Laptop Mag took a look at Dell’s new optical drive-less, 14-inch thin-and-light 14z laptop and, for the most part, liked what they saw. It’s a very solid performer for its class, the price is right and it’s nice and slim.
Though laptops without optical drives have become more and more common, a 14-inch laptop is quite large to go that route. But we’re impressed with the 14z’s benchmarks, mostly due to Nvidia’s 9400M graphics chip—it outperformed other machines in its class at almost every turn, only failing at “greenness,” as it’s not particularly energy-efficient. But battery life was excellent at 5.5 hours, it’s nicely thin and light (only 2cm and 2kg) and the price is certainly appealing: Best Buy is selling a model for $US750 with 3GB RAM, a 320GB HDD, 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo, and HDMI-out, which is great for such a lithe machine. Seems like it’s worth your time if you’re looking for a cheap optical drive-less Windows machine for travelling. [Laptop Mag]