1/29/2009 06:19:00 AM | Posted in

A couple of years ago a middle weight business laptop would have cost you over a grand. Today less than 500 dollars will snag you an Athlon dual core powered Vostro 1000, sporting a 15.4 inch wide-screen display and some quality touches like a mylar sealed keyboard and magnesium alloy chassis. Laptopical's Todd Gold offers his opinion on this discount offering from Dell.

Dell Vostro 1000 Technical Specifications

* Processor 1.9GHz AMD Athlon 64 Mobile TK57, 667Mhz FSB
* Memory 2GB 667 MHz DDR2
* Harddrive 120GB 5,400rpm SATA
* OS Windows Vista Business
* Weight 6.26 pounds (2.84 kg)
* Screen 15.4 inches
* Screen resolution 1280x800
* Graphic Card ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 IGP
* Battery Life 1-2 hours

Product summary

The good: Reasonably priced; attractive design; antiglare display; corporate-level security, including TPM; thorough feature set; decent battery life; support package focused on small business.

The bad: Keyboard feels cheap; cramped touch pad.

The bottom line: Small-business owners who would otherwise buy a consumer laptop should consider the full-featured, 13.3-inch Dell Vostro 1310.



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