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You know where you stand with business-oriented laptops. They're chunky, dull-looking machines with all the pizazz of a rainy afternoon in Chester. Dell's Vostro range has been a case in point: a collection of low-power, low-charisma laptops likely to appeal only to the most frugal of IT department bean counters. Dell Vostro …

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Jobs Halo

meh

Wont be giving up my Macbook Pro 13"...

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"We couldn't figure a way to get the bottom plate off"

It's a Dell business laptop - the service manual is on the Internet:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/vosV13/en/sm/TD_Bottom_Base.htm

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Acer Timeline 8371

I would take a look at the above (or 8471 if you want a DVD drive). Battery life is great, the specs are better and the price is lower. Importantly, it comes with w7 pro - the Dell comes with Home edition which I think excludes it from being classed as a business machine especially when doing comparisons.

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Linux

These laptop reviews are all very well but....

They're all saddled with the same windose OS.

It must be really hard for the makers to differentiate themselves with that.

Why dont you do a bacl to back review of same or v.similar laptops with Different OS on board?

Yknow: XP/Vista/Mac/Ubuntu/Fedora, and/or MSoffice/Openoffice?

Then the performance differences could be interesting!

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Vostro

I went to check on the new Vostro 3000 at Dell. Starting at the base model i changed the OS from win32 to win64 at which point I got a warning telling me that, and I quote, "A 64 Bit Operating System requires a Minimm of 6144MB of Memory." (spelling error is theirs). As if this wasn't bad enough they don't offer that amount of memory on the base model. I used dell chat to try and tell them but I couldn't get them to understand

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DVD

i installed Windows 7 on a Presario in 12 minutes the other day, from boot to desktop, using a USB key. Why the hell would I want to use a DVD drive for this purpose. Seriously, optical drives are old hat.

I might at a push, have a Blu-Ray drive in the living room, but I'd rather download it (legally) and, using the money saved not buying the physical item (???), to buy extra storage for the media server.

Still, the Vostro is eye-candy I suppose, but a single core sucks.

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So...

Why would you buy this when you can get the acer 3810TZ for less?

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Anonymous Coward

Presumably Dell will be doing one of their external optical jobbies

which it seems every Dell shop has about a bazillion of kicking about doing nothing. I swear, when humanity's time on this Earth is done, it'll be the insects and the Dell optical drives that take the reigns

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Happy

1.4Ghz dual core? 2GB RAM?

That would be ample to run, um, Windows XP :-)

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"1366 x 768 resolution is fine"

If it has to be widescreen at all, then 1280 x 800 or no sale, sorry. Unless "business use" has suddenly come to mean watching DVDs on the non-existent optical drive, of course...

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hj

mmmm

A business laptop with only 130 minutes of battery life does not sound very appealing to me...

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Mobile Broadband

The V13s sold before end of January did have mobile boradband - like my V13. But it does have problems when the laptop goes into power save modes. Otherwise a great business laptop and it does look expensive :-)

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I DO like the look of this...

...and I think they're on to a winner; even the dual core version's really well priced for what you get. Have to say, though, I don't think it's going to do their Adamo sales any favours; perhaps they're worried about machines like the Acre Timelines stealing their lunch money more than that, though.

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we couldn't figure a way to get the bottom plate off

RTFM?

http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/vosV13/en/sm/TD_Bottom_Base.htm

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horrible...

I on the whole like Dell laptops, they do the job well for the price, but this, like the adamo is just horrendous! yes, it is thin, but it looks awkward from every angle no thankyou!

lack of optical drive? meh, id rather have the space devoted to more battery any day of the week...

and how is a machine geared at cloud computing any use if its barely able to stay up for 2 hours! and thats on the review model without 3G clawing away at the battery!

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Better than you think

I use my V13 on 3G and with WiFi and I get 3 hours of use - and I have the most powerful version! And people do comment on the design - in a good way.

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Flawed comparison

Any reason why the Lenovo Thinkpad Edge, an obvious rival at this pricepoint, is not included in the performance comparisons?

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V13 is available with Ubuntu

It is interesting that the Vostro V13 is available with Ubuntu pre-installed, so no Windows tax. At least on www.dell.ca.

The pity is, the Ubuntu editions of the V13 are only available with the Celeron and the Solo CPU options (no Core2 option), and nothing can be customized, not even RAM size.

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Almost netbook money?

£422? what the hell happened to 'real' netbooks, you know, the cheap small computers running Linux that were promised to become sub-£100 machines?

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