updated 08:15 am EDT, Tue April 15, 2008
Dell Vostro 1310 and 1510
Dell on Tuesday gave its small business line a turn with a new Vostro line. Every model is thinner and lighter than existing models while also adding security features that are often limited to Dell's pricier Latitude series: while a fingerprint reader is more common, all have the newest Trusted Platform Module to let administrators lock their systems down. The Vostro 1310 (shown) is also Dell's first 13.3-inch Vostro and provides the same 1280x800 screen resolution of the 14-inch Vostro 1400 in a smaller, lighter (4.6-pound) frame.
After the 1310, the Vostro 1510 and 1710 serve as direct replacements of the existing 1500 and 1700 models and primarily bring the redesign and new security without changing performance. Orders for the new Vostros start on May 1st with the 1510 priced at $599 and the more portable 1310 at $749, with specifications to be released closer to launch. The desktop replacement-class 1710 doesn't yet have pricing and will receive this when it ships closer to mid-May.