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When Dell released the business-focused Vostro
V13 in March, we praised that notebook’s svelte
and stylish design, but lamented its poor endur-
ance and mediocre performance. now comes its
successor, the Vostro V130,
which doubles the performance
with an Intel Core i5 processor
while adding some important
ports. Unfortunately, the battery
life of this $928 system is even
worse, making this ultraportable
not very portable at all.
Measuring a thin 13 x 9.1
x 0.7 inches and weighing a
mere 3.6 pounds, the V130
practically disappears into
a messenger bag. the small
business notebook is quite
stylish, made of brushed aluminum. the inside
is a matte black plastic; neither surface shows
fingerprints, and the entire look is quite classy.
Where the V13 only had one Usb port, Dell
thankfully added another to the V130. It also added
an HDMI por t, which complements esAtA/Usb,
ethernet, and VGA.
the V130 didn’t heat up during our testing. It
is the first notebook to Dell’s Hyperbaric Cooling,
which draws cool air into the notebook.
With keys that touch each other at the base and
are terraced at the top, the keyboard is a mixed
bag. the layout is certainly large enough, but the
keys made a fair amount of noise while typing. the
keyboard also isn’t as comfortable to use as the
one found on the Lenovo thinkPad edge 13.
We were pleased with the size of the 3.2 x 1.7-
inch touchpad. With the same color and material as
the deck, it’s slightly recessed and offers no friction.
the discrete mouse buttons offered just the right
amount of resistance.
the antiglare display on the Vostro V130 had
very good viewing angles from the sides to nearly
180 degrees, and it was easy to see when tilted
all the way back. While watching videos streamed
from Hulu, colors were good and contrast accept-
able. Despite the fact that
this notebook is not geared
toward the entertainment
crowd, the audio on the V130
was quite loud, and offered
the 1.3 -megapixel webcam
offered fairly good images
during a skype video call, ac -
curately capturing skin tones.
Also, the face-tracking feature
was quick and responsive.
Dell Datasafe online backup
stores your data in the cloud
(2Gb free for a year, with options of 10Gb for
$29.99 and up after). A freefall sensor parks
the hard drive in the event of a fall.
the V130 also comes with Dell Pro-
support for round-the-clock It help
and tutorials on everything from
Quickbooks to Photoshop.
A 1.33 -GHz Intel Core i5-470U
processor and 4Gb of RAM
powered the V130 to a PCMark
Vantage score nearly 700 points
higher than the ultraportable average.
still, it’s more than 2,000 points below the toshiba
Portégé R700, which has a 2.4 -GHz Core i5 CPU.
the 7,200-rpm, 500Gb hard drive transferred
files 2 Mbps faster than most ultraportables, but
the boot time was abysmal.
the integrated Intel HD graphics are twice as
powerful as the V13’s graphics. still, the V130’s
3DMark06 score was 200 points shy of average.
sadly, the V130’s endurance was just 2 hours
and 45 minutes, even less than the V13 and nearly
3 hours behind the ultraportable average.
the battery is integrated into the notebook,
and can’t be swapped out manually.
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 Dell Vostro V130 has a
very slim profile and decent muscle, its sub-
3–hour endurance is too poor to ignore. For
nearly the same price, you can get a toshiba
Portégé R705 with a Core i5-460M processor,
which should last nearly 6 hours on a charge.
And whileitmay not be as splashy, the13-inch
Vostro V3300 still offers a better combination of
performance and battery life, and at a cheaper
— M ichael A. Prospero
Elegance Minus Endurance
Dell’s sturdy and stylish Vostro V130 trades battery life for a fast CPu and thin profile.
CPu: 1.33 -GHz Intel Core i5-470UM Operat-
ing system: Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
RAM/expandable to: 4Gb/4Gb Hard Drive
size/speed: 500Gb/7,200 rpm Optical
Drive: none Display size/Resolution: 13 .3
inches/1366 x 768 Graphics/Video Memory:
Intel HD/256Mb Wireless: 802.11b/g/n, blue-
tooth 3.0 + eDR Ports: two Usb 2.0, esAtA,
HDMI, ethernet, headphone, mic Card slots:
5-in-1 memory card reader size: 13 x 9.1 x
0.7 inch es Weight: 3.6 pounds Warranty:
one-year limited/24/7 toll-free phone
stylish brushed aluminum design
Less than an inch thick
HDMI port and added Usb port
battery life too short
Long boot time
PCMark Vantage 4,246
LAPtoP batt er y test
LAPtoP transfer test
boot time (min:sec)
(autodetec t/max) 13/8 fps 44/12 fps
the strikingly slim
V130 measures just
0.7 inches thick and
sports a hinge-
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