New Dell Vostro laptops: Small, cheap, Ivy Bridge
Slightly updated designs and new processors come at a reasonable price on Dell's latest Vostros.
Before there were ultrabooks, we always had a soft spot in our heart for the , a smartly designed, slim, and surprisingly affordable small-business laptop line from Dell that borrowed some design touches from the long-departed .
Laptops like Dell's own have stolen the Vostro's thunder, but the new Vostro line announced today includes second- and third-gen Intel Core i-series processors, AMD and Nvidia optional graphics in the 14- and 15-inch Vostro 3460 and 3560, and optional 4G LTE mobile broadband. Fingerprint readers come standard, along with DigitalPersona file encryption software and Trend Micro security software preinstalled.
Note: these laptops aren't the same as the thinner, but are updates to the larger 3350, 3450, and 3550 Vostro laptops.
The 13-inch Vostro 3360 starts at $649, and is only 0.76 inch thin. The larger 14-inch Vostro 3460 and 15-inch Vostro 3560 start at $599, and come with larger batteries, more USB 3.0 ports, and optional ExpressCard slots.
All three will be available starting June 21.