Desktops and Notebooks: Dell Vostro V13 Laptop, OptiPlex Desktops Offer Low-Cost Computing

 
 
By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-12-10
 
 
 

Dell Vostro V13 Laptop, OptiPlex Desktops Offer Low-Cost Computing

Dell Vostro V13 Laptop, OptiPlex Desktops Offer Low-Cost ComputingBy Michelle Maisto

 Dell Vostro V13 Laptop, OptiPlex Desktops Offer Low-Cost Computing

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The Vostro V13, like all products in Dell's Vostro line, is geared toward cost-conscious enterprise users with little to no IT staff. It's thin, light and comes with range of processing options, as well as security, service and support offerings.

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The Vostro V13 starts at 3.5 pounds and is 0.65 inches thin. While its starting price of $449 nears that of a netbook, it runs ultra-low-voltage processors from Intel, giving it greater processing power than a netbook and helping to extend the battery life.

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The V13 is encased in brushed aluminum and outfitted with reinforced zinc hinges. The materials make for a good look and offer greater durability. The trackpad features multitouch scrolling, and the WLED display is 13.3 inches on the diagonal.

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Connectivity options include 802.11g/n, Bluetooth and WWAN mobile broadband, and a Webcam and microphone for video chatting come standard. The V13 offers support for up to 4GB of DDR3 (double data rate 3) SDRAM memory, and automatic backup solutions and a full-data-encrypted hard drive are available.

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Dell's OptiPlex 780 USFF is now the world's smallest fully functional commercial desktop PC. Seen here with optional peripherals, it's 20 percent smaller than the previous-generation model and has an integrated power supply.

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The 780 ultra-small form factor can be mounted under a desk, mounted to a wall or used with an all-in-one-stand—shown here—that a flat-panel monitor can also be mounted on. It can support two displays at once, and wireless connectivity is an option.

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The 780 offers scalable processing power, graphics and hard drives, has a 90 percent efficient power supply, and includes Intel vPro technology for the remote management of multiple devices. Pricing starts at $629.

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The Dell OptiPlex 380 is available as a minitower, a desktop and a small form factor. Prices begin at $339, $329 and $349, respectively.

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Seen here is the desktop version of the OptiPlex 380. Geared toward developing and cost-conscious businesses, the 380 line also offers a variety of processing, graphics and hard drive options, as well as a choice of operating systems from Ubuntu Linux to Windows 7.

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The OptiPlex 380 PCs offer 80 percent efficient power supplies. Using Dell's Client Energy Savings Calculator, users can estimate the energy use