Dell Launches XPS 14z Laptop Ahead of Ultrabook Assault

Dell has announced a new laptop, the XPS 14z, in which engineers from the Austin-based manufacturer have managed to squeeze a 14-inch display into the space for a 13-inch panel thanks to an edge to edge, quasi borderless design.

The resolution remains at a disappointing 1366x768 pixels, one which some 11.1-inch models like the Asus UX21 reach without ado. It is a mere 23mm thick, comes with an integrated slot-in optical drive and weighs under 2Kg thanks to an anodized aluminium and magnesium alloy.

Many will see in the XPS 14z a potential rival to the Apple Macbook Pro. Dell's latest device comes with either an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 or i7 processor, Nvidia's Geforce GT 520M with Optimus switching, up to 8GB DDR3 memory, standard spinning hard disk drives or up to 256GB solid state drives, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 or Intel's Wireless Display.

Dell says that an eight cell battery will be able to power the laptop for nearly seven hours. A bigger 15-inch model called the XPS 15z will be launched. Expect the XPS 14z to cost around £799 in the UK and $999 in the US.

Oddly enough, most of the ports (USB, Ethernet and power) are located at the back of the laptop rather than on the sides as it used to be.