I have one, too. The Dell's designation on its website is 14z (n411z). OK price, I got mine directly from Dell for about $50 less (from Dell Outlet but 'Previously Ordered New').
I am very happy with its weight. Great battery life, too. Not too much to say about performance as its primary use is for web browsing, word processing and Skype. The cooling fan kicks in sometimes and you can hear it but it's not constant so I can live with it.
One thing to note is that it DOES NOT have VGA and all the ports are covered with rubber flaps. Also, the color is not really black but dark brown.
Keyboard is not backlit but you can use the one that comes with the XPS 15z. the part # is PVDG3 and it fits perfectly. I got mine here http://www.parts-people.com/index...em&id=9437 Its the exact same keyboard except its backlit and the keys are gray.
This laptop performs very well. i upgraded to 8 gb of Ram. I can play WOW, Sims 3, Skyrim, Dead Island, and SWTOR. It plays them very well. Obviously wont play with graphic maxxed but they play just fine on a 14inch screen. It also plays 1080 and 720 mkv without stutter.
Yeah the i5 doesn't differ too much from the i3 outside of TurboBoost, but TurboBoost is worth it.
Also for $100 less you can get a similar Asus with 4 cell, no HDMI, and i3 2330m (just a shade slower) LINK
It's a picky point, but another small advantage of the i5 is a SLIGHTLY faster GPU.
Both have the HD3000, but the i5 Graphics will generally be clocked just under 10% faster for the it 24xx and just under 20% faster for the i5 25xx.
I picked up one of these yesterday. Goes for $550 on Dell's website before any coupons or discounts. I had $80 in Reward Zone certs and a $50 GC, plus $10 back thru AMEX and 4% cash back.
It's not the *best* deal, but it's a nice 14" laptop with a big 65wh battery. The 14" ASUS is a very good deal but I'm willing to pay more for long battery life, good speakers, HDMI, and a Synaptics touchpad.
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