Dell Studio 14z is greater than the sum of its parts

by Rafael Hernandez on December 2, 2009 · 0 comments

Dell Studio 14zNormally there isn’t much to be excited about when you’ve got yourself a notebook with integrated graphics but with some careful tweaking and a beefy enough processor sometimes you can get something special out of it.

The Dell Studio 14z sports Nvidia’s somewhat capable low-end 9400M chipset with the speedy Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz CPU. The Tech Report has the details:

At least the GeForce 9400M has escaped the clutches of MacBook exclusivity and made its way into more affordable systems, such as Dell’s Studio 14z. Starting at $750, the Studio 14z pairs the 9400M with a Core 2 CPU, a 14″ display, sensibly up-to-date connectivity, and a slew of configuration options covering everything from the screen resolution to keyboard backlighting to the color scheme. In many ways, the Studio 14z feels like the anti-MacBook. But is it any good?

A bit of dedicated memory for the integrated graphics chip would’ve been nice but, overall, it’s a potent portable.

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