Dell Vostro 3550 review: Dell Vostro 3550

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Backlit keyboard. Workhorse PC that should tackle most workloads. Good quality screen.

The Bad Left-facing, hot air vent could be bad for left-handed external mouse users.

The Bottom Line There's nothing amazing about the Vostro 3550, but there doesn't have to be. It's a plain Jane, honest-to-goodness workhorse that'll get the job done — and in our books, that's a win.

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Vostro is Dell's entry-level business notebook brand, but you wouldn't know it by looking at it.

Take the 3550 — the crazily low start price of AU$649 doesn't do justice to the quality of the build, let alone the excellent screen. Or that it has a backlit keyboard. Even our top of the range review model, which has Core i7 installed, comes in at only AU$1199. The silver finish is a nice touch too, although you can opt for red or gold colours if you're willing to spend an extra AU$14.30.

While volume is impressive from the speakers compared to the competition, the sound definitely lacks bass and a well-defined sound, which ends up a muddled mess of mid and high end.

With two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0/eSATA port, another USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, HDMI out, VGA out and gigabit Ethernet, it's well appointed too. Our particular review model was equipped with a Core i7 2620M processor, 4GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive and an AMD HD 6630M.

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Where to Buy

Dell Vostro 3550

Part Number: CNETDell Vostro 3550

Typical Price: $1,199.00

See manufacturer website for availability.