We've offered several laptops based on Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) processors to consumers for a while now with systems like the Inspiron 11z. Today, we've got a pretty cool option for small and medium businesses, the Vostro V13. It's available now on Dell.com in Singapore and will also be available soon to customers in the United States, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, China, India, France, Brazil and Japan later this week. Pricing starts at $449 in the U.S.
One of the benefits of ULV processors is that they offer performance that is closer to laptop instead of a netbook. And because they use less power than traditional laptop processors, they conserve less battery power and generate less heat. See Abrha's Q&A for more background That paves the way for a thinner and lighter laptop. That's where the Vostro V13 fits in. It's 0.65 inches (16.5mm) and starts at 3.5 pounds (1.59kg). Taking a bit of design cues from the original Adamo 13, it's encased in high-quality brushed aluminum with reinforced zinc hinges ready for rough handling.
You can click on the images in this post to see larger versions, or you can click on the Vostro V13 Flickr set to see more. Otherwise you can check out this video where Peggi Kaley from Dell's SMB Product Team talks with Sam Burd, Dell vice president of SMB about the evolution of the Vostro brand and the newest laptop, the Vostro V13.
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The Vostro V13 looks like a great product, almost. Those few millions of us with Latitude D 620 laptops are hoping to have something soon to replace them that isn't rediculously heavy, overheating, and noisy. ULV is nice - but does it work with decent performance? And why only a 13 inch screen - the box looks like it fits a 14 at least - I hate wide bezels.
Cross the Inspiron 14Z with the Vostro V13 and create a new Latitude, and finally we'll have something we can buy to replace the 620's and 630's. And make sure it doesn't overheat, and have a noisy fan.