Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest (non-Apple) 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest (non-Apple) 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

Summary: [Update: I apologize for taking Dell's spin at its word about the "world's thinnest" moniker. I've adjusted the headline accordingly]It may not be as sexy as we were led to believe via various online teasers, but Dell's new XPS 15z is finally here, mixing style, performance, and value in a 15-inch laptop.

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[Update: I apologize for taking Dell's spin at its word about the "world's thinnest" moniker. I've adjusted the headline accordingly]

It may not be as sexy as we were led to believe via various online teasers, but Dell's new XPS 15z is finally here, mixing style, performance, and value in a 15-inch laptop.

Starting at $999.99, the 15z is 0.97 inches thin, making it the skinniest 15-inch notebook on the planet, if not as svelte as the MacBook Air or Samsung Series 9 ultra-portables. It offers standard mobile Intel Sandy Bridge processors: the base configuration comes with the Core i5-2410M, while a $1,499.99 model sports the Core i7-2620M. The base model also comes with 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce GT 525M graphics with 1GB of video memory. Pricier versions come with a 2GB version of the 525M. On the $1,299.99 and $1,499.99 configs, you get bumped up to a 300-nit 15.6-inch 1080p display.

Dell claims 8-hour battery life for the 15z using an eight-cell battery. You also get a chiclet-style backlit keyboard, and anodized aluminum styling that is reminiscent of the dearly departed Adamo line.

On its blog, Dell claims that the 15z is "the first in a series of Dell devices that will mix performance with slick form factors designed for mobility" and promises something in a smaller size soon. So this may be an appetizer for a new look to the company's laptop lineup. Will the main course be enough to steal attention from those tablet PCs hogging all the headlines?

Topics: Apple, Dell, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

    <i>Starting at $999.99, the 15z is 0.97 inches thin, making it the skinniest 15-inch notebook on the planet, if not as svelte as the MacBook Air or Samsung Series 9 ultra-portables.</i><br><br>I guess you forgot about the MacBook Pro? The 15 inch MacBook Pro is 0.95 inch (2.41 cm) thick, which is .02 inches thinner. So I guess this Dell is not the "world's thinnest 15-inch laptop after all.

    Edited after Grayko pointed out I mistyped it.
    Rick_K
    • And, this Dell laptop mimics side indicators of MBP

      @Rick_K: that is why Sean does not use side picture of XPS 15z in his post.
      DDERSSS
    • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

      @Rick_K
      --Correction: That's "0.02" thinner.
      Grayko
    • But in warmer conditions I expect that the materials will

      @Rick_K
      expand about .02 overall so at this point there pretty much all equal.

      They are litteraly spliting hairs at this point
      Will Pharaoh
      • I agree

        @Will Pharaoh
        .02 difference? Manufacturing tolerences are .005 in many cases, so what does it matter that its .02 bigger or smaller.

        Call me when it becomes as thin as a sheet of cardboard. :)
        John Zern
      • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

        @Will Pharaoh

        Do you mean the Mac will expand, but the Dell won't?

        While you may think it's splitting hairs, it's actually about stating something that is misleading.
        msalzberg
    • Actually, Sean Portnoy is technically correct.

      @Rick_K

      Sean did state that this is world's thinnest 15-inch notebook STARTING AT $999.99.

      The 15 inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,799.99 dollars.

      Oh well .. the devil is in the details.
      kenosha77a
      • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

        @kenosha7777
        If you look at what you get for $999.99 you?l notice that the processor is only a 2nd generation Intel Core? i5-2410M processor 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz. If I am not mistake this is a dual core processor, not a quad core.

        http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-15z/fs
        Rick_K
      • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

        @kenosha7777 spoken like a born litigator :0
        Steve__Jobs
      • Nice catch.

        @kenosha7777

        :)
        John Zern
    • Dell has lost their innovation

      @Rick_K

      Not only that, it looks so MacBook Pro like. The speaker grids, track pad, keyboard. They are totally ripping Apple's look and feel, even the whole shape.

      Dell has lost their innovation!
      danilko1
  • NOT the thinnest 15

    As Rick K said.. MacBook Pro is thinner... actually since you can run Windows on a MacBook Pro it's not the thinnest PC either.. not the thinnest noth'n.. lol.. it's called research guys .. lol
    doctorSpoc
    • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

      @doctorSpoc : I can see that now. Mac users dumping OS X for Windows!
      Gis Bun
      • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

        @Gis Bun
        Why would any sane person do that? From my experience Windows is not better than OS X.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

        @Gis Bun

        Owner of 6 Macs here. I *did* just buy a Win7 laptop, actually, because of my main app's (Ableton Live) exigences. This new 16" Toshiba has the same i7-2630 as the better Dell for only $820. So even if the case isn't thinner than the Dell's, the price is... :)
        mrdelurk@...
    • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

      @doctorSpoc

      True but .02 is not noticeable as well how heavy is the MBP vs. the Dell? Also price versus performance and options... Enjoy your walls ;)
      audidiablo
      • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

        @audidiablo

        The Dell is .06 pounds lighter, the CPU is 2 generations old dual core vs Mac's quad core, and the claimed battery life of the Dell is twice the observed battery life (according to Engadget's review).
        msalzberg
  • RE: Dell officially launches XPS 15z -- world's thinnest 15-inch laptop, starting at $999.99

    I suppose it all depends on how you define "thinnest" and "world."
    msalzberg
    • RE: Bill Clinton and word definitions.

      @msalzberg

      Actually .. " "That depends on what your definition of "is" is" .. Grin.
      kenosha77a
  • wow

    This articles is wrong... author needs to do some research.... MACBOOK air still thinner... who cares everyone knows Dell is just trying to copy and beat Apple...
    Hasam1991