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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.