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Dell launches hyperbaric laptop

Dell launches hyperbaric laptop

Dell's Vostro V130 ultra-slim, an update to the V13, includes Intel's Hyperbaric Cooling technology.

Dell has announced its latest Vostro business-oriented laptop, and it comes with a unique feature: Intel's Hyperbaric Cooling technology.

The first such ultra-slim laptop to feature the cooling system, the Vostro V130 13.3in laptop updates the existing Vostro V13 range - and brings Intel's latest laptop cooling system into play.

Despite the somewhat overblown name, Hyperbaric Cooling is nothing more than a shifting of the fan's location within the body of the laptop: rather than being in the traditional site and sucking hot air away from the processor and other components, the fan instead pulls cool air in and blows it over the heatsinks.

Intel claims that its Hyperbaric Cooling system, one of the company's line of Advanced Cooling Technologies, does a better job of keeping the system chilled under heavy load than a traditional laptop cooling system - but is somewhat reticent to provide firm figures as to how well the technology performs in comparison to the original Vostro V13.

As well as the new cooling system, Dell's Vostro V130 gets an overall refresh, with the option of 802.11n wireless connectivity, an upgrade to Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI output, and a higher-resolution webcam compared to its predecessor.

Sam Burd, vice president of the consumer and SME product group at Dell, claims that 'with the V130, we are adding the functionality customers asked for without sacrificing the beautiful design they fell in love with in the V13,' and believes that the device could challenge Apple's MacBook air for the hearts and minds of the mobile workforce.

Although the company claims worldwide availability of the V130 starting today, Dell's UK website is still listing the older V13 model that lacks Intel's Hyperbaric Cooling technology. US pricing for the V130 is listed at $429 (around £276), while the UK-model Vostro V13 starts at £664 - a significant pricing disparity between the two models.

Do you think that Intel's Hyperbaric Cooling technology sounds like something to get excited about, or is Dell's latest ultra-slim leaving you cold? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Hazchem 1st December 2010, 17:42 Quote
Ridiculous pricing differences. Horrendously unfair.
battles_atlas 1st December 2010, 18:12 Quote
Wow, rarely has a name oversold a technology to such a degree. In fact its not even a technology. Its just bullshit.
Zurechial 1st December 2010, 18:33 Quote
So if I switch from push to pull on my radiator fans I get to call it "Hyperbaric Electromechanically-assisted Thermal Convection Cooling" or somesuch?

Hyperbaric? More like Hyperbolic.
Plugs 1st December 2010, 18:41 Quote
i suppose a lot of work goes into moving the " and the @ symbols on the keyboard
docodine 1st December 2010, 19:00 Quote
The thing uses CULV C2D and i3 CPUs anyway, how much cooling could it need?
CharlO 1st December 2010, 19:31 Quote
Specs?
docodine 1st December 2010, 19:52 Quote
V13 = SU3500 or SU7300 CULV C2D, 2-4GB RAM, Intel GMA 4500MHD

V130 = i3 or i5 CULV, option for a Celeron as well. 2-4GB RAM, whatever graphics the HM57 chipset has

I considered buying the V13 for a while because of the matte display option and the portability, but the price was a tad high.
CharlO 1st December 2010, 20:23 Quote
Thanks! Im looking for a 13" and cannot decide just yet.
Sloth 1st December 2010, 22:34 Quote
Ever feel like your laptop just isn't as special as it used to be?

Just do the opposite of Intel and brag about your Hypobaric Cooling Technology!
The_Beast 2nd December 2010, 00:19 Quote
Why is this even news other than the fact that it has a ridiculous list price
docodine 2nd December 2010, 01:39 Quote
@Article

The base model V130 has worse specs than the base model V13. You get what you pay for for $429.. Ubuntu Linux, a 1GHz Celeron, a small 5400RPM hard drive, 2GB RAM..

You've also left out the major part of the refresh, the addition of i3 and i5 CPU options.
Nedsbeds 2nd December 2010, 08:17 Quote
All I can think of is this (skip to 30 seconds :) ) hSQVvjiXxJU
Xir 2nd December 2010, 11:46 Quote
Dell Vostro V13 (entry price) 580euro (Germany) 499$(US)
Dell Vostro V130 (entry price)* 480euro (Germany) 429$(US)

Even if there are no taxes on the US ones, +20% still only brings them to the same level, but Dollars for Euro's
Yeah, thanks.

*(lower specs)
bobwya 2nd December 2010, 19:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zurechial
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Hyperbaric? More like Hyperbolic.

Oh poop you beat me to it...
Bakes 2nd December 2010, 21:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by docodine
@Article

The base model V130 has worse specs than the base model V13. You get what you pay for for $429.. Ubuntu Linux, a 1GHz Celeron, a small 5400RPM hard drive, 2GB RAM..

You've also left out the major part of the refresh, the addition of i3 and i5 CPU options.

Great slip-up with that article... Kinda bad for Dell, considering how many people read this site - it's not even their fault their products are getting criticized!
splitbolt 10th December 2010, 20:48 Quote
This is absolutely riduculous!!!! I operate hyperbaric chambers for a living and I got all interested when I heard about this... but it's bullshit!! Oh well, I bet they'll sell a ****-ton of these ****ers cause it sounds cool. Not to mention, I'm sure as soon as my boss hears about this he'll probably buy at least 3 of 'em!!!
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