Dell has a pair of king-size ultraportables

— 6:00 AM on September 9, 2009

Intel's consumer ultra-low-voltage processors are definitely getting a lot of use, hitting not just compact 13.3" and smaller laptops, but also larger systems that still benefit from the power efficiency and low cost. Dell has now added two good examples of the latter trend to its Inspiron z series: the Inspiron 14z and 15z.

The Inspiron 14z starts at $649 with a 14" 1366x768 display, and its innards include a single-core 1.3GHz Pentium processor, Intel GMA X4500HD graphics, a couple gigs of DDR3 memory, 160GB of mechanical storage, 802.11g Wi-Fi, a tray-loading DVD burner, Vista Home Premium x64, and a four-cell battery rated for just over five hours. You can pay more for extra RAM, more storage, a bigger battery, and that dual-core Core 2 Duo SU7300 we saw in new Asus laptops yesterday.

Despite the low-power internals, this might not be quite the kind of notebook you'd take to the local coffee shop—Dell quotes a starting weight of 4.4 lbs (with the four-cell battery) and a thickness of 1.04-1.15". That sounds a tad bulky by consumer ultraportable standards.

If you're prepared to deal with additional bulk to save a few bucks, Dell also offers the 15.6" Inspiron 15z, which has more or less the same specs but starts at $599. That machine's larger display has the same 1366x768 resolution, however.

By the way, Dell mentions discrete Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics under the "Tech Specs" tab for both systems, but we can't seem to find the GPU anywhere if we try actually customizing an Inspiron 14z or 15z. The Radeon isn't mentioned in the "Featured Systems" section, either. (Thanks to Engadget for the links.)

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