Conclusion: Dell made the right choices when creating this new model, and has turned something that was already good, into something that is even better. Compared to its predecessor, the Vostro V13 , this unit also features a rigid, high quality housing , a matt display and mobility thanks to the HSDPA -Modul. In addition there are other notable attributes such as the excellent ergonomics (heat and noise levels).
Summary: In the end, we would say that the Vostro V130 was a nice notebook to work with. In fact it is one that we would have loved to keep around the office, but alas, it is being shipped back as soon as this review is wrapped up. As for suggesting that someone should buy one. Well, that is easy enough to answer — we already have. Granted I am not sure that person has actually followed through as of yet, but the Vostro V130 is on their short list of possibles.
Excerpt: We have spent some quality time with the Dell Vostro V130 notebook over the past few weeks, and while we are still putting our thoughts into words, we did want to share some images of the notebook itself.
Conclusion: Physically, the Dell feels comfortingly solid. The cover opens quickly and simply -- no latch. Unlike one or two other machines I've tried, the V130 "kept on ticking" when I picked the system up and even shook it slightly -- kudos to the disk protection. Boot-up took just under one minute.
Summary: Overall, the Vostro V130 seems designed for travellers who don't expect to use their laptop on the road so much as at their destination. It should handle mainstream business tasks, particularly presentations, fine but if performance or battery life matter a lot to you, you might want to look beyond this pretty face, or case.
Excerpt: Aimed at the business user, the Vostro series from Dell is today getting a little bit of a face lift and the new V130 is the one we're checking out. Packing some sweet goodies, the V130 looks like it's going to indeed hit the spot for the user on the go. Around the back we've got a HDMI, e-SATA and network port on the left with two USB and the power adapter on the right.
Summary: With any ultraportable, there's a delicate balance between power and portability. A notebook needs to perform certain tasks well, but if it uses up its battery too quickly, its usefulness for business travelers is mitigated. While we like that the $928 Dell Vostro V130 has a very slim profile and decent muscle, its sub-3-hour endurance is too short to ignore.
Pros: Stylish brushed aluminum design, Less than an inch thick, Loud speakers, HDMI port and added USB port, Runs cool
Cons: Battery life too short, Expensive, Long boot time
Excerpt: Dell’s answer to the MacBook is its latest beauty: the Vostro V130. It’s flat, gently curved at the sides, and measures only 20.5mm thick. The lid opens on a hinge set an inch or so from the rear edge, giving it a neat, angular look when sat on a desk. Best of all, it weighs just 1.66kg. There are no ports or sockets around the sides, bar a single memory card slot.
Dell Vostro V130 review: A 13.3in laptop that's slim, light, inexpensive and well performing
Good Gear Guide.au
3 April 2011
Summary: Despite a couple of quibbles with its screen and design, the slim and light Dell Vostro V130 is still a top ultraportable notebook that's great for business users. The ultra-low-voltage Core i5 CPU provides much faster performance at a better price than the previous Vostro V13 model. The new unit has a digital video output, which is also an improvement over the previous model.
Pros: Only 1.6kg, thin, well-built, HDMI, eSATA, fast hard drive
Cons: Screen is poor, battery is integrated and didn't last as long as we'd hoped, gets noticeably warm, touchpad software was problematic, integrated 3G modem was present in our test unit but is not currently an option for Australian shoppers