Dell XPS 15Z laptop – less mass, more appeal


Today Dell introduced the XPS 15z laptop one of the thinnest 15-inch PCs on the market and the first in a series of new, thin and powerful products from Dell. With the XPS 15z, everyone from mobile warriors to students and small-business’ now have everything they need in one stunning package.

With uncompromising power and elegant design, the XPS 15z offers 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, optional 15.6-inch Full HD (1080p) display for superior entertainment and web-browsing experiences. A backlit keyboard with adjustable brightness and up to eight hours of battery life are  all housed in a luxuriously crafted case that is less than an inch thick. 

Despite its incredibly slim exterior, the XPS 15z delivers uncompromising performance, including NVIDIA discrete graphics with Optimus technology that automatically switches to power-saving integrated graphics under reduced workloads – helping the battery last longer on coast-to-coast flights and movie marathons! In addition, it offers ample hard drive storage and a slot-loading DVD +/- RW drive for watching the latest films or burning music to a disc. The optional Full HD (1080p) display brings HDTV-type quality to the laptop screen.

Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity ensure it’s fast and easy to connect with e-mail, websites, Skype and Facebook from almost anywhere. For at-home entertainment, the optional Intel Wireless Display feature enables videos and photos to be streamed wirelessly from your XPS 15z to an HDMI-equipped TV. And with the exclusive Dell Stage user interface, it’s easy to access personal content such as music, photos and videos.

Priced from £899 including VAT and shipping, the XPS 15z, like all XPS computers, is designed and built from the ground up to provide a premium computing experience with the best materials, technology, performance and reliability Dell offers.


The XPS 15z is available today from Dell’s global online stores, including www.dell.co.uk in the United Kingdom, with retail availability to follow shortly.


 Thin (0.97”/24.68mm) laptop PC with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium; aluminium and mag-alloy enclosure

 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Dual Core processor choices

 Standard HD or optional Full HD (1920×1080) WLED display

 Fast NVIDIA graphics options

o NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M with 1GB graphics memory

o NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M with 2GB graphics memory

 Includes NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology; NVIDIA 3DTV Play technology

 4GB up to 8GB DDR3[vii] 1333Mhz memory options

 Fast 7200RPM hard disk storage, up to 750GB

 Built-in Slot load DVD +/- RW (reads & writes to CD/DVD)

 Backlit, Chiclet-style keyboard with adjustable brightness

 Optimized touchpad

 Built-in Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 A/G/N and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity

 Intel Wireless Display-ready

 Up to 8 hours of battery life with 8-cell battery

 USB 3.0 (2), USB/eSATA with PowerShare, HDMI 1.4, Mini Display-Port, Gigabit Ethernet and audio connectors

 Built-in 9-in-1 media card reader

 Built-in 1.3MP HD Webcam with dual array digital microphones and stereo speakers

 Dell Stage software for fast access to content like music, videos and photos

 Dimensions: Height: 0.97” (24.68mm) / Width: 15.15” (384.85mm) / Depth 10.25” (260.37mm); Weight: starting at 5.54lbs (2.51 kg)

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BCW emergency phone charger

This handy sized charger is perfect if you need to travel light and want the comfort of having a back up charger just in case you run out of  juice on the go It’s very neat and compact and comes with 9 different adaptor tips to connect to a variety of mobile phones.  Charge it up before  you go via USB, connected to your computer with the cable that comes included in the box.

Price  £27.99


Output Voltage: 5.5V

Output Current: 500 mA max

Capacity: 2200 mAh

Cell Type: Li-Ion Battery

Cycle Life: 500 times

Operating Temperature: -10ºC to +45ºC

DC Charging: 4-6 hours


BCW Emergency Phone Charger

USB charging cable

Charging cable

9 Adaptor tips:, Micro USB, Motorola, Apple, LG, Nokia 2mm adaptor, Blackberry, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Sony PSP

User Instructions


Measures approximately 8.6cm(H) x 2.2cm(Dia)

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Looking for a decent, affordable sat nav? Check out TomTom Start

Here at girlgeekchic towers we love a good sat nav particulary one that is a) easy to set up and b) easy to use -so we just love the TomTom Start UK entry level sat nav.

It’s functional and stylish but even better is super affordable without compromising on quality.  I found a great deal at Asda where you could pick one up for around £85. It has an easy to use touch screen and simple menu to navigate, so finding your destination has never been easier. The menu has two main icons: plan route and browse map and uses intelligent route planning so if you still get lost with this then frankly you need to just ask for directions.

The UK model includes UK maps but you can get upgrades for this unit if you want to travel farther a field. It is lightweight and compact so wont take up too much space in your handbag and has decent size 3.5 screen. You can choose a variety of changeable colour covers (smartskins) if you fancy a different colour (I chose purple) which come with a colour coordinated pouch for an extra £14.99.

Simple and easy to use, stylish and portable getting to your destination has never been easier.

For the Asda deal click here

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Gadget of the Week: ViewQuest WiFi Radio

This WiFi radio is only 72.9 x 125.1 x 23.1mm in size and weighs 160g, making it one of the most portable WiFi radios on earth. This handy little radio lets you to make the most of the 11,000 radio stations now available worldwide. The ViewQuest will also let you listen to audio streams and podcast.

It will work anywhere with an accessible Wifi network so it’s great to have around the house or for use in the garden or even take it on your hols. The radio features a tactile scroll wheel and a bright LCD display screen, making it clear and easy to search stations by country or genre. It has 15 hours of continuous play, a 3.5mm headphone socket, perfect for taking to the park on those sunny weekends – hopefully!

Price  – £89.99

Available online from www.firebox.com


  • Formats RM, MP3 and WMA
  • Battery Built-in 1500mAh Li-Ion Polymer
  • Wireless 802.11b/g
  • Display 1.8″ LCD display with white LED light
  • Eco Power saving mode
  • Sound 2W speaker
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • Access to over 11000 stations
  • Weight 160g
  • Dimensions approximately 72.9 x 125.1 x 23.1mm
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Power up portable devices while on the move

The Powerstrap is designed to be a wearable rechargeable battery pack providing quick and easy power for portable electronic devices. There are six Li-Ion polymer battery cells enclosed in a highly water resistant silica gel casing, with ten adaptors for all kinds of gadgets such as mp3/mp4 players, handheld games consoles, mobile phones and much more.

Simply connect your device to the wrist strap via one of the adaptors and continue to listen, watch, call or play without worrying about the battery cutting out. There are four LED lights to display the battery status and Mini USB connection for recharging/discharging.

The Powerstrap takes approximately five hours to recharge and can be used as a primary power source for devices, giving up to three hours talk time or eight hours mp3 use. It also comes in an array of colours including, yellow, green, blue and red, as well as white and black.

Available from January 2010 price £39.99. For further details check out www.powerstrap.co.uk.

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