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Dell Vostro V131 Notebook Review- Tech Reviews, Firstpost

The slim Dell Vostro V131 has many takers. It is slim, has got an appealing design and unlike the Vostro V130 has got a great battery life and new generation standard voltage processor too. This laptop is categorised among the budget friendly laptops by Dell. So let’s have a look at the design, specifications, performance and drawbacks of this laptop.

Dell Vostro V131 specifications 

Dell Vostro V 131 is powered by a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor with the 1333 MHz SD DDR3 RAM being 4096 MB capacitated and the 500 GB capacitated 7200 rpm Western Digital SATA hard disk drive. The chipset type is Intel 67HM Express.

Operating System & Display 

The laptop runs on 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The TFT active matrix LED backlit anti-glare, display screen of Vostro V131 is 13.3 inches in size. For graphics processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 is given. For networking Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n have been given.

Weight & Memory Slots 

There are memory card reader and memory expansion slots. The connectivity interfaces in the laptop are 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, Ethernet – RJ-45, display/video VGA, HDMI port, microphone and headphone ports. The laptop measures 12.9 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches in size, weighs 407 pounds with the battery and has got a Greenpeace Policy Rating of 4.9 as on October 2010.

Performance Analysis  

The Dell Vostro V131 is square shaped and its body throughout is very slim and sleek. It feels very much like the ThinkPad series by Lenovo. The laptop is made of magnesium alloy and anodised aluminium. This gives the laptop durability and robustness. The ports and the heat vents unlike the Vostro V130 are at the sides. The keyboard is island chicklet-style which makes the keys easier to differentiate given fewer chances of mistyping letters. As Dell claims, the keyboard is allegedly spill-resistant. On the right of the keyboard are present two buttons; one of them quick launches the computer settings and the Dell Support Centre and second one can launch any amount of applications or actions. The palm rest on the keyboard is black and matte and the multi touch gesture enabled touchpad works greatly, only a little smaller than the Apple’s MacBook Air. The native resolution of the display screen being 1366×768 pixels is matte that protects against reflections and glares. The webcam has 1280×720 pixels resolution that fairs better than average. The recorded sounds too are crisp. The Intel Wireless Display enabled features helps the user view HD quality videos and audios.The processor’s performance is at par with any of the laptop of its kind. Intensive tasks and multi-tasking jobs too are done well. Battery life fairs very well at 6.9 hours in video playback tests.

Drawbacks in Dell V131

Vostro V131 lacks optical drive. The average viewing angles witness washed out colours. Mono speaker too is a lackster.Absence of backlit keyboard is also a downside.

Should you buy it ?

Dell Vostro V131 is a budget friendly good performing laptop. If you don’t mind its minimal drawbacks, go for it!

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