The Dell Vostro 460 tower for small businesses is the first Dell SMB desktop PC to offer Intel's new "Sandy Bridge" quad-core processors. Pricing begins at $599.
Dell has introduced the Vostro 460, a desktop tower for
small and midsize business owners that takes design cues from its recently introduced Vostro
. (Dell calls it "the world's most beautiful small business
laptop." You can decide
But let's keep our focus on the new guy: It's Dell's first
SMB desktop PC to offer Intel's new "Sandy
Bridge" quad-core processors, and for still extra kick, Intel's
Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 is also on board. It comes with up to 16GB of
dual-channel DDR3 (double-data rate) SDRAM memory at 1333MHz, and up 3TB of
storage capacity. And to make memory expansion easy, the chassis features
The 460 supports a variety of Genuine Windows 7 operating systems,
has a 350W power supply and an up to 150W graphics card. There are 8 USB
2.0 ports, plus an optional USB 3.0 add-on card for backing up files to an
external hard drive. And while the 460 can support business graphics, there's
the option to upgrade to 1GB Nvidia or ATI HD discrete graphics.
Further supporting small businesses with light or
nonexistent IT support, the 460 comes with security features from Trend
Micro, as well as the option of 24/7 Dell ProSupport, Dell DataSafe Online Backup
technology and Dell Accidental Damage Service, should the tower suffer a surge,
drop or a cup of spilled soup.
Finally, should business tasks call for it-or a tiring day
demand it-users can pop a movie into the 460's Blu-ray disc drive, with
its support for 7.1HD sound.
Pricing for the Vostro 460, which is now available, starts
The enterprise side of Dell's business helped it, for the
second consecutive quarter, to hold
its lead over PC competitor Acer
during the third quarter of 2010,
according to a Dec. 7 report from market research firm iSuppli. During the quarter-boosted by corporate PC sales-Dell sold 11.3 million units, an
increase of 7.2 percent over its second-quarter figures.
Hewlett-Packard continued to lead the market but, like
third-place Acer, felt the sting of slowed consumer purchasing.
"Since the second quarter, corporate demand for desktop PCs
and entry-level servers has been strong, driven by companies' efforts to
replace systems with newer, faster, more efficient computers," Matthew Wilkins,
an iSuppli principal analyst, said in a statement. "Dell has a higher mix of
corporate business to the market than HP and Acer and, therefore, was less
exposed to the consumer slowdown."
Dell has nonetheless been increasing its forays into the
consumer space with the development of smartphones and tablets. At the 2011
Consumer Electronics Show, the company showed off a
larger version of its Streak tablet-the Streak 7-and a
slimmer version of its Venue Pro smartphone. More consumer-focused than its
predecessor, the Dell
does without a slide-out QWERTY keypad and so enjoys a thinner and
Dell is focusing on helping its customers achieve their
personal and professional dreams, Chief Marketing
Officer Paul-Henri Ferrand said in a
statement. "We're well on our way," said Ferrand, "toward achieving that goal."