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Who is pulling the trigger on the Dell Vostro v13 ?

Who is pulling the trigger on the Dell Vostro v13 ?

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DellVostroV13 I don’t often look over the fence at the Dell offerings with any sort of lust, but you have to admit the dudes at Dell are cranking out some interesting tech.  The Adamo line is pretty interesting.  This is especially true for the Dell Adamo XPS.  Unbelievably thin.  But that cool thinness comes with a $1998 price tag.  That’s too rich for my blood. 

Enter the Dell Vostro v13 pictured at right.  This little baby has some pretty impressive specs for the price.  Here’s part of the marketing from the dell website:

  • Equally Slim & Striking : As thin as 0.65 inches (16.5mm) and starting at 3.5 pounds (1.6kg) the Vostro V13 delivers a full-sized laptop experience that won’t weigh you down.
  • Robust Design for Outstanding Durability : Why settle for plastic? The Vostro V13’s brushed-aluminum casing and reinforced zinc hinges offer durability you’re not likely to find in similarly priced ultra-compact business laptops.
  • Power to Do More : Ultra-low-voltage Intel®  processors help to manage energy efficiency while providing ample power for everyday computing.
  • Full Laptop Experience : A full-sized keyboard and generous 13.3" display let you power through work without sacrificing comfort or visibility.

Looks like a cool little laptop to me.  But what is this baby going to set you back?  The base machine with Ubuntu Linux is $449.  Of course that’s with the 1.3GHz Celeron M processor.  If you want to trick it out with a Core 2 Duo processor (ULV SU7300), slightly bigger hard drive, Intel wireless, the base model is $649.  I’d much rather have this than a 10” screen netbook.

So who’s rushing out to buy one?  Good luck trying to get Santa to deliver it.

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