Dell hits wallets with a $799 Ultrabook… with a catch

With Intel’s third-generation Core processor launching officially in Australia, Dell has released its next batch of laptops, one of which is an Ultrabook coming in under the thousand dollar mark.

Announced this week and already available online, Dell’s Inspiron 14z is being pushed towards students and professionals after a good deal that proves to be reasonably thin, light, and packing a DVD drive.

Across the board, it features a 14 inch HD display, Windows 7, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3, and up to seven hours of battery life, but the specs change dramatically depending on how much you want to spend.

If you don’t mind the first/last generation of Intel’s Ultrabook technology with a chipset running on second-gen Intel Core i3 processors, you can pick up an Inspiron 14z with either a 500GB hard drive or 128GB solid state drive for $799 or $899 respectively.

But if you’re after the more premium experience with the latest Core i5 and i7 processors featuring that new shiny Ivy Bridge chipset from Intel’s third-generation tech, you’ll have to spend at least $1,099.

Otherwise, it’s all pretty much the same sort of machine across the board, with a weight of roughly 2.1 kilograms and a thickness of 21mm at its thickest point.