Dell has been teasing the tech community that its new Dell XPS 15z would be worth the wait, that it would be unique, innovative and utterly different than anything else on the market. What the XPS 15z turned out to be, however, is anything but. What Dell did was basically the same as what everyone else does these days.... it simply rip-off and copied Apple!
Yes, just as Microsoft's Vista and Windows 7 have shamelessly copied OS X, or even more shamelessly, just as Google 's Android rip-off and copied iOS, Round Rock's latest laptop has blatantly copied the MacBook Pro's look and, to a certain extent its feel. As you can see, in the above video, it's a very nice looking laptop, and certainly the nicest that I've seen so far coming from Dell, but to call this thing as being innovative, or unique would be stretching it a bit.
Even though the XPS 15z seems to have a good build quality, Engadget says: "But let's get this out of the way right now: though the XPS 15z most definitely looks like a MacBook Pro and sports similar materials, you'll wind up disappointed if you're expecting the same exacting attention to detail."
Gizmodo went so far as to call Dell's XPS 15z official unveiling as: "Well That's Terribly Disappointing." Basically the XPS 15z is nothing more than another Apple clone, nice, but hardly nice enough. That isn't to say that it's not a great computer, because it is. The problem is that that it offers nothing new, unique or innovative as Dell's teasing promised it would be. Certainly, its basic sticker price of $999 is attractive enough, especially considering it comes complete with one of Intel's new dual-core i7 chips and some pretty nice speakers, plus its over-sized track pad which even comes with some MacBook Pro like multi-touch gestures.
The XPS 15z is not, of course, the very first laptop to attempt to mimic the design and feel of the MacBook Pro, that would go to companies like HP and their line of Envy laptops. Still, if I were in the market for a Windows laptop the XPS 15z would definitely be in the running. If I have to use an inferior machine, running an inferior OS, other than the MacBook Pro, then the MacBook Pro qualities of the XPS 15z or the HP Envy would certainly be enticing, which, no doubt is exactly what Dell and HP were trying to achieve by mimicking the XPS 15z and Envy's to mimic the MacBook Pro in the first place.
As far as the new Dell XPS 15z goes, well, I will simply conclude by quoting Engadget which stated: "When Dell tells you that the XPS 15z has no compromises, that's not quite the case -- it's a solid choice at this price point, but corners were cut to get here."
And that's my 2 cents 4 this dreary, blue and rainy Tuesday, May 24, 2011