Dell Vostro 3000 series adds Core i5, i7 processors

Dell's new upgrades to their small business laptops feature upgraded Intel processors, and also a slightly improved look and feel.

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It's interesting to see how design can filter down from a high-end brand through a whole series of laptops. While the original Dell Adamo, while eye-catching, was always set at a price above what most humans could pay for it, the small business-targeted Vostro 13 adopted a lot of the Adamo's clean-cut design features and offered up a far more affordable product. Dell's new lineup of Vostro laptops has shifted to similar design to the Vostro 13, but with included optical drives, a thicker chassis, and screen sizes ranging from 13.3 inches up to 17.3.

The Vostro 3000 series uses Intel's new Core i5 and i7 processors, with a quad-core i7 configuration available in the 17-inch Vostro 17-inch 3700. The laptops come aluminum-clad in shades of shiny red, silver, or bronze. As with most Dells, a host of extra add-ons are available, including a 9-cell battery option, a touchscreen display in the 15.6-inch model, and discrete Nvidia graphics up to 1GB.

They're not the thinnest ultraportables anymore, but it's nice to see that the starting price on a 13.3-inch Vostro 3300 is $699. The series is available to order on Dell's website starting today, so if you're curious can check out the various config capabilities for yourself.

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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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