Another new toy: Dell Vostro Laptop

Finally, after waiting for two weeks due to stock shortages and shipping, I got my latest toy. My very own Dell Vostro 1510 laptop.

Let me be the first to admit I always said I wouldn’t get a laptop but when it’s made your work machine for years on end you get used to it and having had a laptop with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for about 10 months and have to give the laptop back, you tend to miss the convenience of being mobile and being able to work anywhere around the house.

So I bit the bullet and invested in a business-level laptop. It’s quiet sexy on the outside and the specs don’t look too bad either.

DellVostro1510

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 (2.1Ghz)
  • 2GB DDRII 667MHz
  • 1.3mp Web Cam
  • 160 GB 5400rpm
  • DVD+/- RW  X 8 SuperMulti
  • 15.4 WXGA+ with Truelife
  • 256 MB Nvidia Geforce 8400M GS Graphic Card
  • Gigabit LAN
  • Wireless + Bluetooth
  • 4 x USB2.0 ports
  • Firewire and PCMCIA slot
  • SD/MMC slot for memory cards

The keyboard is water-proof and the whole laptop (with battey) weighs roughly 2.5 kg. The web cam is only 1.3MP so it’s not suited to taking video or great photos but will suffices for the odd video call. The capacitative button panel at the top of the keyboard, below the screen has a few multimedia controls on it for and an eject button for the ROM drive. The ROM drive has a front-loading slot since it is built into the chassis.

While most laptop chassis have a smooth finish only the lid has a glossy smooth finish. The rest of the chassis is in a matt black but not too smooth finish, it takes a little getting used to but I think I prefer it to the smooth surface of the Lattitude I had before.

My main gripe so far is the missing home and end keys on the top right. I’m still not used to it yet and keep on pressing the pause/break key while typing expecting to go either to the beginning or end of the line. Oh well, that’s what external keyboards are for if I can’t find myself getting used to it. Although you can use the Fn key and the left and right arrows for the home and end functionality, which I think will take a little getting used to.

I’ve not tested the video out through game-play yet, only full screen vidoes so it’ll be interesting to see how it handles some of the games I play now and again (you know, stress relievers).