Conclusion: For the business traveler looking for an ultraportable machine without having to settle for a tiny display, the 13.3-inch, 4-pound Dell Vostro V131 is a smart choice. We love its thin, aluminum chassis and—especially—all the changes Dell made from last year, making the battery bigger and removable, while relocating the ports to the sides.
Pros: Battery is big and removable, Competitive Core i5 performance, Thin and light for a 13.3-inch laptop, Comfortable backlit keyboard, Mostly aluminum chassis
Summary: The $889 Dell Vostro V131 is one of the better small business notebooks you can buy. The machine retains the incredibly attractive aluminum chassis of its predecessor and improves upon it with a comfy backlit keyboard; a longer-lasting, user-replaceable battery; and a fingerprint reader for security.
Pros: Sleek red aluminum chassis, Fingerprint reader, Good battery life, Strong performance, Comfortable backlit keyboard
Cons: Mediocre graphics performance, Speakers could be better
Conclusion: Though allegedly designed for small business, the Vostro is a clear winner for anyone who is in the market for a small, powerful laptop with excellent battery endurance. Although the price tag of $889 (as configured) is not a bargain, this laptop never feels like it needs to have a lower price. It’s competitive with (but not necessarily superior to) anything of similar size.
Pros: Great connectivity, Excellent performance, Long battery life, Attractive and slim design, Competitive price
Summary: The Vostro V131 is going to draw a lot of attention solely because of its low price. But it's no good grabbing someone's attention if you can't impress them. The V131 should have no problem doing that.
Excerpt: Light and powerful, Dell's Vostro range is intended to add a little style to the small business or the home office. The latest member of the family, the V131, is a Sandy Bridge Core i5 machine, one of a new generation of thin and light 13.3-inch business machines. Does it match up to the competition – and does it better its predecessor, the V130?
Conclusion: The Dell Vostro’s i3 processor can handle basic and simple tasks without any lag whatsoever. This is especially important for a businessman using email, word, and other software. I did notice that when you start doing larger tasks like editing movies, playing games, or even just opening lots of tabs the Vostro soon slowed down.
Summary: Many PC manufactures are struggling to break even for the fiscal year because of the market disaster caused by tablets. But even as the consumer fever for tablets dies down, some argue that laptops just aren’t exciting enough to regain the interest of consumers and mobile professionals. Can Microsoft and Intel cut it in today’s consumerised world?