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Vostro 1500

A few weeks ago I decided that I could really use a laptop for work purposes. After searching around for good deals, I decided on a Vostro 1500. If you have never heard of Vostro, it is Dell’s new line of small businesses computers. Anyway, I got the laptop a few days ago. I must say, Dell is extremely slow shipping out PCs and laptops. Every single thing I have ordered from them has always taken a pretty long time to arrive. However, they were offering a pretty good deal on this laptop so I decided to go with them anyway. I had my 1500 configured as follows for $599:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5470 (1.6GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
  • Genuine Windows XP Home Edition, SP2
  • 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Display with TrueLife
  • 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM
  • 120G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • 8X CD/DVD Burner w/ double-layer DVD+R write capability, w/o Roxio Creator
  • 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
  • Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Wi-Fi Mini Card
  • High Definition Audio 2.0
  • 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
  • MS Works 8.5-Eng: Basic Spreadsheet, Word Processing & Calendar Program
  • Norton Internet Security 2006 90 Day Subscription
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.08
  • 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Mail-in Service
  • 10GB for 1yr Online Backup by Dell Datasafe
  • 1 Year Dell Automated PC Tuneup

I have only been using it for about a week, but I am pretty pleased with it so far. I ended up benchmarking it just to see how it would do, and it actually did better then I was expecting. While it is no longer on sale, I would still suggest checking out Dell’s Vostro line if you are looking for a well priced business laptop.