headphone/microphone unit that is USB, and use up a USB port. I would rather have the traditional 2 jack input for microphone and headset.

Dell allows for system recovery by creating backup media. However, they do not allow you to create backup media on an external drive - you can only create it on a flash drive on on blank CDs or DVDs.

If you are tempted to buy this machine through Dell's website, don't. Buy it through Amazon.
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I brought my 14z around Nov 2011 and did not open until Xmas day. However, the mouse touchPad, as CNET editor's review mentioned, most time, it lags behind finger movement. It even freezes time to time. I spent 4 hours, two sessions with Dell India support team. No result. Support Rep concluded that I need to have it shipped back to service depot.
* So you think the nightmare stop there. Wrong.
Depot shipped back my laptop and said that the issue was at Hard Drive. And more interesting thing is that they do not have hard drive in stock to fix the issue and will send me one in the mail.
* So you trust their diagnose and waiting for hard drive come to solve the issue, wrong.
The hard drive came . But it was blank and bare. Dell does expect you to install per my conversation with them. It requires to open the cover, remove the screw and mounting bracket, put bracket on another one and put back. Well. No OS, Not pre-imaged. After many hours my time to install the OS, Driver, Networking. Voila, Hard drive is not the issue. Problem still there. Wonder how they came up with this root cause
*So you think they will allow to replace with a working one. Wrong
I called customer service and escalated the case to up management. No result. The up escalation team even playing the hard ball and asked me the follow their procedure to have onsite person to fix the touchpad. So escalation team cannot resolve the issue. Push down to customer service again.
*So you think the onsite engineer should fix the issue, right. Wrong.
The engineer came, replaced the touch pad, no work. Replaced the motherboard, , not work.
*So you think the customer service will resolve the issue by replacing this bad one to good one. Wrong
They asked me to ship back again. Can you believe that?
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I bought one of these refurbished. An Expresso black polished body wrapped an i5 processor, 6 GB memory and 640 GB 5400 rpm HDD.

The aluminum encased body feels sturdy and light weight. There is very tiny flex on the keyboard and palm rests. While I would not label it a fingerprint magnet, some fingerprints are definitely visible and the case will need some periodic wiping. While the overall construction looks very good, the very discerning will definitely note that it does not have the finesse of Macs. But at less than half the price of a Mac, there is no room for grumbling on this count.

It comes with two USB 3.0 and one mini-display ports to ensure it does not become technologically obsolete in a year or two. It also has the standard HDMI, USB 2.0 and SD card reader ports. The processor is also Widi enabled. It does not have VGA or DVI ports.

The display is gorgeous and the audio, while not spectacular, is very good and is loud enough without the headphones. The web camera is also good for video chats.

The touchpad is smooth and the sensitivity can be configured through the Windows Mobility center. The touchpad buttons though are really hard and clicking on the outer edges of these buttons will give you sore fingers. You have to press them around the middle or inner edge to be kinder to your fingers. The keyboard is good though I felt it could have been a touch softer to type (I have a Lenovo Ideapad where using the keyboard is a real joy).

The wifi is pretty good and I did not have any issues using it.

Battery life is very good and I get by 5-6 hours on a charge with medium level of processing.
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