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Dell announces cheap ultra-slim laptop

Dell announces cheap ultra-slim laptop

Specs on the Vostro V13 are scarce, but it certainly comes with impressive connectivity on its svelte frame.

If Dell's space-age Adamo ultraportable is just a little too strange - not to mention pricey - for you, check out the company's new Vostro V13.

Previewed over on Electronista, the Vostro V13 is designed to bring the lessons the company learned from its experience making the Adamo XPS - with its angled, wedge design which instantly divided opinions in the forums - to a more businesslike form factor.

Although just as slim as the Adamo XPS at 1.65cm, the new Vostro V13 is designed for the budget conscious with Dell confirming that pricing will start at $449 (£273) - significantly less than the cost of either the Adamo XPS or the MacBook Air which kickstarted the current trend in ultra-thin laptops.

While actual specifications have not yet been released, you can see from the images that the V13 has a surprisingly decent number of ports. Unlike the MacBook Air, which features but a single USB 2.0 port, the V13 will come with an eSATA port for connecting external storage directly to the SATA bus, a wired Ethernet port, USB 2.0, and a VGA output. Dell have even managed to find room to squeeze a multi-format card reader in there.

Further details of the spec available at launch are as yet unknown, although at such a low price, you've got to wonder if the V13 will be restricted to the ultra-low voltage variants of Intel's Celeron line - something which will make the performance numbers as slender as its profile. Although it's possible that the CULV editions of the Core 2 range could make an appearance, it's likely that this option - if available - will bump the price up from its $449 staring point.

Is this the sort of ultraportable you'd be interested in buying, or do you need a little more style? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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eek 8th December 2009, 11:32 Quote
Neat idea to put all the ports on the back where the chassis is a bit thicker. My netbook is far from slim, but still looks silly as some ports (namely VGA) are almost bigger than the laptop is thick!

If it does house a CULV, then this could be a winner, lightweight with solid performance (compared to atom/celeron)
yakyb 8th December 2009, 11:35 Quote
i would something along these lines to allow me to work when not at my desk

when is this available in the UK?
yakyb 8th December 2009, 11:47 Quote
nvm just found it
only appears to come with
Intel® Celeron™ 743 (1.2GHz) Base
Krikkit 8th December 2009, 11:49 Quote
Even if a C2D bumps it up to £500-600 it still looks like an awesome bit of kit.
mi1ez 8th December 2009, 12:05 Quote
Dammit! I just ordered my girlfriend's laptop (xmas pressie) last week!
mrplow 8th December 2009, 12:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by yakyb
nvm just found it
only appears to come with
Intel® Celeron™ 743 (1.2GHz) Base

Did you find it on the UK site?

edit: found it
http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/business/Laptops/vostro-v13/pd.aspx?refid=vostro-v13
SchizoFrog 8th December 2009, 12:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrplow
Quote:
Originally Posted by yakyb
nvm just found it
only appears to come with
Intel® Celeron™ 743 (1.2GHz) Base

Did you find it on the UK site?

edit: found it
http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/business/Laptops/vostro-v13/pd.aspx?refid=vostro-v13

Ooops... lost it again. That link doesn't work.
barndoor101 8th December 2009, 12:48 Quote
jeez, they just had to annouce these after i already spent my xmas bonus.

one of these would be great as a streaming media player, saves me having to lug my studio 17 to bed if i want to watch a show.
Landy_Ed 8th December 2009, 13:09 Quote
Adamo XPS and Mac Book Air kickstarted the trend? Really?

So what were the Sony SR1 series laptops, or the later SRX series? Hardly paving slabs, & around the same weight (standalone) as a bag of sugar. And fit in an A4 envelope too. I still have my old SRX 51/P, I checked!
Krikkit 8th December 2009, 13:12 Quote
They said kick-started, not started. :p
Sir Digby 8th December 2009, 13:13 Quote
Edit: The Dell site gives the UK pricing as £359.

Which makes me sad indeed, as at a sub-£300 it seemed exactly what I was looking for.
Denis_iii 8th December 2009, 13:28 Quote
if its sub 400quid with C2D ulv i'll definately pick one up
can't understand why only a VGA conenction, should have been HDMI or at least DVI!
Phil Rhodes 8th December 2009, 13:51 Quote
What's happened to the 300 quid 7-hour netbooks, though?

A pal of mine has an eee-1000, which seems to last through ice ages. All the modern ones have mechanical disks.
xaser04 8th December 2009, 16:03 Quote
What is the performance of the ULV Celeron like compared to the Atom? I assume its quicker but by how much?
TWeaK 8th December 2009, 16:37 Quote
Vostro V13? For a second there I thought I was reading about a car.
RedFlames 8th December 2009, 18:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sir Digby
Edit: The Dell site gives the UK pricing as £359.

Which makes me sad indeed, as at a sub-£300 it seemed exactly what I was looking for.

that's £359 *plus* VAT... once you add that it goes over the £400 mark... a core solo bumps it to over £500
zimbloggy 8th December 2009, 19:07 Quote
I think that this is what netbook consumers really want. They want a cheap, real computer that is small-ish but not tiny. At least, I think that's what most consumers want.
Psytek 8th December 2009, 19:47 Quote
It'll be interesting to see what wireless chipset it uses, could be a nice little experiment machine for running backtrack. I was at the eeePC 'cos it has the wireless chipset I need, but this looks very swish.
DarkLord7854 8th December 2009, 21:58 Quote
I'll take one.

Edit:

Nvm.. the low-end one doesn't have a webcam nor wireless n. Lame. I'll pass.
Denis_iii 9th December 2009, 09:16 Quote
its here, £359 excl vat but with free shipping BUT ONLY WITH THE CELERON
and add 170quid for the C2 Duo :( 120quid for C2 Solo
anyone had any experience with intel Celeron 743 1.2GHz?
iamwhoiam 9th December 2009, 11:29 Quote
No? Free shipping across all the line and £50 off anything over £479. You can pick up a C2D 1.3ghz, 2GB for £510 delivered
motas 9th December 2009, 11:40 Quote
Looks good and I hope it comes out in Australia because my sis needs a uni laptop.
SiG 10th December 2009, 01:27 Quote
It's already out in Australia - However starting price is $999
Denis_iii 10th December 2009, 09:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by iamwhoiam
No? Free shipping across all the line and £50 off anything over £479. You can pick up a C2D 1.3ghz, 2GB for £510 delivered

my bad, meant £360 BUT ONLY WITH THE CELERON
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