Dell on Thursday introduced a thin laptop aimed at students looking for a mobile entertainment PC that also can handle the more mundane homework assignments.
The Studio 14z has a 14-inch LED display with a resolution of 720p, which is sufficient for high-definition content. In addition, the system is available with an optional 500-GB hard drive, enough to store up to 125,000 songs, 142,000 photos, or 133 DVD-quality movies.
The laptop is slightly more than an inch thick at its thickest point and has a starting weight of 4.3 pounds. The PC is powered by either an Intel Pentium dual-core processor or a faster Intel Core 2 Duo chip. The system comes with an integrated Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics processor and 3 GB of system memory.
Other features include a 1.3-megapixel Webcam and facial-recognition software to prevent unauthorized access. A six-cell battery is standard with the system, but Dell also offers an eight-cell model for up to 6.75 hours of battery life. Wi-Fi is also standard, but Bluetooth wireless support is optional, along with an external DVD or Blu-ray disc drive.
The Studio 14z is available in a half-dozen colors and has a starting price of $649. Dell is releasing the system in time for the back-to-school season, one of the busiest times of the year for computer makers.
Dell unveiled the student-focused laptop the same day it reported a 63% drop in profits and a 23% decrease in revenue for the fiscal first quarter ended May. The declines were caused by a drop in PC sales as a result of the economic recession. While business PC revenue fell by as much as 31%, sales of consumer PCs dropped 16%.
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