updated 12:30 pm EDT, Tue November 1, 2011
Dell XPS 14z starts at $1,000, tops out at $1,300
Dell's supermodel-thin XPS 14z notebook is now up for sale. It starts at $1,000 and includes a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, and a 14-inch, 1366x768 display. That 0.9-inch thick body also houses 6GB of RAM and a 500GB, 7,200RPM hard drive, along with a dual-layer DVD reader that can burn CDs or single-layer DVDs.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 are also onboard. The mid-range model has 8GB of RAM, a 750GB, 7,200RPM hard drive and NVIDIA's GeForce GT 520M graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory. The higher-spec $1,300 variant gets the same upgrades as the mid-level one but also adds a 2.8GHz Core i7 chip. Finally, the range-topper is the 250GB SSD-equipped edition, which otherwise shares specs with the previous model. It costs $1,600.
The regular rotating drive models weigh 4.36lbs, and the SSD option drops that number to 4.12.