Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Dell Vostro 1500 for $550 from Dell Small Business

We have a new special from Dell to blog about! Save $300! Get the VOSTRO™ 1500 LAPTOP for ONLY $549! . Free shipping and handling for a limited time. Sales tax varies depending on your local and state laws.

As with all things Dell, you can of course customize it to your liking, so your final price may be higher or lower. But the Vostro 1500 is not the only one participating in this promotion, it's just the featured one.

Ohter Dell Small and Medium business models listed at the url above are the Vostro 1000, the entry-level model, the Vostro 1400 (with a 14.1" widescreen), and the Vostro 1700, which as the model name suggests has a 17" widescreen display.

But wait, there's more! Fans of Latitude computers have the D530, D630 and D830. The displays are all over the place for these three, the D530 features an "old school" 15" not-wide screen, while the D630 is a 14.1" widescreen and the D830 a 15.4" widescreen. Choices are good!

And the good news is that the base configurations for all the aforementioned computers in this post are below $1000! Hooray for triple figures!

De-mystifying the Vostro Model numbers
With so many numbers and models, how do you sort them out? Well, that is a good question. A longer answer would take a while, but here is a simpler way to think of them, courtesy of Dell itself. The Vostro 1000 is an affordable everyday business computer. The 1400 is compact and powerful, good choice for travelers thanks to its smaller 14.1" wide display. Meanwhile the Vostro 1500 is for mobile professionals, with more power and more size (15.4" widescreen display). And finally the Vostro 1700, with its 17" widescreen and 10-key numeric keypad offers a desktop-like model or a desktop-replacement type if you like.

De-mystifying the Dell Latitude model numbers
The three Latitude models mentioned above can be easily categorized. The D530 is an entry-level business laptop, good for everyday business tasks and such. And it has the "familiar old school" 4:3 display, instead of the widescreen found in most new models of our times. The D630 tries to strike a balance between size/mobility and performance with its 14.1" wide screen. And the D830 offers more power and graphics options, for those who want to do more than just basic business tasks with it. It has a 15.4" widescreen display.

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