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Pros: I believe some poor reviews of products are due to the fact that the users may be misinformed about the product or just unable to understand the product. With that said, I review the Dell Ultrabook 14z Inspiron 5423 as a computer tech with many years of experience. There are several incarnations of the Dell 14z Ultrabook, and each one has a different configuration. So be very careful when choosing one for you may not be getting what you thought you wanted. The processor in this 5423 is an i7-3517U @1.9GHz. This is a sharp looking laptop with a very sturdy brushed aluminum case. The front corners of the case has an annoying lip that has the potential of catching on things - like your arms and wrists! The keys on the keyboard are spaced nicely, but because so there is no separate keypad. For some reason Dell chose to leave off the lighted keyboard - bummer. It has a generous sized touch pad which can be turned off if using a mouse. It only has two 3.0 USB ports - many less expensive laptops have three ports! One of the ports is on the left by the HDMI port and both have a cover over them, which can be a hassle when plugging into. The wired network port also has a cover. With the i7 processor, 8 Gig of memory and the SSD acting as cache memory this laptop is very fast. It could have been even faster if Dell had used a 7200 HD instead of the slower 5400. It seems that all computer companies chintz out a little on their builds thinking it will give them an edge in the market. As far as I am concerned it just makes them look stupid! The web cam is OK, but not up to the quality of the rest of the laptop. I casually tried to pair this laptop with a Bluetooth headset and was unable. Do not know if it is the laptop or the headset - not big issue right now. Something they do not tell you in the specs is about the battery and hard drive. You have to take out several screws on the bottom and remove the keyboard assembly to access the battery or the hard drive. I guess it is Dell's way of keeping the laptop thin and light weight. If you can look over some of the minor faults, and are looking for a thin, light weight, sturdy, fast, 14" laptop with most of the bells and whistles, this may be the one for you.
Cons: Annoying edge on case. Battery access. No email for customer service. No lighted keyboard.
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Good deal for the price
Pros: Fast processor, lots of memory, good price.
Cons: Battery life. Only got like 2-3 hours doing light web browsing. I opted for the full refund due to webcam issue rather than get another one.
Other Thoughts: Had to return it due to cracked/scratched webcam glass. Newegg Customer Service was very helpful!
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“I believe some poor reviews of products are due to the fact that the users may be misinformed about the product or just unable ...”— gorj 5/8/2013
“Fast processor, lots of memory, good price.”— doineedtofillthisout 12/10/2012