13-inch laptops have always owned a premium spot in the market. Their dimensions and weight make them extremely portable, and gives it the perfect spot between tiny 10-inch netbooks and 15-inch desktop replacement models.
Rarely did we see 13-inch laptops sold under Rs. 50,000, until Intel released their Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) range of processors. Now we see quite a few 13-inch laptops in this segment; the Dell Vostro V13 and the MSI X350 being the recent entrants that sell for around Rs. 40,000.
But most of these ULV-based 13-inchers have one problem --the lack of a DVD drive. It is unfortunate that in the day and age of flash based media and high-speed internet, many people still use CDs and DVDs regularly. Thus, for such people the missing optical drive is the major reason why they refrain from opting for such models.
Breaking this trend is the Dell Inspiron 13z. This 13-inch ULV processor based laptop boasts a thin and light body, fair pricing and...(drum roll)...a DVD drive. Its spec sheet tells us that it's just about powerful to do office tasks and watch HD movies effortlessly. Isn't that powerful enough for many people who want to purchase a new laptop? We polish our magnifying glasses and inspect the Inspiron 13z in detail.