Dell calls its new XPS 14z the thinnest "fully featured" laptop on the planet. It's super slim at 23 mm, has a great display, is a zippy performer and weighs less than five pounds. And now, it's America's own.
The XPS-14z had already made news in China, but Dell is now shipping it here in the U.S. too. So let's get this "fully featured" thing out of the way first. Dell uses the term to mean the thinnest laptop with an optical drive and discrete graphics (a processing unit that's dedicated just to graphics). That's a marketing push. Dell should have dropped that language, because it just invites comparisons. It is much thicker than any number of laptops that lack an optical drive. However taken on its own, this a damn thin, damn fast little build with a great display.
Depending on how you spec it out, the XPS 14z comes with either a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, 7200 RPM SATA HDD in 500 or 750 GB options, or a 256 GB SSD if you don't dig platters. It's got a slot loading DVD +/-RW, optional NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics card, and a seriously nice-looking 14" 720p (1366 x 768) display that seems like it just floats above the keyboard. The anodized aluminum body and island keyboard both feel quality. It has more ports than an island in the sea (Mini Display, HDMI 1.4, USB 3, USB 2, Ethernet, media card, microphone, headphone) and will play nice with your 3DTV. With a solid state drive, it weighs 4.12 pounds, the HDD version clocks in at 4.36 pounds.
It's at that magical price point where fast-selling faeries dwell, starting at $999 for the Core i5 version with integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics. It runs up to $1599 fully loaded with a Core i7 and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M. [Dell]