Dell's Vostro range may be geared towards business users, but recently it's been home to some pretty tasty machines nonetheless, not least of which is the new Vostro 10 series. Comprising the 14in Vostro 1014 and 1088, and 15.6in Vostro 1015, the new systems bring together a credible combination of style and features, with starting prices that shouldn't off-put a recession-conscious accounts department.
The Vostro 1014 and 1088 are both based on the same chassis, with the same 14in, 1,366 x 768 pixel display but differ in the use of integrated Intel X4500MHd graphics in the 1014 and dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics in the 1088. The two systems both offer a choice of Core 2 duo or Celeron CPUs, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 320GB of hard drive capacity.
Both the Vostro 1088 and 1014 feature a DVD drive (though the 1088 can be specced without one), offer four USB ports, a 5-in-1 card reader and 34mm ExpressCard slot. Ethernet ports shouldn't be a shocking inclusion; nor should Draft-N wireless and Bluetooth. The 1088 comes with a 6-cell battery, the 1014 the choice of a 6-cell or 4-cell unit.
Aside from its increased dimensions, the Vostro 1015 is little different from its smaller companion - the display, for instance, offering the same 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution. Similarly, CPU choices of Core 2 Duo or Celerons, up to 4GB of RAM, up to a 320GB hard drive and Intel X4500MHD integrated graphics are all carried over from the Vostro 1014. Like the Vostro 1088, the optical drive in the Vostro 1015 is optional, the 6-cell battery less so.
Pricing starts at £235 for the Vostro 1015, with none yet available for the other systems.