If you were in the market for a Dell Vostro notebook you're going to be pleased to hear the range just got an update. This isn't just a small refresh of an existing line either, oh no; from the chassis up (or should that be in?) Dell has churned out not one but three new systems designed specifically for small business users.
Beginning with the smallest, the Vostro 1310, we see a 13.3in screen sporting a 1,280 x 800 resolution with either an anti-glare or glossy coating. Inside the usual range of Intel processors are available including Penryn options, graphics grunt is provided by an Intel X3100 or nVidia GeForce 8400M GS chip and up to a 320GB hard drive.
Pricing starts at a stunning £318 (inc VAT, shipping), which will net a 1.8GHz T5670, 1GB RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. Adding faster components, a larger battery and so forth will obviously bump that up fairly rapidly, but still stay fairly budget-friendly.
The 15in Vostro 1510 starts from an even lower £294 (inc. VAT, shipping), but has a correspondingly lower base spec. Processor choices start from a lowly 1.86GHz Celeron 540, with the fastest option being the 2.6GHz T9500. The standard display is a 1,280 x 800 offering, although a 1,440 x 900 option is available. Hilariously, at time of writing, a 1,920 x 1,200 panel was also available for, wait for it, £99,929 - though Dell appears to fixed the problem now and it can added for a reasonable £100.
You can also specify up to 4GB RAM into the Vostro 1510 and twice the video memory over the 1310; 256MB as opposed to 128MB. Conversely, the 1310 offers either Vista Business or XP Professional in the base spec, whereas the cheapest 1510 comes with Vista Home Basic.
Given the choice I'd go for the 1310, although both look fairly sleek for business notebooks and the better resolution of the 1510 may tip the scales in its favour. In addition, Dell has added services previously only available on the Latitude range, such as the ability un-install unwanted programs like Solitaire - I wonder why you'd want to do that? If either takes your fancy head on over to Dell to pick one up now.
Come mid-May the Vostro 1710 will also join the ranks, adding a 17in form-factor to the mix. Among other things it will allow for dual-hard drive configurations, enhancing storage and its desktop replacement credentials. No further details are available now, but expect similar specs and price-competitiveness.