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DELL Inspiron 14z-5423 Intel Core i7 3517U (1.90GHz) 8GB Memory 500GB HDD 32GB SSD 14
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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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Rosewill RHKN-11001 14-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Cutlery Block Set
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Nice wooden holder.

Cons: These are the worst knives I have ever uses. The cutting edge is like a hack saw blade and tears through instead of cutting. They my be good on hard objects but on something like meat they are the pits. Would not recommend.

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EDIMAX IC-3030iWn 1280 x 1024 MAX Resolution RJ45 Wireless 802.11n Triple-Mode Network Camera with Night Vision
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Compact, wireless, night vision

Cons: looses wireless connection at random and has to be powered down and back on to function. not good to use for security camera because it is unreliable. LED lamps on the front are annoying, especially if used close to a window because they reflect back to camera.

Other Thoughts: Does not work with Windows 8 explorer.

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Ron J.'s Profile

Display Name: Ron J.

Date Joined: 04/20/01

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 02/25/09
  • Last Review: 05/08/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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