Dell is ready for the shopping season now as it debuted its XPS 14z laptop, and Dell is also ready to take on the recently revamped MacBook Pro by the looks of it.
The XPS 14z is quite thin and even has a brushed aluminum case that mimics Apple. Dell's new laptop goes on sale Nov. 1 with the 14 inch machine starting at $1000. It can be upgraded, of course, and that one costs $1,500 and comes with 8GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage and a 1GB graphics card.
Dell's high end version is much cheaper than the slightly smaller MacBook Pro. Here's how they line up.
Dell XPS 14z
13.3-inch HD LED-backlit
14-inch HD LED-backlit
Mac OS X Lion
Windows 7 Home Premium
2.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Dual Core
6 hours, 42 minutes
Price matters in the consumer electronics world, so Dell is the more attractive laptop there. It's obvious Dell wants to undercut the MacBook Pro price, and the design of the XPS 14z also targets Apple. The XPS is unique though, because it manages to get a 14-inch display in the smaller body of a 13-inch laptop. They've done that by making smaller bevels so the screen is nearly edge-to-edge on the laptop. That's 10 percent more viewing area than a 13-inch laptop.
Additionally, the XPS 14z comes with a 1.3MP HD Webcam, and Dell Stage software for access to music, videos and photos. Of course, people have their favorites, and depending on what you plan to do with your laptop, it might not be a hard choice. Based on these specs, though, the MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 14z are quite similar. Tell us in the comments which one you would choose.