updated 05:00 pm EDT, Thu April 2, 2009
Dell updates Vostro range
Dell on Thursday announced it has updated its Vostro notebook line-up with three new models, including the 13.3-inch Vostro 1320, the 15.4-inch Vostro 1520 and 17-inch Vostro 1720, which are available now. Dell has outfitted the range with added security measures, including optional shock-proof solid state drives, fingerprint readers, and encrypted hard drives with Wave Systems software. All share standard 80GB hard drives and six-cell batteries, as well as integrated Wi-Fi capabilities. Processing power comes via Intel's 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo chips.
Dell's research indicates small businesses will send employees on less business trips this year, and saw it fit to include the option of videoconferencing hardware and software for the Vostro notebooks as an alternative. Intel's integrated 4500MHD graphics processor is standard fare in all, as is a 8x DVD writer. Integrated RAM ranges from 1GB, 2GB and 4GB, with Windows Vista Basic, Business or Ultimate 64-bit, offered in the Basic, Productivity and Ultimate trims, respectively, that each new Vostro is offered in, with the exception of the 1520, which gets 2GB of RAM even in its basic level of equipment.
Pricing for the Vostro 1520 starts at $569, the Vostro 1320 at $629 and the Vostro 1720 at $649. European, Middle Eastern and African markets will get the notebooks on April 7th, with certain Asian countries following in May.