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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.


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.