Dell Launches New PC

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-07-10 Print this article Print

Line for SMBs"> On the hardware side, Dell will mainly offer desktops and notebooks that use Intel microprocessors, although the company introduced a basic laptop model that will offer customers a range of Advanced Micro Devices chips, including the dual-core Turion 64 X2 processor. The Vostro 200 desktop can be configured with a range of Intel processors, ranging from the Celeron processor to the several Core 2 Duo models. The PC offers up to 4GB of RAM—Dell is still recommending 2GB for models with Vista—and a serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive with a maximum storage capacity of 1TB.
The desktop models also offers a total of six USB ports and a total of four PCI slots, including a PCI Express 16X card for dedicated graphics. The minimum prices for the desktop models range from $319 for the mini tower to $349 for the slim tower desktop.
Dell is still struggling with financial issues. Click here to read more about it. On the laptop side, Dell introduced the Vostro 1000, its AMD-based model, which includes a 15.4-inch display, 2GB of RAM and an HDD (hard disk drive) with a maximum capacity of 120GB. The starting price for this notebook is $499 The other three models, the Vostro 1400, 1500 and 1700, are based on Intel processors and offer the new Centrino Duo mobile platform, including Core 2 Duo processors. (Dell will not be offering the Centrino Pro platform with its new lineup.) These three notebooks offers displays ranging from 14.1-inches to 17-inches, integrated or dedicated graphics, a maximum of 4GB of RAM, support for draft 802.11n wireless LAN (WLAN) technology and built in broadband technology. The starting prices for these three notebooks range from $549 to $799, according to Dell. IT analyst Charles King told eWeek that Dell is on the right track if it wants to get the attention of small businesses using Vostro. "Creating a business-class machine thats very aggressively priced, way below $1,000, is news," King said. "Also, getting the trialware off the machine sounds like a minor issue, but if you had to get rid of all that extra software -- take one and multiply it by 10, 20 or 30 machines, and you get the idea -- it can be a real pain." The fact that Dell is focusing on the extreme low-end of the business spectrum (one to 25 employees) is interesting, King said. "Typically, the definition of small business is one to 99 employees," King said. "Whats really interesting is thats where the huge growth opportunity is. Some vendors call the low-end of the SMB market the micro-market. This is a perfect time to create a specialized product line for that market. "They see an opportunity here; they alluded to a very interesting point: Dell has been trying very hard to expand its sales overseas, to entrepreneurial small businesses. This new product line should go over very well in places like China and India, going up against HP and Lenovo," King said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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