Published June 12, 2012
You don't always need to pay business-class prices for a business-class laptop. Case in point, the seasonal update to the new Dell Vostro 3000 series. This team of durable laptops are now available with Ivy Bridge processors, more USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, and a small supplementary SSD for speedy wake and boot times--all for a $599 starting price.
Like most good things, the new Vostro comes in three sizes: the 13.3-inch Vostro 3360, the 14-inch 3460, and the 15.6-inch 3560. In keeping with Dell Vostro tradition, each system is available in three colors (Aberdeen Silver, Brisbane Bronze, and Lucerne Red).
In terms of hardware, the machines are more alike then they are different. Each flavor include a choice of 2nd or 3rd-generation Intel Core processors, a DVD-RW drive, HD webcam paired with a dual-array microphone (and Waves MaxxVoice Pro for better audio during business calls), finger-print reader, VGA, HDMI, and an array of USB 3.0 ports.
That's ditto for the software too. Dell bundles in its standard collection of security and hardware protection programs. That includes Trend Micro and Dell DataSafe Online Backup for online storage, as well as Dell ProSupport for 24/7 IT assistance for small business owners and their employees.
That's all the standard fixings. Let's talk configuration options. Upgrade-ready specs include a supplementary 32GB solid-state drive for faster boot times, AMD and Nvidia graphics for better performance, full HD displays, and even a 4G LTE broadband radio.
You can check out details for each of the new Dell Vostro 3000 series below.