Dell release MBP clone! (yawn)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PracticalMac, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Dell XPS 14z.

    • Thin laptop PC (0.9”/23mm) with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium; anodized aluminum and magnesium alloy palmrest in dark gray
    • 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Dual Core processor choices
    • Standard HD (720p) WLED with TrueLife and edge-to-edge glass (1366x768)
    • Fast NVIDIA graphics option including NVIDIA Optimus technology: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M with 1GB graphics memory[iii]
    • 6GB dual channel DDR3 up to 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz memory options[iv]
    • Fast 7200RPM hard disk storage, from 500GB up to 750GB; 256GB SSD drive option[v]
    • Built-in Slot load DVD +/- RW (reads & writes to CD/DVD)
    • Backlit, spill-resistant Chiclet keyboard
    • Built-in Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 A/G/N and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity[vi]
    • Intel Wireless Display-ready
    • Up to 6 hours, 42 minutes of battery life with 8-cell battery[viii]
    • USB 3.0 (1), USB 2.0 (1), HDMI 1.4 (1), RJ-45 (1), Mini Display-Port and microphone/audio connectors
    • Built-in 1.3MP HD Webcam with dual array digital microphones and stereo speakers
    • Dimensions: Height: 0.9” (23mm) / Width: 13.19” (335mm) / Depth 9.21” (234mm); Weight: starting at 4.36lbs (1.98 kg)

    Took how many years to make a truly portable PC laptop? :p

    Looks to be descent specs, priced from $999 , hopeful (but not expecting) Apple would counter that price point, perhaps the low end 13" (with lesser specs and Intel graphics, practically a MB) for $999, or even $1099?
  2. MVRL macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2011
    Dell joining the ultrabook race!!

    I have to say that the aesthetics actually looks pretty good, but I still wouldn't buy a Dell.
  3. windowstomac macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    #3 ever it may's still a Windows PC and not a Mac :D
  4. Frosticus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2010
    Bristol, UK
    Ew ew and eww.

    It might be "trying" to copy the MBP, but its not coming close. That thing is ugly.

    And yes, it's still a PC ;)
  5. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    The panel is crap. If I'd get a dell, it would be a 15z or xps 15 with the decent 1080p panels.
  6. mrweirdo macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2005
    if its anything like the last gen xps a besides the top case/palm rest area I'm willing to bet most of it is a plastic material that looks like aluminum.
  7. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    This sounds useful. The other specs seem fine also, but it looks ugly :D

    There have been good PC laptops in the past, e.g. the whole IBM thinkpad series.
  8. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    First one, no... the SSD is fine though.
  9. bbfc macrumors 68030


    Oct 22, 2011
    Newcastle Great Park, England.
    My last laptop was a Dell Inspiron 1525 (bought in 2007) and it was a very reliable machine, but the build quality was poor.

    My dad has had his Dell Inspiron 15 (1545) for less than a year and the battery already needs replacing. There are countless reviews on the Dell website claiming poor battery life.
  10. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Otherwise a good laptop but why ruin it with 720p panel? That's what netbook have. If I was about to pay $999 for a laptop, I would expect at least 1600x900 on 14". Just give a BTO option if nothing else.
  11. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
  12. nicfargo macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2008
    OMG, it has white keys!!! I must buy!!! /sarcasm
  13. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    It's shocking to see the level of 'ignorance' in a few of the posts above. Just because the laptop isn't made by Apple and isn't running OSX, it doesn't automatically mean that the product is rubbish.

    The specs seem quite decent along with the claimed battery life, but as others have pointed out, this should have a better panel seeing as this is looks to target the more premium end of the laptop range. The 1080p FHD B+RGLED displays on the Dell XPS 15 has one of the best screens on a laptop, it's a shame that this option isn't there on the 14z.
  14. joepunk, Nov 1, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2011

    joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    2 USB ports?

    They're copying Apple alright :p

    If you customize the thing and keep it at $999.99 you get:

    2nd generation Intel® Core™ I5-2430M processor 2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.00 GHz

    Intel® HD Graphics 3000

    Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook (fully functional office for more money of course)

    McAfee® SecurityCenter, 30-Day Trial (trial? I could download that on my own)
  15. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
  16. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    The thing is it proves in that form factor you can get a discrete video card and keep the optical
  17. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    No offence, but the picture above reminded me of:


    It has never been a concern. Sony Vaio Z had all of them in 13" flavor before the 2011 model.
  18. Apok macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2011
    Columbus, Ohio
    Before I got my 2010 MBP, I had a Dell XPS M1730 and while it was quite a machine when I first got it the luster quickly wore off. Damn thing weighed nearly 17 pounds, crewed through a fresh battery in about 1 hour 45 minutes with only running a single browser. And dont even think about running video or playing a game without the power brick tethering you to the nearest wall. TO make a long story short, IF I ever buy another PC, it most certainly will not be a Dell. They just make junk. As I am on my work PC at the moment and it is a Dell, this thing only makes it worse by our hapless IT guys.
  19. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    They're on the right track but missing one vital component... the unibody. It's what keeps macs from "creaking" like most Dell laptops do after a few months because of all the plastic.

    My wife uses a Dell. It needs a good dose of WD-40. :D
  20. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    You guys are hilarious, some of you act like you have a stake at Apple.

    Dell is just imitating good design, there's nothing wrong with that. It's how everyone moves forward. What's with all the "It's still not a Mac" comments?

    They're not trying to make Macs, they're just taking the good parts of Macs (see: design) and trying to improve their own products.

    All companies do this. Apple even took a page out of Android's book and implemented a "Swipe down to see your notifications" gesture ... Because it's good design!

    Geez, it's funny how defensive some of you are about your purchases. You're beginning to sound like those console fanboys.
  21. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    None taken, Hellhammer! That's exactly what I was getting at. It just looks completely out of proportion in that shot.
  22. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    So just because your work gave you a bad Dell, all Dell machines are bad right? :D
  23. Kentochan macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2011
    Virginia, USA
    Why is Dell marketing it as a 13" body while still having a 14" screen?
  24. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    Because its smaller than the typical 14in Laptop.

    If it had a 1600x900 display I'd get one. Hardware wise it kicks the 13in Pro's ass.


    You obviously don't pay attention to the computer market, please stop making yourself seem uneducated.
  25. EvilShenaniganZ macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2009
    I like how the OP says "yawn" yet he ran to MacRumors to make a post.
    This has to be the only Forum I go to where people make threads just to talk down about other brands...

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