Design

After positioning, let's talk about design. Undoubtedly, these two moments are very closely connected and flow from one to the other. It would be very interesting to see the Apple Macbook Air and the culprit of this review nearby. The thing is that if the Macbook Air is as thin as possible and in the strongest way “licked”, with a deliberate effect of “flattening”, the Vostro V13 is also flattened (but here the manufacturer clearly did not strive for record values ​​​​of the minimum thickness), but at the same time as square as possible. In appearance, there are chopped edges everywhere, in some places even sharp elements - this is me talking about the corners on the front end, the palms repeatedly fell on these corners, and the plastic-metal material rested on my hands.

The model under consideration today exists in only one color version: metallic. All external surfaces of the Vostro V13 are finished in metal, in fact, they are. Of course, the material is not a pure metal, but a magnesium alloy. The material pleasantly cools hands.

If you open the laptop, then black color prevails here. And then there's the plastic. True, this material is also pleasant to the touch - it is matte, rough.

The lid of the laptop opens in a very unusual way. The thing is that it is attached not from the very edge, but a couple of centimeters further. Thus, with the lid open, a small area remains at the back, which is clearly visible in the photographs. Since the screen is located a little closer to the keyboard here, a somewhat unusual effect is created when using a laptop. The screen is closer, the spaces are a little smaller, and the laptop itself seems a little more widescreen than the rest.

The physical dimensions are: 230 x 330 x 16.5-19.7 mm, weight 1.59 kg

Interfaces, connection ports

At first glance, there are no interfaces or controls on the sides. They are all on the back and front ends. So, there is an Ethernet port on the back, two USBs (one is combined with eSATA), followed by a VGA output, a charging port, and finally, a Kensigton lock. Here, on the back, there is a small hole for heat dissipation.

The front end, as well as the back end, is, as it were, cut down at a right angle. Thanks to this technique, the laptop looks very strictly. So, on the front end on the left there are two indicators: the laptop is on (read - power), as well as the charging icon, it notifies you of the need to connect the power supply and shows other battery states. On the opposite, right, side of the front end there are two audio inputs: one for headphones, the second for a microphone.

I said above that at first glance the sides of the laptop seem empty, but there is still something interesting on the right. Under the covers, painted in the color of the body, there are ports for cards of various formats, as well as an Express Card.

The power button with a built-in indicator and indicators for Wi-Fi (802.11 b\g), Bluetooth (2.1) and HDD operation are located above the keyboard.

Keyboard, touchpad

The keyboard in the Vostro V13 is old, the buttons are not separated. Most of all, this option is reminiscent of another model from Dell - Inspiron XPS. The buttons are slightly rattling, but this has little to no effect on typing comfort. There are no problems in this regard.

Typing is also easy due to the standard layout of the key buttons. The two large Shift, Alt and Ctrl are also standard sizes. Big Enter, Backspace. The cursors are the same size as the rest of the keys, they are located among other buttons, despite this, they are quite convenient to use. The Fn modifier is located to the right of the left Ctrl, using it and the F1-F12 buttons you can control various laptop functions: these are standard operations for adjusting the screen backlight, activating or disabling the touchpad, controlling sound, enabling and disabling wireless interfaces, and more.

The touchpad is quite large, slightly offset to the left of the center of the laptop and recessed into the palm rest. The buttons have a soft stroke of medium depth.

Screen

The screen diagonal is 13.3 inches (34cm), there is a LED backlight (WLED), the resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels. The main advantage of the display is the anti-reflective coating. Matte screens are a rarity in laptops today, but for a business machine, apparently, they decided to make an exception. The display itself is slightly recessed into the lid, and dust can accumulate here over time.

As I have already described, the maximum level of disclosure, which can be seen in the presented photos, is limited by the design feature of the Vostro V13. During the test, I found out that the most comfortable state for working with a laptop is with the lid as open as possible.

Cooling

Magnesium alloy body stays cool. If you watch a movie while lying on a bed or sofa, the lower part, of course, heats up. No heat is transferred to the top. The lid on the outside remains cool even under such working conditions.

It should be noted that Dell managed to equip the laptop with a quiet and efficient cooling system with modest case volumes.

Configuration options

On the test Vostro V13 was in the following configuration: processor Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 1.4 GHz, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, HDD capacity 320 GB (Toshiba hard drive), graphics solution - integrated from Intel Mobile GMA 4500M.

The main difference between the various configurations on the market is the processors: the most affordable option is the ULV Celeron with a frequency of 1.3 GHz, followed by the Core 2 Solo processors with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz and the Core 2 Duo with a corresponding increase in cost. 1.3 GHz frequency. The amount of RAM is 2 or 4 GB, there are also two options for HDD volume - 320 or 500 GB.

Performance

Speaking of performance, we need to get back to positioning. The approach is as follows: the device should be compact, weighing less than two kilograms, while still having sufficient performance to perform daily work. Working on the Internet, editing text, various operations with tables, creating and demonstrating presentations.

The Vostro V13 we tested had the average of the possible configurations: a Core 2 Solo processor and 4 GB of RAM were enough for comfortable work.

In general, the Vostro V13 has enough power to play FullHD video even when unplugged. Browsing the web, opening a large number of tabs, playing videos on Youtube in maximum quality - all this turned out to be possible even with not the most modern components.

It is impossible not to say about the possibility of an upgrade. Or rather, about their absence. To access the "iron" components, it is necessary to unscrew a few bolts, completely remove the metal bottom. Those who are especially eager to add memory may be able to do this. However, by "hiding" the components away, Dell made it clear that it would be better if you decide on the configuration before buying a laptop.

Subaru

Working time is also a very important point. Again, due to the impossibility of replacing the battery, it is not necessary to count on an increase in the life of the laptop.

Opening hours

The longest text-to-web usage was approximately 4 hours.

If, while working, you have to deal with multimedia, for example, watch a large number of videos, listen to podcasts, or you are used to turning on some music in the background, then you should take into account that the work time in this case is reduced to about two hours.

To fully watch a full-length movie, the battery capacity may not be enough - Vostro V13 lasts no more than an hour and a half on a single charge.

It takes two and a half hours to fully charge. A few words about the charger: it is more than compact, it has a rubber strap for attaching the wire.

Successor on the horizon

It has long been known that Dell is preparing the Vostro V13 update. The other day it became known that in the updated version, the overall approach and design will not change, and the internal components will be updated to the current state. The updated Vostro will receive the V130 index, the main update is the processors, now the ULV versions of the Core i3 / i5 will be installed in the laptop. The dimensions of the laptop will remain the same, from which we can conclude that the battery in the laptop will remain the same, which means that the operating time is unlikely to change dramatically. An additional USB port will appear on the case, the desired HDMI will be added, a slot for a SIM card may appear. In addition to the "steel" color, a red version will also be available. As soon as the updated Vostro V130 is available in the Russian representative office, we will introduce you to it better.

Competitors

When choosing, I would advise you to pay attention to two models: Lenovo Edge13, Toshiba T230.

We have already talked about the version from Lenovo, this solution attracts primarily with its price (with a performance similar to Vostro V13), given the 13.3-inch screen. Among the minuses is even less time.

Toshiba's variant, the Satellite T230, I would call a stronger competitor. This model has a slightly longer battery life, has an Intel Core i3 processor, is similar in weight, and performs at the level of Vostro V13. It turns out that at the same price, the differences lie in the design and materials used, and, of course, your personal preferences among manufacturers.

Conclusion

The main advantages of Dell Vostro V13: dimensions, materials used and unusual design. Being a business laptop at its core, the Vostro V13 can appeal to a wide variety of consumers who are looking for a strict and unusual assistant for their business. Given the performance, this is an average machine in all respects, but again, capable of meeting the basic needs of users. The most significant point that cannot be ignored is the time of work. Still, 4 hours is the minimum value that modern business solutions provide.

Prices for Vostro V13 start at 20,000 rubles - for this amount you can buy a laptop in a configuration with a Celeron processor. If you have the opportunity, I would advise you to add 3-4 thousand rubles and get an order of magnitude more functionality at your disposal, thanks to a more powerful processor.

Dell Vostro V13 laptop review

The Dell Vostro V13 laptop is not the latest line of devices. The peers of this model are such devices of the company as Studio XPS, Adamo models, and Adamo XPS completed that era. I am writing all this only so that you are not surprised when you see the features of old Dell laptops in the photographs. Moreover, from the latest announcements of the company, you can see that some of the features of the appearance of the Vostro V13 will appear in other models. But more on that later.

Positioning

First, let's talk about positioning. In general, devices of the Vostro line belong to the corporate, business segment. Dell also has a line of Latitude laptops, exclusively for corporate employees who need a business assistant. Vostro assumes a slight bias in entrepreneurship - it should appeal to private traders, owners of "small businesses". With all this in mind, Vostro V13 is a businesslike, strict, but at the same time quite interesting laptop in terms of appearance.

Design

After positioning, let's talk about design. Undoubtedly, these two moments are very closely connected and flow from one to the other. It would be very interesting to see the Apple Macbook Air and the culprit of this review nearby. The thing is that if the Macbook Air is as thin as possible and in the strongest way “licked”, with a deliberate effect of “flattening”, the Vostro V13 is also flattened (but here the manufacturer clearly did not strive for record values ​​​​of the minimum thickness), but at the same time as square as possible. In appearance, there are chopped edges everywhere, in some places even sharp elements - this is me talking about the corners on the front end, the palms repeatedly fell on these corners, and the plastic-metal material rested on my hands.

The model under consideration today exists in only one color version: metallic. All external surfaces of the Vostro V13 are finished in metal, in fact, they are. Of course, the material is not a pure metal, but a magnesium alloy. The material pleasantly cools hands.

If you open the laptop, then black color prevails here. And then there's the plastic. True, this material is also pleasant to the touch - it is matte, rough.

The lid of the laptop opens in a very unusual way. The thing is that it is attached not from the very edge, but a couple of centimeters further. Thus, with the lid open, a small area remains at the back, which is clearly visible in the photographs. Since the screen is located a little closer to the keyboard here, a somewhat unusual effect is created when using a laptop. The screen is closer, the spaces are a little smaller, and the laptop itself seems a little more widescreen than the rest.

The physical dimensions are: 230 x 330 x 16.5-19.7 mm, weight 1.59 kg

Interfaces, connection ports

At first glance, there are no interfaces or controls on the sides. They are all on the back and front ends. So, there is an Ethernet port on the back, two USBs (one is combined with eSATA), followed by a VGA output, a charging port, and finally, a Kensigton lock. Here, on the back, there is a small hole for heat dissipation.

The front end, as well as the back end, is, as it were, cut down at a right angle. Thanks to this technique, the laptop looks very strictly. So, on the front end on the left there are two indicators: the laptop is on (read - power), as well as the charging icon, it notifies you of the need to connect the power supply and shows other battery states. On the opposite, right, side of the front end there are two audio inputs: one for headphones, the second for a microphone.

I said above that at first glance the sides of the laptop seem empty, but there is still something interesting on the right. Under the covers, painted in the color of the body, there are ports for cards of various formats, as well as an Express Card.

The power button with a built-in indicator and indicators for Wi-Fi (802.11 b\g), Bluetooth (2.1) and HDD operation are located above the keyboard.

Keyboard, touchpad

The keyboard in the Vostro V13 is old, the buttons are not separated. Most of all, this option is reminiscent of another model from Dell - Inspiron XPS. The buttons are slightly rattling, but this has little to no effect on typing comfort. There are no problems in this regard.

Typing is also easy due to the standard layout of the key buttons. The two large Shift, Alt and Ctrl are also standard sizes. Big Enter, Backspace. The cursors are the same size as the rest of the keys, they are located among other buttons, despite this, they are quite convenient to use. The Fn modifier is located to the right of the left Ctrl, using it and the F1-F12 buttons you can control various laptop functions: these are standard operations for adjusting the screen backlight, activating or disabling the touchpad, controlling sound, enabling and disabling wireless interfaces, and more.

The touchpad is quite large, slightly offset to the left of the center of the laptop and recessed into the palm rest. The buttons have a soft stroke of medium depth.

Screen

The screen diagonal is 13.3 inches (34cm), there is a LED backlight (WLED), the resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels. The main advantage of the display is the anti-reflective coating. Matte screens are a rarity in laptops today, but for a business machine, apparently, they decided to make an exception. The display itself is slightly recessed into the lid, and dust can accumulate here over time.

As I have already described, the maximum level of disclosure, which can be seen in the presented photos, is limited by the design feature of the Vostro V13. During the test, I found out that the most comfortable state for working with a laptop is with the lid as open as possible.

Cooling

Magnesium alloy housing is practically not heated. If you watch a movie while lying on a bed or sofa, the lower part, of course, heats up. No heat is transferred to the top. The lid on the outside remains cool even under such working conditions.

It should be noted that Dell managed to equip the laptop with a quiet and efficient cooling system with modest case volumes.

Configuration Options

On the test, Vostro V13 was in the following configuration: Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 1.4 GHz processor, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, HDD capacity 320 GB (Toshiba hard drive), graphics solution - built-in from Intel Mobile GMA 4500M.

The main difference between the various configurations on the market is the processors: the most affordable option is the ULV Celeron with a frequency of 1.3 GHz, followed by the Core 2 Solo processors with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz and the Core 2 Duo with a corresponding increase in cost. 1.3 GHz frequency. The amount of RAM is 2 or 4 GB, there are also two options for HDD volume - 320 or 500 GB.

Performance

Speaking of performance, we need to get back to positioning. The approach is as follows: the device should be compact, weighing less than two kilograms, while still having sufficient performance to perform daily work. Working on the Internet, editing text, various operations with tables, creating and demonstrating presentations.

The Vostro V13 we tested had the average of the possible configurations: a Core 2 Solo processor and 4 GB of RAM were enough for comfortable work.

In general, the Vostro V13 has enough power to play FullHD video even when unplugged. Browsing the web, opening a large number of tabs, playing videos on Youtube in maximum quality - all this turned out to be possible even with not the most modern components.

It is impossible not to say about the possibility of an upgrade. Or rather, about their absence. To access the "iron" components, it is necessary to unscrew a few bolts, completely remove the metal bottom. Those who are especially eager to add memory may be able to do this. However, by "hiding" the components away, Dell made it clear that it would be better if you decide on the configuration before buying a laptop.

Subaru

Working time is also a very important point. Again, due to the impossibility of replacing the battery, it is not necessary to count on an increase in the life of the laptop.

Opening hours

The longest text-to-web usage was approximately 4 hours.

If, while working, you have to deal with multimedia, for example, watch a large number of videos, listen to podcasts, or you are used to turning on some music in the background, then you should take into account that the work time in this case is reduced to about two hours.

To fully watch a full-length movie, the battery capacity may not be enough - Vostro V13 lasts no more than an hour and a half on a single charge.

It takes two and a half hours to fully charge. A few words about the charger: it is more than compact, it has a rubber strap for attaching the wire.

Successor on the horizon

It has long been known that Dell is preparing the Vostro V13 update. The other day it became known that in the updated version, the overall approach and design will not change, and the internal components will be updated to the current state. The updated Vostro will receive the V130 index, the main update is the processors, now the ULV versions of the Core i3 / i5 will be installed in the laptop. The dimensions of the laptop will remain the same, from which we can conclude that the battery in the laptop will remain the same, which means that the operating time is unlikely to change dramatically. An additional USB port will appear on the case, the desired HDMI will be added, a slot for a SIM card may appear. In addition to the "steel" color, a red version will also be available. As soon as the updated Vostro V130 is available in the Russian representative office, we will introduce you to it better.

Competitors

When choosing, I would advise you to pay attention to two models: Lenovo Edge13, Toshiba T230.

We have already talked about the version from Lenovo, this solution attracts primarily with its price (with a performance similar to Vostro V13), given the 13.3-inch screen. Among the minuses is even less time.

Toshiba's variant, the Satellite T230, I would call a stronger competitor. This model has a slightly longer battery life, has an Intel Core i3 processor, is similar in weight, and performs at the level of Vostro V13. It turns out that at the same price, the differences lie in the design and materials used, and, of course, your personal preferences among manufacturers.

Conclusion

The main advantages of Dell Vostro V13: dimensions, materials used and unusual design. Being a business laptop at its core, the Vostro V13 can appeal to a wide variety of consumers who are looking for a strict and unusual assistant for their business. Given the performance, this is an average machine in all respects, but again, capable of meeting the basic needs of users. The most significant point that cannot be ignored is the time of work. Still, 4 hours is the minimum value that modern business solutions provide.

Prices for Vostro V13 start at 20,000 rubles - for this amount you can buy a laptop in a configuration with a Celeron processor. If you have the opportunity, I would advise you to add 3-4 thousand rubles and get an order of magnitude more functionality at your disposal, thanks to a more powerful processor.

Dell Vostro V13 laptop review

The Dell Vostro V13 laptop is not the latest line of devices. The peers of this model are such devices of the company as Studio XPS, Adamo models, and Adamo XPS completed that era. I am writing all this only so that you are not surprised when you see the features of old Dell laptops in the photographs. Moreover, from the latest announcements of the company, you can see that some of the features of the appearance of the Vostro V13 will appear in other models. But more on that later.

Positioning

First, let's talk about positioning. In general, devices of the Vostro line belong to the corporate, business segment. Dell also has a line of Latitude laptops, exclusively for corporate employees who need a business assistant. Vostro assumes a slight bias in entrepreneurship - it should appeal to private traders, owners of "small businesses". With all this in mind, Vostro V13 is a businesslike, strict, but at the same time quite interesting laptop in terms of appearance.

Design

After positioning, let's talk about design. Undoubtedly, these two moments are very closely connected and flow from one to the other. It would be very interesting to see the Apple Macbook Air and the culprit of this review nearby. The thing is that if the Macbook Air is as thin as possible and in the strongest way “licked”, with a deliberate effect of “flattening”, the Vostro V13 is also flattened (but here the manufacturer clearly did not strive for record values ​​​​of the minimum thickness), but at the same time as square as possible. In appearance, there are chopped edges everywhere, in some places even sharp elements - this is me talking about the corners on the front end, the palms repeatedly fell on these corners, and the plastic-metal material rested on my hands.

The model under consideration today exists in only one color version: metallic. All external surfaces of the Vostro V13 are finished in metal, in fact, they are. Of course, the material is not a pure metal, but a magnesium alloy. The material pleasantly cools hands.

If you open the laptop, then black color prevails here. And then there's the plastic. True, this material is also pleasant to the touch - it is matte, rough.

The lid of the laptop opens in a very unusual way. The thing is that it is attached not from the very edge, but a couple of centimeters further. Thus, with the lid open, a small area remains at the back, which is clearly visible in the photographs. Since the screen is located a little closer to the keyboard here, a somewhat unusual effect is created when using a laptop. The screen is closer, the spaces are a little smaller, and the laptop itself seems a little more widescreen than the rest.

The physical dimensions are: 230 x 330 x 16.5-19.7 mm, weight 1.59 kg

Interfaces, connection ports

At first glance, there are no interfaces or controls on the sides. They are all on the back and front ends. So, there is an Ethernet port on the back, two USBs (one is combined with eSATA), followed by a VGA output, a charging port, and finally, a Kensigton lock. Here, on the back, there is a small hole for heat dissipation.

The front end, as well as the back end, is, as it were, cut down at a right angle. Thanks to this technique, the laptop looks very strictly. So, on the front end on the left there are two indicators: the laptop is on (read - power), as well as the charging icon, it notifies you of the need to connect the power supply and shows other battery states. On the opposite, right, side of the front end there are two audio inputs: one for headphones, the second for a microphone.

I said above that at first glance the sides of the laptop seem empty, but there is still something interesting on the right. Under the covers, painted in the color of the body, there are ports for cards of various formats, as well as an Express Card.

The power button with a built-in indicator and indicators for Wi-Fi (802.11 b\g), Bluetooth (2.1) and HDD operation are located above the keyboard.

Keyboard, touchpad

The keyboard in the Vostro V13 is old, the buttons are not separated. Most of all, this option is reminiscent of another model from Dell - Inspiron XPS. The buttons are slightly rattling, but this has little to no effect on typing comfort. There are no problems in this regard.

It is also easy to type text due to the standard layout of the key buttons. The two large Shift, Alt and Ctrl are also standard sizes. Big Enter, Backspace. The cursors are the same size as the rest of the keys, they are located among other buttons, despite this, they are quite convenient to use. The Fn modifier is located to the right of the left Ctrl, using it and the F1-F12 buttons you can control various laptop functions: these are standard operations for adjusting the screen backlight, activating or disabling the touchpad, controlling sound, enabling and disabling wireless interfaces, and more.

The touchpad is quite large, slightly offset to the left of the laptop's center and recessed into the palm rest. The buttons have a soft stroke of medium depth.

Screen

The screen diagonal is 13.3 inches (34cm), there is a LED backlight (WLED), the resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels. The main advantage of the display is the anti-reflective coating. Matte screens are a rarity in laptops today, but for a business machine, apparently, they decided to make an exception. The display itself is slightly recessed into the lid, and dust can accumulate here over time.

As I already described, the maximum level of disclosure, which can be seen in the presented photos, is limited by the design feature of the Vostro V13. During the test, I found out that the most comfortable state for working with a laptop is with the lid as open as possible.

Cooling

Magnesium alloy body stays cool. If you watch a movie while lying on a bed or sofa, the lower part, of course, heats up. No heat is transferred to the top. The lid on the outside remains cool even under such working conditions.

It should be noted that Dell managed to equip the laptop with a quiet and efficient cooling system with modest case volumes.

Configuration options

On the test Vostro V13 was in the following configuration: processor Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 1.4 GHz, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, HDD capacity 320 GB (Toshiba hard drive), graphics solution - integrated from Intel Mobile GMA 4500M.

The main difference between the various configurations on the market is the processors: the most affordable option is the ULV Celeron with a frequency of 1.3 GHz, followed by the Core 2 Solo processors with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz and the Core 2 Duo with a corresponding increase in cost. 1.3 GHz frequency. The amount of RAM is 2 or 4 GB, there are also two options for HDD volume - 320 or 500 GB.

Performance

In general, the Vostro V13 has enough power to play FullHD video even when unplugged. Browsing the web, opening a large number of tabs, playing videos on Youtube in maximum quality - all this turned out to be possible even with not the most modern components.

It is impossible not to say about the possibility of an upgrade. Or rather, about their absence. To access the "iron" components, it is necessary to unscrew a few bolts, completely remove the metal bottom. Those who are especially eager to add memory may be able to do this. However, by "hiding" the components away, Dell made it clear that it would be better if you decide on the configuration before buying a laptop.

Subaru

Working time is also a very important point. Again, due to the impossibility of replacing the battery, it is not necessary to count on an increase in the life of the laptop.

Opening hours

The longest text-to-web usage was approximately 4 hours.

If, while working, you have to deal with multimedia, for example, watch a large number of videos, listen to podcasts, or you are used to turning on some music in the background, then you should take into account that the work time in this case is reduced to about two hours.

To fully watch a full-length movie, the battery capacity may not be enough - Vostro V13 lasts no more than an hour and a half on a single charge.

It takes two and a half hours to fully charge. A few words about the charger: it is more than compact, it has a rubber strap for attaching the wire.

Successor on the horizon

It has long been known that Dell is preparing the Vostro V13 update. The other day it became known that in the updated version, the overall approach and design will not change, and the internal components will be updated to the current state. The updated Vostro will receive the V130 index, the main update is the processors, now the ULV versions of the Core i3 / i5 will be installed in the laptop. The dimensions of the laptop will remain the same, from which we can conclude that the battery in the laptop will remain the same, which means that the operating time is unlikely to change dramatically. An additional USB port will appear on the case, the desired HDMI will be added, a slot for a SIM card may appear. In addition to the "steel" color, a red version will also be available. As soon as the updated Vostro V130 is available in the Russian representative office, we will introduce you to it better.

Competitors

When choosing, I would advise you to pay attention to two models: Lenovo Edge13, Toshiba T230.

We have already talked about the version from Lenovo, this solution attracts primarily with its price (with a performance similar to Vostro V13), given the 13.3-inch screen. Among the minuses is even less time.

Toshiba's variant, the Satellite T230, I would call a stronger competitor. This model has a slightly longer battery life, has an Intel Core i3 processor, is similar in weight, and performs at the level of Vostro V13. It turns out that at the same price, the differences lie in the design and materials used, and, of course, your personal preferences among manufacturers.

Conclusion

The main advantages of Dell Vostro V13: dimensions, materials used and unusual design. Being a business laptop at its core, the Vostro V13 can appeal to a wide variety of consumers who are looking for a strict and unusual assistant for their business. Given the performance, this is an average machine in all respects, but again, capable of meeting the basic needs of users. The most significant point that cannot be ignored is the time of work. Still, 4 hours is the minimum value that modern business solutions provide.

Prices for Vostro V13 start at 20,000 rubles - for this amount you can buy a laptop in a configuration with a Celeron processor. If you have the opportunity, I would advise you to add 3-4 thousand rubles and get an order of magnitude more functionality at your disposal, thanks to a more powerful processor.

Dell Vostro V13 laptop review

The Dell Vostro V13 laptop is not the latest line of devices. The peers of this model are such devices of the company as Studio XPS, Adamo models, and Adamo XPS completed that era. I am writing all this only so that you are not surprised when you see the features of old Dell laptops in the photographs. Moreover, from the latest announcements of the company, you can see that some of the features of the appearance of the Vostro V13 will appear in other models. But more on that later.

Positioning

First, let's talk about positioning. In general, the devices of the Vostro line belong to the corporate, business segment. Dell also has a line of Latitude laptops, exclusively for corporate employees who need a business assistant. Vostro assumes a slight bias in entrepreneurship - it should appeal to private traders, owners of "small businesses". With all this in mind, Vostro V13 is a businesslike, strict, but at the same time quite interesting laptop in terms of appearance.

Design

After positioning, let's talk about design. Undoubtedly, these two moments are very closely connected and flow from one to the other. It would be very interesting to see the Apple Macbook Air and the culprit of this review nearby. The thing is that if the Macbook Air is as thin as possible and in the strongest way “licked”, with a deliberate effect of “flattening”, the Vostro V13 is also flattened (but here the manufacturer clearly did not strive for record values ​​​​of the minimum thickness), but at the same time as square as possible. In appearance, there are chopped edges everywhere, in some places even sharp elements - this is me talking about the corners on the front end, the palms repeatedly fell on these corners, and the plastic-metal material rested on my hands.

The model under consideration today exists in only one color version: metallic. All external surfaces of the Vostro V13 are finished in metal, in fact, they are. Of course, the material is not a pure metal, but a magnesium alloy. The material pleasantly cools hands.

If you open the laptop, then black color prevails here. And then there's the plastic. True, this material is also pleasant to the touch - it is matte, rough.

The lid of the laptop opens in a very unusual way. The thing is that it is attached not from the very edge, but a couple of centimeters further. Thus, with the lid open, a small area remains at the back, which is clearly visible in the photographs. Since the screen is located a little closer to the keyboard here, a somewhat unusual effect is created when using a laptop. The screen is closer, the spaces are a little smaller, and the laptop itself seems a little more widescreen than the rest.

The physical dimensions are: 230 x 330 x 16.5-19.7 mm, weight 1.59 kg

Interfaces, connection ports

At first glance, there are no interfaces or controls on the sides. They are all on the back and front ends. So, there is an Ethernet port on the back, two USBs (one is combined with eSATA), followed by a VGA output, a charging port, and finally, a Kensigton lock. Here, on the back, there is a small hole for heat dissipation.

The front end, as well as the back end, seems to be cut down at a right angle. Thanks to this technique, the laptop looks very strictly. So, on the front end on the left there are two indicators: the laptop is on (read - power), as well as the charging icon, it notifies you of the need to connect the power supply and shows other battery states. On the opposite, right, side of the front end there are two audio inputs: one for headphones, the second for a microphone.

I said above that at first glance the sides of the laptop seem empty, but there is still something interesting on the right. Under the covers, painted in the color of the body, there are ports for cards of various formats, as well as an Express Card.

The power button with a built-in indicator and indicators for Wi-Fi (802.11 b\g), Bluetooth (2.1) and HDD operation are located above the keyboard.

Keyboard, touchpad

The keyboard in the Vostro V13 is old, the buttons are not separated. Most of all, this option is reminiscent of another model from Dell - Inspiron XPS. The buttons are slightly rattling, but this has little to no effect on typing comfort. There are no problems in this regard.

It is also easy to type text due to the standard layout of the key buttons. The two large Shift, Alt and Ctrl are also standard sizes. Big Enter, Backspace. The cursors are the same size as the rest of the keys, they are located among other buttons, despite this, they are quite convenient to use. The Fn modifier is located to the right of the left Ctrl, using it and the F1-F12 buttons you can control various laptop functions: these are standard operations for adjusting the screen backlight, activating or disabling the touchpad, controlling sound, enabling and disabling wireless interfaces, and more.

The touchpad is quite large, slightly offset to the left of the laptop's center and recessed into the palm rest. The buttons have a soft stroke of medium depth.

Screen

The screen diagonal is 13.3 inches (34cm), there is a LED backlight (WLED), the resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels. The main advantage of the display is the anti-reflective coating. Matte screens are a rarity in laptops today, but for a business machine, apparently, they decided to make an exception. The display itself is slightly recessed into the lid, and dust can accumulate here over time.

As I have already described, the maximum level of disclosure, which can be seen in the presented photos, is limited by the design feature of the Vostro V13. During the test, I found out that the most comfortable state for working with a laptop is with the lid as open as possible.

Cooling

Magnesium alloy body stays cool. If you watch a movie while lying on a bed or sofa, the lower part, of course, heats up. No heat is transferred to the top. The lid on the outside remains cool even under such working conditions.

It should be noted that Dell managed to equip the laptop with a quiet and efficient cooling system with modest case volumes.

Configuration options

On the test Vostro V13 was in the following configuration: processor Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 1.4 GHz, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, HDD capacity 320 GB (Toshiba hard drive), graphics solution - integrated from Intel Mobile GMA 4500M.

The main difference between the various configurations on the market is the processors: the most affordable option is the ULV Celeron with a frequency of 1.3 GHz, followed by the Core 2 Solo processors with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz and the Core 2 Duo with a corresponding increase in cost. 1.3 GHz frequency. The amount of RAM is 2 or 4 GB, there are also two options for HDD volume - 320 or 500 GB.

Performance

Speaking of performance, we need to get back to positioning. The approach is as follows: the device should be compact, weighing less than two kilograms, while still having sufficient performance to perform daily work. Working on the Internet, editing text, various operations with tables, creating and demonstrating presentations.

The Vostro V13 we tested had the average of the possible configurations: a Core 2 Solo processor and 4 GB of RAM were enough for comfortable work.

In general, the Vostro V13 has enough power to play FullHD video even when unplugged. Browsing the web, opening a large number of tabs, playing videos on Youtube in maximum quality - all this turned out to be possible even with not the most modern components.

It is impossible not to say about the possibility of an upgrade. Or rather, about their absence. To access the "iron" components, it is necessary to unscrew a few bolts, completely remove the metal bottom. Those who are especially eager to add memory may be able to do this. However, by "hiding" the components away, Dell made it clear that it would be better if you decide on the configuration before buying a laptop.

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Working time is also a very important point. Again, due to the impossibility of replacing the battery, it is not necessary to count on an increase in the life of the laptop.

Opening hours

The longest text-to-web usage was approximately 4 hours.

If, while working, you have to deal with multimedia, for example, watch a large number of videos, listen to podcasts, or you are used to turning on some music in the background, then you should take into account that the work time in this case is reduced to about two hours.

To fully watch a full-length movie, the battery capacity may not be enough - Vostro V13 lasts no more than an hour and a half on a single charge.

It takes two and a half hours to fully charge. A few words about the charger: it is more than compact, it has a rubber strap for attaching the wire.

Successor on the horizon

It has long been known that Dell is preparing the Vostro V13 update. The other day it became known that in the updated version, the overall approach and design will not change, and the internal components will be updated to the current state. The updated Vostro will receive the V130 index, the main update is the processors, now the ULV versions of the Core i3 / i5 will be installed in the laptop. The dimensions of the laptop will remain the same, from which we can conclude that the battery in the laptop will remain the same, which means that the operating time is unlikely to change dramatically. An additional USB port will appear on the case, the desired HDMI will be added, a slot for a SIM card may appear. In addition to the "steel" color, a red version will also be available. As soon as the updated Vostro V130 is available in the Russian representative office, we will introduce you to it better.

Competitors

When choosing, I would advise you to pay attention to two models: Lenovo Edge13, Toshiba T230.

We have already talked about the version from Lenovo, this solution attracts primarily with its price (with a performance similar to Vostro V13), given the 13.3-inch screen. Among the minuses is even less time.

Toshiba's variant, the Satellite T230, I would call a stronger competitor. This model has a slightly longer battery life, has an Intel Core i3 processor, is similar in weight, and performs at the level of Vostro V13. It turns out that at the same price, the differences lie in the design and materials used, and, of course, your personal preferences among manufacturers.

Conclusion

The main advantages of Dell Vostro V13: dimensions, materials used and unusual design. Being a business laptop at its core, the Vostro V13 can appeal to a wide variety of consumers who are looking for a strict and unusual assistant for their business. Given the performance, this is an average machine in all respects, but again, capable of meeting the basic needs of users. The most significant point that cannot be ignored is the time of work. Still, 4 hours is the minimum value that modern business solutions provide.

Prices for Vostro V13 start at 20,000 rubles - for this amount you can buy a laptop in a configuration with a Celeron processor. If you have the opportunity, I would advise you to add 3-4 thousand rubles and get an order of magnitude more functionality at your disposal, thanks to a more powerful processor.