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Dell Vostro V130 Adds HDMI And Cooling System

David Gilbert


Dell Vostro V130 Adds HDMI And Cooling System

It seems as if Dell does listen to its customers after all – to a point at least. When the Dell Vostro V13 was launched in December 2009 there were a lot of people happy with the price but the lack of a HDMI port and a questionable three-hour battery life were the major issues raised by customers.

Today, the Dell Vostro V130 goes on sale with a HDMI port but seemingly without any improved battery life. One out of two ain’t bad I suppose. The basic model of the V130 will set you back £492 (including VAT and shipping) which gets you a machine running Windows 7 on a Intel U3400 processor, 2GB of 1333Mhz DDR3 memory and 320GB hard drive. In addition, the V130 is the first laptop of this size to offer Hyperbaric Cooling, an Intel Advanced Cooling Technology, to help it stay quiet and cool. The Intel-designed system sucks cool air into the laptop instead of blowing hot air out, as is normally the case. The air is sucked in on the left-hand side of the laptop, passes over key components such as the CPU, and is then expelled from the right-hand side of the machine.

The Vostro V130 is one of the thinnest (0.65in at the front) and lightest, starting at 1.6kg (compared to 1.32kg for the MacBook Air 13in) laptops available and comes in either Lucerne Red and Aberdeen Silver (we’ve no idea what Aberdeen Silver is either). The V130 is constructed from aluminum and reinforced with zinc hinges and a magnesium alloy palm rest. Customers will have either an Intel Core i3 and i5 processor options. The 13.3in display will be LED-backlit, anti-glare, HD with 1,366 x 768 resolution.

"With the V130, we are adding the functionality customers asked for without sacrificing the beautiful design they fell in love with in the V13," said Sam Burd, vice president at Dell. "Starting today, I predict the V130 will fast become the must-have travel companion for today's mobile professional."

Link: Dell UK

Martyn Higgs

November 30, 2010, 3:56 pm

Please can you re-check the price you quoted? I logged onto Dell's UK website and the Vostro V13 starts at £803 for a Intel® Core&#8482 2 Duo.

I cannot see the re-designed V130 being nearly £500 cheaper when its running with the new Intel chipsets.


David Gilbert

November 30, 2010, 4:48 pm

@Martyn Higgs The Dell press release states the price for the basic V130 model at $429 which is £279 when converted. I realise with tax and everything else the price over here won;t just convert like that but we have no price yet from the Dell UK site but I will update when we get word from Dell.


November 30, 2010, 6:03 pm

Really interested in this... when it's available to buy! :)


December 1, 2010, 1:48 am

Looks like it's up now - from £399, or £524 with an i3.


Critical Friend

December 1, 2010, 3:41 am

This is what you get in the USA for $429 (plus shipping, plus tax depending on location etc.):

Processor ULV U3400 (2M Cache, 1.06GHz, 800 MHz FSB), running Ubuntu Linux version 10.04, 2 GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive etc.

Just checked the UK website and the price for the Vostro V130 basic version (with Windows and a 320 GB hard drive is £399 plus VAT plus shipping. Can't see where it may ever have stated £279.

I really enjoy this site particularly for its critical reviews. I hope that trustedreviews will not start copying promotional press releases without being critical at all. When writing a sentence like "and it maintains its very enticing low price at £279 for the basic model which is pretty impressive" it would have been right to state that this is the USA based net price (better to write "$429" to make this clear rather than "£279"). And in fact, getting the info stated above was really easy, so how about adding a bit of background info? It's easy, guys. And please don't top it off with a concluding sentence stating "The Dell UK website has yet to update the specs of the Vostro V130 but has announced the V130 will be available today worldwide beginning at £279." If you ever believed what you wrote, then please order one of these beauties for me for £279, will ya?

Adrian Byron-Parker

December 1, 2010, 1:44 pm

Where do you get the price of £279?

Find it and I will buy one!

David Gilbert

December 1, 2010, 2:14 pm

@critical Friend @Adrian The article has been updated to include the true price of the basic model in the UK - which is £492 including VAT and shipping. The £279 was put in at the time from the Dell press release because it had not updated it's UK website though this should have been updated before now.

Brian ONeill

December 1, 2010, 4:02 pm

Upgrade to 4gb of ram, and go for the SSD 128gb option, and the price goes up to £991 inc VAT.

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