Excerpt: The Dell Vostro V131 Laptop we are reviewing today bears a curious evolution. Nominally, it is intended to be the successor to the now discontinued Vostro V130 that we reviewed last year. The V130 was a laptop/netbook hybrid that featured an Intel Core i3/i5 ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor.
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.
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. Perhaps the biggest issue with this little Dell is heat.
Pros: Great connectivity, Excellent performance, Long battery life, Attractive and slim design, Competitive price
Summary: Dell's Vostro V131 is sedately handsome and a good performer, but has little else to distinguish it from the corporate-targeted ultraportable crowd. Unless, that is, you count eye-catching prices for various configurations, two USB 3.0 ports, and a generally excellent set of features.
Summary: Evolution. Dell launched a slim and portable line in its entry-level business range with the Vostro V130. It's also supposed to convince in terms of design. Powerful Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs follow the first attempts with ULV processors. A few modifications have also been made on the case. Our comprehensive review now follows the preview.
Pros: Solid, attractive case, Illuminated keyboard, Very good application performance, Good battery life, Extensive communication equipment, More power, more battery life, about the same price.
Cons: Display hinge's low force, Background noise always present, Moderate brightness, A really trouble-free outdoor suitable display with at least 250 cd/m2. The optionally available SSD in our test device.
Summary: Evolution. In launching the Vostro V130, Dell started a slim and mobile entry-level business series, which should also convince in terms of design. Powerful Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs succeed the first tries with ULV processors. The case has been amended too.
Conclusion: There are a lot of 13.3-inch laptops around, all with the same mix of Intel chips. Dell's given the Vostro V131 a distinctive look that makes it stand out from the usual crowd of matte and glossy black machines - but that's really it's only distinctive feature, and it is let down by the lack of an optical drive. Even so, there's a lot to like here, with plenty of battery life, a good screen and an ergonomic design (and a distinct lack of bloatware).
Summary: The Vostro V131 is priced at Rs. 43,990 (MOP). It follows the trend of the other expensively priced Vostros, but does fall a little short in terms of build. With the specs, it compares straight to the Lenovo G570, we reviewed earlier. However, with the price, it’s definitely not better than the Vostro V3350, we reviewed earlier. The earlier model packs in more RAM, a better processor and a DVD writer for the same price, and we’d surely recommend that one over this.