Dell 11z - 11.6", Intel Celeron ULV 743 1.3Ghz, 2GB Ram, 250GB HDD, Windows 7 Premium (64Bit), HDMI - £229.97 @ SaveOnLaptops - HotUKDeals
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Used to be £249.99, now gone down to £229.97. Very good price for this netbook. A nice screen which is larger than usual (11.6") making it much easier to read. 2GB ram and a much more powerful processor make this more of an ultraportable laptop than a netbook. Great price.


Full Spec Below:

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Processor Intel® Celeron® (ULV 743, 1.3Ghz processor, 1MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
Screen 11.6" (HD, 1366 x 768, WXGA LED)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
RAM 2GB
Hard Drive 250GB
Graphics Integrated (Intel® GMA X4500 3D Graphics with up to 384MB Shared Memory)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g Wireless)
Network Card 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam
Card Reader 3-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC,MMC)
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0 ports
Speakers Intergrated Stereo Speakers
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
Warranty 12 Months Dell Collect & Return
Battery Life 5-6 Hours (6 Cell Battery - up to 5 hours with power management)
Weight 1-2 Kg (This Model 1.29 Kg)
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#1
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_00Uf0q5IDwY/S9jZ08PrGaI/AAAAAAAAAtM/8Wv0geDIKyM/s1600/dell-inspiron-11z.jpg

Nice review - http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5232&review=dell+inspiron+11z

Be careful with reviews, as many have the dual core version. This is the single core, but it still offers one hell of a performance boost combined with 2gb ram than standard netbooks. Will be perfectly powerful for most users - web browsing, word processing, video (HD) etc.


Edited By: williamj1 on Jan 27, 2011 17:58
1 Like #2
So it's slow, a new battery only lasts 3 hours (this will go down as it ages), the networking options are pretty slow (gigabit ethernet and 802.11n are pretty standard these days) and the trackpad, the thing you'll probably use most of all is glitchy and just nasty to use... No thanks.

I don't really think the better-than-average graphics card really makes up for such a dire processor. And RAM is cheap (£25 for 2GB and it's easier than breathing to install).
1 Like #3
I don't agree at all. If you want all the portability of a netbook, with a slightly larger screen and faster at general tasks, this is perfect. Read any reviews and they will back me up....

The lenovo s12 is another option that is similar if you want better graphics.

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Lenovo_IdeaPad_S12_904904.html
2 Likes #4
OliWarner
So it's slow, a new battery only lasts 3 hours (this will go down as it ages), the networking options are pretty slow (gigabit ethernet and 802.11n are pretty standard these days) and the trackpad, the thing you'll probably use most of all is glitchy and just nasty to use... No thanks.

I don't really think the better-than-average graphics card really makes up for such a dire processor. And RAM is cheap (£25 for 2GB and it's easier than breathing to install).

Even a single core Celeron is twice as fast as an Atom - I have both the single and dual core 11z laptops and the single core is perfectly fine - much better than a typical netbook. You also get proper Windows 7 Home Premium and the 6 cell battery actually lasts around 4-5 hours. The larger resolution 11.6" display makes it much more usable than a netbook and you can also upgrade to 4GB memory.
#5
brookheather

Even a single core Celeron is twice as fast as an Atom - I have both the single and dual core 11z laptops and the single core is perfectly fine - much better than a typical netbook. You also get proper Windows 7 Home Premium and the 6 cell battery actually lasts around 4-5 hours. The larger resolution 11.6" display makes it much more usable than a netbook and you can also upgrade to 4GB memory.


Not necessarily, the new Atom N550 is dual-core and should be in most new netbooks. It seems to outperform the Celeron 743 in this Dell.
Celeron 743 vs. Atom N550

Also you should be putting in a minimum of 2GB RAM where possible.

Chimp
#6
Still seems to be a well documented issue with the touchpad though...any comments?
#7
I bought this for my mate last October when it was a very hot deal for £249 and he is very happy indeed. He uses it for business and it proved well so far.
#8
Well personally, any touchpad on a smallish laptop and especially netbooks are just irritating. I would use a wireless mouse + nano receiver from boot anyway :)

I think the one or two reviews that state that are a little extreme...
#9
brookheather
OliWarner
So it's slow, a new battery only lasts 3 hours (this will go down as it ages), the networking options are pretty slow (gigabit ethernet and 802.11n are pretty standard these days) and the trackpad, the thing you'll probably use most of all is glitchy and just nasty to use... No thanks.

I don't really think the better-than-average graphics card really makes up for such a dire processor. And RAM is cheap (£25 for 2GB and it's easier than breathing to install).

Even a single core Celeron is twice as fast as an Atom - I have both the single and dual core 11z laptops and the single core is perfectly fine - much better than a typical netbook. You also get proper Windows 7 Home Premium and the 6 cell battery actually lasts around 4-5 hours. The larger resolution 11.6" display makes it much more usable than a netbook and you can also upgrade to 4GB memory.

How do you get 4gb ram? and how much extra?
#10
OliWarner
the networking options are pretty slow (gigabit ethernet and 802.11n are pretty standard these days)


yes yes , thats right if you buy the sony alternative you will get 10gbps fibre ports and wideband microwave 1gbps wireless connectivity, cuz despite being standard and slow ? gigabit ethernet and wireless N are crap.

no offence but what alternatives to these slow technologies do we have...........none, they are the fastest `standard` network options availible...............


drivel

nice price
#11
I have this, got it from play.com a while back for 229.

Previously had 2 Atom netbooks - rubbish. I wanted something that was netbook size with a bit more power, so this was perfect. Battery for me lasts over 6 hours which is higher than the manufacturer's expectations so I'm happy. It's certainly nippy on windows 7, it's no powerhouse but for "netbook type tasks" its perfect- I can also output 1080p video through the HDMI without a hitch.

Trackpad has had lots of poor reviews - probably due to the fact of the integrated buttons, but I loved it from the moment I started using it, I have no problems and the multitouch controls make it extremely useful for scrolling (but I'd disable the pinch zoom, its rubbish :P) - I think if you're having trouble with the trackpad, you're simply using it wrong :P

Hot. Great laptop, great price.

Edit: With regards to the RAM upgrade, there's a hatch on the back!

Oh and my only gripe is lack of bluetooth - but you can buy the official dell bluetooth module for ~£25 and fit it yourself with ease (which I haven't done, but some may want to go for this option)

Edited By: xeroc on Jan 27, 2011 23:01
#12
xeroc
I have this, got it from play.com a while back for 229.

Previously had 2 Atom netbooks - rubbish. I wanted something that was netbook size with a bit more power, so this was perfect. Battery for me lasts over 6 hours which is higher than the manufacturer's expectations so I'm happy. It's certainly nippy on windows 7, it's no powerhouse but for "netbook type tasks" its perfect- I can also output 1080p video through the HDMI without a hitch.

Trackpad has had lots of poor reviews - probably due to the fact of the integrated buttons, but I loved it from the moment I started using it, I have no problems and the multitouch controls make it extremely useful for scrolling (but I'd disable the pinch zoom, its rubbish :P) - I think if you're having trouble with the trackpad, you're simply using it wrong :P

Hot. Great laptop, great price.

Edit: With regards to the RAM upgrade, there's a hatch on the back!

Oh and my only gripe is lack of bluetooth - but you can buy the official dell bluetooth module for ~£25 and fit it yourself with ease (which I haven't done, but some may want to go for this option)


Soryy I dont understand about the ram, can you explain please? as i want a 4gb version!
1 Like #13
Benterkia1
xeroc
I have this, got it from play.com a while back for 229.

Previously had 2 Atom netbooks - rubbish. I wanted something that was netbook size with a bit more power, so this was perfect. Battery for me lasts over 6 hours which is higher than the manufacturer's expectations so I'm happy. It's certainly nippy on windows 7, it's no powerhouse but for "netbook type tasks" its perfect- I can also output 1080p video through the HDMI without a hitch.

Trackpad has had lots of poor reviews - probably due to the fact of the integrated buttons, but I loved it from the moment I started using it, I have no problems and the multitouch controls make it extremely useful for scrolling (but I'd disable the pinch zoom, its rubbish :P) - I think if you're having trouble with the trackpad, you're simply using it wrong :P

Hot. Great laptop, great price.

Edit: With regards to the RAM upgrade, there's a hatch on the back!

Oh and my only gripe is lack of bluetooth - but you can buy the official dell bluetooth module for ~£25 and fit it yourself with ease (which I haven't done, but some may want to go for this option)


Soryy I dont understand about the ram, can you explain please? as i want a 4gb version!


On the back / base of the laptop, there is a hatch which you just unscrew. Take out the old ram, and put in a new 4gb or 2x 2gb stick (s)

http://liliputing.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/bottom.jpg
#14
Thanks very much mate
#15
williamj1
Benterkia1
xeroc
I have this, got it from play.com a while back for 229.

Previously had 2 Atom netbooks - rubbish. I wanted something that was netbook size with a bit more power, so this was perfect. Battery for me lasts over 6 hours which is higher than the manufacturer's expectations so I'm happy. It's certainly nippy on windows 7, it's no powerhouse but for "netbook type tasks" its perfect- I can also output 1080p video through the HDMI without a hitch.

Trackpad has had lots of poor reviews - probably due to the fact of the integrated buttons, but I loved it from the moment I started using it, I have no problems and the multitouch controls make it extremely useful for scrolling (but I'd disable the pinch zoom, its rubbish :P) - I think if you're having trouble with the trackpad, you're simply using it wrong :P

Hot. Great laptop, great price.



Edit: With regards to the RAM upgrade, there's a hatch on the back!

Oh and my only gripe is lack of bluetooth - but you can buy the official dell bluetooth module for ~£25 and fit it yourself with ease (which I haven't done, but some may want to go for this option)


Soryy I dont understand about the ram, can you explain please? as i want a 4gb version!


On the back / base of the laptop, there is a hatch which you just unscrew. Take out the old ram, and put in a new 4gb or 2x 2gb stick (s)

http://liliputing.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/bottom.jpg


Yeah that's usually the case but on the picture you have posted there is no such hatch so if that's the back of the Dell there will be no easy upgrade.

Edited By: polly69 on Jan 27, 2011 23:24
#16
Ah maybe not then? my m101z has a hatch.

If the 11z is through the keyboard, then thats tricky. Ask user "Brookheather" above... he owns 3 of these :)
#17
Dell and easy upgrade in the same sentance = lol
#18
Seems hot
#19
looked good but then I noticed no 802.11n, sorry no go for me
#20
williamj1
Benterkia1
xeroc
I have this, got it from play.com a while back for 229.Previously had 2 Atom netbooks - rubbish. I wanted something that was netbook size with a bit more power, so this was perfect. Battery for me lasts over 6 hours which is higher than the manufacturer's expectations so I'm happy. It's certainly nippy on windows 7, it's no powerhouse but for "netbook type tasks" its perfect- I can also output 1080p video through the HDMI without a hitch.Trackpad has had lots of poor reviews - probably due to the fact of the integrated buttons, but I loved it from the moment I started using it, I have no problems and the multitouch controls make it extremely useful for scrolling (but I'd disable the pinch zoom, its rubbish :P) - I think if you're having trouble with the trackpad, you're simply using it wrong :PHot. Great laptop, great price.Edit: With regards to the RAM upgrade, there's a hatch on the back!Oh and my only gripe is lack of bluetooth - but you can buy the official dell bluetooth module for ~£25 and fit it yourself with ease (which I haven't done, but some may want to go for this option)
Soryy I dont understand about the ram, can you explain please? as i want a 4gb version!
On the back / base of the laptop, there is a hatch which you just unscrew. Take out the old ram, and put in a new 4gb or 2x 2gb stick (s)http://liliputing.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/bottom.jpg

as a owner of an 11z I must say that it's not as easy as you stated to change ram. The 11z doesn't not have a ram access panel like most netbooks n laptops. Instead you have to take out all the screws at the back remove the keyboard and trackpad (open heart surgery) this can be viewed on YouTube pretty scary video on how to upgrade the ram. Also the 11z only has one ram slot meaning that u can't put 2 sticks of 2gb ram; you can only have either 2gb or 4gb(4gb will be pricey). The floating touchpad does take alot of getting use too. With intergrated buttons this means u can easily click and drag things by mistake. I ended up disabling all the fancy features on the pad like zooming, rotating and double tapping the pad to select n open. This made the pad alot user friendly. Don't get me wrong this is still a good mini laptop. I also own a samsung n220 netbook and the 11z is faster the screen resolution is better. Unfortunately it has slightly slowed down when I added office2010 and photoshop7, it now takes ages to start windows. Oh yeah if it comes with the bigger bulky 6cell. Like mine the battery does last 5hours which is great but not as good as the n220's suppose 12hrs (6-7 hrs really). U also get a hdmi output which is missing from netbooks. So apart from the fiddly trackpad (disable certain functions or use a mouse) and lack of ram access panel it's quite a gd buy.

Edited By: mmuw on Jan 28, 2011 02:27
2 Likes #21
NO - just to be clear on the memory upgrade - the single memory slot is under the keyboard - you have to remove 3 screws on the back to remove the keyboard, lift the keyboard and the slot it right there - instructions here:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1110/en/sm/index.htm

You can buy a 4GB DD2 memory stick for £40 here (replace * with ebay):

http://****.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360339053014&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Edited By: brookheather on Jan 28, 2011 08:42
#22
Dumb query but I assume this does not have an Optical drive ?
#23
jupe17
Dumb query but I assume this does not have an Optical drive ?

Correct.
1 Like #24
Brookheather you are a cool dude. Dell pc seem to be your bag...mine too, but you are way up there in my opinion!!:p


Edited By: tyke-eng on Jan 28, 2011 15:27
#25
tyke-eng
Brookheather you are a cool dude. Dell pc seem to be your bag...mine too, but you are way up there in my opinion!!:p

+1 :p
#26
My bad - after having actually *looking* at my 11z, I realised there is indeed no access panel. (A mistake I made simply because they are so common!)

Yeah..keyboard has to come off. lul.
#27
Hot - ok so single core celeron....bigger screen than netbook for almost same price as most netbooks.

edit: interesting link given previously to show dual core Atom outperforming many CPU's that you'd expext to trash the Atom!

Edited By: spannerzone on Jan 29, 2011 14:50
#28
Fantastic deal, not sure how anybody can complain about it at this price! If you can't quite stomach the poor resolution of netbooks coupled with Windows 7 "Starter" (you can't even change the desktop background!) and an inability to install more than 2GB RAM, this is ideal - good screen, hdmi out, up to 4GB RAM, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium...£229! X)

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