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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good value for price, March 4, 2012
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This review is from: Dell Inspiron 14" Laptop (2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 2450M Processor, 6 GB RAM, 500 GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) Espresso Black (Personal Computers)
I read 3 or 4 computer websites about the Dell Inspiron 14z before purchasing on Amazon, and my experience is in line with those reviews. (I ordered the model with i5 processor/6 GB of RAM). My family has several other Dell Inspiron 14-inch laptops; this is our first 14z. (And Dell, if you're reading this, I really wanted to buy another 14R, but the switchable lids make it feel cheap. It's a computer, not a toy). Anyway, back my review:

Good:
- Lightweight and thin, yet sturdy
- Very good processor speed (probably worth getting the i5)
- Accessible keyboard
- Three USB ports
- Bright, clear screen
- 1 year of McAfee
- Windows 7

Could be better:
- Port covers are not necessary and get in the way
- The mouse buttons take a lot of effort to "click" (and as such, I would not recommend this computer for a small child)
- Does not have the Power DVD software common to previous Dell laptops I've purchased
- And, unfortunately, includes a lot of software you probably won't want. The first 30 minutes of using this computer was a struggle among all the various "helpful" programs all simultaneously expecting to be registered, activated and/or updated. A "Nero" program was particularly annoying and could not be turned off, only minimized; I wound up uninstalling it altogether.
- Surface areas easily show fingerprints
- I would have liked to add the optional backlit keyboard, but it is only available on the top-of-the-line 14z model for $200 more

All in all, a good value, and I estimate I saved $60 buying from Amazon rather than direct from Dell.
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