The Bottom Line
- Compact Design
- Nice Bright LCD Display
- Improved Integrated Graphics
- Celeron Processor Is Too Slow
- Small Battery With Limited Runtime
- Intel Celeron 723 Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 11.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 4500M Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, HDMI, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 11.5" x 8.4" x 1" @ 3.1 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium 32-bit, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Dell Inspiron 11z 11.6-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Sep 10 2009 - The Dell Inspiron 11z is really kind of a nebulous product when it comes to classification. It has much more in common with Dell's Mini line of netbooks than it does with the Inspiron product lineup. Appearance is similar to Mini but the internals are all upgraded and more similar to the Intel CULV platform.
Rather than the Atom processor, the Inspiron 11z uses the single core Celeron 723 processor. This has the same clock speed but improved bus speeds over the Atom. What this really means is that the performance isn't all that much improved over the average netbook. Sure, it is slightly better but not enough to make a difference in the Vista operating system. Windows 7 will likely improve things once it is released.
The big advantage of the Inspiron 11z is the use of the GS45 chipset that includes the GMA 4500M integrated graphics that should be capable of high definition video playback. This combined with the 11.6-inch screen with a 1366x768 and HDMI output could make it a strong portable high definition video player. The problem is the processor that can't keep up with all high definition video sources. Expect 720p from some sources to work but 1080p will likely have some dropped frames.
The compact design of the Inspiron 11z certainly makes it a very portable system. Some of this portability comes from the fact that is uses a smaller 3-cell battery pack. This gives the system a video playback of roughly 2.5 hours, much lower than similarly priced netbooks or slightly more expensive CULV based ultraportables.
At $450, the Inspiron 11z is certainly affordable. However, if doesn't supply enough over a netbook or justify its cost savings versus CULV laptops from Acer or ASUS.