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Dell Inspiron 13z

alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 reviews of Dell Inspiron 13z. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability and price. The design and portability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the screen, and there are some mixed comments about the sound.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron 13z is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Dell Inspiron 13z

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 13z from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Views about the usability and design are overall positive. The price and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the image quality. There are some less positive reviews about the screen.

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70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Inspiron 13z i13Z-3636sLV 13.3-Inch Laptop (Moon Silver)Dell Inspiron 13z i13Z-3636sLV 13.3-Inch Laptop (Moon Silver)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Tobias Winkler (notebookcheck.net)

Review Dell Inspiron 13z Notebook

 

Mobile Entertainer. The new product lines of Dell, a well-known d

Long battery life; Above average configuration options; Many support and warranty options; Robust case; Good input devices; Excellent keyboard labels; Vivid Colors; Good system performance; Fast hard drive

Unhandy interface arrangement; High viewing angle dependence in vertical direction; Display surface reflects heavily; High emissions under full load

Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T, Acer Aspire Travelmate 8371, Samsung Q320, are all available or announced with dedicated graphic card and on par with the Inspiron 13z in terms of size and performance.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Michael Wall (NotebookReview.com)

Dell Inspiron 13z Review

 

The Dell i13z is a sleek notebook providing users with adequate performance. Is this well-balanced laptop powerful enough for general users who want a bit of everything?

Comfortable Keyboard with Tactile Pushback ; Fantastic Touchpad Customization ; Consistent Performance

Annoying Port Covers ; Below Average Sound System ; Lackluster Fan

The Dell Inspiron 13z’s strengths are also its curse, as it is the jack of all trades master of none. Besides its comfortable keyboard and customizable touchpad there is no real selling point here, but there are also no glaring flaws excluding its rage...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Dell Inspiron 13z

 

The Dell Inspiron 13z is a stylish-looking ultraportable, with strong performance and hardware.

Stylish design. Intel Core i5-3317u processor.

Irritating port covers. Lots of bloatware.

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Sep, 2012

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Dell Inspiron 13z (2012) Review

 

While it's not as fast or as sleek as competing Ultrabooks, the $699 Dell Inspiron 13z delivers fairly good performance, loud audio, an accurate touchpad and a comfortable typing experience in an attractive, affordable package. If speed is your...

Attractive design, Comfortable keyboard, Accurate touchpad, Loud audio, Inexpensive

Below-average performance, Annoying port covers

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Dell Inspiron 13z (2012)

 

There's a very good reason to consider buying the Dell Inspiron 13z: it's one of the most affordable 13-inch ultraportables ever. Although just shy of Ultrabook dimensions, the 13z (starting at $579, $699 as tested) packs a third-generation Core i5...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Dell Inspiron 13z review: Dell Inspiron 13z

 

Dell's re-imagined Inspiron line continues to push the boundaries of what one can expect from this long-standing mainstream/budget laptop family. For years, an Inspiron was a bulky plastic box designed to offer competent computing at a reasonable...

The Dell Inspiron 13z is a slim, low-cost 13-inch laptop with performance to match more-expensive systems.

The plastic body feels cheap, as do the ports flaps and small touch pad.

With the same CPU as you find in ultrabooks that cost a lot more, the Dell Inspiron 13z is a budget laptop that holds its head up high.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: ZDNet (zdnet.com)

Dell Inspiron 13z

 

While we had a few design quibbles and we'd highly recommend getting the battery upgrade, the Inspiron 13z offers exceptional value.

Great value, HDMI output

Some build and design issues, Poor battery life if you don't upgrade

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Brian Westover (techreviewsource.com)

Dell Inspiron 13z

 

The Dell Inspiron 13z is a stylish looking ultraportable, with a clear design identity and reasonable price. Though not quite an ultrabook thanks to a few unchecked boxes on Intel's specification list—it's a tad too thick, and it lacks the flash cache...

Stylish design. Intel Core i5-3317u processor ; Cons: Irritating port covers. Lots of bloatware. Editor Rating: 3.50 ; By Brian Westover

Irritating port covers. Lots of bloatware. Editor Rating: 3.50 ; By Brian Westover

The Dell Inspiron 13z is a stylish looking ultraportable, but its strong performance and hardware are marred by clumsy port covers and extra software. Pros: Stylish design. Intel Core i5-3317u processor. Cons: Irritating port covers. Lots of bloatware....

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Stuart Davidson (hardwareheaven.com)

Dell Inspiron 13z

 

We have reviewed many high end gaming systems in the past from both Alienware and parent company Dell , but today we take a look at something slightly different – the new Inspiron 13z. The Inspiron 13z has been designed by Dell to enter into the market...

it is clear from our testing today that Dell really did their homework before building the Inspiron 13z and they have taken feedback from the community and addressed a number of issues which are generally problems within the smaller sized laptop...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Dell Inspiron 13z

 

Dell's 13-inch ultra-portable bucks the trend by including an integrated optical drive.

May, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / MaxxAudio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2
Speakers manufacturer:Skullcandy

Battery

Battery Capacity:44 / 49 / 65
Battery capacity (Watt hours):44 / 49 / 65
Battery performance:3000
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Swivel webcam: No

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Red / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter power:65
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0+HS / 4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Network connection type:RJ-45
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Fast Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD-RW / No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:HD / MaxxAudio
Display:LCD
Ethernet interface type:Fast / Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:Intel
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Weight:3.88 / 4.01
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4a
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3

Power

AC adapter power:65
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / No / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 17 / 22 / 23 / 25
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I3-2330M / I3-2350M / I3-2367M / I5-2450M / I5-3317U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 3.1
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i5-2xxx
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.7 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.5
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-2330M / I3-2350M / I3-2367M / I5-2450M / I5-3317U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1 / L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 85

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:53434 / 53438 / 53452 / 59798 / 65707
Processor code:SR04J / SR04Z / SR0CV / SR0DN / SR0N8
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, MSXC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Storage media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.06 / 9.37 / 9.49
Depth (imperial):9.36 / 9.5
Height:0.815
Height (front):0.63 / 0.874
Height (front) (imperial):0.63 / 0.87
Height (rear):0.827 / 0.894
Height (rear) (imperial):0.83 / 0.89
Weight:3.81 / 3.88 / 4.01
Width:13 / 13.1
Width (imperial):13 / 13.1