Dell Vostro V130 review

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Dell has chosen one of Intel’s low-voltage processors, but at least it’s a modern one: the dual-core 1.33GHz Core i5-470UM has a maximum TDP of just 18W and, combined with the 4GB of DDR3, it gained a benchmark score of 1.06. That’s faster than the 0.96 of the MacBook Air, and plenty for such a compact laptop. There’s nothing in the way of discrete graphics, but that isn’t a huge loss.

Of more benefit to business workers is the Vostro’s 3G adapter, accessed via the SIM slot on the front edge – something Apple still doesn’t offer. Also, for the first 15 months Trend Micro will host and maintain security remotely for SMBs without the resources to do so themselves. Add to this the 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3, a 2-megapixel webcam above the screen, and the option of Windows 7 Professional, and the Vostro V130 holds its own as a business laptop.

Dell Vostro V130

There’s a “but”, though, and it’s a significant one. In our light-use battery test, the Vostro V130 held on for a mere 3hrs 55mins – that’s an idle desktop with Wi-Fi disabled and brightness lowered, the best-case scenario. The sealed, Apple-esque chassis means you can’t even upgrade the battery. By comparison, the MacBook Air 13in lasted an incredible 12 hours in Mac OS X and close to eight in Windows, even with a discrete Nvidia chip capable of modest gaming; the Dell doesn’t even come close to competing.

That’s a blow to its business credibility. The thin design and light weight count for nothing when a price tag of £904 exc VAT gets you the battery life of an average 15.6in fatty, and that’s a shame, because in most respects we really do like the Vostro V130. It’s a joy to use, it’s customisable right down to a £399 exc VAT model with a single-core Celeron, and its looks are up there with the best of them. If that’s enough for you, take the plunge – just don’t expect it to last the day.


Warranty1yr on-site next business day

Physical specifications

Dimensions329 x 230 x 20.5mm (WDH)
Travelling weight2.0kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i5-470UM
Motherboard chipsetIntel HM57
RAM capacity4.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total1

Screen and video

Screen size13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Hard disk usable capacity451GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Hard diskWestern Digital Scorpio Black
Optical disc technologyN/A
Optical driveN/A
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapteryes
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
FireWire ports0
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Pointing device typeMultitouch touchpad
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating2.0mp
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use3hr 55min
Battery life, heavy use1hr 15min
Overall application benchmark score1.06
Office application benchmark score0.93
2D graphics application benchmark score1.16
Encoding application benchmark score1.01
Multitasking application benchmark score1.15
3D performance (crysis) low settings11fps
3D performance settingLow

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Professional 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Software suppliedTrend Micro Worry-Free Business Security (15mths)

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