Dell’s new Vostro V131 is probably one of the best business laptops out there. Starting at $499, the V131 packs a 13.3-inch screen, coupled with an option of Intel’s new Sandy Bridge Core i5 processors or Celeron.
Our recommendation is to take advantage of the Intel Core i5 processor coupled with an SSD hard drive, which can give you near 10 hours of battery life on normal usage plus you will get all the benefits of fast i5 speeds plus the additional I/O speeds with SSD. (Yup, that’s our dream setup for this V131 laptop.)
You have a choice of 256GB SSD or 750GB regular hard disk and again, you should opt for the SSD as your boot-up times will be much faster nevermind blazing-speed on disk-intensive apps like Photoshop or MS Word.
Currently, Dell’s site only lists for Intel Core i3-2310M 2.1Ghz processor and option for SATA drive but the better/latter option should be available later this year.
Other than that, you do also have option to get mobile broadbrand from AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. Again, Dell currently only lists 3G mobile broadband options but 4G LTE option should be coming later.
With the current setup with the i3 processor, V131 is still a great business laptop in our opinion but we do hope Dell updates their site with the additional options.