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An entry level ultrabook, with some annoyances,
This review is from: Dell Inspiron i14z-2501sLV 14-Inch Ultrabook (Moon Silver) (Personal Computers)
I chose the ultrabook as I wanted a small, light-weight ultrabook with good battery life AND a DVD-drive as this was to be my main personal machine. There are not that many choices in the 14" space (basically this Dell and a Samsung 5 series).
It has been two days that I have the computer now and I am pretty much satisfied. Booting time is very quick, sleep/wake-up times are reasonably quick for a HDD+SDD machine, the battery life is for the time being more between 3 to 4 hours but I expect this to improve going forward. The power is clearly sufficient for what I need: internet, productivity, films and photos viewing.
Two major and two minor disappointments:
- the machine has only 2 USB ports (one 2.0 and one 3.0). This is clearly not enough given the number of devices that need USB for charging these days
- the machine does not have the context menu ("right-click" key! I would have never thought that possible, as even my netbook Asus 10" PC has one... Yes, you can use the Shift+F10 key to do the same job, but come-on we are in 2012. I guess not that many people use this key but I definitely do
- the PageUp, PageDown, Home and End keys can be activated only using a combination of Fn+arrow keys. Yet again, those used to shortcuts are really slowed down by the absence of dedicated navigation keys
- a quick sleep/wake-up function is one of the great features of modern laptops and therefore should have its own key (or at least Fn+XXX combination). This is not the case; while actually there would have been some space: the F6 and F7 keys do not have Fn functions assigned to them.
I might be a little hard on the machine as I am comparing it with my excellent Lenovo X220 that I have at work: this is a SSD-only machine, quicker to boot and wake-up, with the keyboard and function keys more thought through than the 14z. For example you have keys for microphone mute, etc.
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Initial post: Jan 23, 2013 4:24:08 PM PST
You can set the power button (on/off button) to act as a sleep/hibernate/wake up button in the advanced power settings. Push the power button and it sleeps, I have not tried a hard shut down but I believe you just hold the button.
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