The Bottom Line
- Highly Configurable
- Solid Performance at Entry Level Pricing
- Very Large and Heavy for 13-inch Laptop
- No S-Video or HDMI Ports for Video Presentations
- Poor Audio From Mono Speaker
- Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drives
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 13.3" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD with 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/54, 8-in-1 Card Reader
- 12.5" x 9.6" x 1.5" @ 4.5 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Works 9
Guide Review - Dell Vostro 1310 Ultraportable Laptop PC
9/10/08 - Dell's Vostro 1310 is the smallest of their low-cost business laptops, but even with its relatively small 13.3-inch screen, it is one of the largest and heaviest systems in his size. This makes it less in the category of an ultraportable system and more of a thin and light.
Performance in the Vostro 1310 is quite good, especially for the lower cost models. The unit evaluated came equipped with a Intel Core 2 Duo T8100. This is one of the lower end of the 8000 series dual core mobile processors, but it does provide very good performance, especially for the price tag on the laptop. The two gigabytes of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory is pretty much normal for a system like the Vostro 1310 and allows it to run the Vista operating system without much issue.
Unlike most of Dell's consumer laptops, Dell's Vostro lineup does not feature much software preinstalled on the system. This has the advantage of fewer applications loaded at boot up that take away from system resources. It also gives users much more choice in what applications they wish to install and use on the laptop.
One big drawback to the Vostro 1310 is the lack of multimedia. First off, the design only has a single speaker for audio and its output leaves much to be desired. Combine this with the lack of an HDMI or S-Video connector and the Vistro 1310 is missing some of the key features used by business users when they need to give presentations at client locations. Definitely something to consider if this is one of the primary uses for the system.
In the end, the Vostro 1310 is a very good low cost laptop for business users. However, if you are looking to use a higher priced configuration, you might be better off looking at Dell's XPS M1330 with its smaller dimensions and weight and more attractive pricing.