Dell has introduced new Vostro 3000 laptops, a Vostro 330 all-in-one PC and Inspiron R consumer laptops, all featuring Intel's "Sandy Bridge" processors.
Dell March 17 introduced a
refresh of its Vostro 3000 series laptops for small and midsize businesses, a
new Vostro all-in-one desktop, and a new line of Inspiron R notebooks,
specifically for consumers.
The Vostro laptops come in
13-, 14-, 15- and 17-inch models and, like the other PCs Dell introduced that
day, feature Intel's second-generation "Sandy Bridge" Core I series
The Vostro brand is designed
for Dell's SMB customers, which make up an "incredibly varied and growing
market," Alison Gardner, marketing director for Dell's consumer and SMB
product group, told eWEEK.
"Their pain points rise
to the top very consistently," said Gardner, adding that SMB's have three
needs that are important to them: to know they're getting good value for their
money; to have their data-the lifeline of their companies-consistently
protected; and, because these are companies without full-time, in-house IT
staff, to know that "someone stands behind them when they need help."
With this refreshed line,
Gardner added, "We also focused on a trend that's been getting a lot of
traction, and that's collaboration."
The Vostro 3000 Series is
the first small-business laptop, says Dell, to feature SRS Premium Voice Pro
voice-enhancing software. "It adjusts to your volume as you're
chatting," said Gardner, "based on ambient noise in the room."
Paired with it are a Webcam (in all but the smallest 3350 model), a digital
array microphone, preinstalled Skype software and a dedicated dashboard button
for launching conferencing with just a press.
While the 13-inch 3300 line
features an Intel Core i3 processor, the larger models offer up to Core i7, as
well as the option of discreet graphics, DDR3 (double-data rate) memory and
battery options providing up to 13-plus hours of use, for example, in the case
of the 15-inch Vostro 3550 paired with a 9-cell battery.
Enhancing security, the new
Vostro notebooks come with the option of a fingerprint reader, Trend Micro
Worry-Free Business security software, and a USB 3.0 port for backing up data
at 10 times the speed.
The notebooks, which feature
chiclet keyboards and durable aluminum finishes, come in color choices of
"Aberdeen Silver," "Lucerne Red" and "Brisbane
Bronze." Pricing across the line starts at $499 to $599.
"It's a feature set
that's compelling-everything you want and nothing you don't," said
Gardner. "We want customers to walk away with the feeling that their money
Also making money go far-coined
a "best-in-class under $1,000" by Dell-is the all-in-one Vostro 330
This AIO model features a
23-inch display with the option of a touch-screen and an anti-smudge coating
(ideal in kiosks, or other applications where multiple users are involved). It
comes with an up to Core i5 Intel processor and has a Webcam with facial-recognition
capabilities, enabling users to take security a step beyond password
protection. Energy-efficient and Energy Star 5.0-compliant, it also looks great
from every angle, Gardner said. When you're working at a desk across from a
customer, she said, "you want your PC to look good from the back as
The Vostro 330 starts at
$699, or at $899 with a touch-screen option.
Finally, also available as
of March 17, is Dell's new Inspiron R series. In 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch
display options, Gardner said they were designed for "generalists,"
such as families with kids. Here again you'll find Intel next-generation
technology, with a choice of Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, an HD-capable
Webcam, Microsoft Windows 7, a standard 6-cell battery, and a starting weight
under 5 pounds. Additional options include the boost up to a 9-cell battery and
a 3D Blu-ray disc player.
With Intel's WiDi (Wireless
Display) technology, users can also wirelessly stream video to an HDTV over a
Another option for the
Inspiron notebooks are replaceable lids, called Switch by Design Studio.
"Customers love personalization, but once you buy something, normally,
you're married to it," Gardner said, explaining that the notebook's
standard black lid clicks off and others can be easily popped on.
The lids come in three solid
colors or 22 designs, starting at $40.