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Dell teases $450, 0.65-inch ultraportable

updated 10:45 pm EST, Mon December 7, 2009

Dell Vostro V13 thinner than Air, 33% price

Dell tonight provided an early look at a potentially major addition to its Vostro work PCs. The V13 is meant as a budget alternative to an Adamo and measures just as thin at 0.65 inches, but actually weighs less at 3.5 pounds. Room is still available for one each of eSATA, Ethernet, USB and a card reader, though video output is VGA-only instead of the more luxurious system's DisplayPort.

The Texas PC builder has yet to reveal actual specs for the new Vostro, though Electronista's speculation is that it's likely to be driven by an Intel CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) Celeron, Pentium or Core 2 and serve as a business counterpart to the thicker, home-oriented Inspiron 11z; it would be one of the thinnest systems in the category. Dell has already confirmed that the system will start from $449 and cost a third the price of both the Adamo 13 and the Macbook Air that inspired the older Windows computer.

By Electronista Staff


  1. DCJ001

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    Can it be hacked to run Snow Leopard?

  1. dliup

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    Celeron, Pentium? Good luck getting that thing to run windows.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    does it blend?

  1. chas_m



    Does it run OS X?


    Then I have no interest in it.

  1. skirawon


    Joined: Dec 2009


    Its a good option......

    I cannot believe what they did to the keyboard.
    If the revealed pictures of it are true then it is a big deal breaker for me.
    Getting a larger keyboard by ‘chopping off and relocating keys is a poor solution.
    I actually wanted it to be a winner as I have had good results with my Dell computers.

  1. cmoney

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    Joined: Sep 2000



    This thing ain't bad looking at all. I know all the business reasons against Apple selling a cheap netbook but you know what? With Windows 7 and all these cheap and very small laptops available, I found myself shopping for one this weekend since I have some gift cards expiring soon.

    My ultimate conclusion? Macs are frickin expensive! Apple didn't actually lose a sale because they don't provide any competitive option in this market, but I think it speaks volumes that a person who hasn't owned a PC in a decade is now out shopping for a PC and I don't think I'd hesitate to recommend this Dell either.

  1. luckyday

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