Editors Liked

  • Intel Core i7 power. Touch screen. Backlit keyboard. Four USB 3.0 ports. HDMI out
  • Attractive lightweight design; Good performance and graphics; Swift boot times; Runs cool
  • The Dell Inspiron 15z has a great, slim design for a budget-minded 15-inch touch laptop, and even includes an optical drive
  • Touch screen. Built-in optical drive. Spill-resistant keyboard. 15-month subscription to McAfee Security Center
  • Good housing, individually configurable, dedicated graphics card, always remains cool, mostly silent
  • Good material quality, Excellent connectivity, Spacious keyboard and touchpad, Solid performance

Editors Didn't Like

  • A bit heavy. A few pieces of bloatware
  • Subpar battery life; Loud tinny audio lacks bass
  • It's at the top end of the budget category, and for the same money, there are more-upscale systems available. Low screen resolution looks cartoonish
  • Bloatware. Slightly on the heavy side
  • Glossy display, low brightness, no CPU Turbo under load, cumbersome maintenance
  • Glossy display with dim backlight, Optional touchscreen is a poor value