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The Dell Vostro 3500 is a mid-range 15.6" laptop aimed at small-business users.

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Pros

more than enough power for common everyday productivity and media consumption

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functional, well-designed keyboard and trackpad

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good port selection for a business-based notebook - HDMI output, eSATA/USB combo port

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15" display is easy on the eyes (standard resolution), has an anti-glare coating

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configurable directly from the manufacturer

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affordable price point

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attractive aluminum lid - improves durability / apparent value

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Cons

poorly designed cooling system - gets hot under moderate load, can't function at 100% performance for extended periods (throttles itself)

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basic 1366 x 768px resolution on a 16:9 15" display with no upgrade option

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no business dock compatibility

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poor for mobility - mediocre battery life, fairly heavy, large

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The Dell Vostro 3500 is a mid-range 15.6" laptop aimed at small-business users. It is available in three colors, bronze, red, and silver, and several customizable configurations equipped with dual-core Intel Core i3 or i5 processors and between 2 and 6 GB of memory, enabling mainstream performance more than adequate for most business tasks. A multitouch display will become an option in April 2010. The Vostro 3500 is available with integrated graphics or an entry-level discrete chip from NVIDIA, and is not aimed at gamers. Wi-Fi is standard, and some configurations also feature Bluetooth. The Vostro 3500 also features an HDMI output, allowing HD content to be easily displayed on an external HD panel.

Features

 

  • 15.6" LED-backlit LCD (optional multitouch)
  • CPU options (dual-core)
    • Intel Core i3-350M (2.26GHz)
    • Intel Core i5-430M (2.26GHz, Turbo Boost to 2.53GHz)
    • Intel Core i5-520M (2.40GHz, Turbo Boost to 2.93GHz)
  • 2-6GB RAM (max. 8GB)
  • Integrated Intel graphics or NVIDIA GeForce 310M (512MB)
  • 250-500GB hard drive
  • DVD burner
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 802.11b/g/n wireless
  • Optional Bluetooth
  • 8-in-1 card reader
  • HDMI output
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • USB 2.0/eSATA combo port
  • 2.0MP webcam
  • Optional fingerprint reader
  • Windows 7
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