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