Dell is starting to show off its upcoming Vostro V13 thin and light laptop. It’s part of the company’s line of business laptops and has a professional looking finish. But with a $450 starting price, this laptop is probably going to appeal to a more general audience as well. It’s 0.65 inches thick and weighs just 3.5 pounds, which makes it thinner than many 10 inch netbooks and just a tad heavier.
I’ve been writing about netbooks for over 2 years now, and every now and again someone misses the point and suggests that low cost laptops have been around for a long time and that you can get a much more powerful laptop for the same price as a netbook if you’re willing to saddle yourself with something bigger and heavier.
While the Dell Vostro V13 with its 13.3 inch display is definitely bigger than a typical netbook or the 11 to 12 inch thin and lights I’ve started paying attention to, it’s not that much bigger and it certainly gets the price and weight right. I can’t think of any 3.5 pound computers that were available for $450 a few years ago.
The Vostro V13 will reportedly have an Intel Core 2 Consumer Ultra Low Voltage processor, 4GB of RAM, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet, an integrated card reader, and battery that Dell claims is good for up to 4.75 hours.
Engadget got to spend some hands-on time with the laptop, and reports that it has an aluminum chassis and an antigloss (but not matte) display. Interestingly, Engadget also reports that the $450 price tag applies to the base model which will ship with Ubuntu Linux. If you want Windows 7, the price jumps to $600.